Auburn Baseball Season at a Crossroads

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Auburn Baseball Season at a Crossroads

At the mid point of the baseball season, the Auburn Tigers sit at a crossroad. Four weeks ago, Auburn was 18–2 after a fast start to the season. After falling to No. 16 Georgia Tech, 11-6, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium, the Tigers have now lost 11 of the last 15 and sit at 24–13.

To be sure losing starter Davis Daniel and Jack Owen, has been one of the major reasons for the slide. Anytime a team loses two of their three starting pitchers, it’s got to hurt. And it has really affected this team. Auburn used six pitchers in its loss to Tech. The six hurlers allowed 13 hits, walked 10 batters and threw three wild pitches.

However, there have also been struggles at the plate during the free fall. Tuesday with runners in scoring position the Tigers were only 4-23 (.174). In addition, Auburn has been held to two runs or less in six of their 15 SEC games. That’s the bad news.

The good news is the Tigers are 8-7 in conference play and only two games out of first place. Perhaps even better news is reports out of Auburn is that south paw Jack Owen (3-0 and 0.31 ERA) may be able to pitch out of the bullpen when the Tigers play No. 17 Ole Miss this weekend. He’s been unavailable due to of tendinitis in is throwing shoulder.

If he returns to form and Auburn gets Davis Daniel back to 100 percent, it still has a chance to make a postseason run. At the start of the second half of the season, the Tigers sit at a crossroad. Will they get both starters back? Will the bats come alive? Will they turn it around? Will they be able to make a case for the post season?

Answers to those questions begin Thursday in Plainsman Park when Ole Miss comes to town. First pitch is at 6 pm on SEC Network. War Eagle and …

Beat the Rebels!

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