After a couple of disappointing series in a row, the Aggie Baseballers are back at it again this weekend, with No. 22 Auburn (23-10, 7-5) coming to College Station. Fortunately for the Ags, they sit just half a game back of Arkansas, LSU, and Ole Miss for the top spot in the SEC West. However, they’re also just half a game up on Auburn and Mississippi state. It’s an extremely close race, so every series from here on out could have major ramifications for the Aggies.
At the plate, the Tigers are led by 3B Julien Edouard (.288/.430/.542, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs), 1B Rankin Woley (.282/.351/.405, 2 HRs, 25 RBIs), and DH Conor Davis (.308/.352/.453, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs). As a team, much like LSU last weekend, Auburn ranks middle of the SEC in most offensive categories. They rank as high as sixth in stolen bases, and as low as 14th in total bases. Given this plus the general inconsistency of A&M’s offense, this weekend could easily be a trio of low-scoring affairs.
On the mound, Auburn’s ace, RHP Tanner Burns, leads the way. Burns is 4-0 on the season, with a 1.76 ERA, 69* strikeouts, 12 walks, and a 0.84 WHIP in 51.0 innings. Of the 10 pitchers that have at least two starts, Burns is the only one that’s started in each of his appearances. RHP Richard Fitts will make his second start of the season this Sunday, coming in with a 4.84 ERA, 12 strikeouts, nine walks, and a 1.58 WHIP in 22.1 innings. Last weekend, in his first 2019 start, he allowed five runs on five hits, three walks, and two strikeouts in just 4.1 innings. Just like the offense, the Tigers’ staff sits in the middle of the pack in the SEC, ranking as high as fifth in saves, and as low as 11th in opponents’ batting average, hits allowed, and walks allowed.
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- Friday: John Doxakis (3-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. Tanner Burns (4-0, 1.76 ERA)
- Saturday: Asa Lacy (6-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. TBA
- Sunday: TBA vs. Richard Fitts (2-1, 4.84 ERA)