Auburn Baseball Season at a Crossroads
Tigers have struggled without starter Davis Daniel this year. (photo: Auburn media file)
At the midpoint of the baseball season, the Auburn Tigers sit at a crossroads. 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 starters Davis Daniel and Jack Owen has been one of the major reasons for the slide. Anytime a team loses two of its 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. With runners in scoring position Tuesday, the Tigers were only 4–23 (.174). In addition, Auburn has been held to two runs or less in six of its 15 SEC games. That’s the bad news.
The good news is Auburn’s 8–7 in conference play and only two games out of first place. And after playing three of the first five SEC series on the road, the Tigers can look forward to hosting three of the next five at home.
Perhaps even better news are reports out of Auburn that southpaw 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 since leaving the lineup due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
If Owen returns to form and Auburn gets Davis Daniel back to 100 percent, it still has a chance to make a postseason run.
Again, at the start of the second half of the season, the Tigers are sitting at a crossroads. 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 postseason?
Answers to those questions begin Thursday in Plainsman Park when Ole Miss comes to town. First pitch is at 6:00 pm on the SEC Network. War Eagle and …
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