6th May 2010

What is Wrong with the LSU Baseball Team?

Watching the LSU Baseball team this year has been both exciting and painful. Exciting to see the Tigers come from behind and win, to have moments of great hitting, and moments of great pitching, and then there are moments of frustration, loosing to Ole Miss, Florida and UNO. That is not to say that those teams are not good, but I think we, and I know I did expect more from this group of coaches and players. We were told that this years recruiting class was number 3 in the country and that we would have some great pitching, but that has not materialized. We have had some injuries that have hurt us, starting with Anthony Ranaudo being hurt to start the season and Trey Watkins dislocating his elbow in the Georgia Game. Ranaudo has not looked the same as last year. What is holding this young man back? Maybe he is worried about hurting the elbow again, or the Major League Baseball Draft. Whatever it is he has a mental block. He just seems timid and once you mess up the mind it is hard to straighten it out. Baseball is not only a skilled game, but a mental one too.

As for Trey Watkins and when he will return, only the coaching staff and the doctors know that. His injury must have been worse than previously thought as we have yet to see him out there trying to throw or heard anything as to what his status is.

Injury should never be used as an excuse and I would not say that is what is going on here, however, I think that it really has thrown this team for a curve. It has almost been a curse.

I would also say that there is no leadership from this group. We have seen very little emotion, no vocal leadership from the dugout, and even though this is baseball, it is LSU Baseball. We are a different breed and we need these players to be vocal and emotional for the sake of the team. Think back to last year with Louis Coleman, Jared Mitchell, Derek Helenihi and Ryan Schimpf, these guys were emotional and we saw game in and game out. We need that in the dugout now. These young men need to be leaders on this team, Leon Landry, Anthony Ranaudo, Blake Dean, Mikie Mahtook, Austin Nola, and Matty Ott. Show us your grit, your emotion, and your leadership. We know they guys have game and we know that deep inside they can be leaders, but who will come out of shadows and show us those qualities? We take on Vanderbilt this weekend and I hope that we have a great series and get back to the winning ways of the Tigers. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!

Written by: Tracey L Wilson

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