Welcome everyone to the first edition of #TriplePlay! Much like past blogs for football and basketball, I’ll be breaking down the Ragin Cajuns and the LSU Tigers baseball teams. This will be a season preview as opening day draws near. This blog will be coming back once the teams head into conference play. So let’s lead off with the Ragin Cajuns.
Turn One: Incredible Pitching Depth
One of the big talking points heading into the 2016 season was the Cajuns pitching staff being incredibly deep. With Evan Guillory, Wyatt Marks, Dylan Moore, and Gunner Leger all coming back as sophomores, the team looks to be set up for a solid season. But when you look further into who else is part of this staff is when your mind is blown. You’ve got seniors like Will Bacon and Reagan Bazar who will be beneficial for this team as relievers or closers and freshman pitchers like Nick Lee and Hogan Harris who could be breakout players as the season progresses. If you love quality pitching, then you will love the Cajuns.
Turn Two: Interesting Infield
“We’ll be working the infield a little backwards, whoever settles in at third that might dictate who plays first and we’ll work from there.” Robichaux said during his press conference on Tuesday about his double play combination “We’ll figure that all out. (Stefan) Trosclair’s a guy you’d love to see at second base but we’ve gotta see if we can get somebody to settle in at first.” With several players and combinations to choose from, the Ragin Cajuns will need to determine what their setup will be this season before conference play. Trosclair will be one of those players that the infield will lean on heavily before they find their groove.
Turn Three: Omaha Or Bust?
After two straight years of making it to the Super Regionals and getting a lot of their players back from the 2015 season, the expectations for this team is sky high. The Cajuns have a pretty good chance of making it Omaha with the pieces they have in place. As long as they take it one game at a time, they will live up to the expectations and perhaps even exceed them.