Joining LSU, Florida and Arkansas as likely postseason teams are Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Kentucky and Auburn are bubble teams.
How They Stack Up - Eastern Division
4. Vanderbilt – The Commodores will have one of the better offenses in the SEC, but will the pitching staff rise to the occasion?
All Conference Team
SS Brian Harris, Vanderbilt
OF Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt’s weekend rotation – The Commodores certainly have some talented pitchers in their program, but replacing the one-two punch of Mike Minor and Caleb Cotham will be incredibly difficult. The ‘Dores hope sophomore Sonny Gray has a huge campaign. Jack Armstrong and Taylor Hill will round out the rotation. Armstrong made just six appearances last season while Hill had a 5.05 ERA in 41 innings.
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi – Yes, that is right, the SEC will have 10 teams with regional aspirations at the end of the season. ... It would be a surprise if Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt weren’t in a regional at the end of the season. LSU and Florida are the most likely national title contenders.
Vanderbilt will enter the spring with a couple of bumps and bruises. The Commodores lost sophomore pitcher Navery Moore to a broken kneecap during fall workouts. Moore is expected to be ready to go by March. Veteran Curt Casali, who played much of last season with a torn elbow ligament, had Tommy John surgery in June and has been cleared to catch. He is expected to split time with senior Andrew Giobbi.
The lack of quality wins remains the only reason I am not ranking Vanderbilt, despite all the, uh, helpful suggestions from Vandy fans that they are ballot-worthy. The Commodores' best wins are over Florida at home and Alabama on the road. Not great, not terrible, but they also lost to Cincinnati and Western Kentucky on neutral courts. Vandy will have plenty of chances to make its case over the next two weeks, when it plays at Tennessee, at Kentucky, home against Mississippi State, at Georgia, and home against Tennessee.
Any chance vandy takes it to kentucky this week at rupp?
Joe Lunardi (3:57 PM)
Can't say until after the game at Knoxville. No way Vandy is winning both.
SEC (conference games only)
2) Vanderbilt - Pace 69.1, PPP 1.20, Opp PPP 1.10, EM +0.10