Week Twelve (5/7-5/9): vs. The Ramajama Gumps
2021 Record: 28-15 (11-10 SEC). Though the Gumps are 1 game over .500 in SEC play, 6 of those wins came against Big XII teams—Missourah (spits) and aTm—so you have to downgrade their record a bit. In fact, their most impressive victories thus far were taking 1 of 3 against Arky and The Chuggers, respectively. That means you should expect to win the series, but can’t sleep on them... especially not on their Friday starter, Tyler “Putin” Ras.
Player to Watch: #4 So. LHP Connor “Before Lip” Prielipp (1-0, 1.50 ERA).
Here’s what I wrote in the season preview:
Listen, I don’t care who you play, any time you surrender no runs in 4 starts against college competition, you get my eyebrow to raise. Sitting around 90mph with the fastball, Prielipp isn’t going to blow anything by you. Small sample size aside, you can’t argue with his results thus far. I’ll try to watch a few of his starts before this series to get a better handle on what we can expect.
Prielipp has been injured for the bulk of this season, though, as he has only thrown in two games in 2021—5 IP against McNeese on 2/19 and 1 IP against Auburn on 4/17. I have to believe he will not be available for this series.
As such, I’ll pivot to their current Friday starter #5 Jr. RHP Tyler “Putin” Ras (6-1, 4.85 ERA). He has a lot of wins, but gives up a lot of runs. I like our chances with Rocker on the mound. As long as he doesn’t convince Corbin he can cure his son’s Hemophilia through Necromancy, we’re good.
Offensively, the Gumps are not very good, so just watch out for #44 So INF Zane “Dallas Suburb” Denton (.329/.416/.521 with 8 2B 8 HR and 32 RBI) and #8 So. UTL Peyton “Volleyball” Wilson (.321/.387/.535 with 11 2B 1 3B 9 HR and 27 RBI).
Though he’s only gotten three starts on the season, I’d also keep an eye out for #32 Jr. OF Will “Potato” Patota (.174/.269/.261), as I want to say “Potato Patota” relentlessly in the comments.
Confidence Level: High.
On the Mound
Friday 6:30pm CT on SECN+
Vanderbilt #80 Jr. RHP Kumar “White Castle” Rocker (10-1, 1.70 ERA)
vs. Gumps #5 Jr. RHP Tyler “Putin” Ras (6-1, 4.85 ERA)
Saturday 2:00pm CT on SECN+
Vanderbilt #22 So. RHP Jack “Leits Out” Leiter (7-2, 2.10 ERA)
vs. Gumps #25 Jr. RHP Dylan “Hot Fire“ Smith (1-5, 3.20 ERA)
Sunday 1:00pm CT on SECN+
TBD, though I’ll guess #35 So. RHP Chris “McBain” McElvain (3-0, 3.16 ERA) gets another shot in the rotation.
vs. Gumps #29 Jr. RHP Connor “Shambles” Shamblin (3-2, 3.41)
*Note: Pitching matchups are not yet released. This is my educated guess based on recent SEC play.