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Saturday, June 13, 2009

It wasn't pretty but ...

If you're an LSU fan (and if you're reading this blog, chances are you're an LSU fan) you have to like the fact that LSU is winning games when it's not playing all that great.

The Tigers have won 11 consecutive games. For the most part, LSU has shown good pitching all season.

But starter Anthony Ranaudo struggled tonight against Virginia and Paul Mainieri did his best Tony La Russa imitiation by running out to the mound just about everybody he has some confidence in this season.

It worked. LSU won 9-5.

And before people start worrying about Louis Coleman, it was one inning. He probably would've had a bullpen session anyway before Monday's start.

Mainieri's greatest faith may have been bringing in Chad Jones to face a left-hander and leaving him in against a right-hander. Jones rewarded Mainieri by getting out of the inning.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Austin Ross came through on Sat. No one expected LSU's 1st CWS game to depend on him. And Chad Jones got his first cameo appearance.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coach Manieri has wisely exchanged players in the line up this season. How long will Jared Mitchell be left in..., he has been the recent weak link for too many games. We have Leon Landry, Chad Jones, etc. that could not do worse but may add some much needed punch in Mitchell's place. It amazes me how they speak of him on ESPN, but he is cold as ice and there are others in the wings awaiting.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Scott Ferrell said...

Yeah, I've got to agree that Mitchell looked bad at the plate. I'm assuming that was because of the lefty-lefty matchup. But it wouldn't hurt LSU for him to get hot here over the next week.

10:02 PM  

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