Friday, April 26, 2013

SEC Weekend: Auburn Tigers @ Mizzou

♦ Be sure to check out Sam Nasci's Mizzou Matchup preview of the Auburn Tigers here at

♦ Also check out our off-season South By Southeast posts about Auburn Baseball:

♦ And for you Gator fans coming into Columbia, MO, for the weekend, check out The SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball for everything you need to know.


SEC Standings: The SEC Tournament admits only the top 12 teams, regardless of division. Heading into the Auburn series, Missouri stands tied for the 12th or 13th place with Tennessee, above Georgia. UT would hold the tie-breaker over MU if that tie persists. 11th place is held by Auburn. This weekend's series is crucial to both sets of Tigers in their quest to make the tournament.

MU's remaining schedule includes games against Texas A&M, Alabama, and Kentucky.

East Division in bold
.889 16-2 Vanderbilt.833 15-3 LSU
.611 11-7 Arkansas
.611 11-7 South Carolina .556 10-8 Florida.556 10-8 Mississippi
.556 10-8 Mississippi State
.500 9-9 Alabama
.389 7-11 Kentucky.389 7-11 Texas A&M
.333 6-12 Auburn
.278 5-13 Tennessee.278 5-13 Missouri.222 4-14 Georgia
Can Auburn Baseball Make a Case for the Postseason? (Track'em Tigers)
...It was a shot in the arm to win consecutive SEC series after winning just one game in the first three series. However, Georgia has one of the worst teams in recent years and Auburn really should have swept the Dawgs. A sweep would have gone a long way in making up lost ground from the first half of the season.

While the pitching staff led by Michael O’Neal (7-2) has done a good job with a team ERA of 3.33 (the lowest mark at this point in the season since 2002) – the offense has struggled at times. It was the lack of offense that prevented the Tigers from getting the sweep against Georgia.

Auburn had a combined 25 hits in its two victories against the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday but could only muster three in the last game of Saturday’s double header.

In the first half of the season, John Pawlowski became the Tigers’ all-time third Winn ingest baseball coach (by number of wins.) Yet Auburn finds itself in the familiar position of possibly not making the NCAA. Because of it, some believe Pawlowski will be on the hot seat if …

… the Tigers fail to make it to the NCAA tournament. The mid-season record of 22-14 and 5-10 in the SEC is not a bad record per se but it doesn’t get any easier from here on out...
Daniel Koger replaces struggling Kendall as No. 3 starter for Tigers (
Stuck in the bullpen after falling from the top spot of Auburn’s pitching rotation, sophomore Daniel Koger didn’t sulk.

The left-hander continued to work, even when his job was stripped from him. Tigers coach John Pawlowski said Thursday that persistence paid off, with Koger likely being inserted back into the weekend rotation as Auburn’s third starter.

“We’re going to change it up on Sunday — mostly likely it’s going to be Daniel Koger,” Pawlowski said. “Koger, I was impressed with the way he threw at Mississippi State. I thought his stuff was very good in relief. We’ve been banged up a little bit with a couple of our arms, but I think Koger is ready to go. If he’s ready to go, then we’re going to start him on Sunday.” ...

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