The bats (and other baseball thoughts)

Obviously, if you hold the opposition down, you have a chance to win games. Auburn has scored three runs in 18 innings to start this series. That’s great pitching by the Razorbacks.

But there is little doubt that the Hogs can hit. They got seven hits off of Casey Mize on Friday and that’s pretty good. He’s a terrific talent. They got 17 hits last night in a 13-2 victory. Every starter got a hit.

So the Hogs are now hitting .340 in 11 SEC games. That’s off the charts good. Generally, batting averages go down with the start of SEC play. Not Arkansas. Dominic Fletcher has figured it out. He’s hitting .319 in SEC play. Some wondered when he would kick it into gear. He’s done that.

The top MLB man at Friday night’s game (an old friend) told me in the late innings that he especially wanted to see Mize pitch against Arkansas because it was a good hitting team. He was impressed by both Mize and the Arkansas lineup.

One other thing, this guy also got a treat, a chance to see a real talent close for Arkansas, lefty pitcher Matt Cronin. One thing to remember, there are not a lot of lefties who can throw 95 to 96. That’s what this guy said his scout’s radar gun had for Cronin. He told me that Mize and Knight are first rounders, but the pitcher who might climb to the major leagues the fastest was Cronin. Lefties with heat are just such a rare thing that they move up quickly.