Dawg83 Posted February 8, 2022 Share Posted February 8, 2022 (edited) Roughly a week and a half away from Opening Day now. A lot to talk about and a lot to look forward to with two Preseason Top 10 teams, plus USM should be good again as well. The defending national champion Mississippi State Bulldogs (just had to say it, LOL) have a really interesting roster. Lost some key contributors but have talent all over the place. It’s a team with a ton of potential, particularly on the mound and with power hitting. Sims moving to a starting role intrigues me, and I expect him to do well there, but the other rotation spots are TBD and I’m not sure who the go-to guy at the end of games ends up being. Generally speaking I expect a typical Lemonis team that’s contends for a Top 8 seed and has every chance to make a deep run in Omaha. I am fascinated by Ole Miss. I’m not sure anybody in the country returns more offense than they do, but the pitching staff? Who the heck knows. If they do figure out pitching then they might win the SEC. But we’ve all been through this enough now to know that the questions about this program start when the calendar flips to June. It will feel like another big missed opportunity if Bianco doesn’t make an Omaha trip with this core group of players. The SEC in general has an interesting dynamic this year, not much returning pitching but a ton of returning hitting. We may have quite a few Sunday games that resemble the Gorilla Ball era. We’ll talk about the first weekend as we get closer, State hosts a Top 25 Long Beach State team and Ole Miss hosts a more manageable series with Charleston Southern. Thoughts on the season ahead? Edited February 8, 2022 by Dawg83 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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