Back on Track?
Yes we are aware that Auburn has absolutely crushed the ball this season. Currently we lead both the SEC and NCAA in team HRs. We currently sit at 97 total HRs.
That's 10 better than the previous record of 87 set in 1998.
But are we on pace to break other offensive records?
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So, yeah, not even close. Except for team strikeouts and maybe slugging %. On interesting note, I always hear about fans complaining about the Auburn pitching and how its the reason we've been slumping since the Tom Slater took over. For a little perspective, Hal Baird coached from 1985-2000, Steve Renfroe from 2001-2004, and Tom Slater from 2005-2008.
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Seems like, for this decade, Strikeouts have been our Achilles heel.
SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?
When it comes to an NCAA Bid, our bubble seems to be bursting. After last weeks sweep, Rivals has somewhat given up hope, listing us as one of their losers for the week:
Auburn: The Tigers may have another year to wait for an NCAA regional berth. Even earlier this week, the Tigers appeared to be in good shape to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA postseason. However, finishing 0-4 and getting swept on the road by LSU derailed their postseason plans… for now. The Tigers still have a good RPI but are now 8-13 in the SEC. That’s not going to get you an NCAA bid.
And today, Rivals listed Auburn as one of the "next fifteen" (meaning on the outside looking in) in their latest NCAA Projections.
However, the precedent is there for Auburn to make the NCAA and not the SEC tournament. Look not further than 2005. When Auburn finished 13-17 in the SEC and made the field.
Still, it still rests all on Auburn. This weekend is key for Auburn. Beat Ole Miss. Beat a team projected to get a host seed in the NCAA. A team with a better RPI. Beat a better team. Just. Beat. Ole. Miss.