STRIKES (THE GOOD)
ABOUT FACE: LSU’s bullpen did an about-face. The unit struggled for three straight games, allowing 17 runs, 25 hits against Kentucky last Sunday, UL-Lafayette and Bama on Thursday. Relievers, in the last two games, have given up 12 hits and no runs.
BATMAN BAIN: Austin Bain is resembling the menacing character from the Batman series lately. In two SEC road relief appearances, Bain has allowed 4 hits, 0 runs, struck out 13 and walked 5 in a combined 10 innings of work. Is he a new candidate for the Sunday starting gig?
CHOMP’N CHINEA: Chris Chinea had eight hits in the three-game series at Bama. He’s on a roll lately, hitting four homers this week (after having none in the first 26 games) and he’s had at least two hits in seven of the past eight contests. His D at first has been better, too.
BALLS (THE BAD)
LANGE IS HUMAN: LSU freshman righty Alex Lange isn’t a strike-throwing robot pitcher after all. Lange, for the second straight start, walked five guys Friday. For the first time this season, he never found his “stuff.” And yet, Lange pitched six scoreless innings.
NO. 3 TROUBLE: The weakness for this LSU team earlier in the season seemed to be the lack of a No. 4 starter. Its No. 3 lasted less than 2 innings for the second straight start. Jake Godfrey has allowed 11 runs, 8 hits in back-to-back 0.1, 1.2-inning starts.
EXHAUSTED: This is a bad week to have to play five games. LSU follows a 38-inning weekend — 12-plus hours of total game time — with five games next week. At least the Tigers get two days off Sunday and Monday, but exhaustion might be a concern.