1THAT TIME OF YEAR
Eleven LSU players will meet with professional baseball scouts Monday. Scouts will “gauge their sign-ability if they were to be drafted,” coach Paul Mainieri said. So who’s heading out? Obviously Aaron Nola. He might be the only for-sure guy. But there are a host of others who might make the early leap. Closer Joe Broussard and outfielders Mark Laird and Jared Foster are in that mix.
2 SCENARIO GAME
LSU could finish anywhere from 10th to second in the SEC after this week’s over. The Tigers could also win the SEC West or finish sixth. In the most simple terms: To win the West, LSU needs to win the series or sweep Auburn and hope Ole Miss (at Texas A&M) and Mississippi State (at Bama) don’t win their series. To finish in the top four in the league and get an SEC tournament bye, Tigers need help from a few teams.
3 WHAT IF?
LSU didn’t use its second-best pitcher, Jared Poché, against Alabama after Mainieri decided to pitch him Sunday instead of Saturday night. The coach did it to give more rest to a group of relievers that he uses in Game 3s. The Tigers don’t have a set No. 3 starter. But what if they did? Mainieri is down about five or six pitchers he expected to have right about now. “That’s a pretty big hit,” the coach said. “Could have been a totally different situation.”