CWS Primer: LSU
Omaha History: 16 CWS appearances, 6 Titles
Overview: The LSU Tigers will likely be considered the favorites. They looked dominating in post season play. They looked dominant for most of the season, and they have a long track record of dominating Omaha. LSU is the most balanced team in the CWS field. They have an elite offense, a great pitching staff, and one of the best defenses in the country. They are the extremely rare breed of team that can play and win any style of game. The Tigers rank in the top 25 in batting average, doubles, home runs, and runs. They also rank in the top 15 in ERA, fielding percentage, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and double plays per game. They are a team with no weaknesses and plenty of strengths. They will not beat themselves, and that’s why of all the teams in the CWS they are the most likely to walk away with a title.
Road To Omaha: LSU swept through Regional and Super Regional play. They only played one game within two runs, and that game came against one of the best pitchers in the country.
Players To Watch:
Aaron Nola: He’s one of the best pitchers in the nation. The sophomore put together a fantastic season for the Tigers. His ERA sits at just 1.68, and ranks in the top 20 in hits allowed per game. He also ranks in the top ten in strikeouts. Nola sat down 117 batters this season. He’s got a live arm, and every pitch in his repertoire has elite movement. He’ll likely be taken very early in next year’s draft.
Mason Katz: He’s been a consistent contributor to the LSU attack for the past four seasons. He was a fourth round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Katz powered 15 homeruns this year, and he ranked 8th in the country in runs batted in with 68. He’s one of the best middle of the order threats in the country, and just one more reason why the Tigers are so dangerous.
Take The Title If…: If LSU simply plays to their potential the title is theirs to lose. They led all teams in the field in players drafted with nine, and they will have the most talent on the field in every game they play.
A Quick Trip If…: It’s hard to see any scenario in which LSU leaves quickly. But funny things can happen in high pressure situation. If they slip-up and make a few errors then they could easily fall to defeat like anyone else.
Why Omaha Should Cheer For Them: LSU has one of the most passionate fan bases in the country. They travel to Omaha every year whether their team is here or not. Nebraskans can clearly relate to this kind of fan base.