LSU coach Paul Mainieri has set his lineup for Wednesday’s game at Southeastern Louisiana. There will be a change at cleanup hitter and most of the veterans will return to their places.
Meanwhile, second baseman Kramer Robertson is still feeling the love from his showing Sunday, and sophomore pitcher Mitch Sewald is serving a suspension.
Some short news nuggets from Tuesday’s media day:
- Some lineup spots of interest Wednesday: Chris Chinea will catch, Tyler Moore will play first base and Sean McMullen will DH, Mainieri said. That means Kade Scivicque, competing with Moore and Chinea for the first and catcher jobs, will be out of the lineup. Scivicque also played DH during the opening weekend.
- Robertson’s Sunday was good, but it has not automatically won him the starting gig. Conner Hale will start at second base and will be moved up in the batting order from his nine-hole spot.
- Cleanup hitter Jared Foster will be moved down in the order and could be replaced at cleanup by Hale, Mainieri said. Christian Ibarra and Chinea are also options for the Tigers at cleanup, a somewhat sore spot for the team. Over the three-game opening weekend, LSU’s cleanup hitter (Foster and Chinea) batted 6 for 36. “I’m going to sleep on it tonight,” Mainieri said of the cleanup decision for Wednesday.
- Starting pitcher Cody Glenn will be on a six-inning limit (or “75-80 pitches max”), like the other three starters were over last weekend. So who will Mainieri turn to out of the pen? “We’d guy with the guys we did initially,” the coach said. That includes Joe Broussard and Kurt McCune, who preserved LSU’s season-opening 2-0 win last Friday. Broussard – or any reliever – likely won’t throw multiple innings. Mainieri wants his relievers ready for this weekend’s slate of games.
- Reliever Brady Domangue had the worst outing of any reliever over the weekend. He allowed three runs and walked three. Mainieri said Alan Dunn is changing, somewhat, Domangue’s mechanics and he could insert the reliever again as early as Sunday. When Domangue struggles on the mound “he grits his teeth and tries hard,” Mainieri said. “He needs to relax and be a little bit more conscious of his mechanics.”
- Now to Robertson, the kid who stole the show in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Grambling. Robertson said he received 100 texts after the game and gained about 600 Twitter followers. His mother, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, called him three times after the game. He finally rang her back late Sunday. “She told me she was proud of me and I did a good job,” Robertson said.
- Robertson received a mention on Twitter from Robert Griffin III. Said Robertson: “That was cool.”
- Right-handed pitcher Mitch Sewald, a sophomore, is serving a suspension for the first four games of the season, Mainieri said Tuesday. Sewald, a Mandeville native who appeared in two games last season, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and reckless operation in November. Mainieri said he’s not sure if he’ll allow Sewald to play over the weekend.