LSU departed for Nashville on Thursday afternoon. But not before meeting with reporters to discuss the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
- Third basemen Christian Ibarra expects to start Friday’s game, but coach Paul Mainieri said the decision on that – and another player – hasn’t been made. Ibarra missed the last three games with a tweaked right hamstring. “I’m ready to go,” Ibarra said. “I’m starting (Friday).” Mainieri would not reveal his lineup for Friday’s game and suggested that another LSU player was “nicked up.” Coaches will set the lineup later, he said.
- Much has been made about Vanderbilt ace Tyler Beede, but the Commodores’ entire staff has exceptional stats. “I sat down and I looked at that today and I looked at one pitcher and said, ‘Man this kid strikes out a batter an inning or more. The opposing team is hitting 100-something against him.’ Then you go to another guy it’s the same thing. You go to another guy and it’s the same thing,” Mainieri said.
- But both teams, the coach said, have solid pitching numbers. “I started looking at our stats and I bet you Tim Corbin, the Vanderbilt coach, is probably sitting there saying, ‘Who’s this Alden Cartwright guy, who’s this Henri Faucheux guy, who’s Parker Bugg? And who’s Joe Broussard?’ You start to look at the opposing team and they’re bigger than life. You have to remember that they’re just kids. They put their pants on one leg at a time like everybody else does.”
- When looking at the stat sheet, Mainieri said Vanderbilt and LSU are “almost mirror images.” Said Mainieri: “Batting average is close, ERA is close, fielding percentage is close. It’s going to be two really evenly matched teams and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
- Cody Glenn lost his SEC weekend starting gig and has moved into the LSU bullpen. Mainieri expects to use Glenn in a long-reliever role this weekend. How will Glenn adjust? He said he won’t change his approach too much. He might toss a bit harder. “Maybe I can get my velocity up a little bit knowing I don’t have to go five or six innings an outing,” he said.
- Asked what pitching coach Alan Dunn told him about moving into the bullpen, Glenn said, “It’s not really that much of a difference game wise. Said keep a positive attitude and I’ll get another chance soon and to take advantage of my next opportunity.”