I suppose it is my bad luck that I picked our worst year in recent memory to undertake this task. Ole Miss (37 RPI, 66 PR) travels to Arkansas (13 RPI, 20 PR). Presenting Ole Miss and Arkansas on a position by position basis. I'm using the most recent positions, not sure if Bianco plans to keep using this lineup, but it seemed to shake things up a bit.
Despite playing in a hitter friendly environment, Arkansas has posted anemic offensive numbers across the board. The park factor for them is 94.1%; schedule factor 105%; combined is 98.8%. Our current numbers are 96.9% (Park); 104.6% (Schedule); and 101.4% (Combined). Ficociello and McCann are their best hitters at 1B and C respectively. The one thing they have done well is steal bases as they lead the SEC with 104 steals out of 127 (81.8% efficiency). Bigham, Kuhn, Reynolds, and Carver all have between 15 and 19 steals.
Arkansas did not have a qualified DH, Bates seemed to have some recent playing time there.
They actually hit worse than we do!
A Tale of Two Snyders; actually 3, when I started this I didn't include the wOBA or K/PA the first time around, so I added a third when he was not at his lowest this year. May be a case of too little, too late for him (and Hamblin has been coming around too), but nice to see he is at least getting in the groove and not striking out so much.
Moving on to pitching. I have neglected including park and schedule factors in my pitching stats; I feel that is a sorely neglected aspect to what I have done. Arkansas has a very good staff statistically; they also play in a hitters park. I'd have to go back and see how they compare to USC and Florida, but looking at the data, it appears they would be adjusted by 86.9% by ERA only which would lower the team ERA to 2.82 which is still behind Vandy, USC, and Florida without adjusting those 3 teams. I'll have to look at this issue as I go. Crouse and Baxendale face off tonight; GoForth and Fant on Friday.
Wright will go for us, but the Arkansas Saturday starter has been listed as TBA; ergo, I'm including both Lynch and Moore. They both pitched 3 innings on Tuesday night, so we could see Stanek as well (he is included in the bullpen section).
Not sure what the latest is with Morgan, but it appears as tho he is available and pitching through his pain. Stanek has started 9 out of 12 games, and we may see him on Saturday if not one of the other two previously mentioned.
Despite the similarity in peripherals, our staff ERA is much higher. We have not been too susceptible to the long ball overall; but teams do hit us much harder as shown by how poorly we've fared.
Arkansas takes the first two, before we show up too late once again. #Negative
(Disclaimer, I use the wOBA and FIP information from College Splits.)