His team mired in a four-game losing streak, junior pitcher Cody Glenn has the solution for the LSU baseball team’s problems: more stability in the weekend rotation.
He hopes to help with that.
Glenn will start Wednesday’s game against McNeese State, coach Paul Mainieri said Tuesday. The coach had originally planned to start Runnels grad Alden Cartwright but changed his mind.
Glenn gets another crack at starting, another shot to show Mainieri he can return to his place in the Tigers’ weekend rotation.
LSU is down a No. 3 starting pitcher with Kyle Bouman still recovering from a sprained ankle. The Tigers have relied on a group of relievers to pitch the past two Sunday games — a tie and a loss.
“We need to have three starters that’ll go six or seven innings for us. Once we find that, it’ll help us,” Glenn said. “(It’ll give us) a little bit of stability, a little bit of a routine. That way there’s not that many question marks going into each weekend.”
Bouman beat out Glenn for the No. 3 starting spot. How bad does he want it back?
“I want it more than most things I want in the world,” he said. “It’s not any fun going through a weekend not pitching, especially when you’re watching your team struggle. Not fun not to help and contribute.”
Mainieri said he plans to use multiple pitchers in Wednesday’s game, and he doesn’t expect Glenn to pitch much more than two innings.
He decided to make the switch from Cartwright to Glenn because of Glenn’s starting experience. Cartwright, a true freshman, hasn’t started this season, acting only as a middle reliever.
“I never really looked at Alden Cartwright as really the starting pitcher. He was just going to be the first guy out of the bullpen to start the game,” Mainieri said. “Rather than do it that way, going to let Glenn stick with his routine that he normally does and start the game.”
LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is in the midst of the worst hitting slump of his career.
Defensively, though, the sophomore has starred on the diamond. He has committed one error in the past 14 games after having five in the first 12 games.
“I told him yesterday how proud I am of him,” Mainieri said. “He says, ‘Why?’ You see how he played shortstop this weekend? Most guys will carry their bat out to the field with them and now it affects them on defense. He hasn’t done that.”
Bregman made a pair of fielding gems in the winless trip to Florida, including a play in which he fielded a hard-hit grounder to his left and then turned his body right and tossed in time to get a runner heading from second to third.
“I think you’ve got to kind of compartmentalize the game,” Bregman said. “When you hit, when you get to first base, you’re now a base runner. When you run across the diamond to shortstop, you’re now a defender. That’s all I do.”