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Louisiana baseball’s bullpen is a work in progress

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 20:08:04-05

LAFAYETTE (KATC) — Louisiana baseball knew it’s young arms would be it’s weakness in 2019, and through seven games the team’s bullpen has struggled.

The Cajuns starters have allowed just ten earned runs, the bullpen has allowed 25. The pen’s 7.50 ERA is just one indication of how the group has struggled. The stat Tony Robichaux pays most attention to is how many innings the Cajuns allow three-or-more runs. This year Louisiana has allowed five such innings.

Speaking Monday, Robichaux said his pitching success the past 2 -years has been based on the idea that his pitchers don’t allow these kinds of innings, something that has been a problem so far.

“We have to get back to that. Be able to get the critical out when it’s time to get it, get rid of the walk and get rid of the momentum. Being able to turn the momentum around. This whole game is built on momentum. That’s something we have to handle on the backside of a game,” he said.

The bullpen’s struggles haven’t been just about young or inexperienced arms. Junior pitcher Jack Burk has allowed two of the team’s five three-run innings this year.

Tuesday, Sophomore Brock Batty was scheduled to start for Louisiana. He’d been the sixth starting pitcher for Louisiana this year. Rain postponed the Cajuns’s game at Southeastern until April.