Texas A&M baseball coach Rob Childress is making a change in his rotation this weekend, moving Grayson Long to Saturday and throwing Tyler Stubblefield on Sunday against Florida.
That is pretty much set.
Who is behind those three pitchers is the question with the way things have gone of late.
Cole Lankford will be at first base, Troy Stein will catch two games at least and Mitchell Nau the other one if need be. Taylor Logan should be at shortstop and Nick Banks will likely be right field.
After that it’s something that will add intrigue to what should be a great weekend of baseball at Blue Bell Park.
Will Krey Bratsen or Jace Statum be in center field. If it’s Bratsen, will Statum start in left field. If Statum is in center and/or he’s not in left, who will patrol that corner ? J.B. Moss? Jonathan Moroney?
Speaking of corners, that’s where it really is interesting, which after Logan Nottebrok’s start it’s unbelievable that’s even being discussed.
But Nottebrok has dropped to .221 and was dropped (given a day’s rest) from the lineup on Tuesday.
If Nottebrok is not there, is it Blake Allemand, whose average has gone up to .224 recently.
Patrick McLendon I believe would play second but if Nottebrok is at third, Allemand could move back to where he started the season.
Or Allemand could be at third and Nottebrok could DH, leaving Hunter Melton out. His average has dropped to .261 and the leading home run hitter last season with six has yet to go yard.
But the biggest thing is has Childress and coach Andy Sawyers forgiven him for not running out a ground ball he thought was foul on Tuesday. He was lifted for Nottebrok the next at-bat.
All this and we don’t really have Nau in the lineup. He is only fourth on the team in RBIs despite having fewer at-bats than 10 other players. He is also hitting .300 and was the hero of Tuesday’s unlikely win with a three-run homer.
He can DH and as was previously noted could catch a game.
If you’re a fan it will be worth going to the ballpark this weekend just to see the lineup each day.