PodKATT of And The Valley Shook, SB Nation's outstanding LSU Tigers blog, asked me to do a Q&A about the big baseball game tonight at Cliff Hagan Stadium between the #1 ranked LSU Tigers and #2 Kentucky Wildcats. I happily agreed.
First of all, a caveat -- I'm a lousy baseball fan. I'm covering the Bat Cats because they more than deserve it, and there is nobody else around to do it. I'm a college basketball and football guy, and about those two subjects I'll stand toe to toe with anyone. Baseball is something I am still trying to remember from my youth, so please bear with me.
Related: My answers to ATVS' questions
Kentucky is facing the "old money" from the SEC tonight. LSU has been a great baseball program for a long time, and the Wildcats are very much crashing the party this year, just as they did in 2006 and 2008. But Kentucky has proven themselves worthy so far, and this is just another big test to find out how good the Wildcats really are this year. The remaining skepticism is mostly due to a really soft early-season schedule, but Kentucky's recent victory at Arkansas sobered up most of the remaining doubters.
Okay, here we go:
ASOB: How surprised are LSU baseball fans to find the Wildcats atop the SEC at this point in the season?
ATVS: Very surprised, along with the rest of the college baseball world. When UK was streaking through the non-conference slate, most regarded it with a "well, isn't that nice" attitude, as UK's schedule was certainly lacking in strength. But then conference play came around and the 2 time defending national champions get swept and suddenly everyone takes note. To think that Kentucky, faced with a division that sent 3 teams to Omaha last year, even had a chance to compete in division, let alone lead the entire SEC, is something no one could have predicted this year.
ASOB: LSU hit several unexpected road bumps early in this season, dropping two games to Appalachian St. and dropped a series 2-1 at Auburn, but has now reeled off 7 in a row and 14 of their last 15. What one thing has been most important in the Tigers getting back on track?
Thanks to PodKATT and ATVS for doing this with us, and may the best team win this weekend.