Posted: 3:22 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013
By Metal Building Dawg
Here is something I don't get: canceled conference games in the SEC. It's stupid. And it is putting MSU at a disadvantage this weekend.
Here are the SEC Standings as of today...
After nine SEC weekends, each team should have 27 games played. But that's not the case. Only seven teams have played a full slate of games - that's just half! Georgia has only played 24 games, they are missing an entire series!
South Carolina's final game with Vanderbilt was canceled so they sit at 16-10 heading into Starkville this weekend. MSU is 14-13, two and a half games back. The Gamecocks also hold the four seed in the SEC Tournament which holds a bye in the first round (a single-elimination round). MSU does control their own destiny as we can sweep USC, but that is a tall task against the nearly back-to-back-to-back national champions even at home. If they were forced to play that game against the unspeakably hot Commodores we'd probably be looking at being able to grab that 4-seed by taking 2 of 3 (assuming Ole Miss loses 2 of 3 in Baton Rouge).
Alabama is 13-13, but they should be 14-13. They were up 4-0 on Texas A&M; when the game was canceled in the early innings not to be made up.
Why aren't we making these games up? I understand they've got one weekend to play the games and if they can't get them in it's just tough luck because they need to get back to campus for school - but school is out! For most of these schools there has been no class for the last two weeks, yet they have a full week of playing tiddlywinks when they could be making up baseball games.
Here is what I propose: no non-conference midweek games are to be scheduled for the final couple weeks of the season in case a game needs to be made up on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
It can't cost that much - if we can travel to Mobile, Alabama for ONE game on a Tuesday night then Vanderbilt can go back to Columbia and make up their game.
And another thing - LSU and Texas A&M; only playing a seven inning game on a SATURDAY was really dumb. Seriously, it's a Saturday, play a full nine. They did it because they finished a suspended Game 2 earlier in the day but c'mon - not only do they not have school on Monday but everyone else in the SEC is playing on Sunday, it makes no sense not to play a full game (they actually played 8 because it went into "extra innings").