The Diamond Dawgs head to Lexington this weekend for a three game set with the Wildcats (18-13, 4-8 in SEC play). UK lost most of their offensive weapons from last year and their power numbers show it. Their slugging percentage is almost .150 below UGA's mark. They have 27 homers this year, compared with UGA's 60.
One thing UK is better than Georgia is fielding percentage. But, then again, most teams are. The Dawgs currently rank 149th in fielding percentage and have 46 errors. Their 11th in the SEC. Actually, those stats only run through last Sunday and don't include Wednesday's four errors against Winthrop, so make it 50 errors on the year. The Dawgs have to pick it better.
The Cats have a solid, but not spectacular, set of starters. Freshman Alex Meyer takes the hill tonight and is the only righty starter UK will throw this weekend. Their best pitcher goes Saturday, as All-SEC lefty Chris Rusin faces Alex McRee. Sophomore lead-off man Chris Bisson has been UK's best offensive weapon, hitting .369 with 45 hits and 28 RBIs. It's usually not good when your lead-off man leads the team in RBIs, but at least it implies that the bottom of their lineup is getting on base.
If the Diamond Dawgs are going to keep pace in the SEC with Arkansas (who beat new #1 Arizona State twice this week), this is a series we need to sweep. If we can avoid unearned runs and an abundance of walks, everything favors us. Saturday's game will be televised on FS South at 7 EST, so check your local listings and tune in.