Any time you have Tanner Houck taking the mound for you on Friday night, you can for the most part chalk up a win or least a competitive game. The SEC is a pitching loaded conference, but Tanner Houck is easily one of the best arms the entire conference can speak of. However, there isn’t too much else at Mizzou after Houck.
Mizzou will send out Bryce Montes De Oca to the mound for a potential weekend arm with high upside, but currently with his plagued past of injuries he’s kind of a wild card to this point as to what he might be.
One bright spot for Steve Bieser and his first year staff members at Mizzou would be Robbie Glendenning. The SS transfered in over the offseason from North Iowa Area Community College where he hit 25 homeruns last year.
Looking at Mizzou’s schedule I see them finishing somewhere in the ballpark of 27 wins. Mizzou has a cake schedule to start off with, which takes a hard right for one of the toughest schedules in the SEC.
Missouri wins 27 games this year and finishes 27-29 for the regular season.
Missouri State, home of the bears, and a team prime to make another run at the NCAA division 1 playoffs. Mo-state touched 49 wins just two years ago and now enters this year with the likes of Jake Burger and Jeremy Eierman on the left side of the infield. I’d argue that could easily be one of the best left sides of the infield in the country.
The Bears will have a shut down closer back for his senior year in Bryan Young. Young has 27 career saves at Missouri state while maintaining a 1.74 era to go along with 106 strikeouts.
Missouri state wins 39 games this year. I see them finishing 39-16 in the regular season.
Southeast Missouri State opens up it’s first year without Steve Bieser at the helm. Andy Sawyers will take over for the Redhawks and he is well equiped to do so. Sawyers brings 18 years of collegiate coaching to the table and most recently he came over from Kansas State where he was the Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.
Sawyers will immediately have two starting pitchers in Robert Beltran who went 8-1 last year and Clay Chandler who finished wiht 96 strikeouts in 97 innings of work.
Semo was picked in a tie with Jacksonville State to finish first in the ohio valley conference. I don’t think that vote is far off from the truth.
Semo wins 29 games. I see them finishing 29-23 in the regular season.
St. Louis University had back to back 41 win seasons in 2012 and 2013. Since they have slowly progressed downward in the win category, last year only marked 25 in the W column. Coach Hendrickson has mentioned this year will be a bounce back year as the Bilikins finished 3rd in the conference last year and were picked to finish 3rd again.
SLU came in with the 61st best recruiting class for 2017 which puts them only two spots behind Mizzou (59). Despite the underdog type mentality of the Bilikens, I just don’t see this being a big year in the win column again. SLU has a loaded schedule that I understand is set up to prepare them for A-10 play, but a string of losses could keep a team from getting on a roll.
St. Louis wins 29 games. I see them finishing 29-26 in the regular season.