Patrick Andrews continues his stellar year with a perfect inning on Tuesday against USC-Upstate. Andrews lowered his ERA to 2.25, WHIP to 0.93 and opponents’ batting average to .196. Left handed batters are 4 for 31 (.129) against Andrews with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks.
Matt Campbell isn’t too far behind. Campbell gave up 2 hits in an inning on Tuesday, but opponents are batting only .195 against him, Campbell’s WHIP is 1.07 and he has 30 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings to date.
Campbell has gotten 43 right handed batters out with 21 of those being by strikeout and Campbell strikes out over 38% of the right handed batters he faces.
Jonathan Meyer had 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday and Meyer has struck out 28 right handed batters while walking only 3. That works out to a 9.3 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
The starting trio of Daniel Gossett, Matthew Crownover and Zack Erwin – a sophomore and two freshmen – have WHIPs of 1.15, 1.14 and 1.10 respectively.
Speaking of freshmen, the Clemson freshmen have accounted for 41% of the innings pitched (198) and 42% of Clemson’s wins (16).
On the offensive side, freshmen have accounted for 30% of the Tigers’ plate appearances, including two starters that have played every game (Dugger and Krieger), the current lead-off batter (Gibson) and Tuesday’s hero (Kevin Bradley).
The aforementioned Bradley began Tuesday batting .132 and was 0 for 14 against left handed pitchers on the season. While Bradley’s game-winning home run didn’t come against the USC-Upstate left handed starter, Bradley did get his first hit against a LHP earlier in the game.
Steve Wilkerson and Shane Kennedy don’t care which arm you are throwing with. Wilkerson is batting .309 vs. RHPs and .310 vs. LHPs, while Kennedy is actually hitting LHPs better than RHPs – .329 to .323.
Maleeke Gibson has added something to the leadoff spot and some of these numbers bear that out. Gibson has 1 less run scored and 2 more RBI than Tyler Slaton in 82 less plate appearnces and with 37 less runners on base during those plate appearnces. While not all of either players plate appearances have come at the leadoff spot a significant number of them have and that portends well for the future.
On the flip side, Gibson walks rarely (4.55% of the time) which should be a staple for someone at the top of the order. Both Slaton (11.18%) and Brittle (10.91%) take base on balls far more often than Gibson.
One thing Gibson has done extremely well for the leadoff batter is knock in runs. In fact, of anyone on the team with significant playing time, Gibson has the fourth highest percentage of runners on base knocked in.