The first month of the season has been all over the place for the Alabama baseball team.
A 4-game losing streak followed by a 5-game winning streak. A shutout Tuesday this week followed by allowing 10 runs the next night.
So what should you expect when the Crimson Tide (10-7) open SEC play on Friday with a 3-game series at home against red-hot Missouri (16-1)?
Cobie Vance, Chandler Avant and Cody Henry have been steady for the Tide through 17 games. Hitting from the leadoff spot, Avant is batting .386 with a .436 ob-base percentage. He also leads the team with 27 hits and 8 doubles.
Tanner DeVinny has served as a spark plug at the plate of late. He’s started just 6 games this season, but began the last three as the starting catcher. He’s hitting .318 (7 for 22) and three of those hits are home runs. He’s fourth on the team with 11 RBIs and tops in slugging percentage (.727).
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s series in Tuscaloosa:
Alabama baseball vs. Missouri game time, details
Game 1: Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m., ET
Location: Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
What TV channel are the Alabama baseball vs. Missouri games on?
SEC Network+ is televising Game 1 and SEC Network will air Games 2 and 3.
How can I watch the Alabama baseball vs. Missouri games online?
How can I listen to the Alabama baseball vs. Missouri games?
You can follow the game on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Here is a list of the CTSN affiliates.
What you should know
Missouri is expected to throw RHP Tanner Houck (2-1, 2.92) in Game 1, followed by LHP Michael Plassmeyer (3-0, 2.35) in Game 2 and RHP Andy Toelken (1-0, 3.05) in the finale. In 17 games, the Tigers’ ERA is 2.73 and they’ve struck out 174 batters in 158 innings.
For the Crimson Tide, RHP Jake Walters (3-1 2.31) is expected to pitch Game 1, followed by RHP Nick Eicholtz (x-x, 5.14) in the second game. Alabama is undecided on its Game 3 starter.
Mizzou Tigers, they’re so hot right now
Missouri began its season with a 6-2 loss against Eastern Michigan one month ago. The Tigers haven’t lost since. That’s 16 consecutive wins. They’ve done it in different ways — seven 1-run victories, a 27-run outburst and a pair of shutouts. No one is swinging a hotter bat that Robbie Glendinning, the SEC’s Co-Player of the Week. Last week he had to walkoff singles, batted .476 with 10 hits and an .810 slugging percentage. On the season, the second baseman is hitting .400 with 2 home runs, 8 RBIs and a .514 on-base percentage.