Is there such a thing as too much rest?
If in fact Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco holds his No. 1 pitcher, Bobby Wahl, for the second day of the Raleigh Regional it will have been two full weeks between starts for Wahl.
This whole disruption of routine started back in the Mississippi State series when Wahl pitched the top of the first against the Bulldogs and looked very good doing it. Then the rains came, and Wahl was pushed back to Sunday, where he held the Bulldogs scoreless into the sixth inning, but the bullpen could not hold the lead.
What followed was a shorter week going into his LSU start, but only short by one day for a guy who is used to seven days between starts. Wahl lasted just 2.2 innings, his shortest outing of the year.
Wahl did not pitch in the SEC tournament, and that start will soon be two weeks ago.
Bianco said managing Wahl in Hoover had more to do with helping him reestablish routine than it had to do with rest.
Wahl says the staff has done a good job of helping him get back in routine and give him some intense work even if it hasn’t been in a game.
Whoever throws in the second round for Ole Miss will face a power lefty in North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon — provided the two highest seeds win their first round games.
Rodon leads nation in total strikeouts and in strikeouts per nine innings.
Ole Miss has hit lefties a little better of late, but Rodon will be a cut above Kentucky’s Jerad Grundy, who the Rebels roughed up in the SEC tournament.
The Rebels are 10-14 in games in which the opponent has started a left-hander. That can sometimes be a misleading stat. Auburn started a left-hander, but it was right-handed reliever Terrance Dedrick who gave Ole Miss fits when the Rebels lost two games at Auburn.