Sometimes you can just tell when someone is pulling your leg. It’s possible William and Mary sophomore left-hander Jason Inghram was not being totally forthcoming when he told us he was completely unaware of Ole Miss’ struggles against left-handed pitching.
The give-away was the big grin he flashed after making that statement. The video is a little wobbly as I was struggling with the sun. You might need a seatbelt, but you can see that big grin here. Check it out.
Actually, the Rebels’ numbers against left-handers are not good, but they’re also not terrible … at least not the worst in the SEC. If Ole Miss was ripping the cover off against right-handers this might be a bigger story line. The Rebels are hitting .264 against left-handers, ranking them ninth the SEC in that category. They hit .282 against right-handers, sixth in the SEC.
W&M coach Jamie Pinzino shot a little straighter with us. He said the Rebels’ numbers against lefties did factor into his pitching decisions but “not a ton.”
The Tribe is holding a pretty good one in right-hander John Farrell, who is 11-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 109.1 innings.
Inghram is 8-6 with a 3.48 ERA. He’s been much better inside the Colonial Athletic Association than outside it. He was 2-3 with a 6.29 ERA in 34.1 non-conference innings. Against the CAA he was 6-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 62 innings.
Those are interesting numbers since the CAA appears to be a fairly deep mid-major league. W&M went 17-10 in the league and was the second of three teams to receive NCAA bids.