Mike Rivera, Florida

Takeaways: Dissecting LSU And Florida

Analysis

— Florida’s bullpen looks like a question mark

With the abundance of talent coach Kevin O’Sullivan consistently brings in to the Gators’ program, it’s a little surprising to see UF struggling so much on the back-end of the bullpen. But there’s a good reason for that – the unit is littered with young players. In the series finale against LSU this past weekend, the Gators were in total control of the game in the latter innings – until the bullpen was called upon. It was a mess. Tyler Dyson has a physical body and the righthander has some big-time juice, sitting 93-95 with his fastball. However, Dyson didn’t show a consistent secondary offering and he lacked fastball command. Lefty Andrew Baker entered the game and was promptly lifted after hitting a batter despite sitting 89-92 with his fastball, along with a 76-78 mph breaking ball. The Gators really like young Austin Langworthy, but he remains out because of a hamate bone injury. There’s some legit talent here, but it might take a while for this unit to provide some clarity.

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