SEC baseball power rankings: Arkansas is No. 1 (again)
Chris Lee • 5/17/2021 in Baseball
The Razorbacks haven't lost a weekend series all season.
Here's how I rank the SEC's 14 teams heading into the final weekend series. Record, conference record and RPI are in parenthesis.
1. Arkansas (39-10, 19-8, 1): The Razorbacks still haven't lost a weekend series, conference or otherwise.
2. Vanderbilt (36-12, 17-9, 4): Even with losing a series at Ole Miss, the outlook is brighter for Vandy with Jack Leiter back and healthy.
3. Tennessee (39-13, 18-9, 8): The Vols lead the league in run differential (plus-53) in SEC games.
4. Mississippi State (36-13, 17-10, 7): The race between Nos. 4 and 7 is closer than ever; MSU stays at 4 but a horrendous series loss to Missouri bought the Bulldogs much closer to the teams behind them.
5. Florida (35-16, 17-10, 20): The Gators have won their last five series, though maybe just one (Vandy) came against a team that's heading to the NCAA tournament.
6. Ole Miss (36-15, 16-11, 12): The Rebels took a huge step towards hosting this weekend, and can lock that in with a series win at Georgia.
7. South Carolina (31-18, 15-12, 11): Brett Kerry now in the rotation and that brightens the outlook considerably for the Gamecocks.
8. LSU (32-19, 11-16, 18): If the Tigers can just take this weekend's series at Texas A&M, my guess is they'll make the NCAA tournament due to that RPI and the No. 2 overall strength of schedule.
9. Alabama (29-19, 12-14, 25): Two huge questions for the Crimson Tide: Can they sneak into the NCAA tournament, and can Connor Prielipp help them if they do?
10. Georgia (29-20, 12-15, 39): The Bulldogs have now lost four of their likely top five arms for the season, making it difficult to foresee a positive outcome to the season moving forward.
11. Kentucky (27-20, 11-16, 65): It would be great to see the Wildcats get into the NCAA tournament, but the quality wins just aren't there unless they can win this weekend's series at Vandy.
12. Auburn (22-25, 8-19, 73): The Tigers lead the SEC with 46 home runs in league games; now, they just need to take two games at Missouri to get to Hoover.
13. Texas A&M (28-25, 8-19, 69): The Aggies have allowed more runs in SEC games (198) than anyone else in the league.
14. Missouri (14-33, 7-27, 109): Those were two huge wins in Starkville, but even with them, the body of work lags far behind the rest. Losing right fielder Andrew Keefer to injury doesn't help.