The MLB playoffs begin on Tuesday night and a handful of former LSU players are set to appear.
According to BetMGM, the Braves are the current title favorites at +250.
Postseason baseball is nothing new to these guys
Good luck to Aaron, Kevin, Josh, Alex, and Andrew on your opportunity to chase the Commissioner’s Trophy.
— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) October 2, 2023
Several players from this group contributed to postseason runs at LSU, including Nola, who helped lead LSU to a CWS title in 2009.
Here’s a closer look at the five former Tigers competing in October.
Bregman had a solid 2023, playing in 161 games. He hit .262 with a wRC+ of 125. He ranked ninth in the AL in hits while hitting 25 homers and 28 doubles.
Bregman has a career postseason wRC+ of 113 to go along with his two World Series rings.
Nola was up and down in 2023. He only had one month where his ERA was below four, but he remained a steady contributor in the Phillies rotation. However, he posted a 5.47 ERA in September, making it his worst month of the year. The Phillies will need him at his best if they hope to win it all.
Stevenson only played in 25 games this year, but he made the Twins’ postseason roster. He hit just .189, but his defensive metrics are strong.
Gausman will start game one for the Blue Jays. He was among the best pitchers in baseball this year, leading the AL in strikeouts per nine innings. He’s riding a hot streak into October, having not allowed a run in his last 13 innings.
Josh Smith helped lead LSU to a CWS appearance in 2017 and is now in his second year with the Rangers. He struggled at the plate this year, hitting below the Mendoza line. He provides depth and utility for the Rangers in October.