I spoke a little with Aaron Greenwood Friday afternoon.
As he was leaving the SEC tournament Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco sounded optimistic that better days were ahead for his bullpen.
A strong point earlier in the season with Greenwood and Tanner Bailey in the primary set-up roles, it struggled near the end of the regular season.
You may have seen me mention that here.
Greenwood, though, has put together two solid back-to-back outings. He did give up a home run at LSU, but it came near the end of a 4.2-inning performance, far and away his longest outing of the year. He finished with three hits and three runs allowed at LSU.
Against Arkansas in the Rebels’ second game in Hoover, he allowed one run over 3.1 innings.
Greenwood has been more successful of late in part, he says, because assistant coach Carl Lafferty has been working with his mechanics in bullpen sessions mostly to shorten his stride.
“My ball was not on a downward tilt. It was up in the zone and easier for hitters to hit,” Greenwood said.
Bianco has maintained that for the bullpen to be all it can be, Greenwood is going to have to find the form he showed through mid-April.
Greenwood says he never lost confidence.
“No, that’s just baseball. No one’s going to throw a perfect game every day. They’ve talked to me and trust me to get the job done.”
The NCAA tournament selection show is Monday at 11 a.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. Ole Miss (37-22) has an RPI of 19 and is a likely 2 seed somewhere.