That’s what Omaha does to pitching staffs.

Subtle changes happen to a facial expression when you cry. Muscles around the eyes tighten up, which in turn helps contract the tear ducts. Looking at Mr. Mets’ eyes, we can see that this facial tightening is in a permanent state. His pupils are dilated, his eyes are mid-contraction. This is a man who is ready to cry at any moment and he’s been this way for years.

Nobody ever asks Mr. Met how he’s doing, or is just willing to listen to him. Instead he suffers alone, in silence, for all the world to see.

Knowing these factors, it’s understandable why Mr. Met snapped on Wednesday. He’s endured so much over the years, and for what? Some chuckleheads to mock him after a losing game? His head is full of stitches, he’s always about to cry, his sex life is unfulfilling, and he’s watching Queens change around him.

Instead of slamming Mr. Met for flipping off some fans, we should instead just be asking Are you OK, Mr. Met?

That’s what Omaha does to pitching staffs. Reduces you to relievers, even your starters. Everyone throws late innings out here.

LSU thus holds the staffing advantage of having thrown Lange, Poche, and shutdown man Zack Hess 24 hours earlier than Saturday’s bouts, and they should be ready to go when the dogfights of late inning work needs to be dealt with. Florida’s bullpen ain’t that deep beyond the big time arms of Michael Byrne and Garrett Milchin, and that’s been a liability for the Gators all season. This is where the real separation should be monitored, since Florida’s late innings staff may not be able to carry the load into the barn.

The problem here for the Gators will be matching up arms with LSU’s rested pen, especially in deep innings. Also, LSU’s big bats will push runners around the bases with happy abandon. Florida’s staff needs to prevent base runners if they have a hope in this series.

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