Florida baseball is off to a fantastic start this season, with a 22-4 record, a 5-1 record in SEC play, and the No. 3 overall ranking in the country.
Pretty much all of this success is to the credit of the Gators’ downright ridiculous offense.
Sure, the Gators have a solid pitching staff. They have multiple starters that can go deep into games, and a bullpen that is up and down but gets the job done for the most part.
However, these bats are on a different planet.
Their ability to erupt and hang a crooked number out of nowhere is unparalleled. In the Gators’ series opener against Ole Miss this weekend, they were down 6-3 heading into the top of the 8th inning before scoring six unanswered runs and winning game one on their way to a series sweep.
It’s one thing to just watch the baseballs fly out of the yard when the Gators are in the box. But taking a deeper look at the numbers just leaves you in awe.
Florida baseball: Cream of the crop
The Gators rank exceptionally well in just about every offensive category, but there are a few that really stick out.
Starting off simply, Florida is 18th in the country in on-base percentage, at .429. They’re also 4th in the country in triples, with 12 on the season.
And now I offer you an onslaught of stats that the Gators rank in the top three in.
For overall batting average, the Gators are 3rd at .339. When it comes to the long ball, Florida ranks 2nd in the country with 51 bombs this season.
Then, Florida is tied for 1st with total runs this year at 232, and they score 10.1 per game.
And our Gators stand alone in 1st place in the country in hits (264), and slugging percentage (.621).
To be ranked this high in this many categories is just stupid. But it isn’t just the team as a whole that’s standing out. Florida has a trio of guys at or near the top of the country in some individual categories.
Josh Rivera, who has had an incredible start to this season, is tied for 3rd in the country in RBI, with 37.
Cade Kurland, the Gators’ primary leadoff man, is 2nd in runs scored this season at 33.
And now we get to Gainesville’s version of Shohei Ohtani. Jac Caglianone has been unstoppable this year on the mound and in the box, and his stats reflect that.
Cags is tied for the nation’s lead in homers with 13, and Rivera isn’t too far behind him with 10.
Jac also leads the country in total bases with 102, and the nearest guy to him is 10 back at 92.
This Florida offense is operating at a historic pace, and with how deep the lineup is I’m not sure it ever slows down.
The Gators have the caliber of offense that can carry them all the way to Omaha.
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