Oct. 3, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - A trio of Rebels helped their respective teams advance to the 2013 MLB Postseason Playoffs as the former Ole Miss baseball players all took the field with their teams at the start of the chase for the World Title this week.
Zack Cozart with the Cincinnati Reds, Seth Smith with the Oakland Athletics and Lance Lynn with the St. Louis Cardinals all helped their teams advance to the postseason this year. Cozart hit .254 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI to help the Reds on the run to the postseason.
Cozart and the Reds were eliminated in the National League Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. With the win, the Pirates will now face Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in the start of the National League Divisional Series.
Lynn and the Cardinals posted a 97-65 record this season, tying with the Boston Red Sox for the best record in Major League Baseball this year. Lynn turned in a 15-10 record with a 3.97 ERA this season, striking out 180 batters through 176.0 innings of work.
Former Rebel Alex Presley spent the bulk of the 2013 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Minnesota Twins in the waning weeks of the season.
On the other side of the coin, Seth Smith and the Oakland Athletics will take the field on Friday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers to start the American League Divisional Series. Smith helped Oakland post a 6-66 record on the way to claiming the American League Western Division this season and the third best record in Major League Baseball.
Smith hit at a .352 clip with a .391 slugging percentage as he tallied eight home runs and 40 RBI to help the A's on the run to the postseason.