The following stats show the state of the Auburn baseball program over the last three years (since the arrival of the new bats) under head coach John Pawlowski.
|Chances||Put-outs||Assists||Errors||Errors/gm||DP||Fielding %||SB allowed||Caught Stealing|
|Overall||SEC (tourney seed)||Non-conference||Midweek||SOS||SEC tourney||NCAA tourney|
OK, so a few words. Yes, pitching has steadily improved under Pawlowski over the last three years, and he should get credit for that. The staff is much better now than it was in 2011. But then again, he does have a pitching background, so it would be an utter failure if the pitching didn't improve. As far as offense goes, runs per game took a big drop this season. The biggest issue under Coach P, fielding, has been awful throughout his tenure, and 2013 is no exception.
What matters most, though, is wins and losses, and specifically, winning things like regular-season conference titles, conference tournaments, regionals and super regionals. Not only has Auburn not won anything of note in the last three years, the Tigers haven't come close. It would be one thing if this was Year 3 under Pawlowski, but it's Year 5. His program is in place, and it's not getting results.
Firing Pawlowski won't mean a thing if the right replacement isn't hired, and that's a serious question mark with Jay Jacobs running the show. Auburn might squeak into a regional this year, but does anyone expect the Tigers to make noise? Even going back to 2010, when Auburn won the SEC West and hosted a regional, the Tigers haven't stepped up in postseason play. That year, they were knocked out of the SEC tourney in three games and couldn't advance out of their own regional.
It's pretty clear that as long as Coach P is the man, Auburn won't be much of a contender.