That’s going to give the advantage to the pitcher every time; batters don’t get to study up the opposing starter every night for research; they’re going to be seeing gas, trick pitches and one-trick ponies that have ridiculous BAAs and BABIPs thanks to their specialty.
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You’ve got “get off my lawn” types talking about how this isn’t “good for the game.” You’ve got Joel Sherman (who has been around the sport long enough to know what they’re doing) calling the strategy “Bizarre.” And you’ve got progressive types like Houston’s A. to be fair Eckersley was by no means a failed starter …
Of course, reaction to the moves is already as you’d expect it to be, given our current climate of hot-take/knee jerk reactions. See Rivera, Mariano and Eckersley, Dennis for hall of fame exhibits A and B here (ok ..
Stanford: got no favors by getting the always-tough Cal State Fullerton team in their regional, but their #2 seed Baylor is manageable. Coastal Carolina: gets UConn as their #2 seed and their tough arm Tim Cate. Here’s a quick peek at the DC/MD/VA players I could think of who will be playing: Posted in College/CWS Tagged with brady singer, casey mize, cody morris, griffin conine, hunter taylor, jackson kowar, jake agnos, jeremy eierman, jonathan india, kent klyman, kieton rivers, kris bubie, logan gilbert, luke heimlich, michael byrne, nick madrigal, ryan rolison, seth beer, shane mcclanahan, steve gingery, tim cate, trevor larnach, tristan beck, tyler holton, zach hess, zack hopeck The Tampa Bay Rays, thanks to a run of injuries to their starting rotation this spring, and perhaps a bit of typical organizational ingenuity, are doing something this year that has a lot of people talking; they’re essentially using a closer-quality pitcher to start games, get through the top of the opposing team’s order the first time, then hands it over to the real “starter” (or in most cases longer man) who pitches a typical starter-length outing.
No UVA, no Maryland, no Liberty, no VCU or ODU or any of the CAA teams that sometimes sneak in.
Local rooting interests in the tournament: amazingly, zero DC/MD/VA colleges made this tournament.
Georgia: they should be able to get past Duke in this weaker regional. Texas Tech has to face off against Louisville, who for the first time in a few years doesn’t have a top-10 draft pick leading their line.
A reminder that there was some slight re-alignment from last year; regional powerhouse Madison was moved out of the Liberty district for the first time in decades, now joins the strong Concorde division with some bigger schools.
There are now mixed conferences, splitting teams up that were formerly 4A, 5A and 6A.
Florida; cakewalk regional; their #2 is Jacksonville? Part of me hopes they go out early so the Heimlich stories die soon. Minnesota; gets two west coast teams in UCLA and Gonzaga; i do not give Big10 baseball teams much credit … TAMU somehow is a #3 seed despite being a top 16 team by RPI and possibly being in the host discussion. Arkansas: gets two traditional smaller-school baseball powers in Southern Miss and Dallas Baptist; does anyone ever know how these teams will fare? ECU: gets a tough #2 in South Carolina; can they survive the SEC power? UNC: gets a manageable region thanks to a Big10 team as their #2 seed. Stetson: two great arms in this region in Gilbert and Mc Clanahan … ) and Nathan Eovaldi and a lack of upper-end SP prospects has led them to this point.