2018 ACC Baseball

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  1. FredJacket

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    Top 30? While pre-season polls mean very little to me, I would take being among the 30 best teams in nation. Certainly would be an improvement over last season.

    8th in ACC? Man... ACC makes up over 25% of the Top 30.

    8th in the conference just sounds a lot worse than 29th in the country.
     
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    I will be pleasantly surprised if we finish in the Top 30. That would mean an NCAA bid.
     
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    All I ask Santa for this year is an NCAA bid.
     
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    OK, I thought 29th was high given recent experience.

    It is. Last year we were 75th. The years before that, 30th, 38th and 34th. http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2017/rpi-live

    So while higher than the last 4 years, still possible.

    Happy Holidays. And as the Brits say, "Happy Christmas".
     
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    I have a free subscription which anyone can get by giving e-mail address. Summary:

    • We did bad last year, uncharacteristically in fielding and situational hitting. Also lots of injuries. So we are practicing differently......
    • Going to more "situational" baseball. (So those who don't like bunting aren't going to be happy. I don't give a **** if we win.)
    • Carter Hall is fast again. Didn't say it but implied he could be lead off man.
    • Hall says English could be the #1 starter this year. But a lot depends on his rehab. (Some coach speak maybe?)
    • Hughes is coming back in his second year since surgery. 91 mph fastball in the fall. Hughes has good breaking ball, change-up and now maybe fastball coming back.
    • Put Curry to bullpen as reliever would allow Curry to be infielder.
    • Datoc is potential bull pen too along with Carpenter and Winborne.
    • Hurter and Chapman may do some relief and Hall hopes they won't be forced to start this year. GIbosn, Lee and Ben S may start some.
    • Kel was a disappointment hitting last year ..... had shoulder surgery this summer. But he needs to be more "consistent". (LOL not strike out so much!
     
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    I have officially gone to prove it mode. Danny has tricked me one too many times. Tech baseball and Braves baseball get me every year. Yes I know insanity is doing the same the thing over and expecting different results. Call me crazy.
     
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    I too am skeptical. Let's wait for the pitchers' injury report.
     
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    How about Duke!? Perhaps an ACC snub from D1 Baseball? Leaving NC State and Miami out of the top 25. Goes to show...(IMO), these kinds of polls (pre-season) are not very scientific. Science is overrated anyway. ;)
     
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    This @RoosterJacket quote was from another thread... but he gets credit (I could not recall exactly who when I posted a few minutes ago)... credit for previously alerting me/us to Duke's favor among pollsters coming into 2018. I'll trade Duke improved for Miami scuffling. We shall see.
     
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    I don't care about the other guys, just about GT personally.
     
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    https://d1baseball.com/season-preview/2018-conference-previews-acc/
    They project 9 ACC teams to post-season:
    Atlantic
    FSU
    CLEM
    LOU
    NCST
    WF

    Coastal
    UVA
    UNC
    DUKE
    MIAMI

    If my memory serves on all the prognosticators... there is some debate on Miami, Wake, Duke & maybe NCST. Those 4 teams have a lot of variation in their respective predicted seasons. So... I'm comfortable saying 8-9 ACC teams will go. ...& Ga Tech is right in the mix.
     
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    Actually, I do prefer lowered expectations myself.
     
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    Virginia starting outfielder Cameron Simmons (Royersford, Pa.) has a left shoulder injury that will require season-ending surgery.

    A second team All-ACC selection as a sophomore, Simmons started all but three games for the Cavaliers in 2017. He was second on the team and fourth in the ACC with a .352 batting average. He compiled 14 doubles, nine home runs and drove in 57 runs for Virginia last season. In conference play, he hit .374, tops on the team and the third highest average in the league.
     
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