NC State - ACC Weekend #1

FredJacket

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We open ACC play against NCST this weekend.

NCST is 2-1. Played a quickly arranged DH v Davidson last weekend (after original opponent had to cancel). Swept that DH; but followed that up with a 16-13 loss to UNC-Greensboro. NCST was picked to finish 2nd (behind Louisville) in the Atlantic. So... a great team (on paper).

I have to believe we are catching them at a good time (early) as they have to still be figuring things out. CDH in his post-game interview (after Mercer) commented that a 50 game season with fewer non-conference games and immediately getting into ACC play has forced him to manage differently. Paraphrasing... he said he has not been able to play many guys because the starters needed the reps. That makes sense; but the downside (reading into his words) is you have to "hope" you have identified the correct 'starters'. He was asked about the changes to the lineup he made for the Mercer game (namely Malloy at 2B)... and he said he was not able to "see much"... he was referring to their defense, mainly. That Malloy just didn't get that many chances.

The point (my view)... everybody is still figuring things out; and hopefully, Ga Tech is farther down that road than NC State. I feel really good about the depth of our pitching after this small sample size. Entering the 9th inning yesterday (which was a bit of a debacle).. I think Wiley said Ga Tech had not given up an earned run in like 18-19 innings. Contrast that to NCST who has only played 3 games and their last one they gave up 16 runs... let's hope that is a sign that Avent will be rolling the dice whenever he has to go to the bullpen.
 

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We open ACC play against NCST this weekend.

NCST is 2-1. Played a quickly arranged DH v Davidson last weekend (after original opponent had to cancel). Swept that DH; but followed that up with a 16-13 loss to UNC-Greensboro. NCST was picked to finish 2nd (behind Louisville) in the Atlantic. So... a great team (on paper).

I have to believe we are catching them at a good time (early) as they have to still be figuring things out. CDH in his post-game interview (after Mercer) commented that a 50 game season with fewer non-conference games and immediately getting into ACC play has forced him to manage differently. Paraphrasing... he said he has not been able to play many guys because the starters needed the reps. That makes sense; but the downside (reading into his words) is you have to "hope" you have identified the correct 'starters'. He was asked about the changes to the lineup he made for the Mercer game (namely Malloy at 2B)... and he said he was not able to "see much"... he was referring to their defense, mainly. That Malloy just didn't get that many chances.

The point (my view)... everybody is still figuring things out; and hopefully, Ga Tech is farther down that road than NC State. I feel really good about the depth of our pitching after this small sample size. Entering the 9th inning yesterday (which was a bit of a debacle).. I think Wiley said Ga Tech had not given up an earned run in like 18-19 innings. Contrast that to NCST who has only played 3 games and their last one they gave up 16 runs... let's hope that is a sign that Avent will be rolling the dice whenever he has to go to the bullpen.

Yep: “everybody is still figuring things out”

This is one of those ‘please don’t go 0-3 and 2-1 would be a dance party’ typical baseball weekends when you play a great team LOL.
 

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40's and rain, February baseball tomorrow? I don't think we'll see a full game if one starts at 3PM. Maybe double header Saturday and one Sunday if we are lucky.
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Based on being at NC State and they are ranked ahead of us, 1 win is a draw, 2 wins a clear win and 3 wins euphoria. Of course, 0 wins are despair and recrimination. I'll take the "line" of 1 win just to be congenial. But ........

Offense - Tossup. NC State has better stats but we have played better teams.
Defense - NC State has advantage. We have 10 errors (4 on Waddell????). But we've turned 3 DPs since there have been so many on.
Pitching - we have the advantage.
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40's and rain, February baseball tomorrow? I don't think we'll see a full game if one starts at 3PM. Maybe double header Saturday and one Sunday if we are lucky.
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Based on being at NC State and they are ranked ahead of us, 1 win is a draw, 2 wins a clear win and 3 wins euphoria. Of course, 0 wins are despair and recrimination. I'll take the "line" of 1 win just to be congenial. But ........

Offense - Tossup. NC State has better stats but we have played better teams.
Defense - NC State has advantage. We have 10 errors (4 on Waddell????). But we've turned 3 DPs since there have been so many on.
Pitching - we have the advantage.
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Yeah... Nuke. Ga Tech's 10 errors. 4 by SS, 4 by Pitchers.
 

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40's and rain, February baseball tomorrow? I don't think we'll see a full game if one starts at 3PM. Maybe double header Saturday and one Sunday if we are lucky.
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Based on being at NC State and they are ranked ahead of us, 1 win is a draw, 2 wins a clear win and 3 wins euphoria. Of course, 0 wins are despair and recrimination. I'll take the "line" of 1 win just to be congenial. But ........

Offense - Tossup. NC State has better stats but we have played better teams.
Defense - NC State has advantage. We have 10 errors (4 on Waddell????). But we've turned 3 DPs since there have been so many on.
Pitching - we have the advantage.
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Yea the weather forecast is nasty. Almost should go ahead and call a doubleheader and save all the hurry up and wait today.

Let’s win game 1 and then the rest of the weekend pressure is off and free baseball.
 

gt13

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Pretty sure there’s no way they can play today if the radar is correct. Guessing doubleheader tomorrow or Sunday (might be more likely).
 

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live Stats link from the NC State site
 
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