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D1Baseball’s Weekly Chat: March 7

Analysis

Another weekend of college baseball is in the books, and experts Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers take your questions beginning at 1 p.m., eastern.

Kendall Rogers
Hey guys — we will start chatting at 1 Eastern, but go ahead and get your questions in, NOW!
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about 3 hours ago

Aaron Fitt
Hi everybody, let’s dive right in.
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Comment From caa
Who do you see winning the caa at this point
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Aaron Fitt:
I’m sticking with UNC Wilmington, but I think it’s clear that CofC is a legitimate contender too. The Cougars look stronger on the mound, and Wilmington looks more offensive… but I think the personnel is there for UNCW to pitch a lot better too. Just hasn’t come together yet.
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Comment From Greg from the OC
How jumbled will the Pac 12 end up being? Are the Oregon schools clearly the class of the conference or will the winner of the conference simply be whoever has the hottest hand in league play?
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Aaron Fitt:
I do think the Oregon schools are the class of the Pac-12 this year. UCLA showed me something this weekend for sure — that’s a very well coached team with a nice core of talented upperclassmen in the lineup and quality pitching… but I still think UCLA has more holes than the Oregon schools. Certainly Cal will be right in the mix too — still think the Golden Bears have a chance to win the league too. But boy, Oregon’s pitching is special, and Oregon State is just very strong all the way around.
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Comment From Andy
After dominating in Week 1, Alex Lange has been a little shaky the past couple of weeks especially with his control. Any cause for concern or is he just shaking off some early season rust?
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Aaron Fitt:
I think it’s probably the latter. It’s unfair to expect the guy to be perfect every week — he set an impossibly high standard for himself last year. I haven’t heard any cause for alarm with him.
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Comment From Glenn
What can be done to speed up the games? There has to be more creative strategies than putting a clock in the outfield. Saturday’s DH at LSU was brutal.
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Aaron Fitt:
I’d love it if we could require catchers to call their own games instead of staring into the dugout between every pitch… but I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
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Comment From Bill
Can you give me your thoughts on GT going into Tallahassee next weekend after Tuesday at Auburn?
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Aaron Fitt:
Fascinating series, for sure. I know Georgia Tech hasn’t played the strongest competition early on, but the Jackets have really dominated — they are playing at a high level. This is an older team with plenty of talent, and so far it is playing up to its capability. Florida State has been less consistent, so on paper, you’d have to give Georgia Tech the edge. Of course, FSU has a way of playing very well in big series at home… never an easy place to go win.
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Comment From Fan
What are your thoughts on U of L as they get ready to start ACC play? Any surprises it concerns early? Thanks
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Aaron Fitt:
No concerns for me. Very encouraging to see Funkhouser get back on track with a dominating performance Friday — that was probably the one thing we were waiting to see.
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Comment From Kam
Do you think Augie will last all season at Texas? He’s a legend but the game has seemed to pass him as of late.
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Kendall Rogers:
Yes, Augie will last the season at Texas. There’s no doubt that Texas is a major concern right now. This team doesn’t seem to know how to win. With that said, the Longhorns have a stout rotation and should be OK offensively once Patrick Mathis is back and healthy. Major concerns about the Horns? Yes. Ready to throw in the towel? Not quite yet.
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Comment From Eric
What is up with Alex Lange?
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Kendall Rogers:
Eric,
He’s fine. I actually ran into Cincinnati head coach Ty Neal in the Charlotte airport the other day who just praised Lange and his overall stuff. Lange will be fine.
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Comment From Brad
I’m a subscriber and love the up close coverage. With saying that I wish u would of not covered CCU this week. The pitching staff is a mess and they make too many errors. This was supposed to be a potential super regional team. Can CCU get back into the top 25 and make a super regional play still and what do they have to do in your opinion? Thx!
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Aaron Fitt:
Thanks for subscribing, Brad! You guys make this site possible. Yeah, I’ll admit I’m a little flummoxed by Coastal early on. I love the offense, but you’re right, that team has not defended the way we expected it to, and the pitching has underachieved as well. I don’t think they have elite talent on the mound, but they should be better than they’ve shown so far. I really thought Alex Cunningham would work in the rotation, but now he’s back in the bullpen, and they’re just searching for answers in the rotation. I still think they’ll get it sorted out and be the team to beat in the Big South… but there are some legitimate concerns there.
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Comment From John
Do you believe that FAU would win a best of 3 series against the teams currently ranked 20-25 in your rankings? More specifically, FAU vs. Ok.State in a best of 3.. I think this team is going to start to get more and more attention throughout the year, I know it’s early but do you think it’s possible they make a CWS push?
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Aaron Fitt:
I’d take Oklahoma State in that series — just a lot more high-end pitching for the Cowboys. I’m a little surprised OSU hasn’t hit more yet, but they will — plenty of quality veterans on that lineup with talent. I love FAU’s lineup — it’s really legit. I’m just not sold on the pitching yet. That said, we would have ranked FAU if they had played better competition the last two weeks; right now their case is based on two wins against Mississippi State. That’s not quite enough for a team that lost as much as FAU lost from last year. There’s still stuff to prove.
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Comment From Kirk
What will it take for FAU to get ranked? Seems like you have them on the cusp every week.
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Kendall Rogers:
Kirk,
FAU is definitely on our radar, and I know we both looked at those guys hard over the weekend. However, I wasn’t that impressed with the fact Georgetown lit them up in the series opener. Impressive so far this season? yes. Worthy of moving in after the past week? I think that’s debatable. I had Clemson, Alabama, FAU in my personal order of last team in, first two out.
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Comment From Eric
How close is odu to being ranked?
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Aaron Fitt:
Not too far out, actually — we almost listed them in our “others considered” this week. So they’d be in the 30-32 range or so right now. Very impressed with ODU’s start to the season, interested to see if they can sustain it in conference play.
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Comment From Right Field Rebel
Does Ole Miss’ strong performance so far make them a serious contender for the SEC Title?
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Aaron Fitt:
That still feels a little rich to me. Florida, Vandy and Texas A&M are just in a different class than the rest of the league, I think. But in the early going, Ole Miss looks like a strong contender to host a regional, at least.
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Comment From John
Jake Latz is said to be at about 90% down in Baton Rouge. If he can come back full strength, what is the ceiling for him (Midweek, Weekend SP, Reliever) and how good can this LSU pitching staff be?
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Kendall Rogers:
John,
Latz has a terrific arm, so his addition, healthy that is, would be huge for LSU. With that said, I’m in “I’ll believe it when I see it” mode with Latz. I hope he’s on the mound as much as the next person, but I’ve heard that a couple of times before.
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Comment From Ethan
Right now, is Logan Shore your National Pitcher of the Year?
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Kendall Rogers:
Ethan,
I know there’s not a pitcher in America I’d rather have as my Friday night guy than Shore right now. He’s been so consistent throughout his collegiate career, and is having another stellar campaign.
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Comment From MadDaddy
NC State’s Chance Shephard has an interesting set of stats. He’s batting over .300 with 15 hits. Of those 15, 7 are HR’s and 2 are 2 baggers. He also has more K’s than hits (18). He pretty much either strikes out or crushes the ball. So far, I’ll take that because he has produced 18 RBI’s…some of them are very timely.
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Aaron Fitt:
I noticed that this weekend — he’s always been a feast or famine guy, so when I heard about his home run streak, I figured he must be cutting down on his strikeouts some and making better contact. But the strikeout rate remains high, yet he’s also hitting for average (albeit in a small sample size). Frankly, I don’t know if that kind of production is sustainable. The guy has big-time raw power, there’s no doubt about that, but you can’t be all-or-nothing against ACC pitching and have a productive season, I think.
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Comment From SEC
Why is Alabama still not getting any love? Sitting and 10-2 and leading the SEC in ERA at 1.33?
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Aaron Fitt:
They remain just on the edge of the rankings — problem is, there’s been another team or two that has been just a bit more impressive each of the last two weeks, so the Tide got skipped over. But Alabama has been Team 26 in each of the last two weeks, so if they keep winning, they’ll be ranked soon enough.
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Comment From Kory
What are your thoughts on 3B Bobby Dalbec? Does he have the skills to be an upper 1st rd guy?
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Aaron Fitt:
Big-time power… but still too much swing-and-miss to be a high-end first-rounder, for me. He’s pretty darn good off the mound too, but that power tool is just too valuable, he’ll be drafted as a hitter. Feels more like a 2-3 rounder to me.
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Comment From RebFan2016
What are yalls thoughts on Ole Miss? Lots of hype in Oxford after a 10-1 start including the Louisville series. The team seems to have a great lineup and pretty good bullpen with some nice freshman and Stokes/Short on the back end. Do you think Bramlett or Smith could turn into a legitimate ace come SEC play? How do you view the potential of this team? Thanks!
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Kendall Rogers:
Reb,
very impressed with Ole Miss so far this season. Chad Smith and Sean Johnson have been good enough, and Bramlett is going to be Bramlett. I also think Wyatt Short is better than people give him credit for. Ole Miss is going to hit, and its season hinges on the starting rotation. So far, it’s been more than adequate. If that keeps up, watch out.
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Comment From Houston Frog
How do you see this weekend’s series between USC and TCU playing out in Fort Worth?
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Aaron Fitt:
USC is a good, veteran club… but TCU has played at a higher level so far this year. Feels like USC is still trying to find itself, whereas TCU already has. I’d have to bet on the Frogs at home.
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Comment From Bill
What’s the ceiling for Clemson this year?
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Kendall Rogers:
Bill,
Great question. I think Andrew See has done a terrific job with that pitching staff. There’s not a “premier” arm on that staff, yet, they performed at a high level over the weekend against a good-hitting South Carolina club. Alex Eubanks and Charlie Barnes were both impressive, and Alex Schnell, Bostic and Pat Krall are all solid options out of the pen. I think Clemson’s offense is as good as anyone’s out there … and watch out for Seth Beer. LOVED his hit tool.
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Comment From Bill
Thoughts on Clemson and their new coaching staff (specifically Monte Lee and Andrew See) after this weekend’s series win against South Carolina?
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Kendall Rogers:
Bill,
I think Monte has a real calmness about him. He’s hard-nosed, but he’s not too high or too low — that’s a very good quality to have in a head coach. See’s resume speaks for itself as well.
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Comment From Kyle
How do you think Long Beach State is looking for far? Think they’ll be able to
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Aaron Fitt:
You know, if you see Long Beach for one game (like I did on Tuesday night), you walk away thinking, “Meh.” But they just grind, and find ways to win, and their weekend pitching is a lot better than the midweek pitching I saw Tuesday. They did a really nice job against a pretty talented Nebraska offense the last two days of that series this weekend, allowing just one total run. I still think the Long Beach lineup is light, but they’re well coached and fundamentally sound, they won’t beat themselves often, and Garrett Hampson is a star. Feels like a regional team, but I wouldn’t pick them to win a regional.
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Comment From Greg from the OC
Was Dodgertown a turning point for UCLA? And as a quick follow up any idea how long Dyer and Valaika are out for?
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Aaron Fitt:
It did feel like a turning point — I think something clicked with the Bruins this week, as Savage said the other night. I think they’re going to be a solid regional team; heading into this weekend, I wasn’t so sure. Valaika should be back in about 2 weeks, it sounds like. Dyer could be back next week, but I’m not sure what his official timetable is.
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Comment From Eric
Kendall in your opinion is this the year Florida finally wins the College World Series? I think this is the year cause their window is closing
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Kendall Rogers:
Eric,
I don’t think Florida’s time is running out at all. Just look at the way the Gators are recruiting. With that said, yes, I do think this is the year. Such impressive premium pitching depth and all the pieces are there to get it done.
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Comment From Trace
Logan ice has always been a phenomenal catcher but that skillset has never translated over to the plate. Now that he’s figured out his hitting, since he’s batting .429 as a switch hitter with 3 triples, 3 homers and 16 rbi, does he have a legitimate chance to be one of the first catchers off the board in the draft?
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Kendall Rogers:
Trace,
That’s a great thing to bring up. Yes, I would imagine his stock is going up. He’s already been an elite defender and he’s now showing a hit tool. If he continues to hit at that level, he will rise dramatically, IMO. I’ll touch base with scouts about him soon.
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Comment From Frog
TCU’s offense is…. explosive right now! Thoughts on them being the clear-cut favorite in the Big 12? They are putting up crazy numbers against a really good group of teams this early. With Traver coming back, could they be a good pick for Omaha? Also, please send Aaron down here. He was good luck in the post-season last year. Fans loved him
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Aaron Fitt:
I’d love to get back to Lupton this year — fantastic atmosphere for that regional last June, and a great setting. TCU looks pretty legit too — definitely gives us reason to travel to Fort Worth. I’m not quite ready to give up on Oklahoma State (I do remember how vocal I was in the preseason about the Cowboys being the no-doubt team to beat in that league…), but you’re right, TCU has just been better so far. And without Traver too. Very impressive.
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Comment From bposs
The Stanford Cardinal go 5-5 against Cal St. Fullerton, Texas, and Vanderbilt. I think if you would have offered that before the season started, I would have taken it. But with Cal’s dismantling of Texas this past weekend and Fullerton not off to the strongest of starts, any opinions changed on this Cardinal team? What would place the odds of them being a regional team at? 50-50? Less?
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Aaron Fitt:
50-50 Feels about right to me. I like that they held their own against that schedule (I still think Fullerton and Texas will wind up being better than their current records show). For Stanford, the strength of schedule will be fine; it all comes down to holding their own in the Pac-12. And they strike me as somewhere in that 5-8 range in the Pac pecking order.
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Comment From VUHawkTalk
I have an actual process question for you guys. How much do you use WiFi to watch streams of other live games while covering action in person on weekends? If you do it a lot, which schools has the best production values in their broadcasts (for web-streamed games like SECN )?
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Aaron Fitt:
When I’m at a game, I’m usually spending most of my time behind the plate and down the sides, rather than in the press box, so unfortunately I don’t get to stream as many games as I’d like to…
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Comment From Juice
Louisiana Lafayette lost another midweek contest to an in-state foe last week, but went 4-1 overall on the week. Our pitching staff on the weekend is very solid and offense is getting back on track. We have a tough road week coming up with 1 at Tulane and 3 at Troy to begin conference. What are you guys expecting to see out of the Cajuns this week and how much stock are you putting in our weekend at the college classic when our offense wasn’t really clicking just yet?
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Kendall Rogers:
Juice,
I don’t think ULL will have quite the offense that it has had in the past, and that’s just natural. But I think it will be adequate enough to win 40-plus games, especially in that conference. The pitching continues to impress, and I was told LHP Hogan Harris was up to 95 over the weekend. They’ve got a nice stable of arms, and that will be the difference as the season progresses.
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Comment From Jordan
What do you think of Southern Miss? Thought they did pretty well this past weekend and the sweeps earlier in the season looks even better with northwestern state winning at Arizona.
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Aaron Fitt:
I’ll tell you what, I was worried about Southern Miss after those guys got swept in those two midweek games against South Alabama, because five-game weeks are tough on the pitching staff, and I wouldn’t have pegged pitching depth as one of USM’s strengths. And then the Golden Eagles go out and allow just three runs total against three good opponents (Michigan State, Troy and Auburn). Very nice bounceback weekend there, showed me a lot. Cockrell and Winston were really huge for Southern Miss this weekend, pitching deep into those games. If the Eagles can pitch like that, that certainly looks like a regional team, because I do like the offense too.
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Comment From Damon
Do you think Louisville has all the pieces to make a CWS run this year? I just don’t mean get there but win a couple of games at least; maybe even make the championship series?
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Kendall Rogers:
Damon,
I think they do, and you saw that in our ranking of them in the preseason. The ole Miss series loss was certainly a set back, but we’re finding out that the Rebels are pretty solid as well.
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Comment From Eric S.
At what point are Gator fans allowed to be concerned about A.J. Puk? If you look at the totality of his career, the starts where he runs up his pitch count and can’t get out of the 4th or 5th inning are just as common as the dominant outings we saw late last season.
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Aaron Fitt:
That is a fair observation, no doubt. And yes, you’d have to allow that there is some risk that he won’t ever quite find his rhythm and get back to dominating this year — he’s a risk/reward guy. That said, I believe in Kevin O’Sullivan’s ability to get him going. And heck, if he doesn’t, Florida can stick somebody else in the rotation and still have elite talent in the rotation (as a fallback option if this remains a problem late in the season). But I think you have to roll with him right now and wait for the light to come on — the upside is too great.
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Comment From Jimbo
What is wrong with Oklahoma?
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Kendall Rogers:
Jimbo,
Fitt and I kind of touched on this earlier today, but Oklahoma simply doesn’t have the offensive talent to keep up with some of the better teams in the nation and league right now. The pitching is there, but the offense is lagging behind. We’ll see if that changes soon.
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Comment From Eric
What team do you think is the biggest surprise so far? I would say Fresno State?
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Kendall Rogers:
Fresno State would be in that discussion. Jimmy Lambert and Ricky Thomas have really been special so far. I’m looking forward to seeing those guys Friday at A&M.
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Comment From Patrick
Is Keston Hiura the best hitter on the West Coast? If not, who is?
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Aaron Fitt:
I think it comes down to Hiura and KJ Harrison at Oregon State… and Hiura has certainly been better so far this year. It’s only 3 weeks, but man, is he locked in.
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Comment From JB
How much of your rankings are based on “potential/talent” vs. “on field accomplishments” this early in the season? When do we see the rankings reflect almost exclusively on field accomplishments?
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Aaron Fitt:
I always use the phrase “sliding scale” to describe it. In the preseason, it’s 100 percent based on potential (since there are no games to evaluate). By the end of the season, it’s 100 percent based on on-field accomplishments. As the season progresses, it gradually tilts from potential to results as we learn more about the teams based on their resumes. So this early in the season, our evaluations of a team’s talent and potential do still weigh heavily into the calculus (which is why a team like Oklahoma State is still hanging around in the Top 25).
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Comment From Drew
What do you think about Southern Miss this year? Possibly a regional team this year?
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Kendall Rogers:
Drew,
Very impressed with so far. This past weekend was huge for program perception, and looking at the rest of the OOC slate and early conference slate, I think the Golden Eagles will have a pretty good shot of reaching the postseason. Lot of season left, but in a year where it’s needed most, Scott Berry has this team playing extremely well.
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Comment From George
Thoughts on the WAC so far? Tarik Skubal at Seattle U has been dominant so far and Sac St looks really solid. Do you think any of these teams could be a 40-45 win team?
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Aaron Fitt:
I don’t know that I see any 40-45 win teams there (you don’t see a lot of those out West anyway), but I do like Seattle and Sac State both — those teams are both good enough to give anybody a scare on the weekend, as the Hornets did down at LSU. And yes, Skubak is the real deal — an elite talent who has pitched like it so far. Still no runs allowed in 18 innings, with a 27-6 strikeout-walk mark! I’m all-in.
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Comment From Blake
Cusa looks like a 3 team race in the early going with USM, FAU and Rice. Do all 3 get in a regional this year?
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Aaron Fitt:
Don’t forget about Old Dominion! And heck, Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky are much improved too, and UTSA is off to a solid start against a decent schedule (that early series win against UConn looks nice). It does feel like a pretty strong year for Conference USA, notwithstanding Rice’s early mediocrity. Feels like it could be a three-bid league, yes.
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Aaron Fitt
OK folks, I’ve got a plane to catch, so time for me to bounce. Thanks for stopping by, as always!
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25 minutes ago
Comment From JJ
Tulane made huge statement this weekend with 2 shutouts while sweeping Pepperdine. That brings there total to 4 shutouts this season. Tulane outscored Pepperdine 30-3, thoughts?
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Kendall Rogers:
JJ,
Tulane had a few bad games, but this is still a solid club that is going to hit. They flat out dominated Pepperdine over the weekend with offense and pitching. I still maintain the Green Wave is a top-25 caliber type of club, regardless of some early-season results.
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25 minutes ago
Comment From Vandy Fan
Last week I read the reports of Nashville bidding for the SEC Tournament. Do you think St. Louis, with its long baseball tradition and now MIzzou’s inclusion in the SEC, ever bid on the SEC Tournament?
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Kendall Rogers:
Don’t see that happening. Way too far West, attendance would be abysmal. Makes no sense.
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24 minutes ago
Comment From Tyler
Who would you guys say have looked the best this year out of Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and Missouri. I feel like at this point, those are going to be the teams fighting for the last couple of spots in the SEC, along with Bama who has looked pretty good.
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Kendall Rogers:
Tyler,
I would say Missouri and Tennessee, in that order. The Tigers are going to be a tough as nails on the weekend with that rotation of theirs, while Tennessee is vastly improved. Georgia and Auburn still have some very iffy qualities.
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Comment From FullertonBaseballFan
Going into the season, most predictions were that the Big West would have two regional teams – Fullerton and either Long Beach or Irvine (depending on where one looked). After three weeks of play the Big West has the third highest winning percentage as a conference behind only the SEC and ACC. How do you think the regional prospects look with those three teams performing about as expected and UCSB, Cal Poly and Northridge all playing better than expected?
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Kendall Rogers:
FBF,
Great question. The league definitely appears to be better than we expected. I think CSF, Long Beach State and UCSB are very safe bets at this way-too-early stage, and as you mentioned, CP is playing better as well, along with CSN. This is going to be such a fun race, because I don’t see a clear-cut top team.
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22 minutes ago
Comment From Dillon
Which team do you think looks the best in the valley. And do you have a team in the conference who you think is a sleeper right now?
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21 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Dillon,
I would have to say DBU, our preseason favorite. The Patriots had some real question marks going into the season, but they left no doubt over the weekend. Do want to see more consistency moving forward though, as the Pats did drop a series to ORU a couple of weekend ago.
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21 minutes ago
Comment From Reed
What is y’all’s big 12 pecking order right now after seeing some of the teams really disappoint? Is West Virginia climbing up the ranks a bit in conference?
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Kendall Rogers:
I’d go 1) TCU 2) Oklahoma State 3) Texas Tech, 4) Texas 5) West Virginia 6) Baylor.
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20 minutes ago
Comment From Brett
How about Conference USA?! Are we seeing a return to the mid 2000s this year? Seems like a lot of teams that don’t like to lose!
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Kendall Rogers:
League appears to be vastly improved, sans Rice, who is not as good as years past. I think FAU is a very safe bet right now, and I think Rice will figure out enough to make the postseason. Then there’s ODU and USM, which already have some solid wins so far this season. I think the league will end up with three by late May.
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Comment From Tyler
Any update on what is wrong with Nick Eicholtz and why he didn’t start this weekend?
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14 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Forearm strain, and will be out a couple of weeks.
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Comment From Bob
I had a chance to watch the Beavers play at USD this weekend. What a great campus and ball park. Might be my favorite on the west coast. The Beavers have a great infield: Grenier, Morrison, Madigral, Harrison, and Ice at catcher. How do you think they stack up to other elite teams?
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Kendall Rogers:
Bob,
I had someone describe to me OSU’s offense as “SEC-like” in nature, and if you combine that with the fact the Beavers always seem to have a quality pitching staff, that’s a pretty good sign of things to come for Pat Casey’s club. There’s a reason we were so bullish on these guys in January.
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Comment From Who do you see as …
Who do you see as the class of the Big 10 so far, and do you think the Big 10 can compete on a national level?
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Kendall Rogers:
No reason why the Big Ten can’t compete on the national level. As for the class of the league, very tough call right now, bud I’d probably lean Michigan.
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Comment From TiminSC
I think SC fans (myself included) are still wondering what kind of team we have this year after a 10-0 start but a losing series against our rivals. I realize our bats were stifled this weekend, but how much pressure is going to be on Clarke Schmidt to continue to pitch at a high level for South Carolina moving forward?
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Kendall Rogers:
Tim,
It will be important for Clarke to be ultra consistent, but honestly, that guy seems to have a calm personality about him, so I am not remotely in his ability to be that. I think Braden Webb will be a stud as he matures and gets a few more innings under his belt, while I bet you see Adam Hill move into the weekend rotation next weekend. There’s some real pitching depth with this club, and the offense doesn’t concern me. That unit will hit.
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Comment From Jeff Uphoff
The story of the season so far for Virginia has been bullpen problems. This weekend, UVa allowed Monmouth to come back from a 9-0 deficit and score 10 unanswered runs, and it was only by a miracle (an E-3 dropped final out at first base allowing UVa to score the tying run and force extra innings) that Virginia didn’t lose the weekend series. How worried should Cavalier fans be at this point? Do you see any light at the end of this tunnel?
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Kendall Rogers:
Jeff,
the bullpen is definitely a concern, and while I don’t see the Cavaliers being as good at the end of this season as they were at the end of last season, the fact there’s precedent for such a turnaround, you have to give Brian and his staff the benefit of the doubt.
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Kendall Rogers
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