Week Five: What We LearnedAnalysis
1 – Oregon State is the nation’s best team
Yes, you can make an argument for Louisville right now, but give me the Beavers, who have played a much tougher schedule to-date. The Beavers hit the road over the weekend to begin Pac-12 play against Arizona State, a team which impressed me offensively against TCU a few weeks ago in Fort Worth. Well, that offense was non-existent over the weekend, thanks to OSU’s premier pitching. The Beavers, who now have an insanely low 1.06 staff ERA, silenced the Sun Devils for one, yes, one run, in three games. OSU continues to get contributions from its pitchers, but the rise of Luke Heimlich, Bryce Fehmel and especially Jake Thompson is the biggest key. Heimlich has a 0.25 ERA in 36.2 innings, along with 44 strikeouts and five walks, while Fehmel has a 2.00 ERA and Thompson has a 1.08 ERA in 33.1 innings. The Beavers also are salty offensively, where they’re hitting .293 with super sophomore Nick Madrigal hitting .426 with three homers and 11 RBIs. Next weekend’s home series against Arizona will be a dandy and our Frankie Piliere will be in the house for the heavyweight bout.
2 – George Horton’s Ducks look formidable
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