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D1Baseball’s Weekly Chat: April 24 (04/24/2017)
12:20
Kendall Rogers:

Hey all — we will start answering your questions at 2 PM CT ….. go ahead and leave them now!

Monday April 24, 2017 12:20 Kendall Rogers
3:05
Aaron Fitt:

Hey everybody, greetings from the Salsarita’s in Salisbury, N.C. — where my car decided to quit today, as a delayed result of another car ramming into it outside Atlanta yesterday, en route to Auburn. But I pressed on to Auburn anyway, because here at D1Baseball, we’ll stop at nothing to bring you unrivaled coverage of college baseball! (In any case, I’ll chat as long as I can today, but might have to run a bit early when the tow truck arrives…)

Monday April 24, 2017 3:05 Aaron Fitt
3:07
[Comment From Daniel B.Daniel B.: ]

As a LSU fan very impressed with Kentucky, an concerned about my Tigers after this weekend. However, I still feel that this team has the pieces to make some noise in the postseason, especially with what Lange and Poche have done in regionals past. What do you guys think?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:07 Daniel B.
Aaron Fitt:

Yeah I still have plenty of faith in LSU, primarily because Lange and Poche have such long track records of high-level postseason success. Obviously the Tigers have some warts, and Lange’s command has not been what they hoped it would be, but when we get to June, I’m going to bet on that guy to deliver.

  Aaron Fitt
3:08
[Comment From BcapBcap: ]

Do you think college baseballs equipment has finally reached good balance in terms of the balls and bats?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:08 Bcap
Aaron Fitt:

Personally, yes, I am satisfied with the current equilibrium. No more tinkering, dammit!

  Aaron Fitt
3:08
[Comment From KyleKyle: ]

Why is the NCAA scared to put more regionals and supers on the West Coast? Every year we see crazy weather delays on the East coast, especially the south. I don’t think teams having to consistently wait 90 minutes or continue the game another day is true baseball

Monday April 24, 2017 3:08 Kyle
Kendall Rogers:

Kyle — The NCAA typically does a very nice job of putting regionals where teams actually deserve to host. We’re well past the point in college baseball where need to put regionals in spots simply to grow the game. Put them where they are deserving. With that said, last season, I thought Arizona deserved to host. You will see at least four Western hosts this year, IMO.

  Kendall Rogers
3:09
[Comment From KevinKevin: ]

What is going on with Alex Lange? His freshman year he was phenomenal. But now he had a subpar (to his standards) sophomore year, and another subpar junior year, so far (25 walks already??). You think he would be better suited to stay his senior year at LSU or do you think he should head to the draft?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:09 Kevin
Kendall Rogers:

Kevin — What you see is what you get with Alex Lange. With his mechanical setup (I call it high stress), that curveball is always going to be a hit or miss pitch until he figures that out. With that said, Lange is so dominant when he’s on that he’s still one of the best starting pitchers in our sport and will be a first-round pick. There’s little shot he returns for another season, IMO.

  Kendall Rogers
3:10
[Comment From JoecoolJoecool: ]

Kendall, did you get bad information regarding Drew Rasmussen? You clearly stated he was cleared to pitch and would pitch this past weekend. He obviously didn’t. Explain please.

Monday April 24, 2017 3:10 Joecool
Kendall Rogers:

Joe — Nope, not bad information. He’s cleared to pitch and actually warmed up in the bullpen on Friday. He did not come into the game. OSU just didn’t have a situation for him and I know for a fact the coaches didn’t want to thrust him into a high stress situation in his first outing back.

  Kendall Rogers
3:11
[Comment From Coastal CalCoastal Cal: ]

Thoughts on Sun Belt getting more than just conference tourney winner getting NCAA bid?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:11 Coastal Cal
Kendall Rogers:

Right now, I feel good about UL Lafayette getting in and that’s about it. Coastal, for me, has some serious work to do with an 0-6 mark vs. RPI Top 50 and a lackluster RPI. I’d keep an eye on South Alabama though — the Jaguars are making a move.

  Kendall Rogers
3:12
[Comment From Dirtbags BroadcastDirtbags Broadcast: ]

What are the key games/series the Dirtbags need to win in order to host and possibly sneak into a national seed??

Monday April 24, 2017 3:12 Dirtbags Broadcast
Aaron Fitt:

Boy, right now, I wouldn’t bet against them hosting — they’ve had a great season against a very tough schedule. Obviously the Big West in general will hurt that SOS, but if they win the league, they’re a slam dunk to host. And even if they don’t, as long as they can keep that RPI in the top 20, I like their chances. Obviously those road series against Minnesota and Fullerton are huge — but I think going 3-3 in those two weekends is sufficient, assuming they mostly take care of business against the softer teams left.

  Aaron Fitt
3:14
[Comment From TuckerTucker: ]

Is NC State now done?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:14 Tucker
Kendall Rogers:

You know, Aaron and I might differ here, but I’m desperately trying to find the Pack’s to be a postseason even if they take the Pitt, Va Tech and Delaware series and lose the series to Clemson. Right now, they are sitting at 8-13 in the ACC and have a pretty poor overall resume outside of the FSU series win. RPI is well into the 60s and coming off a sweep of Boston College. I’m not seeing a clear path, which is disappointing considering the preseason expectations.

  Kendall Rogers
3:16
[Comment From KevinKevin: ]

Fellas, give me your opinion on South Carolina. We can’t seem to put all three phases of the game together at the same time. Obviously even the really good teams we’ve had over the last 10 years have struggled in Gainesville, but they’re starting to run out of time. With Kentucky coming to town, followed by a trip to LSU before finishing up at Mizzou & home vs Georgia how do you think they’ll do down the stretch? Can they snap out of this funk and become the team we all thought they’d be, or has that ship sailed? Thanks guy, appreciate all you guys do for College Baseball!

Monday April 24, 2017 3:16 Kevin
Aaron Fitt:

I don’t think that ship has sailed. I know most Gamecock fans are sick and tired of my optimism — but assuming Clarke Schmidt’s going to be healthy, I still believe this team is going to be very dangerous in the postseason (and it will be in the postseason). Sitting there 9-9 in the SEC with a 23 RPI — that’s still strong regional position, a 2-seed resume. Personally, I still think they can win three of their last four series and make a run at hosting. They have been right on the edge of winning every series they’ve lost… there’s a fine line between elation and despair. Eventually it’s got to even out, right?

  Aaron Fitt
3:16
[Comment From MikeMike: ]

Not saying the Beavs are going to take it easy to finish the season, but realistically what is the minimum they need to do to remain a national (top 8) seed?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:16 Mike
Kendall Rogers:

Mike — I’m honestly not seeing a path for Oregon State not to be a national seed. I suppose if the Beavers lost all of their remaining series, they could fall out. But they’ve put together such a strong resume, they’re pretty much already a lock. Hell, OSU has a pretty strong stranglehold on the No. 1 spot, too.

  Kendall Rogers
3:18
[Comment From TexTex: ]

Hey Kendall. Are you concerned that Sam Houston State has lost 5 conference games in a row (now 13-5) or do you think they can turn things around before the conference tournament?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:18 Tex
Kendall Rogers:

Tex — I think the Bearkats can get things together before the conference tournament. After all, at this stage, that’s all that matters with an at-large bid completely out of the question. I actually think I’m going to head up to Huntsville for a day this weekend to see McNeese State over at SHSU.

  Kendall Rogers
3:23
[Comment From Brendon from Pebble BeachBrendon from Pebble Beach: ]

Quite obvious Tristan Beck will not be pitching for Stanford this season, which puts the writing on the wall that he will not be returning to Stanford next season (some held out hope with his brother coming to Stanford, he would want to be teammates with him). At #20 in your rankings, and 17 in the RPI, where could this Stanford team be if he was healthy all season? Top 10, potential national seed? Stanford is 3-6 in the opening game of weekend series. Have to think that would be a little different given Beck was on the mound for those 9 games.

Monday April 24, 2017 3:23 Brendon from Pebble Beach
Kendall Rogers:

Brendon,
I still think this Stanford club can do some huge things on the national stage, but no doubt having Tristan would really help this club. I know this situation is very frustrating for those involved. There’s no doubt that Beck was banged up a while ago, but all the news for the last 3 or 4 months into terms of health/prognosis has been positive, so it’s a little bizarre he has yet to pitch. Would love to see him pitch down the stretch.

  Kendall Rogers
3:24
[Comment From BobbruinbearBobbruinbear: ]

Need your full view of the young UCLA team? Will John Savage have them ready for postseason?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:24 Bobbruinbear
Kendall Rogers:

You know, I actually really liked UCLA when I saw those guys over the weekend on television. While I wasn’t on the road over the weekend, I got a chance to get an inside look at a lot of teams via television — the Bruins one of them. The offense has been impressive at times the entire season (I got great reports after the Texas series). Now, with Bird and others healthy, the pitching is beginning to take a leap forward. Moises Ceja was huge for the Bruins over the weekend. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I’m not sure I want the Bruins in my regional.

  Kendall Rogers
3:26
[Comment From Nick TNick T: ]

Whats the pecking order for the at large teams in the B1G (with Maryland being the current auto bid.

Monday April 24, 2017 3:26 Nick T
Kendall Rogers:

Nick — I would go Michigan and then group Minnesota/Indiana/Nebraska together. I think it’s possible the Big Ten could get five bids to the postseason, but I think you’re likely looking at four at the end of the day. Pick two out of that group — I know, it’s tough.

  Kendall Rogers
3:28
[Comment From MattMatt: ]

Do you think Drew Rasmussen will eventually become a weekend starter for the Beavers this year? I imagine he’ll need a couple relief outings to ease his way back in and then maybe a midweek start or two. However, Hemlich, Rasmussen, and Thompson is a pretty ridiculous gauntlet for opposing teams. Is that realistic after coming off the injury he had?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:28 Matt
Kendall Rogers:

Matt,
I think I said this on Twitter the other day, but I think the Beavers will work toward making Rasmussen a starting pitcher in the postseason and go from there. The Beavs have most of their regular season goals wrapped up, so they have this unique luxury of doing that and being patient.

  Kendall Rogers
3:29
[Comment From tomtom: ]

creighton is on the nation’s longest winning streak. can they take down st. john’s in the big east , and would two big east teams qualify for the regionals then? … does st. john’t have a chance to host – they only have five losses?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:29 tom
Aaron Fitt:

Yeah the Bluejays are red-hot, and let’s not forget they already won the head-to-head series against St. John’s. This feels like one of those situations like Utah last year or UCLA this year — a team that started off horribly but is now playing more like it should be playing. We thought Creighton was going to be a real contender in the Big East, and now we’re seeing that come to fruition. As for St. John’s hosting, I just think it’s a long shot because of the soft SOS.

  Aaron Fitt
3:29
[Comment From BrandonBrandon: ]

Any chance TTU can get the sweep over TCU this weekend if Davis Martin comes back to start on Friday night? Or are the bullpen struggles too much to overcome?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:29 Brandon
Kendall Rogers:

Brandon — Anything can happen any given weekend. Personally, with Davis starting his throwing program tomorrow, I’d be pretty shocked to see him start on Friday. Maybe Sunday or something? Right now, I’d lean toward him not throwing against the Frogs, but I know Tim Tadlock, and he’s probably not showing all of his hands on Monday.

  Kendall Rogers
3:31
[Comment From Pryor RPryor R: ]

The Hogs had a rough pitching weekend a Auburn. 1 time thing or should this be a concern?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:31 Pryor R
Aaron Fitt:

You know, Knight and Stephan have been good enough this year to earn the benefit of the doubt, especially considering how good their stuff is. I’m more concerned about the Sunday pitching — Josh Alberius feels better suited as a swing man than as an SEC Sunday starter. But ultimately, I love the offense and think the Knight/Stephen duo will bounce back — definitely a team that’s going to be in the thick of that SEC race until the end.

  Aaron Fitt
3:34
[Comment From Scott B.Scott B.: ]

What are the chances the Big 12 gets two national seeds this year?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:34 Scott B.
Kendall Rogers:

Scott — I still feel pretty good about TCU and Texas Tech right now.

  Kendall Rogers
3:34
[Comment From Eric SimmonsEric Simmons: ]

What is up with NC State? Getting swept by Boston College! Are they done?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:34 Eric Simmons
Aaron Fitt:

What a disappointing season for the Wolfpack. Now 20-20 overall, 8-13 in the ACC, back outside the top 60 in the RPI — it’s not looking great. They can boost that conference record, theoretically, with series vs. Va Tech and at Pitt, but what evidence do we have that NC State is really good enough to take advantage of those supposedly favorable matchups? They needed to win that series at BC this weekend, and instead they got swept. That does not inspire confidence. Just think their pitching is proving to be pretty mediocre, and their offense has underachieved dramatically. I don’t really get it. That’s baseball…

  Aaron Fitt
3:35
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

Does Miami have a shot making the postseason or are they done?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:35 Andrew
Kendall Rogers:

Andrew — The Hurricanes have a path, but I’m not seeing it being likely at this point. Sure, the ‘Canes have some favorable series down the stretch, but that Virginia series on the road is going to be an absolute must. Miami has an RPI of 82 right now with a 3-8 mark vs. RPI To 50. There’s no postseason resume there right now.

  Kendall Rogers
3:37
[Comment From IraIra: ]

Who has had a bigger fall from grace this April: Oklahoma, Missouri, or Florida Gulf Coast?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:37 Ira
Kendall Rogers:

I would say Missouri. At least Oklahoma has had some significant injury issues set it back. Missouri has been healthy for the most part and simply has not gotten it down against most of the SEC teams it has faced. With that said, I think we can all freely admit we didn’t see that team keeping up the early-season pace the entire season. Too many holes still to fill.

  Kendall Rogers
3:38
[Comment From BrianBrian: ]

Aurburn or Miss State this weekend?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:38 Brian
Kendall Rogers:

tough call, Brian. Assuming Mize is out again this weekend, I’ll go with State at home. No result in this one would surprise me, though. Both teams have done terrific jobs of proving people like me wrong!

  Kendall Rogers
3:38
[Comment From DintersmithDintersmith: ]

Thoughts on U VA’s Adam Haseley San POY?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:38 Dintersmith
Aaron Fitt:

Haseley’s had an awesome year, a no-doubt first-team All-America season. In a different year, he’d probably be a leading contender for national POY too. But unless McKay and Rooker just go into horrible tailspins, I think it’s a two-man race between those two.

  Aaron Fitt
Kendall Rogers:

Yeah — with Fitt here. I was just perusing Virginia last night during our rankings meetings. He and Pavin Smith are having incredible years. Ever want to be impressed? Go look at Pavin’s BB:SO.

  Kendall Rogers
3:42
[Comment From Poss from SunnyvalePoss from Sunnyvale: ]

If you are the Stanford athletic department, who are the top 3 on your wish list to replace Mark Marquess? With the academic restrictions, Stanford is a unique and sometimes challenging place to coach/recruit, given that, are any of these likely to consider the job? If not, any ideas as to who we could be looking at in the Stanford dugout next year?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:42 Poss from Sunnyvale
Aaron Fitt:

Obviously you’d have to imagine Rusty Filter will get a real look, but I think my top three external candidates would be Andrew Checketts, Kirk Saarloos… and David Esquer. And yes, I think that job will have a lot of appeal and be able to attract some very strong candidates.

  Aaron Fitt
3:43
[Comment From JackJack: ]

Janczak isn’t a household national name but people around Fort Worth know that he could possibly be the most important player on the team. He’s had a Preston Morrison like aura around him over the last year and a half. So this looks could be huge for the frogs. What do you guys know? Is it something that’s going to linger? I’d say leave him out until the postseason to be sure.

Monday April 24, 2017 3:43 Jack
Kendall Rogers:

Jack — I spoke with Jim Schlossnagle this morning for a while. More details will come, but it looks like something that’s pretty painful but not season-ending. 3-4 weeks minimum, though. And yes, Jared Janczak is the heart and soul of that staff. He has a calming effect about him and is just nails on the mound. TCU needs him like no other for the national title run.

  Kendall Rogers
3:45
[Comment From SamSam: ]

Was UCF close to being ranked this week?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:45 Sam
Aaron Fitt:

On the radar, but still behind some other teams in our pecking order (notably USF, who has a similar resume and swept the head-to-head series vs. UCF). Also had Mercer and Old Dominion right in that mix, probably ahead of both those AAC teams, but it’s close.

  Aaron Fitt
3:46
[Comment From Minnesota Red RaiderMinnesota Red Raider: ]

With Kansas doing a complete 180, Texas starting to string together wins, and Baylor, OSU, and even K-State getting key victories, how strong does the Big 12 currently look (all top 100 RPI)? Will the conference eat each other up before tournament time?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:46 Minnesota Red Raider
Kendall Rogers:

Minnesota — I was just talking to someone about this via text last night, but how about Kansas of all teams sitting in fourth in the league right now? The Big 12 has a chance to get seven out of nine teams in the postseason which is incredible. I really like that league right now and I’ve seen a lot of those teams. They fair competitively against the SEC teams I’ve seen.

  Kendall Rogers
3:48
[Comment From BrandonBrandon: ]

What do you think of UCLA after their series against Oregon State? Are they for real now, or do they have a lot more work to do to make a regional?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:48 Brandon
Aaron Fitt:

I think they’re a legitimate regional contender, and their resume keeps get better by the week (even this week, after a series loss, the RPI still climbed). If they can stay above .500 in the Pac, and finish a few games over .500 overall, I think they’ll get in. And I think they’re a very intriguing postseason team if those young guys peak at the right time.

  Aaron Fitt
3:49
[Comment From JimJim: ]

With FSU having UVA,WF, @ Louisville on the remaining . If FSU wins 2 of the three series, let say UVA and WF. Can they steal a Host Seed?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:49 Jim
Aaron Fitt:

Your scenario would probably get them to 15-15 in the ACC, and help their RPI climb some more…. but I think they’d still be shy of hosting at that point. Now, if they win all three of those series, now we’re talking.

  Aaron Fitt
3:50
[Comment From RoughSeason1RoughSeason1: ]

With such a terrible first season, how safe is Goff’s job at Bama, especially with a new AD who, at least according to previous stops, seems to care about baseball?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:50 RoughSeason1
Kendall Rogers:

Rough — I would be floored if Greg Goff isn’t at Alabama next year. Goff is a hard-nosed coach who’s a proven winner. It would be insanely foolish for Bama to pull the trigger this soon considering the school hasn’t given a damn about baseball for so long.

  Kendall Rogers
3:54
[Comment From UNCUNC: ]

If Virginia wins it’s final 3-4 series, could the ACC get 4 national seeds?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:54 UNC
Aaron Fitt:

Well, we saw the SEC get four national seeds last year, so we know it’s possible. And I think three is probably a slam dunk for the ACC this year… and yes, under your scenario, if UVa wins 2 of three in its last three weekends (at FSU, vs. Miami, at Georgia Tech), it will finish 18-12 in the ACC and have a shot at a national seed — but still probably more of a host resume for me at that point. If they sweep a couple of those and get to 20 ACC wins, they’d probably tough to deny a national seed, because the RPI should be strong enough too.

  Aaron Fitt
3:57
[Comment From Deacs123Deacs123: ]

Do you guys still think wake is a legitimate team even though they had a 1-3 week last week? Do you still see them hosting?

Monday April 24, 2017 3:57 Deacs123
Aaron Fitt:

Absolutely legitimate — that offense is frightening, as good as any I’ve seen all year. I really do believe the pitching is better than it was last year too, and good enough for that team to make a deep postseason run, especially if they’re at home — but even if they’re not. Hey, there’s no shame in going on the road to a top-five team and losing two of three — they did a good job avoiding a sweep in that last game, and heck, they had a 2-run lead in the ninth of the opener, so they could have easily won it. Anyway, I still do believe Wake will host, yes.

  Aaron Fitt
3:58
[Comment From AnnAnn: ]

Glad it’s just your car on the DL and not you, Aaron!

Monday April 24, 2017 3:58 Ann
Aaron Fitt:

Me too, Ann! I got lucky, really — could have been much worse.

  Aaron Fitt
4:00
[Comment From TiminSCTiminSC: ]

I’ve heard people say that South Carolina is an Omaha team, and I’ve heard people say Holbrook needs to go because we’re having an awful year…so which one is it? Where do you see this team ending up realistically?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:00 TiminSC
Kendall Rogers:

Tim — I am to the point of where I’m not real sure what to expect from the Gamecocks. The reality of their situation is that they could have 2 or 3 more SEC series wins right now if Tyler Johnson had been healthy. However, the reality is that they lost all those series. The margin for error is razor thin in the SEC and no one knows that more than South Carolina. The biggest remaining story is Clarke Schmidt’s health. If his injury is serious, that’s a killer. He’s Mr. Steady.

  Kendall Rogers
4:01
[Comment From Catfish Po-BoyCatfish Po-Boy: ]

Southern Miss has played poorly since the intentional walk debacle vs Ole Miss. While still in good shape for an at-large with a 34 RPI and 5-4 vs top 50, pitching has regressed in recent weeks. Any thoughts on the Eagles?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:01 Catfish Po-Boy
Aaron Fitt:

I probably would chalk it up to the ebbs and flows of the season, for any team. I don’t see any reason for long-term concern — I think Southern Miss will bounce back fast. Still think that’s a very good club.

  Aaron Fitt
4:03
[Comment From WillWill: ]

What was the reasoning with tech falling three spots and other teams in the top five staying put? Just that they lost the series?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:03 Will
Aaron Fitt:

Correct. We almost always place more emphasis on weekend series (though we do take midweeks into account too).

  Aaron Fitt
4:04
[Comment From WaidWaid: ]

Where does UK stand as far as seeding especially with Cliff getting a knock for being small?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:04 Waid
Aaron Fitt:

It’s good enough to host, though. And they’re a slam-dunk host at this point, and probably the top contender for a national seed in the SEC at this point, I reckon. That is a great body of work.

  Aaron Fitt
4:05
[Comment From WillWill: ]

If you guys had to rate UNC’s chances of being a national seed what would it be? (percentage wise)

Monday April 24, 2017 4:05 Will
Kendall Rogers:

I would go with 98% right now, if that’s what you’re asking. Would be surprised if the Tar Heels do anything down the stretch to lose it.

  Kendall Rogers
4:06
[Comment From Eric SimmonsEric Simmons: ]

Is Cal State Fullerton in trouble after losing a series to Cal Poly? I don’t think so! I think Cal Poly might be getting their act together after a terrible start!

Monday April 24, 2017 4:06 Eric Simmons
Aaron Fitt:

Yeah, I think you can put Cal Poly in that Creighton/UCLA/Tulane bucket — teams that surprisingly underachieved early but are now playing more like themselves. The Mustangs have some real ability, no question about it. But still… the Titans have really taken a hit as far as their hosting hopes. Right now you’d have to bet against them hosting. But I don’t think they’re in trouble beyond that, they’re still a good team that will be in the postseason and could make some noise.

  Aaron Fitt
4:07
[Comment From CamCam: ]

After a disastrous start to PAC 12 play Utah has appeared to right the ship. What do the Utes have to do with a little over a month left to make the Postseason for the 2nd year in a row?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:07 Cam
Kendall Rogers:

Cam — I actually think the Utes have a very very favorable schedule down the stretch with upcoming series against Washington State, USC and UC Riverside at home. The Utes should be able to get several games above .500 in those three weekends, but we’ll see. I actually lean toward thinking the Utes will be a pretty solidly in postseason team on Selection Monday. I know Fitt won’t believe I am saying that!

  Kendall Rogers
4:08
[Comment From SparkySparky: ]

how does SEC West shake out? Does MSU run away with it, or can someone from the group of A&M/LSU/Arkansas battle it out?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:08 Sparky
Kendall Rogers:

Sparky — I still tend to think the SEC West is very much wide open even with Miss State leading the show.

  Kendall Rogers
4:10
[Comment From Gamecocks2017Gamecocks2017: ]

Who do you think is the bigger disappointment this year, Coastal Carolina or the SC Gamecocks?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:10 Gamecocks2017
Kendall Rogers:

So far? I would say South Carolina. The Gamecocks simply don’t look like a team that has IT in the clubhouse. Coastal lost some serious firepower from last year’s club and didn’t have Latcham for a while.

  Kendall Rogers
4:12
Aaron Fitt:

OK everybody, I’ve gotta run, thanks for swinging by!

Monday April 24, 2017 4:12 Aaron Fitt
4:14
[Comment From LFL85LFL85: ]

I know there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played, but if the season ended today, would Andy Cannizaro be your national COTY?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:14 LFL85
Kendall Rogers:

I think I would go with Andy or Butch Thompson at this point — both have done incredible jobs. I also think Monte Lee has done another outstanding job, along with Pat Casey at Oregon State.

  Kendall Rogers
4:16
[Comment From OldtimerOldtimer: ]

Does Coach Dave Serrano survive? Will Chris Burke ever coach in Division 1. Not necessarily related but intertwined……

Monday April 24, 2017 4:16 Oldtimer
Kendall Rogers:

Old — Dave is a good friend and a terrific coach, but if the current trend stays true the rest of the season, I don’t see that staff returning next season. And yes, Burke would be a name to watch. Dave is an outstanding coach and it simply hasn’t worked out. Bad culture is hard to change. I think the Vols would need to think outside the box.

  Kendall Rogers
4:17
[Comment From Kurt SahrKurt Sahr: ]

It seems like the answer could be different every week, but who do you think is the second best team in the Pac-12?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:17 Kurt Sahr
Kendall Rogers:

I still think Arizona is the second-best team in that league, though Utah is surging. The Utes have some nice series wins in conference and could’ve easily taken that series from Oregon State in Corvallis.

  Kendall Rogers
4:17
[Comment From JerryJerry: ]

Any serious MLB draft prospects on Clemson for the 2017 draft?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:17 Jerry
Aaron Fitt:

Ah, one more since I just saw Clemson. Chase Pinder would be my bet for first Tiger off the board this year, probably somewhere in the 5-10 round range. Chris Williams is a prospect too, I think, and Reed Rohlman has turned himself into one as well. None of them are elite prospects, but they’re all potential top-10-round guys, I think. Charlie Barnes too — maybe he’ll be the first guy off the board, but also feels like a 5-10 round guy to me. Some of the bullpen arms are intriguing too, like Jeremy Beasley, who was up to 93 and flashes a good hard slider, just needs to be more consistent.

  Aaron Fitt
4:19
[Comment From AlexAlex: ]

Any chance LMU can get in with an at large bid? Who is most likely to win the WCC?

Monday April 24, 2017 4:19 Alex
Kendall Rogers:

LMU still has some work to do with an RPI of 77, but the Lions are at least in the discussion, which is better than previous years. Jason Gill has done a really nice job with that team Right now, I think you could make a solid case for USD and BYU.

  Kendall Rogers
4:27
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Monday April 24, 2017 4:27 Kendall Rogers

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