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  D1Baseball’s Weekly Chat (05/08/2017) 
12:56
Kendall Rogers: 

We will start answering your questions at 2 PM ET — but go ahead and get your questions in now!

Monday May 8, 2017 12:56 Kendall Rogers
2:01
Aaron Fitt: 

Hi everybody, greetings from the desert of California. Fun weekend in Arizona; next stop on my West Coast junket is Fullerton for a Tuesday night game against UCLA, then on to Oregon. Fun time of year. Let’s chat.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:01 Aaron Fitt
2:04
[Comment From TannerTanner: ] 

What do the Hurricanes have to accomplish these last few weeks for them to feel like they have a good shot of making the postseason WITHOUT having to win the ACC Tournament?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:04 Tanner
 
Aaron Fitt: 

They’ve got to get that RPI up (currently No. 71 — at least 20 spots from where they really need to be as an ACC club), and they’ve got to finish above .500 overall (right now they’re 24-23). I do like that they have a winning ACC record (12-11), but we’ve seen teams finish around .500 in the ACC before and get left out because of below-average RPIs — I recall it happening to Duke a few years back. At this point, I’d say those last two series are pretty much must-wins — at Virginia (a big challenge) and vs. Virginia Tech. Winning both of those series and getting to 16-13 in the ACC gives Miami a real shot.

  Aaron Fitt
2:05
[Comment From KypatKypat: ] 

Is Kentucky out of running for national seed now

Monday May 8, 2017 2:05 Kypat
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I don’t think so — still ninth in the RPI, still strong in the SEC (15-9, just a game out of first), still a great top 50 record (14-10). This weekend was a setback, but the Wildcats have had a great season, and they’re still very much in the hunt.

  Aaron Fitt
2:06
[Comment From Darrell (Petal, MS)Darrell (Petal, MS): ] 

Andy Cannizzaro, is he a lock for COY? Let’s not forget he took his first head coaching job in November after Fall Ball was practically over. He also has just as many Pitchers on DL than ones he can dress out.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:06 Darrell (Petal, MS)
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I’m not gonna call anybody a lock right now — there have been a lot of great coaching performances, and typically the COY award is won in the postseason. But at this point, Andy’s gotta be considered one of the front-runners, and quite possibly THE front-runner. You make some great points — to do this after not being with the team in the fall and overcoming all these injuries is pretty remarkable.

  Aaron Fitt
2:09
[Comment From EddieEddie: ] 

How realistic is USF’s hosting chances? Last thing I wanna see is being paired in a region with UF but feel the committee may place us there, even if we have a solid end to the year plus a nice conference tourney run

Monday May 8, 2017 2:09 Eddie
 
Aaron Fitt: 

USF’s hosting chances are getting stronger by the week — that sweep of ECU this weekend was a big boost, because now the Bulls are all alone atop the conference standings. I still really like the 6-1 mark vs. top 50 and 16-7 record against the top 100. You’d like to see the RPI come up a bit — Southeast teams don’t usually host with RPIs in the 20s, and the Bulls are currently 23rd. But those last two series are both on the road against good clubs (UConn and UCF), so those are RPI boosters. If the Bulls keep playing well in those weekends and win the AAC regular-season title, I like their chances.

  Aaron Fitt
2:09
Kendall Rogers: 

okay guys — I’m here now. Sorry, was getting an update on Austen Wade from Coach Schloss at TCU. He appears to be good to go on Friday — which is great news for TCU.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:09 Kendall Rogers
2:10
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

Is anyone going to report anything on Tristan Beck?? You guys continue to ignore the elephant in the room; what’s the deal with this guy??

Monday May 8, 2017 2:10 John
 
Kendall Rogers: 

He certainly has had a stress fracture this season, but the word around Stanford is that he was cleared to pitch several weeks ago. That certainly makes my ears perk up a little. It is what it is, however.

  Kendall Rogers
Aaron Fitt: 

Mark Marquess told me yesterday that Beck could probably return but it would be pushing it a little. At this point, they don’t feel like there’s enough time to work him back into game shape before the season is over. Don’t expect to see him pitch this spring.

  Aaron Fitt
2:11
[Comment From JustinJustin: ] 

If the season ended today, and the last hosting spot was down to Miss St. and Arkansas, who gets the nod?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:11 Justin
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Justin — Uh, Mississippi State is in very good shape for a regional host right now, sitting as a Top 10 team with very solid metrics. No question that MSU has a better chance right now.

  Kendall Rogers
2:13
[Comment From bbcoach09bbcoach09: ] 

What are Southern Miss chances of hosting and what do they need to do to keep it?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:13 bbcoach09
 
Kendall Rogers: 

BBCOACH — I really like where the Eagles sit right now. Top 20 RPI, leading a solid Conference USA by three games a 16-9 mark vs. RPI Top 100. If you were looking to prod some holes into its hosting resume, you could point to a 5-4 mark vs. RPI Top 50 as not overly impressive, but I still think this team is in good shape.

  Kendall Rogers
2:13
[Comment From JamesJames: ] 

UT Arlington would be 16-2 in their last 18 if OU would not have had a “lightning delay” when down 11-3 in the bottom of the 2nd. While not a killer, OU is back up to 20 in RPI, so it would be a big help. Any chance UTA gets considered for an at large if they finish the season strong. Still have 1 at TCU and 3 vs. Coastal at home + tournament. Have only lost 2 weekend series (La Tech and Georgia Southern, which are not bad losses). Losing to ACU and Milwaukee hurts, but their midweek schedule has to be one of the hardest in the nation (Win vs. Tech, Win vs. A&M, lost 2 to TCU, OU game, lost 2 to DBU). That being said, should they lessen their midweek schedule and win more or continue this path. Weekend starters have been lights out for most of the year. Thanks for all you do.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:13 James
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Definitely an interesting resume, but the metrics just aren’t there for the Mavs — just 82nd in the RPI and 2-8 against the top 50. I like the aggressive scheduling, because if they win more of those games it really does boost their at-large hopes, but the fact is they needed to win more of those games than they have.

  Aaron Fitt
2:15
[Comment From ErikErik: ] 

I know Nebraska’s RPI is (relatively) low…but how close are they to a lock?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:15 Erik
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Unfortunately no team in the 40s in the RPI can be considered a lock, but obviously we feel great about Nebraska’s chances right now — they are not near the bubble for us. Those two quality series wins against Indiana and Maryland were huge, and the fact that they’re sitting atop the conference standings with two winnable series left (home vs. Michigan State, at Penn State) makes me believe that they are going to win the regular-season title, which would pretty make them a lock, I think.

  Aaron Fitt
2:17
[Comment From GatorFanGatorFan: ] 

What team flying under the radar do you think has the best chance to be this year’s Coastal Carolina?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:17 GatorFan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Hmm… I’m gonna say Southern Miss. Feels kind of similar to Coastal last year — in the back of the top 25 heading toward the postseason, dominating its league, a quality program with a long history of success, lots of veterans and talent on both sides of the ball. I think the Golden Eagles are very dangerous in the postseason.

  Aaron Fitt
2:17
[Comment From Big_AgBig_Ag: ] 

If still possible, what would the Aggies have to do to host?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:17 Big_Ag
 
Kendall Rogers: 

BIG AG — Granted the RPI Needs Report changes daily, right now it is saying the Aggies cannot get into the Top 16 in the regular season. However, that is not including Hoover. Win the Ole Miss and Arkansas series and make a strong run in the SEC tourney, and there’s a shot. However, I think the Aggies have an uphill climb at this point. What stinks for A&M is that it had that MSU game won before some uncharacteristic defensive miscues made things go off the rails.

  Kendall Rogers
2:18
[Comment From BradBrad: ] 

Any way that CCU gets into the field at large? Can they get that RPI down and are they deserving of a spot.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:18 Brad
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Brad — Not seeing Coastal as a postseason team right now with a 5-10 mark vs. Top 100 along with an RPI of 63. That isn’t the resume of a postseason team. Its’ too bad, though, because I think Coastal is a solid club.

  Kendall Rogers
2:21
[Comment From YellmkYellmk: ] 

Even if TCU wins the Big 12, it will only be by a game or two. Depending on the Big 12 tourney results, I imagine Tech could actually earn a higher national seed. How does the committee view those two teams, one a conference champ, the other holding the head-to-head?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:21 Yellmk
 
Aaron Fitt: 

We had Texas Tech ahead in the pecking order last week, but I think the debate in this week’s Nerdcast is going to be interesting, because TCU’s sweep of Texas has really tightened it up. Now they’re both top five in the RPI, and TCU has a two-game lead in the standings. Tech has the head-to-head advantage and a better top 50 record (17-8 vs. TCU’s 12-6). But TCU is 25-8 vs. Top 100, even better than Tech’s 24-12. So it’s really close… but I’m starting to think TCU’s might wind up getting the edge assuming it holds on to win the regular-season title in the No. 1 RPI league. That’s a major feather in its cap, and it outweighs the head-to-head, especially since it was just two out of three (not a sweep) and it was in Lubbock.

  Aaron Fitt
2:22
[Comment From Ed HullEd Hull: ] 

Can Charlotte make a regional? Tough past weekend with Rice

Monday May 8, 2017 2:22 Ed Hull
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, getting swept by Rice was a huge blow for the Niners. They’re down to 75th in the RPI — no bueno. We had them in last week, but we’ll have them out this week, no question about it. They need to finish very strong to have a shot, but their remaining series are against teams outside the top 100, so it might not provide them with the RPI boost they need.

  Aaron Fitt
2:24
[Comment From TrevorTrevor: ] 

I understand SEC/ACC probably sells more subscriptions, but man, how can we get some better West Coast coverage? Saturday’s game of Cal vs OSU featured 21 runs, 6 HRs (including 2 Grandslams) and not a peep, even in the Saturday roundup. I called it when he moved, but Fitt leaving the West Coast was about the worst thing that could’ve happened for West Cost coverage.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:24 Trevor
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Trevor, you’ve got to be kidding me. We have TWO writers who live on the West Coast, they’re covering games out there every single weekend! I’m in the middle of a 10-day West Coast trip, which will include three games in Oregon next weekend. I’m sorry you were disappointed with a particular roundup when the No. 1 team in the country outslugged a team that is 21-24, but give me a break, man.

  Aaron Fitt
2:24
[Comment From ChanChan: ] 

Does Texas look good for a 2 with a series win vs West Virginia?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:24 Chan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Chan — Yep. Longhorns would look good for a two seed. The Longhorns could, and I mean COULD get back into the hosting mix by taking care of WVU and storming through the Big 12 tournament, but I’m saying that scenario is still unlikely at this point. Conference record is an issue.

  Kendall Rogers
2:26
[Comment From DeanDean: ] 

How hard is it going to be for the SEC to get two National Seeds this year? If LSU and UF win their last two series, are they both National Seeds?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:26 Dean
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Dean — I think Florida is looking pretty good right now, and I think Kentucky is the next team in the pecking order. I have LSU behind the Wildcats as of now, so LSU still has some work to do to jump into the Top 8 mix.

  Kendall Rogers
2:28
[Comment From J MacArthurJ MacArthur: ] 

LMU is 9-7 against Top 100 and a 70 PPI Why #23

Monday May 8, 2017 2:28 J MacArthur
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Sometimes those metrics can be deceiving, especially for teams in the West. For reasons that have been well documented, West Coast teams have built-in disadvantages in the RPI, so the the RPI needs to be used as a tool to compare teams within their regions. LMU has had a great season — zero losing weekends, quality series wins against USD, BYU and Saint Mary’s.

  Aaron Fitt
2:28
[Comment From BenBen: ] 

Louisiana Tech is now over .500 in conference play at 13-11. They sit at 32-15 overall, #38 in the RPI, and #9 in non-conference RPI. After Charlotte and FAU were both swept this weekend, are the ‘Dogs in the tourney if the season ended today?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:28 Ben
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Ben — I don’t want to make guarantees, but I do think Louisiana Tech will be in our field this week. The main thing holding the Bulldogs up until now was the conference record, and they’ve rectified that issue. I think this is a scary team moving forward given the fact they have postseason experience.

  Kendall Rogers
2:32
[Comment From TedTed: ] 

How strong is St. John’s tournament resume? I see all the wins, but only one game against the RPI Top 50??? They needed a huge comeback yesterday to avoid losing a series to Georgetown.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:32 Ted
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I do worry about them winding up in a situation similar to Campbell a few years ago, when the Camels dominated a poor league and won a ton of games but were left out of the field due to the lack of quality wins. If St. John’s slips at all in the RPI, it could wind up on the bubble, and the last two series (vs. Xavier, at 13-27 Villanova) won’t help. Right now, the Johnnies are fine at No. 31 in the RPI, despite the lack of top 50 wins. But it doesn’t help that they’re not actually leading their conference… for teams in lower-tier leagues to get at-larges, a regular-season conference title is crucial.

  Aaron Fitt
2:33
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 

With Utah, UW, and Oregon struggling down the stretch will the PAC-12 get a 6th team in the tourney? Also, is Stanford still alive to be national seed?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:33 Matt
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Matt,
I’d have Stanford as my 9th team in the national seed pecking order, I’m not sure about Fitt. That’s a solid overall resume, it’s a team trending very positively and they are high up in the Pac-12 right now. As for the Pac-12, Oregon is absolutely out for me right now, along with Utah — and Washington is very much on the bubble. Probably trending no for me right now.

  Kendall Rogers
Aaron Fitt: 

If the season ended today, Washington’s probably out, but they have favorable home series left vs. USC and ASU, so I expect them to play their way back in over these last three weeks.

  Aaron Fitt
2:34
[Comment From YellmkYellmk: ] 

Could the Big 12 be a 7 bid league?…I don’t see OSU or KSU making it, but every other team has a case.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:34 Yellmk
 
Aaron Fitt: 

We have had the Big 12 projected as a seven-bid leagues a time or two in the past this season, so it’s certainly within the realm of possibility. But Kansas is on the wrong side of the bubble right now with a No. 62 RPI. If the Jayhawks can find a way to win their last series at Texas Tech, I think they’ll play their way in and make it a seven-bid league. But that’s a tall task.

  Aaron Fitt
2:34
[Comment From Cajun CarterCajun Carter: ] 

Are the Cajuns toast after a series loss to Georgia Southern?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:34 Cajun Carter
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Cajun — Afraid the Cajuns will need to win the conference tournament. They are at 60 in the RPI right now with a 5-6 mark vs. RPI top 50, along with a whopping 4 1/2 games separating them and first-place UT Arlington. That’s a substantial difference. This could be a very scary team if it can just find a way to get there (much like Coastal).

  Kendall Rogers
2:36
[Comment From texastexas: ] 

how many big 12 teams do you see in the cws ?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:36 texas
 
Kendall Rogers: 

TCU and Texas Tech for me. I still think Texas is dangerous given the three-man rotation of Kingham/Cooper/Johnston, but not convinced it can go the distance. Texas Tech is a no-brainer for me once Davis Martin returns, I think this past weekend was big for TCU w/ Howard and Traver pitching well.

  Kendall Rogers
2:36
[Comment From JTJT: ] 

Any chance for a Big Ten regional host? If so, who could it be and how?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:36 JT
 
Aaron Fitt: 

We’ve had Maryland right in the hunt in recent weeks, but losing back to back series against Indiana and (especially) Illinois was a setback. Don’t really see another team with a realistic hosting chance, given the RPI realities.

  Aaron Fitt
2:37
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 

If MSU wins the SEC. Will that be enough to get a National Seed?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:37 Brian
 
Aaron Fitt: 

No question.

  Aaron Fitt
2:38
[Comment From idekliaideklia: ] 

How are y’all feeling about South AL as the end of the season approaches?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:38 ideklia
 
Aaron Fitt: 

South Al was my preseason sleeper, and they’ve played well over the last three weeks. I think they’ll be dangerous if they can get into a regional, but still feel like they probably have to win the automatic because of that 2-10 record against the top 50 and an RPI of No. 51.

  Aaron Fitt
2:40
[Comment From JBJB: ] 

Can JJ Schwarz keep up this level of production? Or will we see a regression back to what he was at the beginning of the season?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:40 JB
 
Kendall Rogers: 

JB — Well, he’s hitting the ball pretty well right now, and that’s a big step forward from where he was the first two months of the season. His ascension could be a game-changer for Sully’s club as the postseason nears. It’s good to see. He’s always had the potential.

  Kendall Rogers
2:40
[Comment From Good AgGood Ag: ] 

With our hosting aspirations pretty much up in smoke at this point, to which regional (hopefully as a 2-seed) do you see Texas A&M being sent? Also, do you see this team being a threat to win a regional on the road? Thanks for the input guys!

Monday May 8, 2017 2:40 Good Ag
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Maybe Lubbock — hopefully the committee will take a year off from pairing TCU and A&M. The Aggies have proven they’re talented enough to beat anybody when they’re playing their best, so you never know, they could certainly make some postseason noise. Some nice frontline talent on that roster. But if they wind up in Lubbock, I don’t love their chances — Texas Tech is legit, and especially tough to beat at home.

  Aaron Fitt
2:42
[Comment From HuskerHackerHuskerHacker: ] 

Hey guys, thanks for the commentary!! Maryland has in the past been the team in the B1G with Michigan slightly behind. If Nebraska holds on, wins the B1G regular season and reaches the B1G championship game, is there a chance they could host a regional? The fan participation will undoubtably be high.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:42 HuskerHacker
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I just don’t see the RPI getting into realistic hosting range. But you’re right, it would be great to see a regional back in Lincoln, such a great baseball atmosphere.

  Aaron Fitt
2:44
[Comment From KevinKevin: ] 

11 LOB on Friday, 6 Saturday, and another 13 on Sunday! 30 total LOB over the weekend for LSU vs SCAR. What do you see as more of a liability going forward: LSU’s shaky bullpen or clutch hitting?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:44 Kevin
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I’m not somebody who worries too much about the LOB stat — that’s not a chronic deficiency. If you’re not getting baserunners, that’s a much bigger concern. But if you are getting a lot of guys on base, eventually it’ll even out and you’ll start getting more big hits. I’m not particularly worried about the bats or the bullpen, which I think has come together fairly well as the season has progressed. Newman, Hess, Gilibert, Bush — that’s a pretty solid core, I think.

  Aaron Fitt
2:45
[Comment From DillonDillon: ] 

I know there is debate on whether the Beavs are the true #1. But is there still any doubt after this weekend or did they do what was expected of them? And do you think Fehmal will lose his spot in the starting rotation?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:45 Dillon
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Dillon — I think Oregon State is the clear-cut No. 1 for me. I like North Carolina’s club, but the Beavers have been flawless on the weekend and in conference play. I think the thing that stood out to me about the weekend is that Cal’s offense gave OSU’s pitching staff all it could handle, and the OSU offense stepped up with 29 runs in three games. That’s loud.

  Kendall Rogers
2:46
[Comment From AlanAlan: ] 

Thanks for all the great coverage guys. Question: With this late season surge, what do you make of Rice’s chances to win CUSA tourney to get into NCAA to keep streak alive?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:46 Alan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

It really, really would not shock me. They’re Rice, for Pete’s sake! It’s not like they don’t have talent. Kendall is better attuned to the reasons for their struggles this season than I am, but I look at the roster and think this team can totally make a run through the C-USA tournament, especially now that it’s finally playing closer to the level we expected.

  Aaron Fitt
2:49
[Comment From Deacs123Deacs123: ] 

Do you guys still have wake hosting, and If wake wins the series at FSU and sweeps Pitt, and then does good at the ACC tournament could they be a national seed?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:49 Deacs123
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Deacs — The scenario you mention really depends on what else happens around the country leading up to that. Premature to assume otherwise. As for the host site — still feel pretty good about the Deacs as a host. Status quo this week!

  Kendall Rogers
2:49
[Comment From JTCJTC: ] 

Last week you had South Carolina as a 2 seed. Yesterday you tweeted that the committee would have to show you a reason they have a case. Did 2 losses to LSU change the outlook that much? I’m not saying they deserve to be in. Just seems like a big drop in your thinking from 2 seed to should not be in conversation.

Monday May 8, 2017 2:49 JTC
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I addressed this in the podcast today — it did not really change my outlook on South Carolina. We already projected the Gamecocks to lose that LSU series, but we had them in anyway because we projected them to win their final two series at Missouri and vs. Georgia. They held their ground by not getting swept on the road in Baton Rouge. If the season ended today, they would not be in, because momentum matters and they’ve lost six straight series. But the season doesn’t end today, and I still expect the Gamecocks to finish strong in the last two weeks and be in a regional. Personally I might have had them as a 3 last week though (I let Kendall handle the seedings within regionals — I’m more interested in who’s in, who’s out), and certainly expect them to be a 3 right now.

  Aaron Fitt
2:51
[Comment From TexTex: ] 

Kendall, do you see Baylor as a lock for a regional? currently sitting in 7th place but according to your RPI have the number 1 SOS. Is that enough or do they need to finish strong?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:51 Tex
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Tex — I don’t think there’s ever a lock situation when a team has a losing record in league play, but BU is trending the right direction and has a 12-11 record vs. RPI Top 50, along with a good RPI. I’d like to see the Bears at least split the last two series to be safe going into the Big 12 tournament. For now, just fine.

  Kendall Rogers
2:52
[Comment From BeaversBeavers: ] 

Week after week, it seems like there is change in the top 10 outside of Oregon State, Louisville and North Carolina. Are these 3 teams the premier teams in the nation that y’all are predicting to make Omaha runs? What is the defining characteristic of each team? And if you had to pick one of these coaches to build a program around who would you choose?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:52 Beavers
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Those three have been very consistent, but I would absolutely put TCU and Texas Tech in the same group of top national title contenders. If I’m picking one of those three coaches to build around right now, I’m going Dan McDonnell because he’s younger, and he’s obviously a rock star. All three are very balanced clubs with strengths in all areas; they’ve all got big-time No. 1 starters and depth on the mound and firepower in the lineup and athletic defenses. But for me, I think Oregon State is probably the most complete team.

  Aaron Fitt
2:52
Aaron Fitt: 

OK guys, I’ve got to check out of my hotel so I’m going to stop a bit early, but Kendall will carry you through a bit longer. Have a great week!

Monday May 8, 2017 2:52 Aaron Fitt
2:54
[Comment From bobbruinbearbobbruinbear: ] 

What chance does UCLA have in getting to Omaha this season; now that Canning, Bird & Olsen are at the top of the rotation?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:54 bobbruinbear
 
Kendall Rogers: 

BOB — If UCLA can just get into the postseason, which I think it will now, the Bruins are very dangerous with Canning Bird and others healthy and rolling along. I would have the Bruins as one of my Omaha sleepers right now — watch out for them. Very solid club.

  Kendall Rogers
2:57
[Comment From AU TigerAU Tiger: ] 

What does this past weekend do to Auburn’s chances to host a regional?

Monday May 8, 2017 2:57 AU Tiger
 
Kendall Rogers: 

AU — The weekend certainly hurt the Tigers’ chances with the RPI dipping into the mid 30s. The Tigers are very much in the same boat as Texas A&M. Win the final two series and make noise in the SEC tournament, and you’ve got a decent shot. Don’t do that and I’m not seeing a particularly easy path as the RPI is just too far away at the moment.

  Kendall Rogers
3:02
[Comment From BenBen: ] 

Hey guys! Did you see the weekend that Adley Rutschman had, offensively and defensively? His bat is starting to pop and he made at least 3 amazing defensive plays, notably the passed ball play to heimlich! How good can this kid be?!?

Monday May 8, 2017 3:02 Ben
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Ben — The Oregon State coaches were extremely excited about the potential with Rutschman before the season, and you are seeing why. In addition to being a very solid defensive catcher, he’s figured enough out at the plate to be an offensive asset. Really solid player and I’m looking forward to seeing him at the Corvallis Regional in a few weeks.

  Kendall Rogers
3:07
[Comment From BenMBenM: ] 

If Jancak returns and is full strength by a regional, who are TCU’s 3 starters? Still Janzak/Howard/Lodolo or do you trust Traver more in the post season?

Monday May 8, 2017 3:07 BenM
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Good question, Ben. I think I like the trio of Lodolo/Janczak and Howard right now. Traver is a really nice security blanket to have right now.

  Kendall Rogers
3:08
[Comment From MikeMike: ] 

With Fehmel struggling for the 3rd straight weekend…how are the Beavers going to address their biggest issue?

Monday May 8, 2017 3:08 Mike
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Mike — I still think you’ll see a situation where Drew Rasmussen gets stretched out enough before the postseason to see him moved into the rotation for the regional weekend. We’ll see, though. Fehmel does seem to be sliding a little bit.

  Kendall Rogers
3:11
[Comment From RobRob: ] 

USF 37-10 do they still have potential to host with seriies

Monday May 8, 2017 3:11 Rob
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Rob — Still potential with a Top 23 RPI, especially if the Bulls can win the American regular season title.

  Kendall Rogers
3:12
[Comment From Mike (New York)Mike (New York): ] 

Is there anything at all St. John’s could do to get to host a regional? Maybe if they win out and win the Big East tournament say or is the RPI just too low? FDU series a couple weekends ago did nothing to help them I am sure.

Monday May 8, 2017 3:12 Mike (New York)
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Mike — Not seeing any path to host right now with such weak RPI teams left on the schedule, plus more weak RPI teams in the conference tournament. I think the Johnnies are a solid club, but they played a pretty weak non-conference schedule when you consider that they need tough games in non-conference being a Big East team.

  Kendall Rogers
3:15
[Comment From Eric SimmonsEric Simmons: ] 

If Oregon wins 2 out of 3 against Oregon State and wins their remaining series do they get in?

Monday May 8, 2017 3:15 Eric Simmons
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I would say if that happens — that would mean Oregon wins three more series, including a series win over Oregon State. Yeah, that would probably get the Ducks in the field.

  Kendall Rogers
3:15
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Monday May 8, 2017 3:15 Kendall Rogers
 
 

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