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Kendall Rogers

We are taking your questions now …. however we will start answering at 1:30 CT (2:30 ET).
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Aaron Fitt
Hi everybody, let’s dive in.
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Comment From Jay in Omaha
Bryant embarrassed BC in a midweek game and are now 33-8, 1-0 vs ACC, 1-0 vs SEC, 2-2 vs Big Ten. Any hope of an at large?
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about 2 hours ago

Aaron Fitt:
Oh, certainly — Bryant is in great shape for an at-large spot. The Bulldogs are No. 26 in the RPI, and they are utterly dominating their league as they must. As I wrote early this year, I think that’s an SEC-caliber lineup with a legitimate SEC-caliber ace atop the rotation in James Karinchak. That team is going to be in a regional, and it has a real shot to win one.
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Comment From Brad
What are realistic expectations for the LSU baseball program? I assume somewhere between winning 1 game at the CWS in 6 years and 5 championships in 10 years.
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Kendall Rogers:
Brad,
I would say a College World Series appearance after two or three years. I know that’s not what LSU fans probably want to hear, but parity is at an all-time high in college baseball, and it’s tough to get to Omaha, much less win a national title. Skip Bertman, for instance, coached during an era where a select few ruled the roost. That’s not the case anymore.
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Comment From Road to Omaha
How would you handicap the SEC race at this point?
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Aaron Fitt:
Obviously South Carolina’s in the driver’s seat, with a one-game lead over Florida and a 1.5 game lead over Texas A&M. With their remaining schedules, I envision the Gamecocks finishing with 20 SEC wins, the Gators finishing with 21, and the Aggies finishing with 20. But you know, trying to predict what’s going to happen in three upcoming weekends is like trying to predict the weather three weeks from now. But I’m going with the Gators.
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Comment From Adam
What does Miami have to do to Maintain their National Seed? Will Two of Three from Tech & a win up in Tallahassee do the trick, assuming that they take care of business against FAU & Pitt?
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Aaron Fitt:
I reckon that would do it, yes. That would get Miami up to 19 or 20 conference wins, with a great RPI and plenty of high-end wins.
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Comment From JP
Tulane seems to be hitting its stride, going 6-1 over the last 7 with nice midweek wins over Southern Miss and LSU (to sweep both). That said, the Green Wave still sits at #33 in RPI. Looking at Tulane’s remaining schedule and a good chance to win the league, do you think Regional Hosting could be in the cards?
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Aaron Fitt:
Obviously we agree that Tulane’s stock is on the rise — which explains why we moved the Green Wave up six spots in the rankings. Improving to 2-0 vs. LSU obviously played a part in that; it felt like Tulane deserved to move ahead of the Tigers. I do really like Tulane’s 8-2 record against the top 50, although 12-9 against the top 100 is just OK. If the Green Wave wins its last three series and takes the American, it’s got a shot to host, but there are still quite a few other teams to leapfrog (all those SEC host-caliber teams in the region, Southern Miss, Rice, etc). I think it’s still probably unlikely.
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Comment From Dylan
Mississippi state is winning all their series. It’s starting to be a Trent that they go 2-1 every weekend. And from where they are now, that would end up being 18-12 to finish the SEC. Maybe there’s a a sweep somewhere in there. But my question is, even though there’s a good chance They finish behind A&M in the west unless A&M stumbles the last three SEC series against ranked foes. Do you see Mississippi state getting a national seed winning 9/10 SEC series’s. I mean some would think so considering who they have beaten on the road and being 3-1 against ole miss who is top 10 in the RPI. But that would make it 4 sec schools with national seeds and I just don’t see that happening.
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Kendall Rogers:
Dylan,
If Miss State wins the rest of its SEC series, I would be shocked if it is not a national seed. Again, there would not be a team out there with a better road resume than the Bulldogs. I feel very confident in that potential at this point.
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Comment From Keith
Can Texas Tech lock up a national seed by winning their last 2 series, or do they also need to go deep in the Big 12 Tournament?
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Kendall Rogers:
Keith,
I would feel pretty good if I am Tech under those circumstances. However, the Red Raiders DO play some bad RPI teams the rest of the way, so minimal slip ups are needed for this team. I thought this past weekend was a really impressive statement series win over TCU. Like the trajectory and leadership of this club.
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Comment From B Mand
With FSU’s pitching already seemingly thin and then adding the injuries to Cobi Johnson and Jim Voyles, does FSU have enough pitching to advance to a Super?
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Aaron Fitt:
You’re right to be concerned — Florida State is definitely thin on the mound. Heading into the season, we thought a big key to the season was for Cobi Johnson to take a big step forward and become a frontline ACC pitcher, as befitting his talent. Instead he threw just 18 innings and then had Tommy John surgery. And Voyles, obviously, is the most important piece of that bullpen — they’re gonna need him back down the stretch (last I heard they were hoping he’d be back in a couple of weeks after taking that line drive off the head — what a scary deal). I’d never rule out the Seminoles — they win regionals like Cris Carter catches touchdowns. They’re going to be at home, which certainly helps. Their offense is still very formidable, as usual. So yes, I think they can win a regional even if Voyles misses more time… but for them to make a really deep postseason run, they’re gonna need him back.
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Comment From Northeastern has 2…
Northeastern has 2 star pitchers, Aaron Civale and Dustin Hunt. Where do you see them going n the draft
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Kendall Rogers:
The most buzz right now is on Civale. Frankie Piliere will have much more on Civale in a feature later today, but I’ve heard in the top three rounds on him. You never know which direction a team might go, but I would say back half of two or in the third.
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Comment From jake
What would you guys say Oklahoma state would have to do down the stretch to be able to host or are they out of that conversation, and should just hope that they don’t get sent to a national seeds regional. Which would increase there chances of getting out of the regional.
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Aaron Fitt:
I think OSU is very much in the thick of that conversation, especially with TCU fading a little bit. The Cowboys are probably now ahead of the Frogs in the Big 12 pecking order after having won a series against TCU last weekend and now moving ahead of TCU in the standings. The fly in the ointment for the Cowboys is that 5-8 record against the top 50, but still, they’re in second place in the Big 12 and have a No. 22 RPI. They’re right there in the hosting mix. We had TCU hosting last week; this week, I think there’s a chance that OSU replaces the Frogs as one of our hosts, or perhaps both of them could be left out.
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Comment From CB
A&M’s schedule is brutal down the stretch with Vandy, SC, and Ole Miss coming up. In your opinion what do the Ags need to do the rest of the way to hold on to a national seed?
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Kendall Rogers:
CB — I think the Aggies are an easy national seed if they can win two of their final three series, and I think they do that — they take Vandy/Ole Miss at home, and drop the road series at South Carolina. Big key will be avoiding getting swept in any of those three series as well.
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Comment From Ian
Who gets left out in the SEC and ACC if the committee decides four national seeds is too many for one conference?
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Kendall Rogers:
Ian — Mississippi State would be the odd man out in the SEC right now if you just simply couldn’t have four national seeds. Behind A&M in the SEC West Standings, also got swept by the Aggies at home. Feel comfortable about SC, Florida and A&M at this point.
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Comment From Steve
As a long-time Georgia Tech baseball fan, I’m used to disappointment in the post-season. This year’s team has the bats, but do they have the pitching to win a regional?
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Aaron Fitt:
It’s certainly possible to win a regional without premier pitching if you can hit like Georgia Tech can. But I don’t think Tech’s pitching is terrible — it’s middle of the pack ACC pitching. They get a decent amount of ground balls and turn a ton of double plays (I think they lead the nation in that category), which certainly helps. So yeah, I could see it.
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Comment From Ty
Outside of UCSB & TTU, can any non SEC/ACC team earn a national seed? Even TTU needs to finish 7-1 just to stay in the top 16 RPI before Bricktown.
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Kendall Rogers:
Ty,
If there is another team, they will have to come out of the woodwork the final 3/4 weeks of the regular season. Right now, I think you have 11 teams for 8 spots, the other three being NC State, UCSB and Ole Miss. Yes, the national seed “bubble” is that small.
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Comment From Vandy Fan
Have the improved offensive numbers of the past 2 seasons, been solely because of the lower seems on the baseball or have their been other below the radar changes to the bats and balls that have helped power numbers?
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Aaron Fitt:
It’s really just been the baseballs. They had the impact the committee hoped they would have. Offense isn’t out of whack, but we’ve got some balance again.
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Comment From Ty
Will there be more top 10 teams in the final regular season rankings in Hoover or Omaha?
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Kendall Rogers:
Ty,
That’s a funny question. And I actually think there’s a pretty decent chance of that being the case. I’ve never thought about that ….
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Aaron Fitt:
Reading comprehension is not Kendall’s strong suit, so I’ll answer this one for you: Hoover. We’ve currently got 5 SEC teams in the top 10, plus Ole Miss at 12 and LSU in striking distance at 17. Of course, I think there’s a decent chance that a number of those teams get to Omaha too, because the SEC and ACC are just better than everybody else this year… So it could be close.
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Comment From Vandy Fan
Can you give us some idea of teams that are likely be #4 seeds that have a bona fide ace that no #1 seed will want to see?
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Aaron Fitt:
Obviously Kent State is at the top of that list, with Eric Lauer, who ranked No. 3 on our starting pitcher power rankings last week. I would put Navy on that list too, with Luke Gillingham. At this point, SEMO and Jacksonville would probably be 3-seeds, but if their RPIs slip and they wind up as 4s, they both have tough No. 1 starters in Joey Lucchesi and the exquisitely named Michael Baumann.
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Comment From David
LSU is now 3-4 in SEC series this year. They have an impressive series win over Vandy, but lost to the other 4 quality opponents they have played. They got swept by Tulane. Is it safe to say they are out of the hosting discussion unless it truly comes down to money?
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Kendall Rogers:
David,
I would have LSU out of it right now with Ole Miss taking the Tigers’ spot. However, nothing is set in stone, and we still have to debate that tomorrow night (Aaron and Mark, along with myself). I would say this past week was a definite step back, however.
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Comment From Bob
The Beavers are just a game out out of first place in the Pac 12 and I still think they will win the league. Given their RPI, if they win the league, will they host?
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Kendall Rogers:
Bob,
The big series for the Beavers is this weekend at Arizona. The RPI will get a big boost if they can take that series. Do that and finish very strong, and win the league, and I do believe OSU would host. I still give UW the edge right now, but the Beavers are starting to figure things out.
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Comment From Vandy Fan
You didn’t included Vandy in your list of possible Nat’l Seeds on the Podcast today. Regardless of how you think their next 2 weeks will play out, in theory wouldn’t winning series at TAMU and UF plus a midweek win vs. Louisville get them back in the conversation?
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Aaron Fitt:
Well certainly. That’s a tough road, but I do still think Vandy is still talented enough to have at least a chance to pull it off. But it’s hard to bet on that happening right now, considering both of those series are on the road.
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Comment From Jimmy J.
RPI…. UGH! Kudos to Coach Vanderhook for not holding anything back. Just look at Bryant for instance… That schedule is far from difficult but being rewarded for winning. CSUF, annually, plays a very demanding schedule against Omaha type schools. Wouldn’t most short change them for “ducking” tough opponents in non-conference? Also, should West Coast schools be penalized for having such quality options during the mid-week? I think not. Which leads to my question…. Should West Coast teams start scheduling lesser opponents in the future? Might be tough with some teams schedules done, or near done, over the next 2-4 years.
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Aaron Fitt:
A few thoughts here. First of all, in the case of Bryant — yes, it’s a little weird that they’re propped up there at No. 26 despite 20 games against teams outside the top 200 and another 13 against teams 101-200. I mean, 33 of their 41 games are against non-top 100 teams, and they’re just 3-5 against the top 100. They get an obvious boost because of their road record (16-5), but even so, that’s obviously not a real impressive strength of schedule. But it’s not like they didn’t try in the nonconference — they went on the road to Maryland (and took 1 out of three, the same as Fullerton did against Maryland — but Bryant did it on the road). They went to SoCal early and played Kentucky and UCSB and SDSU (and went 2-1 out there). There’s only so much you can do when you play in the NEC — your conference schedule is going to hurt you. They’ve built a pretty nice resume considering that handicap. But listen, I think it’s a fallacy that the midweek games are any harder for West Coast teams than they are for Southeast teams. For instance, UNC and NC State are playing tough midweek games against the likes of East Carolina, Coastal, UNC Wilmington, South Carolina, UNC Greensboro. Are you telling me those are easier midweek games than UCLA’s midweekers against LMU and Pepperdine and Northridge, or even Fullerton? Down in the Louisiana/Mississippi region, you’ve got tough midweek games against teams like Lafayette, Tulane, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana. There are tough midweek games in every region; I’ve always thought it was a little arrogant for people in the West to act like their midweek games are tougher than everybody else’s. The ACC and SEC aren’t just putting together much better nonconference winning percentages than the Pac-12 and Big 12 because they have faced easier competition. They’re doing it because they are a lot better this year, period. It’s not like that every year, but that’s the way it is this year.
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Comment From Hope
If South Carolina loses one of their last 3 series could they drop out of the National Seed talk?
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Kendall Rogers:
Hope,
Still think South Carolina needs to “lose” one. I’m not sure a series loss to A&M would do that unless the Gamecocks lost another series. Still leading the Southeastern Conference, and that’s pretty loud.
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Comment From Brad
I look at the Coastal gtech game 2 ways. First way we were swept and that is all that matters, or I look at it and I say we had the 2nd game won and Morrison shocking blown save cost us the game, and the 3rd game never ended in theory. Will the committee just look at that game as the results which makes sense as a 0-3 weekend. Can coastal still host or with no major teams left besides UNC Wilmington as a decent win keep us on the 2 line. The big picture is so we have the starting pitching to win a regional? We crushed the ball this weekend, but pitching was bad. What do you feel will happen with coastal. Give me some good news guys because this weekend was terrible. Thanks guys great job.
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Aaron Fitt:
I think the committee will view it as a sweep is a sweep — there’s no room for mitigating circumstances. I thought Coastal had to win that series to host, and getting swept pretty much crushes its hosting chances — there are too many other worthy candidates in that region. But that said, I still believe Coastal is capable of winning a regional on the road behind that elite offense, especially if Tyler Poole can come back strong and if Jason Bilous can find his stride down the stretch, the way Gary Gilmore hopes. Yes, the pitching is a little suspect… but it’s better than it showed this weekend.
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Comment From Glenn
LSUs struggles have been attributed to replacing 8 of 9 in the lineup. The hitters have been productive. They are at the top of the conference in batting in conference games. They struggle to execute – get a bunt down, move runners over, sac fly, run the bases. Aren’t those coachable skills?
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Aaron Fitt:
Well sure, but I think that’s probably where the inexperience takes a bigger toll. It’s not just about numbers.
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Comment From Sundevilpat
With Tracy Smith making things happen over the last couple weeks, if ASU continues to win series, do they have a chance to make the field?
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Aaron Fitt:
They really do. Somehow ASU has surged all the way up into the top 60 in the RPI — just two weeks ago they were in the triple digits and looked dead. Incredible, unexpected surge here over the last three weeks.
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Comment From Boy_Scouts_of_Amer…
It was interesting to see how Texas A&M maintained their position in the rankings at number two in the land, while “struggling” at Arkansas.
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Kendall Rogers:
They went 3-1 for the week. If we are in the business of dropping teams who went 3-1 for the week, everyone would drop most weeks. For the record, the Aggies were dominant in the series finale after scoring 11 in Game Two.
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Comment From James
What are your thoughts on the WCC and the final two weeks of conference play? I saw Loyola Marymount play this weekend and was extremely impressed. With the final two weekends against the two teams ahead of them, what are they chances they make a run into Stockton in the WCC tournament? Also, why isn’t there more hype around Cassidy Brown? His offensive numbers at the catching position have to be almost as good as anyone’s in the west. Thanks for all you do guys!
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Aaron Fitt:
I’ve always liked Cassidy Brown’s defensive skills, dating back to the Area Code games during his high school days. But I’ve been a little surprised just how much he’s hit this year; now he is one of the best catchers in the West, and ranked in the top 15 catchers in the nation in last week’s power rankings. You can certainly make a case for him in the top 10. As for the Lions, yeah, they’re coming together a little bit. I think the WCC tournament will probably be a toss-up — there’s not a ton of difference between those teams. Certainly if LMU gets hot at the right time, it could win it.
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Comment From Jeff
With the quality of ACC teams at such a high level this year, I’m curious to see how the season ends up. I wonder if there is a chance for any of those teams right around the middle (Clemson, Duke, Wake, Pitt, etc.) to miss out on the ACC tourney and still get an at-large bid. Some of those teams have schedules ranked in the top 10-20, plus really impressive series wins. Right now, some of the teams who are currently “in” the ACC tourney have the same or fewer wins than the teams that are “out.” They just have played fewer games due to rain/snow, so that seems particularly unfair to those teams who might end up just outside the ACC tourney. Thoughts?
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Aaron Fitt:
It’s a fair point, but I still wouldn’t count on it. Bottom line, if you can’t finish in the top 10 in your league, you really don’t deserve to play in a regional. I know the weather cancellations made for some funkiness this year, but I have a hard time believing the committee is going to take anybody outside the ACC tourney field.
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Comment From JB
Any reason to be concerned about the Florida bats after this weekend?
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Kendall Rogers:
I am not concerned. South Carolina’s got some big-time arms, and that series was on the road.
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Comment From Schaeffer
Assuming (1) So. Miss wins regular season CUSA title with tie-breaker over Rice and (2) Ole Miss finishes the SEC season strong (3) host sites comply with non-discrimination policy…then what are the chances of the regional committee giving the state of Mississippi end up with 3 regionals? If it’s a non-issue, who gets paired for the super-regional? If it becomes an issue, who gets left out?
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Aaron Fitt:
It’s entirely possible the state of Mississippi winds up with 3 hosts. The one I’d feel the shakiest about right now is Southern Miss, but if in fact those guys can win C-USA, and Ole Miss and Southern Miss finish strong, I see no reason why that state couldn’t get three. If that happened, I think you’d see Mississippi State (presuming it is a national seed) paired up with Southern Miss.
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Comment From Robert
How about that impressive sweep from the dirtbags? what do you think they need to do in order to get an at large bid in the postseason?
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Aaron Fitt:
Did not see that coming after the way Long Beach played last weekend, and the way Cal Poly has played lately. The amazing thing is after that sweep, Long Beach went from No. 70 to No. 39 in the RPI, so they’re right back on the good side of the bubble, just like that. But the next three weekends (at Hawaii vs. San Jose State, at UC Davis) won’t help the Dirtbags in the RPI, so they need to win all of those series and sweep a couple of them. If they do that, I imagine they’ll be in OK shape heading into that final series against Fullerton.
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Comment From Windywave
How would you guys rank the teams in Louisiana from top to bottom? Any hate mail yet from Baton Rouge for ranking the Greenies above the tigers?
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Kendall Rogers:
Windy,
I think LSU fans are more pissed at their own team to be worried about us. I’d go with Tulane/LSU/Louisiana-Lafayette/Southeastern Louisiana/Louisiana Tech/Mc Neese State/Northwestern State
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Comment From Skip D.
How do you see the ACC faring in the tournament over all? I just don’t see any ACC team with dominate pitching like several SEC teams have.
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Aaron Fitt:
I think that’s a fair point, actually — most of the ACC contenders stand out more for their offense than their pitching. But that said, Louisville ranks 11th nationally in ERA, and North Carolina is 17th. The Tar Heels also rank 3rd nationally in strikeouts per nine innings, so clearly they have the ability to be dominant when they are going right. They just need to right the ship down the stretch here. I still feel like Louisville has the personnel to be an elite pitching staff, with or without Funkhouser at his best. McKay and Harrington is still a very good 1-2.
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Comment From Pac 12
If Utah wins the Pac 12 regular-season title (a league with no tournament), would they get the auto-bid even if they have a losing overall record? Any precedent for that happening in a top-10 league?
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Aaron Fitt:
Yes, Utah would get the automatic bid. And I posed that same question in a podcast recently — I wondered if there is any precedent for a team with a losing overall winning record taking the automatic bid in one of the power conferences. I couldn’t think of an example. We’ve seen teams with losing records win conference tournaments in lesser leagues, of course… but for a team seven games below .500 overall to be tied for first in the Pac-12? It’s just so whacky.
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Comment From Jordan
Do you see Southern Miss still hosting after a weekend lose to FAU? Also with CUSA being pretty strong this year what’s the chances we see a team or two make it to Omaha?
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Kendall Rogers:
Jordan,
You know, I still lean toward that a little, but let me get with Aaron and Mark tomorrow night. USM still has an RPI of 19 and co-leads (with Rice) the No. 4 RPI conference. I feel like a league like that should get a host spot. Rice’s RPI, however, is now down to 30, so give USM the nod, along with the H2H.
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Comment From kim
The Big West has been topsy-turvy the past few weeks but looks like last week everything went the way “It should be going.” Thoughts? Still a three-bid conference with CSF and LBSU in the 60s RPI?
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Kendall Rogers:
Kim — I feel very good about Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara, obviously getting in, and I think LBSU is in right now, with Cal Poly now needing to do some work with its RPI down to 86.
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Comment From Ty
Who are the leaders for national player of the year? Does Boomer White get some consideration? He’s batting over .400 on the year & over .500 in SEC play.
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Aaron Fitt:
Heck, at this point he’s got to be in the conversation, doesn’t he? Leading the SEC in batting and has just 12 strikeouts all year… that’s pretty darn good. Ultimately, I think he probably doesn’t slug enough to win it, but he’s in the mix. I’d say the leaders are probably Seth Beer, Will Craig, Kyle Lewis, Zack Collins, and Clarke Schmidt (who seems like the pitcher with the strongest case at this point).
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Aaron Fitt
All right, since Kendall got off to a slow start today as usual, I’ll let him take you to the finish line — I’m out. Thanks, everybody!
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Comment From Miztig
If Missouri wins two of the last three series they have left and then wins a couple games in the SEC tournament, do they have a shot making an regional?
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Kendall Rogers:
Not happening. RPI is at 89 right now, and they are 7-14 in the SEC. Tigers would need some serious things to go their way to make the postseason.
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Comment From Stuart
Project how Virginia finishes from here on out, is it deja vu all over again?
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Kendall Rogers:
Stuart,
I don’t think the Cavaliers have quite the star power across the board that they did last season, but they do have a strong nucleus positionally with Pinero/Thaiss/Smith …. and Jones/Haseley are pitching really well. You never know, but this team is playing very well right now, that’s for sure.
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Comment From Ray
If Utah somehow wins the Pac-12 at say 18-12 they’d be 23-28 overall. Is that 3-seed? Very weird year in the Pac-12.
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Kendall Rogers:
Ray,
Yeah, the Utes would probably be a three seed at that point in what would be one of the more bizarre stories in college baseball history.
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Comment From Taylor
Any way you see Louisiana Tech getting an at-large bid? They have swept midweek series against Louisiana Lafayette and beat a top 25 Arkansas team. I see them having to win series at Southern Miss and Rice to help chances.
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Kendall Rogers:
Taylor,
Would still have LAT out at this point, but with an RPI of 64, a top five standing and more in the No. 4 RPI Conference, they’d have a shot. Greg Goff has done a nice job with that club this season.
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Comment From David
Who are your favorites for the Texas job, assuming it opens up? Is David Pierce on the radar for that job?
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Kendall Rogers:
David — If the Texas job comes open, my three would be Brian O’Connor, Kevin O’Sullivan or Tim Corbin, along with Dan McDonnell. Those four would have to turn me down.
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Comment From Russell
In the annual “RPI isn’t a great metric” discussion, Rice wins a series but loses 10 spots in the RPI. Now, Charlotte was in the 160-170 range to start the weekend, but it still doesn’t feel right for a team to win a weekend and get hit like that. I’m not a fan of Aaron’s dropping the lowest 3 idea, but any thoughts into researching a different breakdown in the RPI formula from 25/50/25?
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Kendall Rogers:
Russell,
The RPI could be better, but if we just tweak things every other year because it’s not helping certain teams, we’re ALWAYS going to be changing things. I thought the re-do of the formula a few years ago was the right move, but I don’t know if I’d change anything at this point. Remember, the Owls LOST one of those games to Charlotte. That’s a major reason why their RPI dropped a bit.
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Comment From Will cox
What day do they announce the host and national seeds? In a few weeks. Like the exact day.
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Kendall Rogers:
Memorial Day, as usual.
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Comment From Canes16
Predictions for the Canes during a challenging week ahead with FAU midweek and a road series in Atlanta? Also, curious as to why the regional projections have Florida A&M making the flight to Coral Gables rather than staying at home in Tallahassee.
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Kendall Rogers:
I’m going to say the Canes go 2-2. Beat FAU, but lose 2/3 to the Jackets. Jackets are playing well, and are at home this weekend.
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Comment From Jay in Omaha
Regarding Coach Vanderhook’s comments in comparing Fullerton to Bryant, what Fullerton or power conference fans might not realize is that for a team like Bryant, Creighton, or Wilmington to achieve their high RPI, they have to to be virtually perfect at home against weaker foes on their schedule. Just one home loss to a sub-150 conference foe and the RPI drops like a rock. For example, Rice lost just one game to Charlotte at home and lost 10 spots in RPI and Charlotte isn’t as bad as most of Bryant’s NEC foes. Bryant played 14 home, 21 true road, and 6 neutral games, going 12-2 at home. Creighton played 21 home and 18 road games, going 19-2 at home. Wilmington played 28 home games and just 13 roadies but went 26-2 in the home games. Meanwhile, Fullerton played 26 home and 16 on the road road, but is just 19-7 at home. None of Fullerton’s home losses are bad, but they dropped one to #148 UNLV, while Bryant’s worst home loss is to #118 Sacred Heart. It’s not like the RPI is a mystery; the answers are in the numbers.
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Kendall Rogers:
Jay — The one thing that Rick is overlooking, and I hate to single out Hooky because he’s a friend and a great guy, teams in SoCal are something like 62-71 in non-conference games this year, too. That’s a loud, and ugly number. Simply put, SoCal in particular is very very down right now.
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Comment From Ty
What has been your favorite weekend series of the year (in person) and why? Consider all aspects: game, talent level, stadium, fans, etc.
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Kendall Rogers:
Ty,
Clemson-South Carolina. Awesome series, atmosphere, and it was Monte Lee’s coming out party. Just a really cool weekend to cover.
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Comment From VP
I just saw the comment from Taylor in regards to LA Tech, I don’t know why but I have a feeling Marshall has a big shot at taking the 3rd spot in C-USA with the way they been playing and a favorable schedule to close the season. FAU on the other hand has RICE on the road to finish the season. What are the chances of the Herd to squeeze into regionals.
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Kendall Rogers:
Marshall needs to get its RPI up from 88, but how about the job that staff is doing? The Herd is sitting just TWO games out of first place Pretty incredible, really.
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Comment From Eric Captain Morgan
Who are your guys teams in the Tournament in the Pac 12? For Me Cal, Oregon State, Washington, maybe Arizona State, and maybe Stanford. Please write me back soon
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Kendall Rogers:
Eric — I would go with Washington, Oregon State, Arizona and California right now, with Arizona State creeping up as a potential fifth team at this point.
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Comment From sethwise63
After sweeping Coastal Kendall was saying that GT is back in the hosting conversation, what do they need to do in the last 11 games to get on the right side of that conversation? Is the UVA series more important than Miami since it may come down to GT or UVA getting a site for the ACC?
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Kendall Rogers:
SETH,
The main thing is getting that conference record and mark vs. RPI Top 50 to be better come Selection Monday. Amazingly, UVa. has stormed into a spot where it looks very good for a potential host w/ 14 wins vs. RPI Top 50, a very good RPI and a 14-10 record in the ACC. That came out of nowhere … Jackets just need to take care of their business and let the chips land where they may.
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Comment From Ole Miss Logo
So that JB Woodman guy?
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Kendall Rogers:
Woodman looked terrific over the weekend. That’s kind of the guy we expected to see all three seasons. I don’t want to say JB hasn’t been productive, because he has at times, but he hasn’t looked THAT good in his career. Was special and cool to see.
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Comment From Eric Captain Morgan
Is LSU out of the National seed discussion? IF they win the SEC Tournament can they be a national seed?
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Kendall Rogers:
Four bid league barring a surprise.
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Kendall Rogers
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