I think this really wraps up all of our concerns.
It’s amazing how many very average to downright bad pitchers all of a sudden look like Major Leaguers against us on the night we play them… I’m not ready to give those pitchers credit because it has happened too many times this year. This team has got to start getting it together offensively. They have got to do a much better job of knowing the strike zone when to swing and when not to.
My wife even mentioned it and she doesn’t know sports.
“How come their pitchers always pitch so good against us?”
I’m not sure it is a matter of these pitchers pitching better against us. We’ve faced a lot of pitchers, some with impressive stats and some with not so impressive stats. It seemed hard to tell the difference between them at times, because the one factor they all had in common is that they faced our batters. Our lack of consistency when it comes to hitting is, too me, the common denominator regardless of who we’ve faced. It seems our mental approach and our sometimes lack of discipline at the plate has made even the less than impressive pitchers LOOK better than they are. JMHO
Right now, and this can change any given game, we don’t look like a college World Series team. Everyone lauds our pitching, our Friday starter has lost his last two games. Our Sunday starter hasn’t looked good at all. Our Saturday starter starts slow, we get behind then no run support.
Our hitting has been a quandary. Looks to me like everyone swings for the fences other than Turner. And the lineup has changed seems like every game. DVH has been juggling the lineup all year. Tells me he’s searching also.
But like NC STATE last year, get hot at the right time and we can beat anyone. Time will tell.
I’m not worried. Yet…
Giving Connor Noland for the loss at Texas A&M is kind of like assigning KJ Jefferson the loss for the football game at Ole Miss last year. It goes against both of their records, but doesn’t tell the story of their performance.
Noland gave up two hits and did not allow an earned run at Texas A&M. He pitched well that night, but wasn’t backed up by the bats.
The only games Noland has not pitched well in SEC play was in the cold at Missouri in the second week and against Ole Miss last week, and even then he limited the damage to four runs in eight innings.
Sadly, I don’t see us hosting a Super Regional. If we only get five wins in the next three series, I doubt we will make it to Omaha. Our hitting is mundane. Good is the enemy of great. An interesting book by that title, by the way.
We don’t have to win games by 10-6 to get to Omaha; 3-2 will do nicely. And that’s probably how we get there.
Exactly. That first A&M loss was all because we couldn’t score. When you lose 2-1, you can’t blame pitching.
We’re all worried about our hitting woes. We should be hitting better by now. However, I know we have batters who are good enough to catch fire at the same time & give us a decent shot at going to Omaha & even winning it all. There are about 20 teams right now with a legitimate chance at getting there & doing well. We’re one of them. We’re not the best team, but we’re not bad & as long as baseball is the game it is, we can capture the lightning & win it.
I expect you will see us get better when school is out and guys can eliminate that stress out of their lives and just have fun playing baseball and work on weaknesses even more bc you have all day then to get better.
Looking at our schedule last year after school was out we went 8-1 heading into regionals. Including winning our last 8 games.
Not to mention it’s FINALLY gonna get warmer next week, Billy. Actually, hot.
This season the hogs have failed miserably at scoring with runner at 3rd and no outs or 1 out! That’s what bother me the most! The Texas A&M loss is on the offensive failure of the hogs. Like several other losses this season.
We were not super great at that last year. Better than this year but striking out has been a problem for the last several years
Love it… baseball was made to be played in sunshine and heat!!
Yes, and I’m headed to Estes Park, CO where the high for the week is predicted to be in the mid-60s (maybe 70 one day), but at least I won’t be sitting out in the gale-like winds of Baum-Walker. I’m taking sweaters and silk long johns.
Marty have you ever seen the winds blow like they have this year at Baum- Walker?
The losses to NC State in the super were due to offensive failures too.
Didn’t say he pitched bad, but he lost because of the second point I made about our hitting.