Two pitching plans

Arkansas has two pitching plans lined up for this weekend, one for if there is a Friday doubleheader and one if the games are played as originally scheduled.

If there is a doubleheader, Isaiah Campbell will pitch the first game and Cody Scroggins will pitch Game 2. Connor Noland will pitch Saturday.

If the games are played as scheduled, the order would be Campbell, Noland, Scroggins.

I don’t think there is any doubt Arkansas will play a doubleheader, but that determination won’t be made until officials take one more look at the forecast in the morning. Sunday’s forecast has a 60 percent chance of snow and sleet, and a high temperature of 23.

Saturday’s forecast isn’t much better, with a 40 percent chance of rain after noon and plummeting temperatures through the afternoon and evening that will freeze the precipitation.

The forecast is good Friday, with temperatures near 50. It might be that Friday is the only day they are able to play this weekend.

I wonder if our best starter this season won’t be a combination of 3-4 innings from Scroggins + 3-4 innings from Kostyshock. Those two have a BAA of .174 and .194 respectively, through 4.2 and 8.2 innings. We might need to stretch one or two of them out in a regional, or at the SEC tournament, or on a week we have two tough midweek games (Texas) though.

If you told me those two would pitch together in a game, I’d feel pretty confident that we could outscore whoever they faced on a Saturday or Sunday.

That would be nice. I wouldn’t be suprised to see that some. The only thing about that they are both RHP. We may see some of the lefties in between those guys. After yesterday I’m looking forward to seeing what the young pitchers can show moving forward. Outside of 2 mistakes by the young lefties yesterday they looked pretty good.

That’s a good point. Hopefully we have a lefty step up enough to take on a multi-inning role on the weekends (besides Cronin).

Thinking ahead to the potential for Saturday’s game to be cancelled, what do you think would be better, or the preferred, scenario for Noland this weekend? Another game’s experience against live batters, or no game and another week of training to get in pitching shape.

I don’t think there is any doubt that he needs to face as much live hitting as possible for SEC play.

We really need wicklander to step up and be a starter on the weekends in my opinion because LSU and ole Miss both have some elite left-handed hitters in their lineup.