Getting a sweep at home and then winning a series on the road against a team that appears to be as good as MU is really big. Lots of baseball to play, but I’m very encouraged by this team’s play. We have several big hitters. More than I recall in a long time. Pitching is good. Fielding is pretty good. (Shaddy made a very good play today & had no errors.)
At 5-1 we should be tied for first. Not sure how many teams we’ll be tied with, but no one is ahead of us.
Missouri looks like a good team, so winning there was big. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from the Razorbacks the past few weeks. It is a well-rounded team. The offense can pick up the pitching or vice versa. There really isn’t a bad loss yet.
I’m very reluctant to second guess a coach’s decision on who to play & where. I always know they know more than I do. However, I too have wondered why Shaddy can’t be a DH. His hitting is great, but his fielding has not been good. I trust DVH, but I’d love to know his thinking on this.
I have loved Jaxon Williams at 2B since I saw him there in the fall. But you do have to get Shaddy in the lineup. I love the flexibility that DVH has this year. Last year there were few choices at several positions.
No, I think Shaddy will most likely be the starting second baseman. Jaxon Williams does not appear to be a reliable hitter. Too many strikeouts, 12 in 34 at bats. He had some success at the plate early, then tailed off and the strikeouts built up.