04.Jun.2010 Beavs @ Gainsville Regional

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Gotta say, the Beavs have more than a fair chance to survive this regional. Florida is no better than UCLA or Arizona State, and the battle-tested Beavs played just fine versus both those squads. The Bruins wound up ranked 5th in the country, Florida 4th, and we all know OSU should have won the UCLA series. They also hung with the Sun Devils. So what is to fear?

Florida Atlantic is tricky, but I like the Beavs.

The Beavers need to “act like they belong” and act like defending champs. In other words, have moxie. Act like they are the 1 seed. Let Florida fear them. And you have to imagine Florida feels hosed in drawing the Beavs, a surging 3 seed.

Feel good, Beavlettes.

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  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    With the beavs’ defense late in the 8th/9th inning, I was getting a bit nervous, but they finished strong in the end! 6-0 to the 7th is a great start of a long tournament! GO BEAVS!! Get Florida or Buthane tomorrow night!!!

    The way Mike Parker was talking in the 4th/5th. He felt the beavs would win this game with him saying, “With a Beavers win in this game they would then move on to play tomorrow night at 4pm pacific time to play either Florida who is the Host of this Regional game and home team against Buthane-Cookman this evening.” He said it about 5-8 times within 10 minutes time. It was annoying, but it’s mike parker.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      I passed out in the 7th. Darn.
      Parker is really annoying. So biased I can never believe what I’m hearing, and I guess he thinks whining about miscues is going to somehow make it as if they never happened. Come on, dude.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    He calls the game fair though and he is not biased because he knows the stats of almost every opponent OSU plays. He also sometimes confuses me when there’s a really good play no matter who hit it, shot it, or ran the play. He’s a great announcer compared to Jerry Allen of those down south of Corvallis. The ducks radio is horrendously biased. they get half sometime more of names of opponents wrong when Parker gets them right. He is very knowledgeable of the opponent. Give me an instance of when he’s biased…after all he is an OREGON STATE commentator. So he needs to be biased when it comes to the beavers. He also gives credit to the opponents when credit is due.

    • Xcalifguy says:
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      He’s a homer for sure, but he’s reasonable. One thing he does that drives me crazy with baseball is he starts into telling one of his stories and you can hear in the background the “ping” of the bat hitting the ball, and it’s like 20 seconds later he actually tells you what happened.

      Well they win the first, that’s a great start. Looks highly likely they will face FLA tomorrow.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      “Give me an instance of when he’s biased”

      Didn’t he get in trouble with the Santos family for being “overly critical” of a flyball he thought Al should have caught? He does things like that all the time. I heard Miller’s many baserunning blunders weren’t as bad as Parker described. Considering most fans don’t get the games on TV it’s important to be accurate on radio.

      When I say biased I mean he’s obsessed with OSU and therefore whines/critiques when things go wrong, to the point reality becomes distorted.

  • Not a Crime says:
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    show me a better COLLEGE baseball announcer. I’m glad we can call the duck our own.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      I’m not sure who is better. I don’t follow college baseball announcers. I just know he is pretty good, but does a lot of annoying sh*t as well.

  • JackBeav says:
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    At least Parker doesn’t end every single play with, “One more broken tackle, and he would have scored!”

    I think he’s OK. He’s probably been told that he sounds a little like Vin Scully, so he might be trying to model his baseball work after him. But his stories aren’t the same lemonade on the front porch flavor, and he can be a drama queen at times.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    Mike Parker is more tolerable than most of the college sports announcers I’ve heard from. Mikes’ stories pertain to the sport that is being played. Like the story of when he told us fans about the players playing the game of Mafia during the rain delay was entertaining. He mainly tells his stories to pass the time in between pitches and innings. Not his fault if there’s a lot of details to tell in the stories he chooses to tell. If the play was relevant to the game where you hear a ping of the bat, he will stop and tell you what happened and then continue with his story. He’s done this for so many years now that if you’ve listened to him call baseball games you’d know what was important in the game and what wasn’t. I never heard of him upsetting parents for saying a player missed the catch when if he had been in a different position to catch the ball he would have had a better opportunity to do so. That is what Parker says 99% of the time. For BOTH teams! He may know OSU players better than the opponents, but he does explain that positioning in the outfield and on bases in important in the game. He merely points out after the fact that the player was out of position to make the play. It’s different and drawn out, but it’s clever. He has a baseball announcer voice. He’s OK at football, but I think he’s better at Baseball.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      “I never heard of him upsetting parents for saying a player missed the catch”

      He apologized on the air for it about a month ago. It was the game after Santos messed up in CF. Apparently it was a hard catch, and he acted like it was routine, etc. The Santos family got on him and he apologized on the air.

  • beavfan4 says:
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    Whos pitching today?

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Sam G.

      Cal got walloped by a bad NC team. Can anyone explain how/why they were a 2 seed?

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Number two seed without 30 wins makes no sense. Makes me get upset all over again about the year the Beavers did not get in!

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Plus everyone had them on the bubble…some didn’t have them in the tournament. Seems strange to go from on the bubble to a 2 seed.

      Andy “Ty Cobb” Quiring leading off and playing RF? Weird. I think he’s hitting around .150 on the year.

      • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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        .115 actually…That’s bad!

        The beavs better do a better job on D than they are on O cause neither are doing well right now and D wins games.

      • angrybeaver says:
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        Quiring! hahahaha
        too funny

      • mckalk mckalk says:
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        I guess there is some justice, the Bears were two and done and on there way home.

  • angrybeaver says:
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    Uh oh, leadoff HR.

    (Sam G getting rocked).

  • angrybeaver says:
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    Sam G pitching a clunker of a game. I figured Robbles would start this game…seems his power arm/wildness would be a way better match versus a team like Florida.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    wow

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Yeah I don’t think Quiring going 4-4 would matter with that type of pitching performance. Sam G does not show up.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    he did not show up. I wouldn’t be surprised to just keep Sam G. in just to be relevant in pitching to play in a double header tomorrow. I hate to think like that this early, but it looks like that’s the best decision. just concede this game and play another day.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Looks like Dylan Jones is going to be the lamb. Can’t use many more arms than two.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    I think the damage is already done by Sam. I really don’t see the beavs coming back with FL pitcher on his way with a perfect game thus far.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    ooops didn’t realize the beavs got 2 hits. well, on his way to a shut out at least.

  • Xcalifguy says:
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    OSU’s biggest weakness is exposed – inability to score runs and come back. Down 9-1, I don’t give them a hope in hell of getting back into it. Casey, ya gotta recruit some bats this offseason!!

    • angrybeaver says:
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      When the starter gives up 8 runs it’s hard to pin the loss on the bats. Sorry.

      • Xcalifguy says:
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        No argument, that’s been the second area of weakness this year, consistency on the mound.

  • angrybeaver says:
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    Something’s preventing me from giving up on this team. Probably the same thing that stopped me from giving up on my schizophrenic girlfriend when she told me she believed she was dating my troglodytic doppelganger in an alternate universe.

  • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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    I have faith in beating Florida International again, but having to Play Florida again that same day and then possibly again Monday? That’s a lot of baseball for this team who is inconsistent on the mound and at bat. I wouldn’t be surprised if we won the first, but I would be real surprised if we won the second after todays performance. IDK though. I just don’t know.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Florida Atlantic, you mean.

      If you look at it as a whole it’s daunting…they’ll have to deconstruct the big picture into baby steps to overcome this. Not sure they can do it, but I’m not writing them off til they’re done. When I did a writeup for the Oregon series I said if that opponent didn’t give them the kick in the pants necessary to start winning games nothing would. Predicted a sweep and a subsequent run. Turns out that is exactly what happened. From then on I felt this was a “backs against the wall” team that I wouldn’t be against. Like…I know today very likely will not turn out how I want, but I just can’t say that with absolute conviction–I think that’s a tribute to how they’ve played of late (i.e. since Oregon) despite their many flaws.

      • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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        Yes, I meant Atlantic. It was getting late for me.

        It appears I was right about today. I felt it was a long shot and by giving up 8 runs AGAIN! in back to back games. I feel the beavs lost this one as a team. The staff surely had confidence in players and looked ahead as well when they shouldn’t have. They should have focused on getting a win for sure and have that carry against Florida. This game is “far from over”, but in my eyes, the beavs have lost this one and I’m not even listening to the game cause I already know the outcome based on yesterdays performance against the Gators. Sad that we can’t have our revenge on the Gators, but FA surely has gotten their revenge.

        If the beavs do end up winning, I’ll stop following them the rest of the CWS, but in my eyes, very highly unlikely.

  • Quatre Quatre says:
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    Winning 3 straight to make the Supers isn’t happening this year.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Making it to the supers is unlikely, but we are talking about a team that has historically thrived in one-and-done situations. So I will never bet against them, but I will expect their demise to come soon.

    What bugs me most about this season is that the frosh didn’t get their looks until late. And the productive JUCO’s have been used strangely.

    I hope next year’s class lands intact.

  • angrybeaver says:
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    It looks like today’s games will be rained out. 90% chance of thunderstorms from 1pm onward. Heat index of 105. That state is insufferable.

  • BeavGirl says:
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    feel bad, beavlettes 🙁

  • angrybeaver says:
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    Pitcher: RHP Tyler Waldron (4-5, 5.07)

    Gotta start Boyd in this game. I realize FA is better versus lefties, but throw the better pitcher, and that is Boyd. I assume Robbles would pitch versus Florida? I haven’t heard anything.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      Yeah, this was a no-brainer. How on earth do you select Tyler Waldron, a pitcher who has had all kinds of issues as a starting pitcher, with your season on the line? The only thing I can think is that Waldron got the start because FA is poor versus righties, but that logic is terrible unless you know the quality of the right/left-handers they’ve faced, the parks they played in, the weather/wind conditions on those days, etc. In short, numbers do not paint a complete picture. They’re ancillary and complimentary, but that is it. What you do is start the best pitcher you have.

      What I’ve ultimately taken from this season is that Pat Casey and this staff make a lot of bad decisions. I used to believe these guys were infallible and the best in the business. They are so so average. I’d be fine losing this game if Robbles or Boyd got the start, but I’m not content going down with Tyler Waldron.

      • Beavker Beavker says:
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        Agreed, the guy that has been sketchy and wishy washy starting the elimination game…when you have other viable, rested arms (he pitched a couple innings in game one already) waiting. It’s hard to switch gears like that as well. He seemed to be getting into the grove being a reliever, and now he starts the biggest game of the season…

        Season over. Good riddance. I did learn this…they are NOT good enough to play with the big boys. They may hang once in a while, but they lack a lot of things. Good news is, I am guessing, is that no one leaves, as no one on this team, in my book goes earlier than the 20th + round…if that. So I suspect an intact team comes back. Hopefully a year wiser and sharper, and hopefully Casey learned a few things. You look real smart with guys like Barney, Wong, Gillespie, et al making the plays. When you have so-so skill guys and not much big stage experience…it takes more. Sadly they go out in semi-embarrassing fashion. Bummer.

        Wife’s an Irvine Grad…so…go Anteaters (toughest regional out there this year! Geez. UCLA, UCI and LSU! Yikes!)

      • angrybeaver says:
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        I feel differently. You say “Good riddance”…I feel the team was playing well. But all it takes to destroy the fine play of 8 guys is one player (i.e. the pitcher). Beavs pitching let them down the last two games. Last month I said the pitching has been the main problem this year. Is that wrong? Also, the job of a manager is to put players in a position where they are most likely to succeed. Was Tyler Waldron really the most likely to succeed in today’s environment? To be frank, that is a piss-poor decision by the coaches. Boyd was their best pitcher this year. It seems weird to say that, but that’s the one guy who seemed able to locate pitches consistently and the one guy who “gets it” (i.e. the mental part of the game). He always seemed to perform in the clutch and get key outs. That the coaches did not pitch him today is a let down not only to the team but to the fans and the conference as a whole. Had Boyd started I think we’re playing the night cap right now. That saying about it taking a few bad apples to ruin a good thing…we saw it play out today, and Pat Casey has to be at the top of the list.

        His post game comment:

        “Tyler was absolutely the perfect match-up for eight right-handed hitters that struggle with breaking balls,” Casey said. “Greg Peavey has no problem at all (in Friday’s win). The only other guy we had as a starter was Tanner, and he was a much better match-up for Florida.”

        A. Clearly he wasn’t the perfect match up.
        B. Clearly they don’t struggle with breaking balls…or…
        C. Maybe the stats Pat based his decision on are skewed. Unless you watch FA every day there is no way to know the information necessary to make that call, thus:
        D. You pitch your best pitcher, not your best match up.

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