08.Mar.2017 Ball State Series

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Weather forecast indicates 17mph winds and light rain for Thursday, decent  Friday, and probably not enough rain to delay the doubleheader on Saturday.

Likely rotation is Heimlich (Fri), Tweedt and Thompson (Sat), but who’ll pitch Thursday?  Fehmel would have been a good guess before some of Casey’s remarks last week; could be him or Gambrell, Britton, or Martinek.  Heck, who knows, there are a number of arms we’ve not yet seen.  Pitching by committee?

Meanwhile, Eggers has a nice piece up on Andrew Moore.  Or, you may want to speculate on just when Mike Parker displaces Jon Warren in the broadcast booth.

Here is the (REVISED) link which should get you the school produced stream for the series:

http://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university

 

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  • Gangster of love, Maurice says:
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    I put this year in an envelope and sent it to my grandma, but she died years ago.

    • Jack Jack says:
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      So that’s one person who thinks we’ll win it all this year.

      Anyone else?

  • JockItch JockItch says:
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    My guess would be Thompson, Heinrich, Tweedt, and Fehmel — although I could see Casey switching Thompson and Fehmel between the first and last games. I don’t see Casey changing the typical Friday/Saturday starters.

  • JockItch JockItch says:
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    ….err Handjive.

  • Bill says:
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    Fehmel should get the go ahead today. He’s been off and it won’t change the current rotation. Bullpen is deep so I wouldn’t worry about him if he can’t give more than 5 or 6 innings.

  • progressivebeav progressivebeav says:
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    Saints signed Ted Ginn (as a deep threat.) Cooks is supposed to be traded by EOD. Sounds like to the Patriots or Titans.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nfl/9404/brandin-cooks

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Sounds like a money saving move?

      What does Oakland/Las Vegas(?) have for WRs? Seems like a healthy Carr-to-Cooks connection could help the Raiders advance….not sure what their cap space Raiders have.

      I’d like to see Cooks in Seattle, but I don’t see them trading for him.

      Hate to see him go to Tennessee.

      • dwill03 dwill03 says:
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        Really don’t want to have to cheer for either one of those teams…..

      • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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        Raiders have tons of cap space, but WR is not a need; they have a productive Crabtree and Amari Cooper.

  • ObjCritic says:
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    OT – after winning the Pac 12, and beating Stanford 2/3 times, OSU WBB is ranked #8 in AP, Stanford #6.

    Does this mean OSU is unlikely to get a #1 seed, and that Stanford may?

    • Bill says:
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      Neither team will. Both solid #2 seeds. Just want to stay out of Uconn’s region.

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      OSU needed to beat Stanford and for a few of the #1 seeds, ND, South Carolina, or Baylor to lose for them to jump into that conversation. Stanford winning gets them to a #2 where they had previously been a #3.

      If OSU were to be a #1 seed, we’d probably be on UCONN’s side of the bracket like last year. With where we’re projected as a #2, we’re on the other side.

  • Bill says:
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    Moore at least a year or two away from breaking into the big leagues since he’s only has two pitches. Needs a full year at AAA to face better hitters and develop his off speed pitches.

    Nice to hear his fastball velocity has increased.

  • angry angry says:
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    OT, but Arian Foster is on the Joe Rogan podcast. Gives a lot of great insight into what players go through in college. Google it if you’re interested.

  • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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    Is Rogan’s show good? I never listen to it, but find him somewhat interesting when he visits the Adam Carolla show

    • angry angry says:
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      It’s on of the best daily podcast out there. The guy is genuinely interested in deep topics and has guests who can drive those topics. Combine that with humor, and it’s just fantastic. He hand selects guests who he finds to be the more interesting people in the world. It’s great, give it a shot, but not the very early ones. Those were pretty ghetto. The older ones he’s in his house. The newer/good ones he’s in a room with posters and a brick wall behind him. They’re all on youtube.

      • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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        Cool, i’ll give it a listen. Love this format so much more tham radio. Especially whem they dont have to change their content to please advertisers.
        Do you ever listen to the AC show? He sortof paved the way for the Joe Rogans of the world who now have their own show.

        • angry angry says:
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          I remember AC from Love Line. I liked him on there, but hated his voice so much.
          I think YouTube paved the way for Rogan. Anyone with interesting ideas can get on there and talk about them without worrying about advertisers (which of course flock to the popular ones). Game changer.

          The one thing I don’t like about Rogan is he’s a bit of a control freak on his website’s forum. It conflicts with his on the air persona. Still a really good podcast, just find guests/topics that interest you, otherwise it can ramble on (usually 2hrs or more per show).

    • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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      Depends on the topic. He talks over his guests a lot, which can make it hard to listen too. Overall most of his stuff is good though.

      • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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        Rogan or Carolla?
        Cause Carolla is guilty of that too

        • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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          Yes both.

        • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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          He’s a good listen though. Don’t let my negativity scare you off. He has some level headed insight on topics that you would never think a meathead/comedian would have.

      • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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        Rogan’s podcast would be a slight upgrade if he was actually funny instead of annoying

  • Gangster of love, Maurice says:
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    Switch man is sleeping and train 102 is on the wrong track and headed for you.

    • JockItch JockItch says:
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      ….and so it says from the scripture of the bathroom stall.

      • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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        Here I sit broken hearted………..

        • Jack Jack says:
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          The fart it is a wondrous thing that’s made inside your belly,
          It comes out of your bottom and is often very smelly.
          Now, everybody does them, from beggars through to queens
          And you can do some beauties when you’ve been eating beans!

          So don’t worry about those rumblings,
          Be proud of all your Trumps!
          But remember, if you strain too hard
          Your farts come out as lumps!

  • angry angry says:
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    Why isn’t the game on the stream?

  • angry angry says:
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    Never mind, it’s on this stream instead:
    http://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    Beavs lead Nut State 2-0 after 2

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Fehmel, through 5 innings pretty efficient today, 62 pitches, 1 hit.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Through 6 full, still 2-0 Beavs.
    Beavs with 7 hits AND….7 L O B !

  • JockItch JockItch says:
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    Good lord these guys are struggling to bat well in the clutch!!!

  • scotty says:
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    Larry Scott extended through 2022. Blah.

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    Fehmel tosses 8 shutout innings, Englebrekt gets his 4th save. Beavs win 2-0, now 11-1 on the season. Double header tomorrow

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Adley hitting .182 so far, when it clicks he will be a shot in the arm for the O. Would guess he’d end the season above .275 given his resume coming in.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    OT:
    Football scrimmage set for Saturday, depending on weather MAY be open to the public.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2017/03/beavers_emphasizing_pass_rush.html#incart_river_index

    WBB: Good News!…Katie McWilliams cleared to return to practice, per Gina.

  • BlkOrange says:
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    Kendal Manuel from the basketball team was arrested tonight for assault. He has already been released from jail.
    http://tinypic.com/r/2zjj6og/9
    http://tinypic.com/r/5bu1b6/9

    https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700000427

    • Corliss says:
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      At 151 pounds, who is he gonna beat up?? Also note they list him at only 6’2″. Not 6’4 as does Oregonian.

      $12,500 seems pretty high bail…..

    • Corliss says:
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      Please remove your Oregon State gear in your booking photos. Yeezuz.

    • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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      Good grief. MBB team has had a quick descent.

      The boregonian says it was a fight with his roommate.

      • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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        Sounds like the type of thing that wouldn’t have had police involvement in the past, but now that everybody has cell phones, they’re quick to pull the trigger on that 911 call.
        Once that call is made for a DV type situation, somebody is going down to the station.

        • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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          Yep. I’m in my 50’s but there was a time in my younger days I was in plenty of altercations that would get a ride in the back of a patrol car today. Sometimes people just need a punch in the face to get the idea.

          Cell phones, snowflake syndrome and, especially, playing ball for a college program, hold these kids to higher standard, however.

          Be interesting to see how WT handles this.

          • Bill says:
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            KEZI story has the most detail. Seems like a plea deal is the likely outcome with comm service and anger management classes.

            Multi game suspension to start next year seems appropriate.
            2 games for getting arrested and embarrassing the program.
            1 game because the public will demand it.

            Usually athletes live with each other so that’s weird he wasn’t. That usually keeps things from becoming public.

          • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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            Suspension from this year’s NCAA tournament seems appropriate

          • Bill says:
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            You mean CBI

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      Hey Kendal! Why didn’t you put up more of a fight ON the basketball court and DURING the season???

      Good job Jackass

      • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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        Note to self. Before punching somebody, do not text them first with my intent to do so.

        • Bill says:
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          How the roommate didn’t see it coming is a wonder. Manuel literally telegraphed the punch.

  • Homefry Homefry says:
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    That didn’t take long…

  • Ughh says:
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    So lame that a routine fist fight will land you in jail these days. I mean, who hasn’t done that at least once? Assuming that’s what it was of course…

    • JockItch JockItch says:
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      I was on jury duty in January. Guy punched another guy knocking a tooth out. The state DA wanted to get the offender on aggravated assault, but we the jury thought that was extreme, so we nailed him for assault instead. Funny the guy who lost the tooth didn’t even want to press charges (state found out when the hospital notified the police of the incident). We were all sitting there in deliberation wondering what a waste of money and time spent.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Through 3.5, Luke humming along, 7 K’s and 49 pitches. Beavs up 2-0.

    Further proof that Casey reads AB?? No sooner is Adley’s .182 avg mentioned here but he is moved to #8 in the order today!

  • Barnes Pick Is Next says:
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    An end that fits the craptastic year Tinkle had. This Oregon State needs to realize you don’t reward for a good year as it is plenty likely the person will underperform soon after. Next time a coach has a good year, you say “Back it up, then we can talk.” Separates the flukes from the true winners. Seems so silly to be granting extensions with 1 decent year out of 2 or 3. That’s nust average at most and past ADs at OSU act like it is better than that and they almost always get proven wrong. Rueck on the other hand showed a continuing trajectory of achievement and teaching high goals. Only he and Pat Casey in the last 10+ years have truly earned extensions. The rest should only be getting 2 years at end of their contract when you are are deciding if worth keeping. Then they have to show enough to deserve to stay.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    After 7 full, still 2-0. Luke at 91 pitches.
    Beavs have 9 hits AND have left 10!
    Got away with errors by Madrigal and Grenier in the t7

  • angry angry says:
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    5-0 Beavs. Ball State (looks bad), Beavs should easily sweep these guys.

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      Beavs with 3 E’s today; and again, leave too many on base….an even dozen LOB today.
      A win’s a win, BUT in some ways Beavs seem to be playing down to the competition. Pitching still remains strong and deep.
      Tail end of the order (even with the Rutschman move today) continues to hit well.

    • JockItch JockItch says:
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      Thanks for the jinx!

    • angry angry says:
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      What’s the rotation the rest of the way? I shouldn’t say a sweep is likely if Thompson is starting any of them.

      • JockItch JockItch says:
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        They are one of two teams we’ve played with a winning record (at least since I last checked records on Tuesday). They’ve played similar opponents tough. A sweep would be great, but I’m not counting on it for the gap in pitching and the current lack of clutch hitting.

      • JockItch JockItch says:
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        Taking 3 out of 4 would keep us ranked in the top 5 nationally.

      • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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        I expect Thompson to start Saturday. That said, Beavs gotta get #3 before worrying about a sweep. But if I’m betting I’d still go with the sweep.

  • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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    Cooks to Patriots is a done deal…

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      Lots of Beavs involved in FA today.

      Wheaton to CHI
      Poyer to BUF
      Quizz resigns with TB

      • progressivebeav progressivebeav says:
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        Vikings signed Remmers for 5yr 30m

        • angry angry says:
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          Why is remmers even in the league? He’s awful.

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            I’m convinced mid to low level teams in the NFL don’t know how to get and maximize talent — Vikings are a middling organization who have bought into a sales pitch for Remmers ‘ services. He is a decent run blocker, but horrible in other aspects. He should not be starting in the NFL.

          • ObjCritic says:
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            Like you said when I expressed shock at the stupidity of Atlanta rushing out and hiring Sarkasian as their new O – Coordinator, a good many of the teams in the NFL make bad decisions all the time…

            Remmers though, geez, winning the lottery. I’m sure its not all guaranteed, but that guy has to be laughing…of all the recent Beavs to land a big contract, that is one of the most unfair deals. Bet Newton won’t miss him.

          • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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            As a Packer fan/owner I applaud this decision.

          • Cake says:
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            He was awful at Oregon State, that doesn’t mean he’s awful at the NFL level.

          • Jack Jack says:
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            The opposite is true as well.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Wow, for the 32nd pick, the Patriots get a WR with game changing speed, a terrific work ethic, competitive fire, healthy, possesses solid character, and they get a 4th round pick to go with him.

      How is it they sustain high level of success as an organization?!?

  • Bill says:
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    Tweedt pulled early. Good test of the bullpen depth tonight.

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      Mulholland has been so reliable, it’s kinda nice to see someone else (Gambrell), although so far Gambrell doesn’t look too sharp.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Gambrell not improving, BB to start the 7th. Glad Nate not being too late this time, in comes Mulholland.

  • JockItch JockItch says:
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    #1 TCU getting a spanking by UC Irvine 8-0 bottom of 1st.

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      Go Eaters!
      Met some nice folks from down there at that sad series couple years back.
      EDIT-ADDED: Thanks for mentioning the Eaters game, they won 11-2 and allowed TCU only 3 hits. The series has two more games to go.
      In checking their roster I see that the folks I met still have a son on the team, hitting clean-up tonight.

    • JockItch JockItch says:
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      Florida State lost to an unranked Boston College.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Beavs win 5-1. Still leaving too many on base; tonight 9 hits and 10 LOB

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    After today Heimlich’s ERA is a minuscule 0.31

    “Luke Heimlich has had a great start to the 2017 season. The junior is 3-0 with a 0.31 earned run average in his first four starts. The left-hander has struck out 36 to just three walks in 28 2/3 innings. Opponents have 16 hits off him and are batting .157.”

    That is fucking impressive no matter who the competition is. I’ll go out on a limb and state now that Hemlich will win the Pac-12 pitcher of the year award and shoot his draft stock up the boards.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2017/03/oregon_state_baseball_sweeps_d_1.html#incart_river_index

    • JockItch JockItch says:
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      Ok ok ok, we know he is good but don’t jinx the guy….Rasmussen ring a bell?

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Eggers has a piece up on Casey’s 800 wins at OSU. Includes a little of his history with which many here are likely already familiar.
    http://pamplinmedia.com/pt/349614-228814-pat-caseys-not-done-yet

  • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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    Looks like another football scrimmage is happening today

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    As anticipated, Jake Thompson (ERA 1.45) gets the start today. First pitch 1:30….the return of Parker; I enjoyed the banter between Jon Warren and Jim Wilson.

    Adley in the 7 hole today, Preston Jones starting in RF

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Through 4 full, Beavs up 2-0. Thompson at 53 pitches, 5 K’s, a BB and a Balk.
    Beavs with 6 LOB already.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    A nice around the horn DP gets Jake out of the 6th, pitch count 80.
    Beavs up 3-1 and have left 9 on base in their 5 innings at bat.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Three outs to go vs a poor looking Ball St. Breaks going the Beavs way today.
    Very nice to see Adley with an honest RBI triple to rt center, in the 8th, Beavs cruisin’ 8-1.
    Hickey on to close it out after Thompson had a nice 7.1 inning outing.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Beavs win 8-4. It takes a highlight catch by Kwan to finish a ninth inning where the pen showed some warts.

  • Bill says:
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    ASU will be a good first conference test. On the road against a team that has struggled but played a tougher non conference than the Beavs.

    Pitching is this team’s strength. Going to need 3 quality starts.

    Wonder if Thompson has finally put it together. It seems like he’s always pitching from the edge of a cliff. Stats do show an improvement. Walk rate is down and k rate is up.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    TCU falls to the anteaters, second day in a row. Don’t like it going to their heads, but Beavs likely to move up even further in rankings.

  • JockItch JockItch says:
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    #1 TCU lost again to an unranked UC Irvine, and #2 Florida losing to Seton Hall and two games to Florida Gulf Coast during the midweek — OSU to be in the running for a top 3 ranking going into next week’s series.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE: Gina out with a report, and a release from OSU. Links below.
    Disappointing to see not a word about the o-line.
    McM getting about half the passing opportunities given to Luton.
    Nall participated, got 6 carries as did AP.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2017/03/oregon_state_stages_very_very.html#incart_river_index

    http://www.osubeavers.com/news/2017/3/11/football-big-plays-highlight-saturdays-scrimmage.aspx?path=football

    • WFO WFO says:
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      Haha Gina’s not taking any shit in the comments eh OOB?

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        Yeah, she often responds and I usually just let her comments speak for themselves. Not sure the fact that she didn’t see any snap issues herself tells us a lot.
        I guess we have to cut her some slack, there is a lot to keep track of and, of course, there is no paywall to deal with.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Wow, 7 TDS, doesn’t sound good but I guess some D starters are resting and FR CB Wallace was burned on the big plays. Nice to read Hodgins is already making plays.

    • Corliss says:
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      AP had 88 yds. Nall had 32 yds. Anyone think AP could move past Nall to become the number one back?

      • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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        If Nall is injured.
        If he’s healthy, this is likely our last year with him and we’ll milk that for all we can.

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    S-I on the Cooks trade to NE:

    “The latest development: speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Bill Belichick has had his eye on Cooks for years since the Patriots and Saints shared training camp practices.

    …. “I’m glad we don’t have to play him twice a year and he’s not in our division,” Belichick told reporters after a preseason game last year. “He’s a really good player.”

    …As Tom Brady officially gets over the hill with his 40th birthday in August, he’ll have his best receiving corps in years. ”

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2017/03/11/nfl-free-agency-brandin-cooks-patriots

  • Jack Jack says:
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    At least Brandin isn’t some football workaholic who sweats every detail.

    He won’t earn his SB ring next year… gifted to NE by a league satisfied by profits.

    • Ughh says:
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      Sing it, comrade!!!
      Forward!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jack Jack says:
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        Sing what?

        There are fat lazy owners in the NFL who just enjoy the business of the NFL. They don’t care about winning, unless they see an opportunity for some cash in the offing. But that would take work and a long term vision for success. Why do that when you already got a money spigot like an NFL team?

  • Alex says:
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    Re scrimmage: Jaydon Grant sounds like a PWO name to watch. Picked off 2 different QBs in the scrimmage and seems like I keep reading good things. Andre Bodden as well.

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    Rodent Bowl softball edition in Corvallis. May the best prominent incisors win. Go Rodents!

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    GT has a couple pieces up which, to me, demonstrate the leadership qualities of both Ryan Nall and Sydney Wiese. While those two were not the subject of the articles, the quotes from each of them showed the kind of leadership any good team needs. We are gonna miss Syd in more ways than one.

    FWIW: the scrimmage article doesn’t have one word about the performance of McM (or the O-line, except a mention that the running game was being shut down). Obviously, these scrimmage/practice reports are influenced by which athlete the reporter interviews.

    http://www.gazettetimes.com/sports/beavers-sports/basketball/osu-women-s-basketball-pivec-gives-beavers-a-spark/article_8f6ebcf1-43f0-5e06-92b7-142eadd8ce40.html

    http://www.gazettetimes.com/sports/beavers-sports/football/osu-football-beavers-test-their-arms-in-scrimmage/article_6d50fe99-6518-5cdb-b80a-e904f0f09164.html

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Willie’s been into the fortune cookies again:
    “Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, but trusting them not to”

    • Drunk Chick says:
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      In bed

    • scotty says:
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      Wow, does that guy have ANY original thoughts? I thought it was the Oregon Ducks, not the Oregon Parrots. That man might be even more embarrassing than their tacky uniforms.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      So does he trust Mullens and Knight?

    • Jack Jack says:
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      That’s… well… that’s a horrible quote.

      The google says it’s from a serial killer TV show. So you decide. Is going from Drake to a serial killer TV show a downgrade?

    • ObjCritic says:
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      I don’t think he snatched the pebble from his master’s hand and earned his way out of the temple. I think he snuck out, jumped a wall….

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    A PAC 12 football spring primer from S-I. Schnell warning.

    Of the “10 players to watch in 2017” not one is named Ryan Nall…

    http://www.si.com/college-football/2017/03/10/pac-12-spring-practice-power-rankings#10

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    The ten restaurants to watch are all you can eat buffets…………….with airports.

  • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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    Colorado state and osu are moving their game from late september to late august.
    Apparently csu wants to unveil their new stadium against a P5 team amd we were willing to accomodate. So football starts early this year, and we an extra get a bye week before the hardest part of our schedule.

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    Beavs jumping up in the rankings. Consensus top 5 team.

    Does it feel like it though? Non conf schedule was not great. Didn’t really test the team.

    Concerns headed into the conf schedule,

    1. Can the starters keep giving a lot of innings?
    2. Who else will be relied on from the bullpen? Casey used a lot of freshmen early. Guys I thought would contribute haven’t seen the field.
    3. Will there be a steady lineup? Don’t think Casey has used a lineup twice.
    4. Will the offense struggle like it did last year when conf play came around?

    Need to get momentum going early in conf play.

    • Nicebeaver Nicebeaver says:
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      Florida State’s non-con schedule isnt great. And they have 3 losses, and they lost to BC this past week, yet they get the #1 spot ahead of us?
      I dont really care since i feel like the rankings this early just give us a bullseye, but curious what the ranking logic was.

      http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/baseball/d1/d1baseballcom-top-25

      • mckalk mckalk says:
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        Probably some of the same logic that kept The Beavs out of the post-season last year.

      • JockItch JockItch says:
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        That’s a good thing…. we don’t want to be #1. I believe the last time a #1 ranked team won it all, was like Texas fifteen years ago.

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      If the bats struggle to put guys across home plate like they have, we will be a 3rd or 4th place team in league. I don’t see the trend getting better given the Beavers recent history in league play. Unearned runs are also huge when you scrape only one or two runs together, and there have been two or three errors in some games.

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        I’m confused how you talk about the Beavs being the 3rd or 4th best team in the Pac, then 2 minutes later comment about running the table being #1.

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        Hard to argue with concerns about the lack of timely hitting. For the season, the LOB average is 8. BUT, against Ball State it was 11. The middle part of the lineup needs to step it up if this team is to stay above 85%.

        Tied in with the question of how long the starters can continue to give more than 6 or 7 innings is the question of needing a right hander out of the pen. Hickey has been mentioned as a possibility but little is said about Tommy Paul and nothing about Scotland Church. Max and Mulholland sure seem solid from the left side.

        I wonder how much of the problem with errors is due to the lineup switching around frequently.

        As others have said, early rankings don’t mean a lot.

        EDIT: meant in response to Bill’s 10:34 post.

  • ean says:
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    I like that the CSU game got moved up. The Beavers have 2 bye weeks now.

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      Fits nicely with the decision to hold Spring practice so early.

  • ohiobeav says:
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    Did anyone hear Jim Wilson’s assessment of the football scrimmage while on the baseball broadcast with Mike Parker?

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    Land Rodents defeat water rodents.
    Strong Pitching Too Much for Beavers in Home Opener

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