Here is the schedule for the weekend. The Connecticut game has been moved back a half hour and now has a 12:30pm start time.
|02/25||Connecticut||Corpus Christi, Texas||12:30 p.m.|
|02/26||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Corpus Christi, Texas||4:00 p.m.|
|02/27||Indiana||Corpus Christi, Texas||9:00 a.m.|
|02/28||UT-San Antonio||San Antonio, Texas||10:00 a.m.|
And here are the pitching matchups:
|02/25||Connecticut||RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 0.00)||LHP Elliott Glynn (0-1, 5.79)|
|02/26||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||LHP Ben Wetzler (0-0, 0.00)||RHP Brett Carnline (0-0, 4.15)|
|02/27||Indiana||LHP Cam Booser (0-1, 3.86)||LHP Joey DeNato (0-1, 5.40)|
|02/28||UT-San Antonio||LHP Josh Osich (0-0, 10.80)||TBA|
As you can see, the Beavers should have the pitching advantage.
Connecticut, despite opening their season 1-2, is ranked #14 by Baseball America. None of the other three teams are ranked, and all are projected to be poor to average teams, so expectations should be for the Beavers to take 3 games this weekend. 2-2 would be an acceptable yet minor disappointment. These games will be played over 4 days, unlike last weekend, so lineups and rest should not play a factor as they did last Saturday night.
Obviously the bats need to come to life. That almost goes without saying. But also keep an eye on base running. The Beavers were 0-3 on stolen base attempts last weekend. Garrett Nash was picked off, and several runners (e.g. Jordan Poyer) made bad judgment calls. Casey made some questionable calls (stealing with Carter Bell, a bunt with 1 out, etc), and the third base coach had two of his runners thrown out at home. Both were problems last year that need to cease starting today. Keep an eye on these things. My opinion is the coaches made those calls out of frustration and desperation to engineer runs. It's still bad coaching, though.
The pattern last year was that when the pitching did well the hitting lacked and visa versa. The team could not string together a series of good hitting, pitching, and defense. It's early, but the results so far have shown that same, unsettling pattern. I can see a game where we finally score 8 runs but give up 9. Then again, this year's team has better chemistry (and it appears to have better pitching, especially in the pen), so maybe they only give up 7 in those types of games and steal some victories.
Anyway, here's to a 3-1 weekend with no disappointment.