19.Apr.2012 Baseball: UCLA @ Oregon State
Huge series this weekend. The season will likely go one of two ways from here.
Some random notes:
UCLA leads the conference by 2.5. Aka a sweep and the Beavs are in first.
Beavs 6 game winning streak (that some are raving about) has come versus three opponents who average 142 RPI. Nevada being the best of the bunch at 64.
Conforto is second in the nation in RBIs with 51.
Pat Casey is 20-21 all-time versus UCLA.
Saturday's game will be televised on ROOT.
Beavs dropped out of the top 25 on Baseball America. Oregon now ranked #8. Changing of the guard after just a couple years? Too early to conclude, but the gap has closed, and the Ducks are at least as good. Beavs are #35, which is exactly where I slotted them in the pre-season.
Friday's matchup is: Ben Wetzler (4-1, 2.98) vs Plutko (4-2, 3.40). Child and Fry will pitch Saturday/Sunday, but I'm not sure who will throw for UCLA, as I haven't followed the rest of the league too closely this year.
Beavs haven't exactly played well lately. I'm nervous about this series…I think UCLA has a good chance to sweep. This is a strange team. The season is more than half over and Pat Casey is still unsure who his CF or C are. Team chemistry is okay, but they seem unable to bring all three facets of the game to the park each day. Starting pitching has been the most consistent group of late. Defense (especially up the middle) continues to be poor. There is more to defense than fielding percentage–"range" is more important, but there is no official stat for that (assists/9 innings is probably the best simple measure).