04.May.2012 Baseball: Stanford @ Oregon State
The projected pitching matchups:
Friday: Wetzler (5-2 3.18) vs. Appel (6-1, 2.73) 5:35 pm
Saturday: Fry (4-3, 2.25) vs. LHP Mooneyham (5-4, 3.98) 1:05 pm
Sunday: Child (4-3, 2.65) vs. TBA 1:05 pm
Regarding hosting: they'd have to win every series from here on out, and IMO they'd have to sweep Stanford this weekend to get the necessary RPI boost. So at this point it's just a matter of fine-tuning their game and gaining confidence for the tournament. This team doesn't feel elite…seems like they'll play the role of gritty "tough out" in the tournament rather than favorites.
Pat Casey continues to have a rough year. Having Conforto bunt in the 8th inning last weekend goes beyond head scratching. Let's call it like it is: the decision was flat out stupid. Casey needs to show more confidence in his players.