25.May.2012 Baseball: Oregon @ Oregon State
Something tells me more Beaver fans will be interested in this weekend's games.
Projected match ups:
- Friday: Wetzler (6-2, 3.30) vs Keudell (10-3, 1.80) 5:35 pm
- Saturday: Fry (5-3, 2.47) vs. Reed (6-3, 3.06) 1:05 pm
- Sunday: Child (6-3, 2.80) vs. Gold (8-3, 3.26) 1:05 pm
Saturday's game will be on Root.
The Ducks have won 9 straight, and their pitching has dominated during that stretch. Their team ERA is 2.89 (3.00 in Pac-12 play). That's about 3/4 of a run better than the Beavers. However, the Beavers score about a run more than the Ducks per game. Ducks have a stronger SOS, but since the Ducks resurrected baseball, the Beavers are 6-1 versus them at home. The adage says pitching beats hitting, so Oregon has a small advantage. I don't see either team sweeping, and I expect close games. Because the Beavers still have the better national reputation and the pride that comes with that, I think they'll play their best baseball this weekend and gut out 2 of 3.