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6 NCAA tournament games, 0 home runs? I believe...

  • bek7567
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Posted: 6/9/2014 10:15 AM

6 NCAA tournament games, 0 home runs? I believe... 


that's correct, unless I've missed something.

In other words, I think it's safe to say that we've been fortunate to get this far with absolutely zero power hitting, but how much longer are we going to be able move forward without anyone hitting any home runs?

For instance, when the game was 6-5 for about three innings running yesterday, we desperately needed one, but fortunately we finally broke the game open once Stanford officially ran out of pitching for good.

I mean, how long can we expect to be "fortunate?"

We've just got to generate a semblance of power hitting somehow, or I think this could be a rather short trip to Omaha, God forbid.

"a coward is a man who can forsee the future. a brave man is almost always without imagination."

--Charles Bukowski



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Posted: 6/9/2014 10:30 AM

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Corbin on ESPN postgame on the field:

"We have excellent pitching. We can field it, at least we usually do. And we hit a little bit."

He's a small ball manager. He knows his team strengths and I think he recognizes that if we win, it's going to be excellent pitching and defense and capitalizing big on the other teams mistakes in those two areas.

If Stanford just throws strikes and makes straight throws the whole three days I'm not sure we beat them.

But good teams take advantage of mistakes.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 10:42 AM

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brokris849 wrote: Corbin on ESPN postgame on the field:

"We have excellent pitching. We can field it, at least we usually do. And we hit a little bit."

He's a small ball manager. He knows his team strengths and I think he recognizes that if we win, it's going to be excellent pitching and defense and capitalizing big on the other teams mistakes in those two areas.

If Stanford just throws strikes and makes straight throws the whole three days I'm not sure we beat them.

But good teams take advantage of mistakes.

so hard out there every single game.

Just a tad of power hitting would take A LOT of the world off their shoulders, I truly do believe.

"a coward is a man who can forsee the future. a brave man is almost always without imagination."

--Charles Bukowski



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Posted: 6/9/2014 10:53 AM

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Stanford had the most in the tournament so far with 10, but after that it drops down to 5 and below.

Vandy, South Carolina, and Florida all have zero homers.  Ole Miss leads the SEC teams with 4 so far.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 11:00 AM

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Home runs are boring.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 11:31 AM

Ameritrade is supposedly a small ball park 


I don't know if the stats back it up, but the conventional wisdom is that it is too big, so small ball works best there. Edge to Vandy!
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Posted: 6/9/2014 11:32 AM

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TD Ameritrade in Omaha is cavernous. Small ball will play well there and I think Corbin knows it.

Article from last year in Omaha:
m.omaha.com/sports/where-have-...f.html?mode=jqm
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Posted: 6/9/2014 11:34 AM

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The Omaha fields are spacious, and home runs there are not common.  If Vandy hits a boatload of singles and doubles, we should do well.   Beat Louisville!!
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Posted: 6/9/2014 12:31 PM

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KAVandy05 wrote: Home runs are boring.
Home runs are rally killers.

Usually teams built for power are mediocre defensively and slow on the base paths.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 1:00 PM

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I'm just happy we didn't sell out to total small ball yesterday.  Not bunting when the leadoff guy got on led to two big innings.
We don't hit homers, but unless I'm mistaken, we were at the top of the SEC in doubles.  Guys with gap power who can make plays running do well in Omaha.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 1:21 PM

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We don't have a lot of big-time hitters and to be fair, we also have the green monster in left that basically makes it darn-near impossible to hit a homer to that side of the field.  There's a reason we've been good with the new bats and it's the fact that we have good pitching and generally make good decisions on the base-paths, have patience at the plate, and have guys who can hit a solid single.  Gorilla-ball isn't going to win you a championship in the new stadium in Omaha.  I'd put our chances of hitting a homer in Omaha at less than 1%.  Now that I've said that, Zander will probably clobber the first pitch he sees.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:01 PM

6 NCAA tournament games, 48 runs? I believe ... 


that's correct, unless I've missed something. 

In other words, you'd have to be pretty glass half empty to look at the last two weekends and lament our offensive productivity. 

TD Ameritrade is NOT a launch pad, in fact it's quite the opposite. Teams that make their living on singles and doubles thrive there, which makes our lineup a perfect fit. I'm not saying we will or won't succeed there, but our lack of big-time power bats will not be a limiting factor.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:04 PM

Number of home runs in the CWS by 2013 champs: ZERO 


Five games, zero home runs for UCLA. The runners up, Mississippi State, had one in the CWS.

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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:05 PM

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ORDore wrote: that's correct, unless I've missed something. 

In other words, you'd have to be pretty glass half empty to look at the last two weekends and lament our offensive productivity. 

TD Ameritrade is NOT a launch pad, in fact it's quite the opposite. Teams that make their living on singles and doubles thrive there, which makes our lineup a perfect fit. I'm not saying we will or won't succeed there, but our lack of big-time power bats will not be a limiting factor.
Yes, we have scored plenty of runs. But a good portion of those runs were a result of walks and errors committed by the other side. I would rather not rely on my opponent to make mistakes but rather on myself to be able to score regardless of what the opposition does.

I am not trying to be glass half empty; I'm just saying you would have to be delusional to think that our offense is one of our strengths. What I am saying is that 46 run number is misleading.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:11 PM

We got some help, but we're also hitting .322 in tournament play 


That's #2 out of the 64 teams that participated. We lead the field in stolen bases, are #3 in runs scored, #3 in RBI (with 10 more than the #4 team) ........... 

We've received some gifts, but we've earned most of what we've gotten.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:31 PM

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and the more pressure you apply, the more apt the bad guys are to making mistakes
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:57 PM

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I love this type of baseball. This is like watching Whitey Herzog's St Loius Cardinals.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 4:04 PM

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No one hits home runs in the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  Not as much of an issue as you'd assume.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 7:20 PM

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If the team keeps near it's average of 8 runs per game in the NCAA tournament, I don't care if they plate every run by walking with the bases full. 

If the batters take the counts deep and don't provide easy outs, the pitch counts go up fast. It's not good fortune. It's good strategy.
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Posted: 6/10/2014 7:17 AM

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What ORDore and Andrew said. Home runs are scarce in Omaha. I would think that works to Vanderbilt's benefit and works against teams that depend more heavily on HRs for their run production.
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