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5/18/2011 2:08:42 PM

B.B. the Bruin Baseball Bear
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This has been a tough season for our beloved Bruins.
This week we officially lose what many think is our best
position player Tyler Rahmatulla who has been suspended
for the remainder of the 2011 season (academics).
Easton bats have removed our offence for the most part.
We are 0 for 12 when trailing in the late innings.
Tuesday's prospective starter Scott Griggs, has had trouble finding
the strike zone. He will be lights out once we get this issue corrected.
He is another high 90's guy.
Kevin Willaims apppers to have earned the job as full time 2nd baseman in
place Rahmatulla, still a work in progress however.
IMO, we have a pitching staff that could get us all the way to Omaha.
Cole, Bauer, Plutko and closer Vander Tuig along with help from freshman
Zach Weiss (current Tuesday starter) southpaw specialist Mitchell Beacom
and the previously mentioned Scott Griggs.
Don't take this team to lightly; though at times our hitting has been pathetic.
Our pitching has kept us in almost all games.
There is no reason to think that won't continuein the post season.
Now it's in the hands of our coaching staff to find ways to keep us from falling
to far behind early in games. We have not done well when that happens.
However, don't take us to lightly this post seaon.
We just might surprise some folks.
What do you think?
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5/18/2011 2:39:45 PM

fsugeo
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It is baseball, so anything can happen when a good team (UCLA) plays a great team.
No one is going to blink twice if UCLA advances to Omaha, but...for the love of god, maybe people should consider last year as the fluke and this year more as the norm in regards to that program.
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5/18/2011 5:28:21 PM

MostUnknown
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Pitching has kept us in games because all three weekend guys go 8-9 innings every week. Outside of Cole/Bauer/Plutko, everyone else has looked average. Weiss has his moments where he looks good, and Beacom has as well. Everyone else makes me want to cover my eyes every time they take the mound. Griggs has shown me nothing in his outings and if he is on the mound at all in the postseason, I'm just assuming he's gonna give up at least 5 runs. The only real shot we've got in the postseason is to pray Gerrit, Trevor and Adam go deep every game the way they have all year and hope Vander Tuig doesn't choke up another save if he comes in late.
The entire lineup has been a mixed bag all year. Once you get past Regis at 5, it's a crapshoot. Valaika has been painful to watch at times and as much as I never thought I'd say it, makes me wish Niko Gallego was still there. Rammy's been out for awhile now, so thats not going to be a huge change. There has been games where the errors have piled up. That has to stop.
Bottom line, as long as they can get even a little offense, there is no reason this team can't sneak it's way into Omaha. If Gerrit Cole gets himself figured out over the next two weeks to go along with Bauer and Plutko being their usual lights out, this is the last team anyone should want to see in the post season. Then again, I'm not gonna be surprised if they are eliminated quickly either.
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5/18/2011 5:33:11 PM

pitching10
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As an avid Bruin fan, I don't think anyone is going to want that pitching staff to show up in their region. But that is not enough. Most polls/pundits/fans have been waiting for the Bruins to hit their stride and it just hasn't happened. But with that pitching rotation, on any given weekend ......, and that is enough to catch any coaches attention. But will it get them to Omaha???? Tough to see it happening the way they are currently playing.
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5/18/2011 5:41:29 PM

NolesFanJosh
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I'm curious to see what the committee decides on UCLA..to send them to Fullerton...or send them East...of COURSE no one wants Bauer, Cole potentially in the 1st 2 games of a regional, they'd be crazy to say otherwise.
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5/18/2011 5:56:31 PM

pitching10
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Noles:
It will be Fullerton for us. Other than last year - that has been the graveyard for UCLA. So many years it has ended there in the Regionals/Supers. As a UCLA fan you know the measuring stick is Fullerton before the year ever starts. Several of the kids came to UCLA intent on breaking through that black cloud hanging over the programs head. It took heroics and hosting for the sun to shine through last year. That in itself was almost as much as an accomplishment as making it to Omaha. Nope the committee won't do us any favors - it will send us to see if the Titans can once again write our tombstone.
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5/18/2011 6:00:28 PM

Dodger Matt
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My guess is they stick them with Fullerton. Neither has played to potential this year, and it would serve as a rite of passage for one to beat the other to advance. Plus, history.
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5/18/2011 8:54:27 PM

NolesFanJosh
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Would the committee then in turn make that a "Regional of Death" by sending say, Hawai'i there (they very well could win WAC Tourney) since there aren't going to be many West hosts,..perhaps even have UCLA as a 3 and put Fresno State in there...that would be by far, the "R.O.D." and definitely be picked up by ESPN for National broadcasting.
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5/19/2011 7:38:23 PM

Dodger Matt
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NolesFanJosh wrote:
Would the committee then in turn make that a "Regional of Death" by sending say, Hawai'i there (they very well could win WAC Tourney) since there aren't going to be many West hosts,..perhaps even have UCLA as a 3 and put Fresno State in there...that would be by far, the "R.O.D." and definitely be picked up by ESPN for National broadcasting.

Josh, I would not be surprised. Even Kendall's projections have Gonzaga as the Corvallis #4 (with Fresno as the #2) and Hawaii as the CSUF #4 (with UCLA as #2). Western hosts rarely get #4 teams like Alcorn State or Stony Brook.
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5/19/2011 8:44:52 PM

NolesFanJosh
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And Matt, I really do feel for the West. I'm not a proponent of the RPI, ISR, or any of that, but I do think the West has gotten slighted in years previous, and that on top of it not being a particularly strong year for the West in general, I think will send a lot more teams packing, which is unfortunate because a place like Sunken Diamond @ Stanford would be a great place to host a Regional in West. Or if UCLA had played up to expectations, another Regional at Jackie Robinson.

All that plus it looks all the more likely that Arizona State is gonna be OUT of next year's tourney makes one wonder where some of the other hosts could come from out West even as far fwd as next year.
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5/19/2011 11:01:24 PM

BeaverBeliever20
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NolesFanJosh wrote:
And Matt, I really do feel for the West. I'm not a proponent of the RPI, ISR, or any of that, but I do think the West has gotten slighted in years previous, and that on top of it not being a particularly strong year for the West in general, I think will send a lot more teams packing, which is unfortunate because a place like Sunken Diamond @ Stanford would be a great place to host a Regional in West. Or if UCLA had played up to expectations, another Regional at Jackie Robinson.

All that plus it looks all the more likely that Arizona State is gonna be OUT of next year's tourney makes one wonder where some of the other hosts could come from out West even as far fwd as next year.




Next year I think two hosts from the West for sure will be Oregon State and Stanford. Both teams are young and Stanford will be a really good team next year, OSU will be the beast of the Pac-12 and will be better next season as hard as that is to believe. UCLA will have great pitching again next year, if their hitting can improve they could host as well. Fullerton is always a great candidate to host as well. The West will be great next year with Oregon State as the best in the West.
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