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2/1/2012 12:32:44 PM
Topic:
Conference USA preview

weg313
weg313
K, nice overall preview, though I do disagree with you on the projected ordering of the finish. I have:
1. Rice
2. UCF
3. USM
4. ECU
5. Tulane
I think you're grossly overrating ECU, who lost their entire pitching staff (save for Brandt). Yes, they have a good returning offense, but it was the pitching that was their strength last year.

Also, with regards to the Owls, we have more than "several key cogs returning"; rather, we have the entire team returning save for Rendon (who didn't play the field last year), Gonzales (middle relief) and Cingrani (co-closer)...and those guys are at least partially offset by the return from injury by Rathjen, McDowell and Mason. And talk about upperclass leadership, the Owls return more Seniors than they've had in memory (Reckling, Wall, Benak, Manuel, Rathjen, Fuda, Lewis).
2/10/2012 8:07:54 AM
Topic:
Conference USA preview

weg313
weg313
Lvbaseballdad wrote:
Cingrani had 12 saves. How do you consider that a co-closer?


Cingrani did not move into the closer role until the mid-point of the 2011 season, and he and Tyler Duffey shared the role. Keep in mind that at Rice and with Coach Graham, he uses the closer in the "fireman" role; meaning that if he has a potential game-affecting jam to get out of in the 6th or 7th inning, he doesn't hesitate to bring in his "closer" to get out of that situation. That's why Rice typically has co-closers. It was Bramhall and Tacker back in 2006 - '07, St.clair and Bell in 2008, and Duffy and Cingrani last year. This year it appears it will be Duffey and JT Chargois, and John Simms (if not required to move into a weekend starter role) could make it a tri-closer set-up, similar to what Arizona featured back in 2009.
2/16/2012 7:12:43 AM
Topic:
National Predictions: Week 1

weg313
weg313
How the heck is Maryland vs. UCLA and Oklahoma vs. Pepperdine better opening series than #36 Florida Internation (FIU) vs. #4 Rice?
2/18/2012 7:55:54 AM
Topic:
ANALYSIS: Looking back at Friday (2.17)

weg313
weg313
K, is there a reason you fail to include the Rice - FIU score on here? Rice wins 6-2 behind a outstanding opening performance by Austin Kubitza (7.0 IP, 4 singles, 1 run, 2 BBs, 8 Ks), and HRs by Hoelscher and Stringer.
3/5/2012 6:19:21 AM
Topic:
ANALYSIS: Looking back at Sunday (3.4)

weg313
weg313
K, you do realize that Rice did precisely what Stanford did this past weekend? Second, re. Kubitza, it's command problems which suddenly emerged in the 4th inning against DBU. He'll start Saturday vs. Stanford. Not as if Rice doesn't have more than enough pitching options. Benak was going to be moved to Sunday before Stephens reclaimed that spot yesterday (he goes against Texas St. tomorrow) and Lemond has now earned some action after his stint against UT (he'll pitch Wednesday against TAMU-CC). And McDowell's expected to be back at full strength and back in the rotation (vs. bullpen with strict pitch count) by mid-April. And, of course, Wall and Simms are always there as starters if the need arises. Does any other team-- including Stanford and Florida-- have Rice's pitching depth?
edited by weg313 on 3/5/2012
4/29/2012 4:37:02 PM
Topic:
ANALYSIS: Sunday's RPI Report (4.29)

weg313
weg313
K, UT's had a #47 RPI before today's game; not #37. They are squarely on the post-season bubble at this point; especially given their poor resume vs. Top 25/50/100. And they've got 3 games remaining against teams with RPIs at 250+ (Texas Southern x 2, Prairie View).
11/19/2012 1:32:35 PM
Topic:
Lance Berkman may retire, return to Rice

weg313
weg313
Lance coached the final 2 weeks of Rice's Fall Ball, and will continue this Spring as a Volunteer Assistant. Should he decide to retire, he'll enroll in class (toward his degree) and become a "student assistant", which would allow Coach Graham to add another assistant coach.
11/20/2012 6:53:16 PM
Topic:
Lance Berkman may retire, return to Rice

weg313
weg313
HSF wrote:
That still doesn’t explain Taylor’s departure.

The guy has had a 20+ year relationship with Graham and now all of the sudden he’s out.

Would love to know the details behind the falling out.

Have to wonder if it has something to do with Rice’s recruiting being down.


1. This has nothing to do with Rice recruiting...whatsoever. And though this year's incoming class appears to be ranked just outside the Top 25, I think that by the time these guys graduate they will prove to be one of Rice's best recruiting classes; perhaps even matching the great 2005 incoming class (Savery, St.Clair, Henley, Friday, Dotson, Lehmann, Zornes, Bell, Bramhall, Tacker).

2. Understand your curiosity, but the circumstances behind Taylor's departure is NEVER going to be made public.
11/29/2012 7:28:14 AM
Topic:
Lance Berkman may retire, return to Rice

weg313
weg313
HSF wrote:
weg313 wrote:


1. This has nothing to do with Rice recruiting...whatsoever. And though this year's incoming class appears to be ranked just outside the Top 25, I think that by the time these guys graduate they will prove to be one of Rice's best recruiting classes; perhaps even matching the great 2005 incoming class (Savery, St.Clair, Henley, Friday, Dotson, Lehmann, Zornes, Bell, Bramhall, Tacker).

2. Understand your curiosity, but the circumstances behind Taylor's departure is NEVER going to be made public.


Actually Rice’s 2011 and 2012 classes were ranked outside of the Top 25, and the 2013 group isn’t looking too promising with Luna being the only Top 500 player signed so far.

Maybe the guys who have committed will be great and prove they should’ve been ranked higher, but that doesn’t change the fact that right now TCU, A&M, Texas, and now Tech (with Tadlock rolling) are getting the more highly regarded in-state talent.

And with Rice now not having been to Omaha since 2008, and choking away what wa s seemingly 2 fairly easy Home regionals the last two years, now top assistant leaving, being out recruited in-state…it appears it’s a program on the decline, hopefully Berkman can help reenergize it.


1. Rice is in decline, but Texas is not? If I recall, Rice has dramatically out-performed the Longhorns over the past several seasons. Rice may not have been to Omaha since 2008, but they have remained remained a top 15 - 20 ranked program every single year since then, and either earned or competed closely for one of the 8 national seeds every year but one during that time frame. Texas, A&M, Miami, LSU, CSF, UNC and almost every other perennial baseball power cannot make that same claim.

2. UT and A&M have ALWAYS out-recruited Rice in-state, and TCU has for the past decade. (Purke, for example, was recruited by Rice, as well, but it was determined he did not qualify academically.) Also, Rice has NEVER gone after the Top 100 recruit out of high school who have a very high probability of being drafted and never showing up on campus.

3. High school Top 200/400 listings are a total crapshoot, and do not determine how well these guys do in college or how much they develop as players. Where Rice excels under Coach Graham is in finding the diamonds in the rough (particularly amongst pitchers), and developing them into elite-level college players and top draft picks. Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend, Brian Friday, Rick Hague, Cole St.Clair, David Aardsma, Ryan Berry, Mike Ojala, JT Chargois, Tyler Duffey, Tony Cingrani, Jeremy Rathjen-- none of these guys were even drafted out of high school....and Rendon (who really wanted to go pro immediately) wasn't drafted until the 29th round (ditto Philip Humber).

4. Yes, Coach Pierce was a great recruiter and proved to be (for the players) the ying to Coach Graham's yang...but he deserved to be a head coach somewhere....and, hopefully, he'll be back at the helm at Rice in 10+ years (!) after Coach Graham decides to hang it up. The addition of Lance Berkman to the coaching staff should have an immediate and positive effect-- not only on our offense (as the de facto hitting coach), but in keeping the players loose (he's a notorious jokester/story teller and great clubhouse guy) and, especially, in recruiting.
11/29/2012 3:26:39 PM
Topic:
Lance Berkman may retire, return to Rice

weg313
weg313
HSF wrote:
Competing for Top 8 seeds or hosting home Regionals is not the end goal.

Omaha is.

A&M, TCU, Texas (twice)…and I’ll include CSF, LSU, & UNC (since you mentioned them) have all been to Omaha since the last time Rice has in 2008.

Not saying Texas is not in decline, they are – but they have had back to back top 10 recruiting classes (according to Baseball America)

But to say that Rice has outperformed Texas the “last several years” is an overstatement.

From 2009-2011 Texas was a Top-8 seed all three years, averaged 50 wins a year, went to Omaha twice, and won 3 Big 12 Titles, and was a National Runner-up in 2009…compared to Rice who was only a top 8 seed in 2011 and didn’t make it Omaha in any of those 3 years.

If you want to go back even further Texas has been to Omaha the exact same amount of times that Rice has going back to 1997, and has one more National Title.

Also, as terrible as Texas was last year, and they may not be much better this year, they still beat Rice last year.

But if you want to discount recruiting and say that Rice has always recruited poorly and that explains the 3 straight subpar classes, that is fine, and is legitimate because what you say about developing prospects is true, I hope I am wrong, I want Rice to do well, I root for all Texas teams.

The Purke story that you tell is misleading, he never considered Rice.


You have a very strange view of what "poor recruiting" and a "sub-par recruiting class" is. It's certainly not having a recruiting class ranked in the Top 30, which Rice has had. Let's not forget that Rice does have much more stringent academic requirements than any other elite program, save for Stanford. (UNC and UVA are top academic schools, but do not hold their scholarship athletes to anywhere near the same academic requirements.) Rice has only had one or two Top 20 ranked recruiting classes EVER, and I do not believe we've ever had a Top 15 class....yet we've somehow managed to do pretty well on the playing field.
12/5/2012 7:19:10 AM
Topic:
Lance Berkman may retire, return to Rice

weg313
weg313
ASU74 wrote:
weg313
I agree with you on the academic front. The one that got away from Rice was Mark Appel. I'm not sure what the situtation was or if he even considered Rice. He is a Houston boy and went out to Stanford. He is a senior now & may be the the overall #1 next year and return to Houston (farm system anyway) the way the Astros are playing.


Yes, we "lost" Appel, but not due to academics....and from everything I heard he was crushed that the Astros did not draft him after last season, as he very much wanted to return to Texas. Having said that, Rice never really had a strong shot at recruiting him, as his family moved out to California before he entered high school.
1/1/2013 2:12:38 PM
Topic:
Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Preseason Poll

weg313
weg313
ASU74 wrote:
Hay Guys....less then 50 days to go....was considering coming up to Beaver Land to see ASU, but geeezz a 7 hour flight from Houston.....I'd be working on my 2nd hang over even before I started the drive from Portland.

Rice opens their season against Stanford down here so the chance to get to see Appel who will be a 1st rounder if not the #1 pick is too good and convenient to pass up.

Will also get to see Cal at Rice. Last time I saw them here, they defeated Baylor in the SR & took off to the CWS.

The Razorbacks will be at ASU for the Coke Classic...they will play them twice. I got a 6 pack of St Pauli Girl wager with my Razorback friend. Only a sweep will win. I'll be there for that!

I was hunting a week ago & I swear I saw RD flying over.....I missed & he got away, but some of his brothern ended up on the dinner table.Gun

You all have a Happy & safe New Year.Applause


Austin Kubitza vs. Appel should be another instant classic with two likely first rounders facing each other in the season opener. Suggest getting your tickets early as Rice-Stanford averaged just under 4,000 attendance for the season-opening series at Reckling 2 years ago. If your down in Houston, I'd also suggest the Minute Maid Classic the 3rd weekend of the season with Rice, UNC, A&M, Baylor and Cal all participating (along with Houston).

As for the CB preseason rankings, as usual, they overrank the perennial powers and big names (e.g., Texas) even when not warranted, and underrank potentially elite teams from conferences outside the Big 4. Southern Miss, in particular, is ridiculously underranked at #36. USM comes into the 2013 season absolutely loaded-- both on the mound and offensively. I think Rice should be preseason ranked in the #13 - #17 range, and USM has the potential to be favored over Rice in C-USA play.
1/4/2013 3:24:30 PM
Topic:
Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Preseason Poll

weg313
weg313
HSF wrote:
Texas is a year removed from going to Omaha and would’ve been a contender last year had not been devastated by injuries. And brought in the 7th best recruiting class in the country according to BA, which includes the top offensive recruit in the country.

Rice is the one that is overrated after choking away another easy home regional last year.

Aaron Fitt has picked Texas to be get back to a Super this year – sorry walt, he knows much more than you.

If anything Texas is underrated in that poll.

Your crybaby agenda against Texas is an old stale bit. Who won the Texas/Rice game last year at MM? and when was the last time Rice went to Omaha?


1. What in the world does what transpired in last year's post-season have to do with how teams are ranked heading into 2013? Nada. BTW, hard to call that regional "easy" when you had Omaha-bound Arkansas in it.

2. Even before the injury bug hit UT last season, they were struggling. Sure, the injuries to the pitching staff devasted the Longhorns down the stretch, but there is no way they were an Omaha team even before the injuries last year. Not even close. Their offense was once again putrid.

3. Let's wait and see BA's preseason rankings before jumping the gun. I very much doubt Aaron Fitt has UT ranked ahead of the Owls heading into the season (not that that matters one bit).

4. I have no agenda against Texas. It's Augie who is afraid to play Rice, and who walked away from the agreed upon deal to play annual weekend series...and that's a fact.
1/4/2013 6:01:38 PM
Topic:
Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Preseason Poll

weg313
weg313
djbfootball1 wrote:
weg313 wrote:
HSF wrote:
Texas is a year removed from going to Omaha and would’ve been a contender last year had not been devastated by injuries. And brought in the 7th best recruiting class in the country according to BA, which includes the top offensive recruit in the country.

Rice is the one that is overrated after choking away another easy home regional last year.

Aaron Fitt has picked Texas to be get back to a Super this year – sorry walt, he knows much more than you.

If anything Texas is underrated in that poll.

Your crybaby agenda against Texas is an old stale bit. Who won the Texas/Rice game last year at MM? and when was the last time Rice went to Omaha?


1. What in the world does what transpired in last year's post-season have to do with how teams are ranked heading into 2013? Nada. BTW, hard to call that regional "easy" when you had Omaha-bound Arkansas in it.

2. Even before the injury bug hit UT last season, they were struggling. Sure, the injuries to the pitching staff devasted the Longhorns down the stretch, but there is no way they were an Omaha team even before the injuries last year. Not even close. Their offense was once again putrid.

3. Let's wait and see BA's preseason rankings before jumping the gun. I very much doubt Aaron Fitt has UT ranked ahead of the Owls heading into the season (not that that matters one bit).

4. I have no agenda against Texas. It's Augie who is afraid to play Rice, and who walked away from the agreed upon deal to play annual weekend series...and that's a fact.



We could sit here all day and say He said that and He said that... It appears that both coaches walked away from that series not one or the other..


That's not true...and I'm pretty sure Kendall knows the real story. It's Augie who, after reaching the agreement with Rice, then turned around (without even the courtesy of informing Coach Graham) and scheduled their 4-game road trip to Hawaii the weekend they had been scheduled to play Rice.

As for HSF, why would any Rice baseball fan have an "inferiority complex" with regards to UT? Over the past 15 years (since 1996 - '97), the two programs have engaged in terrific rivalry, usually (up until two years ago) playing 2 - 3 regular season games annually, and frequently meeting up in the post-season. During that stretch, UT has won a couple more championships, but both have been perennial Top 20 ranked teams...both have reached Omaha a similar number of times (and more frequently than any program in the country)...and both have a similar number of national seeds earned. My guess is that the overall W - L record over the past 15 years is pretty darn close to being equal. Both programs have owned lengthy win streaks against the other during that stretch. It's been a great rivalry, and one I have enjoyed immensely.
1/14/2013 3:19:30 PM
Topic:
Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Preseason Poll

weg313
weg313
HSF wrote:
BeaverBob wrote:
HSF, what's your story? It looks like you are fairly new to this forum. What team do you suppport?


I’ve been around, I posted on the old yahoo board for years too.

I don’t have a specific team that I root for, I follow High School and College Baseball here in Texas very closely.

I follow players and thus I find myself pulling for all Texas teams at some point.

But if I had to be pegged down to one team it would be Texas, that is who I loved as a kid going back to the Brooks Kieschnick/Calvin Murray days. But I love College Baseball as a whole, easily the best sport in the world.

Again, I root for all teams in Texas, except for Rice, of course, LOL

I kid, Leon Byrd was one of my favorite Texas HS players last year, so I will be watching Rice this year to see how he progresses and rooting for him to succeed, great kid, great ballplayer.


+1. Leon Byrd is a terrific kid, and he's the first true leadoff hitter and basestealer Rice has had since it's championship season in 2003. A high school SS, he'll be the starting CFer for the Owls. Exciting to watch (and I saw him during a week of Fall intrasquads) on the bases, and has surprising gap power for a guy his size. Going to be a real spark plug.
1/22/2013 3:39:32 PM
Topic:
BREAKDOWN: Analyzing the Top 25 teams (CBT)

weg313
weg313
K, I have no problem with your overall ranking of Rice (though I do think we should be several notches higher), but from your writeup it appears apparent you did not speak to The OG. The offense should be better than last year with the addition of Byrd (who will inflict as much damage with his legs as his bat), and with both Ratterree and Hoelscher having excellent Falls. (Let's not forget that Ratterree had two excellent seasons before his nightmarish 2012.) And I think you are grossly underestimating the depth and experience on the pitching staff. Both Kubitza (Friday) and Simms (closer) are proven studs...Stephens was excellent as a true Freshman until he suffered a mid-season blister, afterwhich he could not find the strikezone, but was lights out this Fall...Zech Lemond has an outstanding Freshman year in middle relief and will fight it out with McCanna for the Sunday and mid-week starter spots. Then there's McDowell, Spurlin, Fant and McNair, all of whom have shined in the past and who are returning from injury (the latter 3 all missed last season). And, in addition to McCanna, we have several other inexperienced arms who impressed this past Fall (Fox, Williamson, Ditman and Rutter).

Just my opinion, but I think you're underestimating USM (who come into the season with far more proven talent that UT and several of your other Top 25 teams), and overestimating Tulane (from your chat comments). Yes, Tulane should be solid, and do return several quality arms, but I question their pitching depth, as well as their offense. Agree that UCF lost a ton of talent, and are in rebuilding mode this year, while ECU's pitching staff was already decimated by the draft/graduation before losing Merritt and Joyner.
1/23/2013 7:00:16 PM
Topic:
BREAKDOWN: Analyzing the Top 25 teams (CBT)

weg313
weg313
K, some additional info...

1. When did you see Stephens last year? He was lights out against both Tennessee (at Minute Maid) and at Stanford the following week. He put together 5 - 6 consecutive outstanding outings before incurring a cyst in the wrist of his pitching hand, afterwards he could not find the strike zone. The command returned this Fall, following having the cyst removed over the Summer.

2. Just heard that McDowell has regained the feel and command on his curveball (during January bullpen sessions), to go along with his low 90s heater and changeup. He could challenge McCanna and Lemond for the Sunday starter spot (which he had in 2011 before getting injured and having TJS).

3. Clearly, you know little about Zech Lemond. I'd check his stats from last year (2 starts, 15 appearances, 36.0 IP, 2.52 ERA, .216 BAA, 32 Ks, 15 BBs), where he was both outstanding and consistent in his middle relief role (along with a couple late season mid-week starts). He's got great stuff and is a strike thrower. If not a weekend starter this year, he certainly will be next season.
edited by weg313 on 1/23/2013
2/1/2013 6:42:08 AM
Topic:
Where are ya gonna be opening day?

weg313
weg313
Flying down to Houston on Thursday (from frigid Chicago-- it's 2 degrees above today with windchills in the negative 30s), and will be in my usual seats in the 2nd row behind the home plate screen for the Rice - Stanford series. I'm assuming Kendall will be manning the gun several rows back from me.
2/1/2013 9:44:16 AM
Topic:
Where are ya gonna be opening day?

weg313
weg313
ASU74 wrote:
weg313 wrote:
Flying down to Houston on Thursday (from frigid Chicago-- it's 2 degrees above today with windchills in the negative 30s), and will be in my usual seats in the 2nd row behind the home plate screen for the Rice - Stanford series. I'm assuming Kendall will be manning the gun several rows back from me.


WEG313
I'll be on the 3rd base side behind the dugout pulling for the Pac & looking like...........a Sun Devil. FYI it will be in the mid 70's here today. During the Regional last year we were able to get a beer at the Owl's nest. Thirsty?


ASU74
We appear to be of the same era, as I graduated from Rice in '78. Let's touch base closer to the game. I'd love to have a beer with you in The Roost (down the 3rd base line), but I usually attend the Rice Baseball Parents' tailgate prior to the game, so I doubt I'll get into Reckling more than 30 minutes prior to game time.
2/15/2013 8:58:42 AM
Topic:
Where are ya gonna be opening day?

weg313
weg313
weg313 wrote:
ASU74 wrote:
weg313 wrote:
Flying down to Houston on Thursday (from frigid Chicago-- it's 2 degrees above today with windchills in the negative 30s), and will be in my usual seats in the 2nd row behind the home plate screen for the Rice - Stanford series. I'm assuming Kendall will be manning the gun several rows back from me.


WEG313e
I'll be on the 3rd base side behind the dugout pulling for the Pac & looking like...........a Sun Devil. FYI it will be in the mid 70's here today. During the Regional last year we were able to get a beer at the Owl's nest. Thirsty?


ASU74
We appear to be of the same era, as I graduated from Rice in '78. Let's touch base closer to the game. I'd love to have a beer with you in The Roost (down the 3rd base line), but I usually attend the Rice Baseball Parents' tailgate prior to the game, so I doubt I'll get into Reckling more than 30 minutes prior to game time.


ASU, I doubt I'll make it into Reckling much before game time today; however, tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be in The Roost down the 3B line early, as we have an Owl Club tailgate there with the 2003 national championship team. If you'd like to grab a beer around 1:00pm tomorrow, I'll be there. How can I find you-- if you're wearing a Sun Devil cap I should be able to single you out.
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