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2/15/2013 12:37:15 PM
Topic:
Where are ya gonna be opening day?

weg313
weg313
ASU74 wrote:
weg:
I'll be Sec K, Row 8, Seat 1 all weekend adorned w/ASU cap & such.
Did you know Mark Appel's uncle is the Dean of Architecture at Rice. How ironic.


My season seat is Section F/Row 2/Seat 8, immediately behind home plate, and I'll be there all weekend.

Of course I knew about Appel's uncle, and I've met a couple of his aunts and uncles who are Rice alums. Rice Sr RF Michael Ratterree played on the same little league and chuch league team as Appel before Mark and his family moved out to California.
2/19/2013 5:00:38 AM
Topic:
Where are ya gonna be opening day?

weg313
weg313
ASU74 wrote:
BB
We hooked up very briefly just before the start of game 2.
Here is what I saw...from my perspective & weg may have a different perspective.
Stanford strenths:
  • Bullpen
  • Infield
  • Ability to battle back
  • We all know Rice touched Appel pretty good, but that is short term.
Stanford weaknesses
  • Outfield arms. Last year I saw them in the ASU & Stanford series & was VERY impressed by the spped & accuracy of the outfield arms. Didn't see it in this series.
  • Catcher. 2 errors by soph on 1 play...little league stuff
  • Not as aggrssive on the bases as they have been in the past.
  • Bats & offense...attributable to Rice pitching?

Rice strengths
  • Downtown power
  • Pitching. Starters & bullpen.
  • Overall just sound baseball.
Rice weaknesses
  • Speed on the bases.


    This is all IMO. Weg...your input....

edited by ASU74 on 2/18/2013
edited by ASU74 on 2/18/2013


I still say Stanford's greatest strength is their scary Murderers Row in the middle of their lineup. Diekroeger-Ragira-Wilson-Blandino is as potent a #3 - #6 as you're going to find in college baseball. I'm not as impressed at Stanford's other pitching as others (including Kendall) have stated, as though they kept the Rice run totals down, in truth this was largely due to a flurry of line drives being hit directly at Stanford defenders; particularly in Game 2. In that game, Rice hit 7 line shots for outs, including 3 for inning-ending double plays (and 4 with runners in scoring position). Jose is better than he looked in the series, and both Kauppula and Ringo are extremely disciplined hitters who are going to have high OBPs (well above .400).

I agree with ASU74 that both Stanford catchers (Taylor and Barr) were a liability behind the plate defensively, as neither appeared capable of blocking balls in the dirt.
6/27/2013 8:11:50 AM
Topic:
EIGHT FOR OMAHA: 2014 edition

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weg313
Unbelievable, K-- Rice returns far more proven talent than many of the teams you mention. Yes, the Owls lose Kubitza and Simms, but every other pitcher returns including all-american candidates Stephens and Lemond, and all-Freshman Fox (not to mention McDowell and McCanna), Offensively, we return 4 .300+ hitters (Hoelscher, Aquino, Cook, Stainback), along with up and coming supestar in Byrd, as well as 1B Ewing (vastly underrated and would expect a breakout 2014 season after seeing first action this year) and C Kopycinski (along with the #1 JUCO catcher to replace Parrott). How is that not preseason Top 10? Kopycinski more than filled in for Parrott in the post-season, and Ewing and Teykl are budding stars. How can you possibly consider Texas (or UNC, Oregon, LSU or K-State) ahead of Rice going into next season based on returning talent?
6/27/2013 8:24:05 AM
Topic:
College Baseball 2014....A Look Ahead

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weg313
I fully expect Rice to be back in the Top 10, and competing for a national seed. They lose Kubitza and Simms from the weekend rotation, but every other pitcher returns, including all-american candidates Jordan Stephens (who was lights out the second half of this season, through the post-season) and Zech Lemond (who will llkely move from closer to weekend rotation), all-Freshman reliever Blake Fox, as well as 5th year returnee Chase McDowell (who has been a weekend starter between injuries) and highly regarding Fr Kevin McCanna (who struggled with injuries this year).

Offensively, the Owls should be vastly improved with another year under the belts of several players seeing their first D-1 action in 2014. Rice loses 2B Stringer, RF Ratterree (who struggled his final two seasons) and C Parrott, but Fr Kopycinski starred in the post-season filling in for injured Parrott, plus we're bringing in the #1 ranked JUCO catcher. Four 300+ hitters return (DH/LF Aquino, OF Cook, 3B Hoelscher, SS Staniback), along with budding superstar in Fr CF Leon Byrd (who hit over .400 the final 5 weeks of the season) and So 1B Skyler Ewing. And we have several very talented Freshman who saw minimal action this year due to either injury or upperclass incumbants (Hunter Kopycinski, Beau Rathjen, Connor Teykl, John Williamson), who should replace the 3 departing position players.
6/27/2013 8:26:09 AM
Topic:
College Baseball 2014....A Look Ahead

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weg313
KennyWheatonFTW wrote:
Oregons pitching staff will be top notch next year

2013 Starting Rotation
Tommy Thorpe-Returning
Cole Irvin-Returning
Jake Reed-Returning

Also just today #35 overall pick Matt Krook announced his going to be coming to Oregon instead of signing. 6'4 Lefty who throws low 90's. Also could bring Sherfy, who hasn't signed yet and might not.


Oregon's pitching staff could be the best in the nation (especially if Sherfy returns)-- though a bit too southpaw laden, but where exactly are you going to get offense from? Your only offensive player that struck any fear whatsoever in opposing teams (Healy) is gone.
6/27/2013 9:30:20 PM
Topic:
EIGHT FOR OMAHA: 2014 edition

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weg313
Dodger Matt wrote:
Walt, thanks for jumping in here. Gives me something to do.

Once again, you show that you are too close to the Rice program to be objective. Your knowledge of that program and its players is unreal, but your incredulity over Kendall's ranking several teams above Rice is almost comical. Forget crawling through the weeds for a second (because you know the rice paddy weeds all too well, but I think you know little to nothing about Oregon weeds, or LSU or UNC weeds), let's look at the teams you mention from a higher perspective, how they performed in 2013 in terms of ISR and RPI compared to Rice.

Legend:
K8 = Kendall’s eight for Omaha
N5 = Next five
S3 = Surprise three
Ri = Rice

* = A team Walt called out as a questionable choice to be listed ahead of Rice.

Here we go:
ISR
N5* 1 North Carolina
K8 2 Cal State Fullerton
K8 3 Oregon State
N5 4 Vanderbilt
N5* 5 Louisiana State
K8 6 UCLA
K8 7 Virginia
N5* 8 Oregon
N5 9 North Carolina State
K8 10 Mississippi State
K8 11 Florida State
K8 12 Indiana
K8 14 South Carolina
S3* 16 Kansas State
S3 19 Clemson
Ri 20 Rice
S3* 70 Texas
Those three N5 teams you called out are all in the top 8 ISR. Look at Rice down there at #20. Even Surprise Kansas State is above Rice. Your only real beef is with Texas, at #70, getting one of those three “surprise” votes.
RPI
N5* 1 North Carolina
N5 2 Vanderbilt
K8 3 Virginia
K8 4 Oregon State
N5* 5 Louisiana State
K8 6 Cal State Fullerton
N5 7 North Carolina State
K8 8 Mississippi State
K8 9 UCLA
K8 10 Florida State
N5* 11 Oregon
K8 12 Indiana
K8 13 South Carolina
S3* 16 Kansas State
S3 17 Clemson
Ri 26 Rice
S3* 72 Texas
UNC and LSU are at the same spots. Oregon drops from 8 to 11, but Rice drops from 20 to 26, so the top three N5 teams are still far better. K-State also stays at 16, so Rice looks overall even worse from an RPI standpoint. Texas’s pitiful 72 again stands out.

Regardless of the measuring stick, Kendall’s eight for Omaha are all within the top 14 from 2013. His next five are all within the top 11. Rice is nowhere near any of these. The only complaint you might justifiably have is with Kendall's throwaway comment about three “surprise” teams, but Clemson and Kansas State look like legitimate picks to me.

So really, Walt, you’re just venting about the only other team on this list that you might know anything near as much about as you know about Rice: Texas. I’ll give you that one. But they played like crap in 2013 and can only go up. That really would be a surprise, wouldn’t it? Would Rice finishing in the top 20 be as big a surprise?

Last thing: I know you qualify your incredulous pique with “based on returning talent”—and nobody knows Rice on this board better than you—but would you care to do a line-by-line comparison of Rice’s “returning talent” with UNC’s? Or Oregon’s? Or LSU’s? Let’s see where your grievance bears weedy fruit.


With all due respect, what does this year's final ISR or RPI have anything to do with preseason ranking going into the 2014 season? The latter is based on 3 things in order of importance: (1) returning, proven talent, (2) key players departing, and (3) incoming recruiting class. Personally, I give the the recruiting class only negligeable weight, as even the most highly regarded true Freshmen oftentimes struggle for much of their Freshman season.

I think I know Oregon reasonably well since Rice just won the regional out in Eugene, and we played them 3 times. No question they'll have one of the Top 3 - 5 pitching staffs in the country next year (though very heavily left-handed laden), but with Healy gone, and Thomas likely gone, as well, where are they going to find any offense? No question, Horton will still have them as a Top 15 - 20 club, especially with their pitching, but Top 8 heading into the season with little to no returning offense? Sorry, I think that's quite a stretch.

As for LSU, even loyal Tigers fans recognize that they'll have to totally rebuild both their offense (save for Bergman) and bullpen. Again, no question Top 15 - 20, but Top 8 with all that they've lost? Not in my books. UNC? Fox is an unbelievable recruiting and I have no doubt he'll bring in another banner crop of Freshman. However, he's losing his #1 and #2 starting pitchers, and four of their top 6 hitters-- including two consensus first team all-americans in Moran and Emanuel. That's an awful lot of talent lost to argue that they'll enter the season as one of the Top dozen teams.

Yes, Rice loses some key cogs, as well, but not nearly the level of impact players as those teams...and Rice has several players who had their first taste of regular D-1 action this past season and are likely to improve in 2014 (including Aquino, Byrd, Ewing, Fox, Teykl and Kopycinski). We do return five of our top six hitters from this past season, including our top power hitter and RBI man (Aquino), as well as two all-american pitching candidates in Juniors-to-be Zech Lemond (who was 3rd team all-american this past season by BA and the Writers) and Jordan Stephens (who was lights out the second half of the season), and all-Freshman reliever Blake Fox. In fact, the pitching staff returns everyone save for Kubitza and Simms.

So, unless you're basing your preseason 2014 rankings on how teams finished in 2013, without taking into account key players that each program lost, I do think Rice brings back more proven talent-- with a balance of offense and pitching-- than UNC, Oregon, LSU and several others named by Kendall.
7/13/2013 9:58:51 AM
Topic:
Changing The Balls Used in College Baseball

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weg313
Rice's coach and college HOF member, Wayne Graham continues to lead the charge in the call for greater balance in the college game. In an open letter to the NCAA and all the national college baseball pundits, he argues his case for using the tighter, lower seam MLB balls to restore the hitting - pitching balance to the college game...

http://www.collegebaseballtoday.com/2013/07/13/wayne-grahams-letter-on-the-state-of-college-baseball/

In addition, he's initiated a research project with the Rice School of Material Science to evaluate the cost and performance implications of converting to the MLB baseballs.
7/13/2013 5:33:53 PM
Topic:
Changing The Balls Used in College Baseball

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weg313
Dodger Matt wrote:
Interesting circulation on Graham's letter:
For what it’s worth, a PDF copy of this letter was sent to myself, Kyle Peterson, Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers, Paul Mainieri, Jack Leggett, Skip Bertman, Pat Casey, Dennis Poppe of the NCAA and two others I didn’t recognize, including someone from the Houston Chronicle and somebody from Florida State.

College baseball media (Sorenson, Peterson, Fitt, Rogers), LSU coaches (Maineri, Bertman), Clemson coach (Leggett), Oregon State coach (Casey), the NCAA guy responsible for all issues related to the sports of football and baseball (Poppe), and two other guys. So the media guys will get the buzz going. But what makes those four coaches so important on this matter? Have they voiced similar concern? Or opposition?

I hadn't heard any complaints about the "imbalance" until the CWS. Fixing the balls because of one stadium seems like the wrong approach to me.


HRs down 50% since the new bats were introduced 2 years ago; runs scored down well over 1 run per game; batting AVGs down signficantly...and the average number of strikeouts have risen considerably.
7/14/2013 8:40:03 AM
Topic:
Changing The Balls Used in College Baseball

weg313
weg313
Dodger Matt wrote:
Yes, a decrease in all of the above, as was expected and intended. How is that an imbalance?

If I were to tell you two years ago that HRs were 200% what they should be, runs scored was more than 1 higher than "normal", and the number of strikeouts was low, then the new bats would be a total freakin' success.


Absolutely not true. The necessary change in the bats occurred 10 years ago when they got rid of guarilla ball. The change to the BBCOR bats went too far, and created the inbalance. As a former pitcher, I love the low-scoring game. However, when balls are hit on the screws and fail to find the gap or the fience, something is wrong....and that is precisely what has happened the past two years with the new bats. I have no problem with the small ball game, but the game is out of balance when teams are having their 3, 4 and 5 hitters sac bunting early in the game...and having their best hitters try to squeeze bunt runs across with a runner on 3B and less than two outs...and this is happening with increasing frequency. This is NOT how the game was meant to be played. Also and finally, the higher seamed, looser stitched balls are allowing average pitchers to put up quality stats.
7/19/2013 10:02:28 AM
Topic:
Changing The Balls Used in College Baseball

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weg313
Here's the online petition that has been started. Please sign if you agree with Coach Graham...

http://www.change.org/petitions/ncaa-baseball-introducing-dead-bats-and-dead-baseballs-in-recent-years-go-back-to-live-bats-and-live-balls?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
12/17/2013 7:28:06 AM
Topic:
Looking at Rankings for 2014

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weg313
Vandy is certainly in the Top 10 heading into season, but not sure they're Top 5, which I'd go with (in no particular order): FSU, Oregon State, North Carolina State, Cal St.-Fullerton and UCLA. Oregon, South Carolina and LSU (along with Vandy) should also in the mix.
12/19/2013 8:24:55 AM
Topic:
Not a whole lotta luv for the Pac

weg313
weg313
Ditto for Rice (with only Zech Lemond, and not Jordan Stephens or Skyler Ewing making 3rd team honors). Very surprised by the writers' selections (and ommissions).
2/19/2014 8:25:10 AM
Topic:
Coach Wayne Graham Notched Win #1000 at Rice

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weg313
...in last night's thrilling, twice coming from behind 4-3 victory over Texas State in 11 innings.

Coach Graham reached the milestone in just over 22 years at the helm, after winning 575 games and 5 JUCO national championships at San Jacinto. A true living legend and college baseball treasure. Another notch in his belt to go along with Rice's current streaks of 18 (and counting) consecutive conference championships, 19 consecutive post-season appearances and 19 consecutive 40+ win seasons.

Congrats...and thank you from Owls fans everywhere.
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