Moderator: Will Kimmey will stop by to talk about the College World Series at 4 p.m. ET.
Jay from Texas asks: Breakdown
the pitching matchups for tonight? And if either series goes to
tomorrow, who can Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton throw out there?
Daniel Bard pitches really well with the lead and can press when he
falls behind, so the key to the North Carolina-Cal State game is which
team can score first. A 2-0 lead for either side would be huge. You can
expect Wes Roemer to battle, but I can’t see him dominating for nine
innings given that he’s five days out of a start and one day out of a
relief appearance. Fullerton likely goes to Dustin Miller tomorrow if
it wins. Who else is there?
Will Kimmey: Rice has the rest
on its side as well, while it’s Turpen or Patterson for Oregon State.
Neither of those two have much starting experience, but endurance is
the more important key. It’s hard to see either lasting more than five
innings, and then it’s up to Kunz and Gunderson in the bullpen. If OSU
wins, we’ll get Dallas Buck again.
kinderowl from houston asks: so
sad to come back to houston before the CWS is over, but in any case, my
question is: Looking back on the pre and mid season projections versus
what we are actually seeing in the CWS, which teams did you overrate
Well, Texas and Nebraska both went out the earliest of the No. 1 seeds,
so that’s probably the answer a Rice fan is looking for. In a
tournament setting, sometimes the best team won’t always win. Remember
Rice had three first-round arms in 2004 and lost a home regional, maybe
a bigger collapse than either Texas or Nebraska this year. Miami’s Jim
Morris, whose team apparently was the most underrated, always says it’s
not the best team that wins in Omaha, but the hottest. North Carolina
is really hot right now, the only team that hasn’t lost a game in this
steve laurion from eugene oregon asks: Do the OSU Beavers have enough pitching and offensive firepower to get through to the finals?
My magic eight ball says no. Rice gets a lot of attention for its arms,
but its offense can swing the bats as well as any Owls team of recent
vintage. Savery, Rodriguez and Luna can all mash, and Tyler Henley gets
things done atop the lineup. I think Rice can score six or more
tonight, so the Beavers really need to break out the bats.
Sean from Athens, Ga. asks: Which
player or players has surprised you at the CWS as far as being better
than you expected, or worse than you expected when you saw them in
It’s really fun watching Jemile Weeks run in person. I just like
watching fast guys. Rice’s Bryce Cox has been impressive in two
appearances. Even though he gave up the lead in the ninth inning, it
was impressive watching the Matt Wieters show–catching, hitting
everything, and pitching in the low 90s. Tyler Graham is just fast, I
love watching him glide through the outfield. Dallas Buck’s start the
other night was a let down for most who thought he could be a
first-rounder at the beginning of the year.
Alex from Fullerton asks: These
CSF come from behind wins are going to give me heart attack! I know it
does not look good for the Titans against UNC’s vaunted pitching, but
what do they need to do to pull off a two game sweep?
Wes Roemer has to get deep into the game if Fullerton is going to win.
CSF needs to get ahead early, because if Daniel Bard settles in, it
might not hit much. Ryan Paul is feeling about 80 percent today, so you
could see an inning or two from him against North Carolina’s lefties.
And the Titans need to avoid using Dustin Miller until tomorrow. It
looks like Andrew Miller gets the call if UNC loses.
tiffythetitan from Oakland, CA asks: Is
Jered Clark officially just a hitter now? Anyway the Titans will need
him on the mound if they continue to move on in the tournament?
Will Kimmey: He won’t pitch out here, but Fullerton plans to get him back on the mound next year.
Philip Owens from Houston asks: Maybe
its just me,but it seems as if RICE doesnt get a great deal of love
from the national media.Why is that, is RICE still just the small
school from Texas, when will RICE be considerd a major power? what will
It’s just you. Rice won in 2003 and has been one of the nation’s best
teams before and after that. Maybe in your home state it’s all about
the Longhorns–and there’s good reason for that–but people nationally
and in Omaha know how good the Owls are.
Chris Stone from Fayetteville, Ark. asks: Can
you give me 8 for next year? How about my Hawgs? And I was also
thinking UCLA could be pretty stout, it sounds like they had a young
team this year and add a big recruiting class. WOOO PIG!
Will Kimmey: UCLA, Arizona State, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Rice, Texas, Nebraska, Miami, North Carolina. That’s nine, sorry.
Cheat Hoop from Morrisville asks: No
matter what happens the rest of this year,this has been a great year
for UNC baseball. What are the chances of them coming back to Omaha
next year? Do they have any freshmen pitchers who can step in next year
for Miller and bard?
Look at UNC’s lineup tonight. All those hitters will be back next year,
because all are freshmen and sophomores aside from Jay Cox, a junior
drafted late enough he’s ready to return. Robert Woodard and Luke
Putkonen can anchor the pitching staff with Andrew Carignan in the pen,
and the Tar Heels have a nice group of pitchers signed, at least one of
which should get to campus and start on Sundays.
Chad Nading from Alaska asks: I’m
bonkers for Beavers! But it looks like they are losing a lot of players
this year, other than Barney at shortstop. Will htey have anything left
for next season and another run at the Pac-10?
Losing Buck, Nickerson and Gunderson will be very tough for this team
to overcome. Those three guys, as much as anyone, are why OSU has won
the Pac-10 and reached the CWS two straight years.
Bob from Scottsdale Arizona asks: Hi Will, whose the biggest disapointment in the cws, Clemson?
Pat Casey of Oregon State has said many times, every team that reaches
Omaha has had a great year. And he’s right. It’s unfair to say any team
out here is a disappointment, even if the fans expected a title.
Clemson lost two tough games against UNC and CSF, those teams are good.
Clemson, for me, was built a lot like the recent Atlanta Braves teams,
with good pitching depth to make it through the regular season, but no
dominator to guarantee wins in the postseason.
Ryan from Houston asks: Joe
Savery is my hero, and he should be yours too. Any chance he pitches
anytime soon? Or is Bobby Bell and Craig Crow the starters if they go 2
games? Is Bryce Cox this year’s Huston Street?
He was my hero in 2005, and we gave him the freshman of the year
award to recognize that. He’s hit well and played strong defense in the
postseason, but watching him throw around the infield the other day, it
doesn’t look like we’re going to see him pitch in Omaha. If I’m Wayne
Graham, I’m going Bell, Crow or Crow, Bell for these two starts. I want
Degerman to start the first game of the championship series. I know the
popular sentiment is you can’t win if you don’t get there, so throw the
ace. But I believe why just get there, try to win. And you can’t show
up to a gun fight with a knife hoping to maybe get back to your No. 1
guy in game three. Winning that opening game is huge, especially in for
college kids who thrive on confidence.
Will Kimmey: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks, and enjoy the games.