OMAHA—Aaron’s having to deal with some unforeseen technological mishaps, so I’ll fill in with today’s picks blog.
My picks debut yesterday was certainly a flop, as I went 0-for-2. It looked like Texas might be able to overcome its LOB issues with the way Nathan Thornhill was rolling, but credit UC Irvine for hanging around and making the most of its one big opportunity in the eighth. As for the late game, Louisville coach Dan McDonnell talked in the postgame press conference about how the Cardinals struggled to play clean, which was unfortunately reminiscent of the Cards’ two-and-‘cue CWS showing last year, when they were shut out by Indiana in their opener and then fell apart in a blowout loss to Oregon State in the elimination game.
But, we’ll worry about those teams again Monday. John Manuel has the early jump in the standings, saying when he texted in his picks this morning that “the less you know, the better.” Here’s who we’ve got for Day Two:
John Manuel’s Picks: TCU, Virginia
Aaron Fitt’s Picks: TCU, Virginia
Jim Shonerd’s Picks: TCU, Mississippi
Standings After Day One: John 2-0, Aaron 1-1, Jim 0-2.
We’re unanimous behind the Horned Frogs. TCU is my pick to win it all, so I figure I have to go with them here. I do expect Preston Morrison, who’s starting today for TCU rather than Brandon Finnegan, to bounce back from a rare tough outing in a super regional loss to Pepperdine. One thing I think we can safely predict is that it’ll be a 2-1, 3-2 type of game. I’ve gone back and forth on the Ole Miss-Virginia nightcap. That one looks like a tossup, but I’ll go with the Rebels. With the way both teams swung the bats last week, we might actually see some offense, at least by TD Ameritrade Park standards.
Hope everyone has a great Fathers Day and enjoy the baseball. Looks like it’ll be a beautiful day here in Omaha.