Let’s Get This Party Started

OMAHA–It’s been a trying couple of days for the Baseball America crew here in Omaha. John Manuel’s flight was delayed yesterday, so he spent a frustrating few hours in the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta. Meanwhile, my laptop decided it would refuse to power up yesterday, forcing me to scramble to get yesterday’s blog items posted on CSTV’s Matt Meyers’ laptop. The good news: the temperamental machine arbitrarily opted to start up today, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that we’re out of the woods.

The 2007 College World Series is about to start up, so here are our picks for today’s game.

Game One, Louisville vs. Rice:

I think this one could go either way, and I really don’t think Louisville will be intimidated by the top-ranked Owls. John is putting himself out there and taking the upset, but I’ll stick with Ryan Berry and Rice.

Aaron: Rice
John: Louisville

Game Two, Mississippi State vs. North Carolina:

We both think Ron Polk was smart to start lefthander Justin Pigott against the lefthanded-heavy North Carolina offense, but the Tar Heels don’t exactly wilt against southpaws, and UNC starter Robert Woodard has been here before.

Aaron: North Carolina
John: North Carolina