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4/17/2012 6:07:03 PM

Dodger Matt
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Week 10
  • UCLA at OSU
  • ASU at Stan
  • Ariz at UW
  • WSU at Ore
  • Utah at Cal
  • USC: bye. NOTE: Since USC is not playing any games this weekend, each point in the five series that will be played will count as 1.2 points.
I haven't felt the need to post many reminders on how to cast your vote, but apparently I should do this once in a while. Please list your picks in the same order they appear above and use the exact abbreviations as listed. Thanks.

Week 10 Series
  • UCLA again highlights this week’s series, for the third time in a row (and probably next week as well). Tied for first with both Arizona and Oregon, the Bruins (10-5) head to Corvallis to meet the Beavers (6-6). Players to watch at the plate in this series: OSU’s Michael Conforto, who has 51 RBIs (second in the nation) and leads Division I in RBIs per game (1.56). Two Tylers: UCLA’s Tyler Heineman and OSU’s Tyler Smith, 8th and 9th nationally in batting average respectively with .432 and .431. Smith has been in a sort of slump over the last six nonconference games, batting only .333 (7 for 21) over that period. But his conference BA is .457. UCLA’s Beau Amaral, the Pac-12 player of the week, who went 9-for-18 (.500) with two triples, one double, six RBIs, and seven runs in UCLA’s four games against top-25 ranked teams last week, posting a .778 slugging percentage. Amaral is currently sitting on an 18-game hitting streak.
  • Stanford, because of some very good preseason OOC victories, is still ranked in the upper reaches of most polls--between 8th and 19th with an average of 13th. But in Pac-12 play, they look mediocre. After unimpressive 2-1 series victories over USC and UW, and getting swept by Arizona and nearly swept at home by Oregon, the Cardinal find themselves at 5-7 in conference and will face a reinvigorated ASU (9-6). Stanford will have to sweep the Devils to get over the .500 mark in conference for the first time since their opening series against the Trojans--the first week of conference play. The Devils meanwhile have posted back-to-back conference sweeps of OSU and USC and are looking to diminish yet another postseason hopeful’s prospects.
  • Arizona (10-5) heads to Seattle to take on the Huskies (5-7). UW has one series victory so far, a home 2-1 affair over Oregon, along with three solo wins over Cal, OSU, and Stanford. So the Huskies don’t roll over for anyone. Arizona has played extremely well so far, but they’ve also suffered some head-scratching losses (Utah, Utah Valley, New Mexico State, North Dakota State). UW may have enough mojo for a victory...or two.
  • Wazzu (5-6) travels to Eugene to battle the Ducks (10-5). Oregon is riding high after winning its fourth series, a road victory over Stanford. And Alex Keudell has nabbed Pac-12 pitching honors for a second week in a row. Pitching is this team’s obvious strength, and they probably have enough to keep Wazzu’s sometimes powerful bats in check. But they would do well not to overlook a PNW foe with a habit of upsetting favored teams.
  • Utah (5-10) visits Cal (4-8) in a battle to get out of and stay out of the cellar. It is ironic that Utah has more conference victories than Cal, a CWS participant last year. It will take a sweep for the Golden Bears to reverse that this weekend.
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