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4/9/2011 11:36:19 AM
Topic:
What was Friday's biggest surprise?

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
OpihiMan wrote:
How about the pre-season heralded Ducks dropping to 0-4 in Pac-10 play at the hands of....Washington


...in Eugene.
...in 14 innings.
4/9/2011 2:53:04 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Another two-out scoring rally for the Beavs. Now tied 2-2....
4/9/2011 4:48:19 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Wow, Mitch Lambson loads the bases and walks in the winning run.
4/9/2011 8:01:09 PM
Topic:
NCAA PROJECTIONS: Our latest 64 (4/6 -- ASK Q's)

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Bob, the Ducks suck-a-truck this year. I was surprised to see them go from 14 wins in year one to 40-plus in year two, but last year is looking more like an exception blip in their five-year plan to become respectable. They're currently having trouble with the Huskies, at home. I am finding it harder to think they'll make it higher than 7th in the conference standings this year.

The last five teams in the projections are Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Southern, N.C. State and Western Kentucky. The last five teams out of the projections are Southeastern Louisiana, East Tennessee State, Florida International, College of Charleston and Louisiana-Lafayette.


So only four Pac-10 teams made this list, and that did not include Arizona State or UCLA. As most people are now saying the ASU appeal ruling won't take place before this postseason selection process, it's fairly safe to assume ASU will make it this year and suffer sanctions next year. And with UCLA sitting at the top (for now) of the conference standings, I would expect them both to be in these regional projections next week.
4/9/2011 9:33:43 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day two:

Oregon State 7, Arizona State 6: The Beavers notch another come-from-behind win, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth. The Devils took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd on an Andy Workman 2-run homer. The Beavers tied it 2-2 in the bottom half, but ASU scored four runs in the 5th on 3 hits, one a three-run homer by Deven Marero. Down 6-2, the Beavers scored three in the 7th on four hits, and scored another run in the bottom of the 8th. Tied at 6 in the 9th, the Beavers put runners at the corners with one out. Closer Mitchell Lambson had started to pitch to catcher Parker Berberet, who bunt fouled in a safety squeeze attempt, then intentionally walked Berberet when it appeared the bunt was off. With the bases loaded, Lambson, who had a strikeout-to-walk ratio in excess of 7:1 coming in to today's game, walked outfielder Brian Stamps on four straight pitches. The Beavers outhit the Devils 14 to 6. Freshman right-hander Scott Schultz (2-0) pitched five full innings in relief for the win, yielding 2 hits and 2 runs. Lambson took the loss for ASU. Oregon State will go for the sweep tomorrow, which would be OSU's first ever against Arizona State, and would be the first Pac-10 sweep against the Sun Devils since 1999.

Oregon State leads series 2-0.

Cal at Arizona: Rained out. Really? They had mid-90s at night last week against the Beavers and they get rained out today? Double-header scheduled for Sunday, with the first game at 10:30am.

Arizona leads series 1-0.

UCLA 10, Washington State 3: Right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched his second complete game of the season, striking out 15 batters and walking two. Washington State tied the game 3-3, with a two-run 6th, but UCLA broke it open with a four-run 7th inning before adding three runs in the top of the 9th. The Bruins secured their first series victory at Washington State since 2005.

UCLA leads series 2-0.

USC 3, Stanford 1: Florida State transfer Austin Wood (from Niceville, FL) pitched eight full innings to beat Stanford, limiting the Cardinal to six singles and a double. Jordan Pries (4-2) took the loss.

Series tied 1-1.

Washington 3, Oregon 0 (10 innings): Oregon's scoring woes continue. Neither team could scratch a run in the game during regulation. With one out in the 10th and runners at the corners (through an error and a fielder's choice), reliever Scott McGough hit the next batter to load the bases. A safety squeeze scored the first run of the game. After a passed ball scored another run and with two out, McGough intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases again, but Troy Scott singled in the third run of the game to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Both teams finished with five hits and one error. Five of the Huskies' last eleven games have been extra-inning games. Oregon is now 0-5 in conference.

Washington leads series 2-0.
4/10/2011 5:37:14 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Just one game left to finish, but I can tell you already that this is going to be among the lowest scoring weekends overall we've had since I've been doing these predictions. UW, USC, and OSU winning the series as they did and defying thee majority of voters means some really low scores. If you have been sitting on the fence and not participating in these predictions, you could jump in next week and not have your score adversely affected by this horrible weekend like most of the people who did participate this weekend. (Hint: Lute, Thor, Hammer....)
4/10/2011 6:00:44 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day three:

Oregon State 9, Arizona State 6: The Beavers looked in trouble in the first when starter Ben Wetzler showed control problems. After striking out the leadoff man, Wetzler walked the second batter, hit the next, uncorked a wild pitch, and gave up an RBI single. But James Nygren came in and finished the inning. The Beavers scored two in the bottom half, but the Devils scored three more in the 2nd all via a double by Riccio Torrez. The Beavers came back again with two more in the bottom half, highlighted by Ryan Dunn's leadoff solo homer. Deven Marrero returned the leadoff homer favor in the top of the 3rd to take the lead again, 5-4. The Beavers tacked on three more in the bottom of the 3rd, thanks again to Ryan Dunn, who hit a 2 RBI double. Oregon State added single runs in the 6th and 7th innings. ASU added one in the 8th for the final score. First time Arizona State has been swept in conference play since 1999, and first time ever the Beavers have swept ASU.


Oregon State sweeps, 3-0.


Arizona 10, Cal 8 (Game 1): The Wildcats led the whole game, by 9-4 by the end of six. The Golden Bears made it close by scoring four in the 8th , but Arizona tackd on an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th. and that was all. The teams combined for 18 runs and 34 hits. Justin Jones (who needs a haircut badly, if you are looking for a good cause to donate to) took the loss for Cal. UA's Kyle Simon got the win.


Cal 17 , Arizona 7 (Game 2): Cal makes up for a frustrating weekend with three BIG innings of 4, 5, and 6 runs, plus a medium-sized inning of only 2 runs, and blast the Cats. If you like offense, the two games in Tucson today featured a total of 42 runs and 65 hits.


Arizona wins series, 2-1.


Washington State 3, UCLA 2: The Cougars avoid a sweep in dramatic last minute fashion. Trailing 2-0 entering the 9th, the first two Cougar batters singled. With one out, Taylor Ard single both runners home to tie the game. With two out and nobody on, Derek Jones tripled to center. UCLA intentionally walked senior Matt Argyropoulos to get to freshman Jason Monda, who spoiled their plans by singling to center and plating the winning run.


UCLA wins series, 2-1.


USC, Stanford: USC punches an upset series win against a Stanford team with national title hopes. The Trojans jumped to a 4-0 lead after three and added two more in the 6th. The Cardinal finally got on the board in the 8th, scoring two, but it was too litle too late. USC's Logan Odom (from Central Point, OR) pitched 7 innings for the win. Ricky Oropesa again led the Trojans, going 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs.


USC wins series, 2-1.


Oregon 9, Washington 0: The Ducks dig deep into their equipment bag and find some baseball bats just in time to avoid being swept at home by the weakest team in the conference. Oregon knocked 12 hits en route to a shutout. Danny pulfer led the Ducks, going 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Alex Keudell got the win for Oregon, the Ducks' first in conference play.


Washington wins series, 2-1.
4/10/2011 6:29:12 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 8 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Okay, some analysis.

This was one of the worst weekends in terms of voters picking the right winners and number of games. Remember, the max you can get on a series is 6 for a correctly predicted sweep or 4 for a correctly predicted 2-1 series win. Average scores above 3 indicate voters were pretty good in their predictions; in the 2-something range, they were evenly divided or the series was close; anything below 2.00 indicates an upset (or that voters were way off). So here's how the average scores went for each series this week:

ASU at OSU: 1.86
Cal at Ariz: 3.43
UCLA at WSU: 3.00
Stan at USC: 1.50
UW at Ore: 1.64

Only Arizona and UCLA were "winners" for the majority of voters. Oregon State, Washington, and most of all USC were huge losses for the "average" voter.

It is probably not surprising to most of you that, when voting in such predictions, people tend to favor their team, and therefore, when their team does well, their scores are higher on average. Contrarily, when their team does poorly, their scores typically suffer. With that in mind, here are the results for Week 8:

  • 15 Beaver1Bob
  • 14 opihi man
  • 14 SouthernBeaver
  • 13 BeaverQuist
  • 13 Dodger Matt
  • 13 OregonStateChris
  • 12 Florida Beaver
  • 11 CaughtBySparky
  • 10 2Bulldogs
  • 10 ASU74
  • 10 CdinSV
  • 10 pissproblem
  • 9 cas77
  • 6 WildCard2
The interesting thing here is that the top seven people on this list are the seven Beaver fans who participated this week. (Yes, we are still Oregon State heavy, but there have been a lot of Devil fans playing too, in the past.)
4/12/2011 3:44:29 PM
Topic:
Crazy Polls

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
who, I don't have any problem being ranked below ASU right now. If you look at Boyd's ISRs, we're still one slot below them, even though we have more wins, fewer losses, and a 3-0 head-to-head record--because our SOS is quite a bit lower (60 vs, 13). That's what happens when you play four games against Hartford. You'll also notice that Stanford is one slot below us, so this weekend at Sunken Diamond will help both teams, but more so the one who wins. IOW, big opportunity for the Beavs.

As for other polls who moved OSU up only a few slots, one problem I have with them is not where they put "my" team, but how they move teams up or down each week. Winning a series or sweeping a truly good team is only worth "a few slots" for soe of these outfits. That means that if they were clueless about how good Oregon State was last week or the week before (like most of them were), they could only move us so many inches. They don't reassess each week; they just readjust. You hear it all the time: "Well, #5 SooperDooper U got swept by unranked Scrubbs College last week, but that does not mean SooperDooper is not a gret team, so we only dropped them 6 slots."

An eye-opening sweep like Oregon State over Arizona State forced several of these outfits to move the Beavers up as many as ten slots, but that indicates that they were not paying close attention before. No problem, though. They are now.
4/13/2011 9:41:18 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
While not quite as close as last week's games (which yielded one of the lowest composite averages of any week over the last three years), the series this week also look pretty even. We could again see some low scores (in voters' tallies, not necessarily the actual games) and/or some upsets. Numbers are ISRs as of 4/13.

This week's games:
  • OSU (13) at Stan (12)
  • Ariz (32) at UCLA (34)
  • WSU (44) at ASU (10)
  • Ore (70) at USC (78)
  • Cal (17) at UW (171)
The Oregon State series once again sits at the top of the list, this time against Stanford at Sunken Diamond. The Beavers are fresh off a historic sweep of Arizona State and have jumped in all of the national polls about ten slots, hovering around #10 in the most credible polls. They've won their first twwo Pac-10 series, against very good competition, both away and at home. They face their third straight serious test in Palo Alto. The Cardinal is ranked in all the major polls as well, somewhere between 16 and 20, and have a slightly higher ISR. But they dropped two of three against USC on the road last week. Maybe playing at home, where they are 9-1 so far, will provide enough of an edge to take the series.
UCLA and Arizona provide the second best series. No disrespect to USC, UW, and Wazzu, but this looks like UCLA's first difficult conference test. One has to believe Arizona's conference would be equal to or better than the Bruins' had they swapped schedules. As it is, Arizona has single wins against ASU and OSU and a series win over Cal, plus a better overall record (22-11 vs. 17-11).

Wazzu at Arizona State does not appear to be as good a series as it looked before Wazzu dropped their first three conference series, but this one looks like it could be a trap. ASU is expected to come out angry and hungry after dropping three in Corvallis, and nobody expects much from Wazzu, especially on the road. But I have to believe they will turn it around sometime. If not this week, then hopefully two weeks from now.

The third “close” series this week features free-falling Oregon versus rebounding USC. After showing signs of improvement by taking single wins against UCLA and Cal (on the road), USC pulled an upset last week beating the Cardinal twice at home. Oregon was on the verge of being swept in their first two conference series when they discovered they did have bats in their equipment bag on the last game against the Huskies last Sunday. Will the equipment manager bring them to LA this weekend?

Lastly, Cal at UW. Washington showed signs of growth against Oregon last week, and they will be playing at home. But Cal is quite a different team, and Seattle's windy wet weather might not be enough to slow the Bears.


The reminders:

  • Vote for the team you expect to win and whether the results will be 3-0 or 2-1.
  • Pick teams in the exact order posted. This makes it easier for me to tabulate.
  • Use the team abbreviations listed in the sample below. (This means NO to "Furd" "UA" "WASH", etc.)
  • You can change your picks up until first pitch of the first game.
  • There are no prizes. We play for glory.
Points are awarded in the following manner:

Pick . . Result . . Pts.
3-0 . . . 3-0 . . . . . 6
. . . . . . 2-1 . . . . . 3
. . . . . . 1-2 . . . . . 1
. . . . . . 0-3 . . . . . 0

2-1 . . . 3-0 . . . . . 3
. . . . . . 2-1 . . . . . 4
. . . . . . 1-2 . . . . . 2
. . . . . . 0-3 . . . . . 1

A sample poll would look like this:

Stan 2-1
Ariz 2-1
WSU 2-1
Ore 3-0
UW 3-0
4/13/2011 10:51:29 PM
Topic:
Update on Oregon State's Susac and Rodriguez

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
I'm glad they both went for the surgery now. Four to six weeks means they'll still both be available, even if in a limited manner, by season's end. And if the team, who swept ASU without either of them, can continue to play well, the postseason will not be just a regional away and done. That means additional time to recover and work their way into playing more, perhaps right when they are needed most.
4/14/2011 8:19:21 PM
Topic:
PG64: NCAA Postseason Projections (4/14) -HAVE Qs?

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Kendall, this early in the season, when you are really just giving a snapshot of the field if the season ended today, are you actively pairing the 1 to 8 seeds with specific 9 to 16 seeds? Or did Oregon State magically get paired with the Tar Heels?
4/15/2011 10:40:13 AM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Lute31 wrote:
I will pick this week so I can put my $.02 in without being a d-bag.


Lute, glad to see you jump in. And remember, we don't charge anything for voting or for being a d-bag. ;-)
4/15/2011 12:10:00 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Vacillated on a Cal win versus a Cal sweep. Same internal debate on ASU vs. Wazzu.

OSU 2-1
Ariz 2-1
ASU 2-1
USC 2-1
Cal 3-0
4/15/2011 2:50:25 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
There's still time to get your picks in before first pitch, but here is your pick analysis (based on 16 votes).
  • No love for the Evergreen State this week. Both Washington and Washington State are unanimous favorites to lose (16-0).
  • ASU is the top vote-getter, with 12 voting for a sweep of the Cougs. Cal received 6 votes to sweep the Huskies.
  • The third highest vote receiver this week is USC, a 12-4 favorite over the Ducks. No sweeps for either team.
  • The two most tightly contested series are the top two on our list. The Beavers own a 10-6 advantage over Stanford, but there is also a preponderance of OSU fans in this poll, so that will skew the votes somewhat. Stanford received one sweep vote.
  • Right behind is the UA/UCLA series, with UCLA edging the Wildcats by a 9-7 margin, including one sweep.
4/15/2011 6:10:45 PM
Topic:
OSU's Darwin with the Cubs

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/view/22297882/1?mcctag=Darwin%20Barney
4/15/2011 6:29:31 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Quist, under the wire. :-)
4/15/2011 10:03:56 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day one

Oregon State 1, Stanford 0: The Beavers scored the game's only run in the top of the first. Michael Miller, who went 3 for 5, singled to lead off. After three more batters, Miller stood at second and Jared Norris, issued a walk, stood at first, with two outs. Freshman Kavin Keyes, who should be a high school senior this year but who has hit safely in every Pac-10 game Oregon State has played this year, rapped an 0-2 single up the middle to score Miller. Sam Gaviglio (7-1) pitched eight full innings for the win. Mark Appel went 6.2 IP for the loss. Freshman Tony Bryant struck out all three batters he faced in the 9th for the save.


Oregon State leads series 1-0.


Arizona 5, UCLA 4: Gerrit Cole (4-4) gave up five earned runs over 8 innings and lost to the Wildcats. Kurt Heyer (7-1) went 7.1 IP and gave up 4 ERs for the win. Jeff Gelalich led the Bruins at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Arizona CF Joey Rickard went 1 for 4 with 4 RBIs (a ground out and a three-run homer).


Arizona leads series 1-0.


Arizona State 3, Washington State 1: Wazzu southpaw Adam Conley (4-5) did all the pitching for the Cougs, going a full eight innings and yielding only one earned run, but he took the loss after a fielding error by 2B Tommy Richards allowed two unearned runs to score. Derek Jones went 3 for 4 for Wazzu. The Devils had three players with 2 hits apiece, led by DH Xorge Carrillo who went 2 for 3 with ASU's sole RBI.


Arizona State leads series 1-0.


Oregon 4, USC 2: The Trojans scored two unearned runs in the 2nd on a two-out Kevin Swift single. The Ducks tied in the 3rd when Danny Pulfer doubled in two. Oregon took the lead in the 8th on Stefan Sabol's one-out homer and tacked on another in the 9th on Brett Thomas's two-out double. Tyler Anderson pitched 8.1 innings for the Ducks to earn the win.


Oregon leads series 1-0.


Cal 6, Washington 2: This game was scoreless for four innings and tied 1-1 until the 7th when Cal scored two and another three in the eighth. The Huskies scratched a run in the 9th on a single, double, and single. Erik Johnson went 6.2 IP for the win.


Cal leads series 1-0.
4/16/2011 10:52:21 PM
Topic:
Pac-10: Week 9 predictions

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day two

Oregon State 8, Stanford 1: The Beavers struck for two in the 1st and never looked back. They tacked on another run in the 3rd and three more in the 4th before Stanford finally got on the board for the first time this weekend with a single run in the bottom of the 7th. Kavin Keyes, the would-be high school senior DH for the Beavs, got three base hits and two RBIs on the first three pitches he saw. He also walked in his last two appearances for a perfect 1.000 OBP. Light-hitting second baseman Tyler Smith also finished with three hits and an RBI for Oregon State. Josh Osich (5-0) got the win, with Matt Boyd earning his fourth save. Jordan Pries (4-3) took the loss for Stanford.


Oregon State leads series 2-0.


UCLA 4, Arizona 0: Trevor Bauer handcuffed the Wildcats, limiting them to four hits and no runs en route to his seventh win (7-1). Bauer pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts to one walk and one HBP. Bruin catcher Steve Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with one RBI to lead UCLA. Cole Frenzel of North Dakota went 2 for 4, leading the Wildcats.


Series tied 1-1.


Arizona State 8, Washington State 2: Wazzu starter Chad Arnold only lasted 3.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs, and ASU rolled the Cougs again. The Devils broke a 1-1 tie in the 3rd, scoring three, and another three the next inning. The Cougar bullpen limited ASU to 4 hits and 1 run in relief of Arnold, but the Wazzu bats couldn't erase the run deficit.


Arizona State leads series 2-0.


USC 9, Oregon 2: USC's Austin Wood (3-5) went 6.1 innings and gave up one run to earn the win. Oregon's Madison Boer (2-2) pitched 5.2 and gave up three runs for the loss. The Trojans broke the game open in the 8th scoring 6 on two hits and one error. (Side note: If you are listening to the Duck games on the radio, it sounds like there must be a lot of Duck U alums in LA, because the cheering for Oregon seems much louder, even in a losing cause, than the cheering for the Trojans.)


Series tied 1-1.


Cal 8, Washington 2: The Huskies scored in the 1st on a walk, a double, and a single, to take a 2-0 lead, but that's all they could muster over nine. Meanwhile Cal scored five in the 3rd then tacked on two more in the 7th and one in the 9th to take game two. Shaggy-haired Justin Jones (5-2) got the win. Cal second baseman Tony Renda led the Bears at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.


Cal leads series 2-0.
4/17/2011 1:47:50 PM
Topic:
Oregon State vs. Stanford

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Pat Casey is throwing freshman Scott Schultz (2-0, 3-09 ERA) in today's game against the Cardinal. He had some problems last weekend in his first inning in relief of Josh Osich, but settled down and shut down the Sun Devils for the last four innings to get the win. Now he starts for the Beavers against Stanford. Casey is getting great results from his freshmen. Is Schultz ready to start in a Pac-10 road game? Seems like a tough spot to put a kid in, but if he gets it done, it could pay off greatly for Oregon State, this year and next.
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