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4/15/2012 5:35:30 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 9

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Midway Average Totals

Here are your midseason average scores. A couple of things to note:
  • There will be 11 weeks of Pac-12 conference games. You will need to participate in at least 9 of those weeks...maybe 8 if I feel generous.
  • I've already divided the scores into eligible players and those who have disqualified themselves.
wks ttl avg name
3 61.0 20.33 Rowdy
3 59.4 19.80 BeaverBeliever20
4 78.2 19.55 RiverDuck
5 91.2 18.24 ASU74
5 89.8 17.96 FullertonBaseballFan
5 89.4 17.88 MostUnknown
5 88.4 17.68 ConnorOSU
5 86.4 17.28 WildCard85
5 85.8 17.16 Dodger Matt
5 84.6 16.92 Florida Beaver
3 50.6 16.87 cswanson2k7
4 67.4 16.85 borgguy
5 79.4 15.88 BeaverBob
5 77.6 15.52 OpihiMan

Two and Under group
2 33.4 16.70 CaughtBySparky
1 22.0 22.00 TempeJim
1 14.4 14.40 Islander
1 12.0 12.00 WCC1
4/17/2012 1:10:38 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 9

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Riverduck wrote:
Similiar story when you guys faced them the first game. If I remember right, you guys had a similiar situation.

Yes, similar. UAPB threw the same three pitchers at us on Friday as they did the Ducks yesterday. The difference was we faced their ace, Pink Fl-- I mean, Red Floyd, after a regular week of rest, and he went 4 IP. Schweiger and Jones came in for the remaining 4. Against UO, Schweiger started and pitched 5. Then Jones came in, got the lead, then lost it, and Floyd pitched to one batter for the final out. If not for an inning of walks and HBPs by Schweiger, Oregon could have lost to a poor, arm-sore team.
4/17/2012 6:07:03 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
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.
4/17/2012 6:46:23 PM
Topic:
PG 64: The latest projected field (4.17) (ASK Q'S)

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
That's why what Kendall did here is brilliant. We'll see how good Purdue is when they travel to UCLA in a few weeks, but sending OSU there as a #2 paired with Oregon as a #1 sets up a Civil War Super Regional about as nicely as one could hope for.
4/17/2012 6:53:40 PM
Topic:
Facebook/Tweet follow icons -- 4$*%!@* ANNOYING!

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
I used to be able to shrink the width of my browser to hide those things because clicking "Hide" only hides them for that one page. Now for some reason those beaverdam things stay on top even when I do narrow the browser width. Can we please get rid of them entirely? Move them to a permanent position on the main page that doesn't "float" with each page? Or go back to the way they used to behave yesterday so that I don't have to click Hide every time I go to a new PG page?
4/19/2012 12:24:24 AM
Topic:
No Hitter vs Pilots

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Impressive game. Congrats to the freshman. And he pitched like a man, too (meaning he batted for himself). No DH. Don't see that too often.

RD, he walked, grounded out twice, and struck out: 0 for 3. But I give him credit for swinging the lumber WHILE throwing a no-no.
4/19/2012 6:18:27 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Not sure what it says about my team, but I could see them going 3-0 or 0-3 this weekend and not be totally surprised.

OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
UW 2-1
Ore 2-1
Cal 2-1

A note for those interested in competing for the prediction championship. There are a handful of you who have missed three weeks already, and that means you must participate in all the remaining weeks to qualify. BeaverBeliever20 is the last one in this group who still has a chance, and he is near the top of the standings, but cannot miss this weekend. BB20, get yer picks in.

Rowdy, cswanson, borgguy: No more missed weeks for any of you.
4/19/2012 6:23:25 PM
Topic:
National Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
OSU 2-1
Fla 3-0
FSU 2-1
UK 2-1
BU 2-1
4/20/2012 6:00:37 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Pick analysis
  • A little difficult deciding which was the most lopsided this week, but I have to go with Cal over Utah 12/1 with 2 sweeps.
  • The close second is Oregon over Wazzu 11/2 with 4 sweeps.
  • Arizona over UW is third, 10/3 with 2 sweeps.
  • Still in the “decided favorite” category (but not overwhelmingly so), UCLA gets an 8/5 edge over OSU with 1 sweep.
  • And the closest series--by your votes—should be Stanford 7/6 over ASU, with both teams getting 1 sweep vote.
Borg, I cannot but feel somewhat responsible. If only I had kept my Pac-12 baseball interest to myself, Borg would still be paying taxes to support all those government employees sucking at the Beaver State's teat! Alas!

Seriously, though, sorry to hear that. Not a good time to be outa work. (Not that any time is good.) But it should get better as soon as the November election is over.
4/20/2012 6:08:55 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
For Husky and Wildcat fans (do we have any?), or just Pac-12 or college baseball fans in general, UW provides free video of their baseball games, which is very cool. Wish more teams did that. It's a staitc view from behind home plate and poor quality video, but it's free so shut up and enjoy it.

http://www.gohuskies.com/allaccess/?media=%20299588
4/21/2012 12:50:18 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day one

After day one, our three-way tie for first is still a three-way tie.
  • UCLA 4, OSU 0. The conference’s top two hitters (UCLA’s Tyler Heineman and OSU’s Tyler Smith) went 0-3, and the other two offensive players to watch had a hit apiece--Michael Conforto a single (but no RBI) and Beau Amaral a solo homer. Adam Plutko outpitched Ben Wetzler, going 7.2 IP and giving up only two hits. OSU’s bullpen faced 7 batters over 2.1 innings and gave up no hits or runs. UCLA’s Cody Keefer was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
    UCLA leads series 1-0.
  • Stanford 17, ASU 5. ASU led 3-2 after four innings, but the Cardinal scored 3 in the 5th then 4 in each of the last three innings in an explosion of hits and runs, 17 of each.
    Stanford leads series 1-0.
  • Arizona 10, Washington 2. Kurt Heyer tossed his third consecutive complete game and Arizona rapped out 11 base hits. A 6-run 7th inning gave Arizona a 10-0 lead. The Huskies scored their two runs, one earned, in the bottom of the 9th to avoid the shutout.
    Arizona leads series 1-0.
  • Oregon 6, Wazzu 2. Alex Keudell pitched 7 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, and tying a season high with seven strikeouts. Kyle Garlick hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th. The Ducks barely outhit the Cougs, 9-8, the difference being 12 Cougs left on base versus only 4 for the Ducks.
    Oregon leads series 1-0.
  • Cal 9, Utah 2. Cal is officially out of the cellar and in a three-way tie with Stanford and UW for 7th place. Utah is in 11th and likely to remain there. Cal Senior CF Chad Bunting hit two home runs and finished with 5 RBIs. Cal’s Andrew Knapp and Utah’s Shaun Cooper also hit a homer each.
    Cal leads series 1-0.

edited by Dodger Matt on 4/21/2012
edited by Dodger Matt on 4/21/2012
4/21/2012 9:27:42 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Florida Beaver wrote:
So DM,

Is this a precursor or a mistake?
UCLA leads series 2-1.
Dam.
Only one game played so far and we're behind 2-1? Well I think I'll just go home then.


Oops. Dat happens when you do a lot of copying and pasting. At least somebody is reading these things. ;-)
4/21/2012 3:41:05 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Nicest day I've seen on the free Husky video stream.

http://www.gohuskies.com/allaccess/?media=299589
4/21/2012 5:02:43 PM
Topic:
Social Media Sidebar Problem

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Too bad nobody else is annoyed by this "feature" or we might see more complaints....

http://www.perfectgame.org/forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=7670
4/21/2012 6:23:40 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day two
  • OSU 3, UCLA 0. Awesome complete game shutout by FR LHP Jace Fry, who limited the Bruins to 6 hits and struck out 6. In the offensive matchups, UCLA’s Tyler Heineman went 0-3 and Beau Amaral was 1 for 3. OSU’s Tyler Smith was 3 for 4, and Michael Conforto was 1 for 3, but again with no RBIs. Ryan Dunn was the offensive star of the day, going 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, a walk a homer , and an OBP of 1.000.
    Series tied 1-1.
  • Stanford 8, ASU 7. In a much closer game than yesterday’s 12-run shellacking of the Devils, ASU tied this game 2-2 and 3-3 before the Cardinal tacked on 4 runs in the 6th to take a 7-3 lead. ASU came back with 3 in the top of the 7th then tied it for a third time in the 9th, 7-7. .In the bottom of the 9th, the Cardinal got runners at the corners with two out, then Alex Blandino knocked his third hit of the day to score the winning run. Blandino was 3 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs. Stanford again had 17 hits.
    Stanford leads series 2-0.
  • Arizona 4, Washington 1. Washington led for the first four innings 1-0, then Arizona strung together single runs in the 5th and 6th, then two in the 7th to lead UW 4-1. Konner Wade went the distance for Arizona, the second complete game victory for the Cats in a row. Seth Mejias-Brean and Robert Refsnyder both went 2 for 4 for Arizona.
    Arizona leads series 2-0.
  • Wazzu 8, Oregon 3. Wazzu had a 2-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by Jason Monda’s solo two-out homer in the 2nd. But the Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the 3rd on a 2 RBI double by Kyle Garlick. Down by one, the Cougs struck for 6 runs in the top of the 8th, 4 of them on closer Jimmie Sherfy, to take the 8-3 victory and set up the rubber game tomorrow.
    Series tied 1-1.
  • Cal 9, Utah 0. The Golden Bears broke open a 3-0 game with four runs in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 9-0 shutout of the inutile Utes. FR SS Chris Paul led the Bears at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.
    Cal leads series 2-0.
4/21/2012 6:28:05 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Florida Beaver wrote:
Plus I hate that NeuLion format.

I don't like to discourage innovation, which usually comes from trying something different, but the NeuLion and Sidearm apps are nowehere near as good as GameTracker today. I forget what the default app was four or five years ago, but it actually showed pitch placement over the plate with the batter on the correct side of the plate and whatnot. There is definitely room for improvement, but NeuLion and Sidearm are not it yet.
4/22/2012 10:07:44 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
"Player of the Day" Beaver Jace Fry's dominant performance against UCLA, Wazzu's upset of Oregon, and Stanford's impressive wins over ASU highlight Kendall's Saturday review.

BTW, in the postgame interviews yesterday, the interviewers gave Fry multiple chances to admit how awesome he was, and he never took the bait, which I enjoyed. I expect humility from baseball players, especially young ones. Good to see. He did admit that yesterday was probably his best performance ever--based on the quality of his competition, an acknowledgment of UCLA's prowess.
4/22/2012 1:10:26 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
RD or anyone in the Portland area, where do you listen to Duck baseball when 1360 is playing NASCAR? I can't even find that game on an out-of-area internet stream.
4/22/2012 1:18:48 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Ooh. Taylor Ard, three-run homer in the 1st. Wazzu 3-0. Don't know how long Jeff Gold will be on the mound for Oregon. Maybe I missed something: What happened to Tessar?
4/22/2012 5:37:08 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Florida Beaver wrote:
I am still not sold on Child as a starter. He has some of the worst hot/cold flashes. In the same innings. Not good. We'll see what happens though. Onlt the 2nd inning.

I think he's done pretty well. He certainly isn't very flappable.

Recently, I'm becoming less sold on Bryant as a closer. Five singles in the final inning? And they were talking about bringing in Cole Brocker to stop the bleeding? This had the chance to be a much uglier game.
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