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RE: CAA BASEBALL: 2017 Tournament Analysis
Sometimes the gods of baseball say no....we won several games this year in final inning at-bat. Today was one of those "no" days. Had first and second and just one out bottom of 9th...doubleplay. Had bases loaded and one out bottom of 11th...strikeout and popup.

We need one dominating pitcher, a stopper to move this team from good to very good. Team won 32 games this year playing a high-level schedule...coming on top of last season's outstanding championship crew the program is in a pretty good place.

One big unknown for next year: Large is a junior...will he turn pro if his MLB draft is an expected so-so middling round; or will he return for his senior year and look for another huge season to boost his draft status and bonus?
05-26-2017 03:32 PM
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Pitching is a mess. We lose Brown and Powers. We also lose Miconi and Ameer. We had a good overall season this year record wise, but now we're used to a better outcome. I don't get how we went from a great pitching staff to zippy unless it was due to the former head coach and his ability to recruit them.
05-26-2017 03:38 PM
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This year could have been so much different if we still had Gaouette... W&M wouldn't have needed to waste a good starter in Brown at closer and could go straight to Gaouette to finish off the game since the starters went 7+ innings in many games this season.

Badly need to find a closer next year or the same situation is going to arise - the starters will throw 7 good innings and the bullpen will implode and turn a W into a L
05-26-2017 11:07 PM
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I'll look at it differently. You only have three weekend starters and we essentially had four and used Brown as a closer. The problem wasn't that we didn't have a closer, it was that we had ZERO bull pen. It was usually the guys who came in before Brown that blew it. Go look at the statistics on line and you will see that outside of the top four guys it was pretty ugly, and don't get fooled by ERA because inherited runners get dumped on the starters ERA. Look at walks per nine innings, batting average allowed hits per nine innings, BB/K ration. Yikes. The only overpowering pitcher on the entire pitching staff is Raquet and he has control problems. If he has better command this year he will be lights out. Me, personally would have moved him to the closer slot and used the other three on the weekend.
05-27-2017 04:59 AM
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(05-27-2017 04:59 AM)Tribe32 Wrote:  Me, personally would have moved him to the closer slot and used the other three on the weekend.

Except you can't have a closer who has no control. He'd be walking in the tying runs and bring in the losing run by a HBP. As a previous poster stated, no control is why we couldn't use White as closer this year.
05-27-2017 11:17 PM
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Point taken, but he's the only one with closer stuff and had the best K/Inning than the rest of them and even with the walks he is still 2/1 K/BB which isn't horrible. I'll just go back to my sentence saying we had ZERO bull pen.
05-28-2017 05:19 AM
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(05-27-2017 11:17 PM)Zorch Wrote:  
(05-27-2017 04:59 AM)Tribe32 Wrote:  Me, personally would have moved him to the closer slot and used the other three on the weekend.

Except you can't have a closer who has no control. He'd be walking in the tying runs and bring in the losing run by a HBP. As a previous poster stated, no control is why we couldn't use White as closer this year.

White had relatively poor control the prior season, but he also got a good amount of Ks and really didn't get hit that hard. This season, White not only walked a lot of batters, but got hit hard often.

I think Raquet would have been the best choice for closer because he has the best hit and miss stuff. Even though control was an issue at times, especially the latter part of the season (maybe he got worn out a bit), so long as you aren't giving up extra base hits you can get away with walks.
05-28-2017 01:59 PM
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Personally, I want my best guys throwing the most innings. You have to have some kind of bullpen, but step one is getting the lead to the bullpen, and that's a lot harder than holding a lead once it's there.
05-29-2017 09:33 AM
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