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RE: Rice Baseball Spring Intrasquads
(02-14-2018 01:24 PM)RiceOwl Wrote:  
(02-14-2018 01:08 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(02-14-2018 01:04 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Does anyone have insight as to why the OG schedules four games series? To me, when combined with a midweek game, they put too much stress on the staff during the early season.
The 4-game series against quality teams are scheduled precisely to test and stretch the pitching staff early. The OG historically has given every pitcher on the active roster an opportunity early to pitch themselves into the mix. He's been willing to risk losing some early games as he firms up the rotation and bullpen pecking order.
x2 - also seems to schedule stronger teams for SOS and RPI purposes.

That was my thought as well. Given the experience in the WAC and CUSA, it's very important to get quality OOC opponents, and a four-game series essentially gives Rice an extra quality game. In the 1990s, Rice would typically host a couple of four-game tournaments early in the season with quality opposition. That seems to have made way for four game series with the later start to the season.

In the waning years of the SWC - after Arkansas left - they transitioned to four-game conference series... I wonder how much influence coach Graham had on that, and whether the same reasoning as above applied? I know that coaches wanted to maintain roughly the same number of conference games.
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RE: Rice Baseball Spring Intrasquads
Somewhat off-topic, but relevant....the shooting this afternoon was at DiCaprio's high school...

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Yall pray for my high school Stoneman Douglas. Sick world, that was my home for 3 years, crazy to think my brother was in the same building. Count your blessings and tell your loved ones you love them! Praying for all those involved!
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Very sad day. Glad to hear his brother is okay.
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RE: Rice Baseball Spring Intrasquads
In the last intrasquad before Friday's season opener, Silber saw his first action of the Spring, and threw 2 solid innings, with 3 Ks. I suspect he won't be ready to contribute for another week or two. He showed significant improvement throughout Fall Ball, and should be in the middle relief mix this year.

Sarchet continued his hot hitting, this time with a double against former Owl and minor leaguer, John Simms. Chandler, DiCaprio and Cruz each had a couple hits, with Ryan getting yet another double.

Time to Play Ball in earnest.
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