Archive for May, 2009

It’s Hard Out Here For A Buckeye

Don’t look now, but Florida State has unleashed the hounds on poor, unsuspecting Ohio State.  When the score is 32-0 after five innings, it’s probably not your day.  FSU’s Stephen Cardullo, Ohmed Danesh, and Mike Meschke are a combined 14-19 with 13 runs scored and 13 runs batted in.  They currently lead 33-2.

Assuming there’s no more scoring, Ohio State will be eliminated with two losses by a combined score of 57-10.  That’s a rough weekend.  The Seminoles will be the first team to nail down a spot in the Super Regionals.

Update: The final score was 37-6.  Florida State is actually the second team to clinch a Super Regional slot – North Carolina advanced with a 12-1 win over Kansas earlier in the day.

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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Game-By-Game Results

I’ve looked all over the Internet for Stephen Strasburg’s 2009 game-by-game results and can’t seem to find them anywhere.  So, rather than be a complete failure, I hit up the San Diego State baseball web site, went through the game logs, and did it myself.  I had two things that I wanted to find: pitch counts and rest between starts.  The latter is a piece of cake (he averaged six days in between starts, never with less than five), but none of the box scores had pitch counts.  It did have attendance for 12 of his 15 start, however, so that was kind of interesting (he averaged about 2,060 spectators per start).

The damage for Strasburg so far this season: 13-1 (with one no-decision), 1.32 ERA, 195 SO, 19 BB, 109 IP, 65 H, 17 R, 16 ER, 11 WP, 1 BK, 3 HBP, 0.77 WHIP.  Whether he makes another appearance depends on his teammates.  The way I understand it, the Aztecs play top-seeded UC Irvine in the loser’s bracket this afteroon, with the winner advancing to face Virginia tonight.  If that team beats Virginia, a deciding game will be played tomorrow.

The full game-by-game results are below.

February 20 vs. Bethune-Cookman (W, 1-0)
5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP (Attendance: 950)

February 26 vs. Nevada (W, 2-0)
6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 16 SO (Attendance: 1167)

March 5 @ San Diego (W, 3-0)
8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 18 SO, 1 WP (Attendance: 1117)

March 13 vs. UNLV (W, 4-0)
7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 14 SO, 1 WP, 1 BK (Attendance: 2102)

March 20 vs. Brigham Young (No Decision)
7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 15 SO (Attendance: 2032)

March 27 vs. TCU (W, 5-0)
8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 14 SO (Attendance: 2786)

April 3 vs. UC Davis (W, 6-0)
6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP (Attendance: NA)

April 9 @ UNLV (W, 7-0)
6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 13 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: 1073)

April 17 vs. New Mexico (W, 8-0)
9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 SO (Attendance: 3908)

April 24 vs. TCU (W, 9-0)
7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 14 SO, 1 WP (Attendance: 3072)

May 1 @ Santa Clara (W, 10-0)
8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 SO, 1 HBP (Attendance: 1496)

May 8 vs. Air Force (W, 11-0)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 17 SO (Attendance: 3337)

May 14 @ Utah (W, 12-0)
7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: 1685)

May 20 vs. New Mexico (W, 13-0)
7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO (Attendance: NA)

May 29 vs. Virginia (L, 13-1)
7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 15 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: NA)

Call Me Crazy, But 169 Pitches Seems A Bit Excessive

After Stephen Strasburg lost San Diego State’s postseason opener on Friday night, Tony Gwynn was asked if he would be available to pitch Monday on two days rest if the Aztecs won on Saturday.  His response?

“Rather than look ahead until Monday, let’s look ahead to [Saturday].”

I take that to mean that Gwynn will be careful with his stud righthander.  If only such restraint were in the DNA of University of Texas coach Augie Garrido.  Garrido is successful, with eleven straight NCAA tournament appearances, five College World Series appearances, and two national titles in his thirteen seasons at the school, but the way he handled one of his pitchers on Saturday evening against Boston College is insane.

Austin Wood, a senior who Baseball Prospectus has called the Longhorns best draft prospect, came on in relief in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game.  He pitched 13 innings (12.1 without allowing a hit), walking four and striking out fourteen.  He threw 169 pitches.  That’s one hundred and sixty-nine pitches.

You know how they often send important game-related artifacts to the Hall of Fame for display?  I’m pretty sure Wood’s actual arm is on it’s way to Cooperstown as we speak.

It’s been almost twelve years to the day since a major leaguer has reached that number, and then it was a knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, who threw 169 pitches in a 2-1 win over Milwaukee on June 5, 1997.  If a manager allows a pitcher to go even as deep as 150 pitches in this day and age, he finds himself the subject of widespread ridicule and scorn.  It happens in college, however, and the big story is that he struck out a bunch of guys and didn’t allow a hit for a long time.  There’s something confusing about that.

If nothing else, perhaps it explains why Huston Street is the only Texas pitcher to achieve reasonable major league success during Garrido’s tenure.

(Thanks to Brian Foley from The College Baseball Blog for the heads-up about the game.)

Update: Holy cow – this wasn’t Wood’s only outing of the weekend.  On Friday, he went two innings and threw thirty pitches against Army.  That’s 15 innings and 199 pitches in about 24 hours.  I hope it was worth it.  And for the record, Boston College closer Mike Belfiore also saw a ton of action, pitching an inning on Friday and 9 2/3 more on Saturday.  Not sure if he got into the elimination game against Army today.

Proof That God Is Not A Fan Of Independent Baseball

On Monday evening, the Manchester-based New Hampshire Fisher Cats played in front of 7,057 fans.  It was Memorial Day, and it was beautiful – my wife opened every single window in our apartment while doing some spring cleaning.

On Tuesday evening, the Fisher Cats welcomed the Portland Sea Dogs to town.  Always a good draw, the Sea Dogs on this occasion brought a little something extra – rehabbing Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz (now known in the local media as “future Hall of Famer John Smoltz”; it’s weird that his candidacy was cemented by the fact that he made a rehab start in New Hampshire).  Nearly 9,000 fans – more than last year’s Eastern League All-Star Game – turned out on another bee-yoo-ti-full night for baseball.

On Thursday evening, the American Defenders of New Hampshire (nee Nashua Pride) were scheduled to play their Can-Am League season opener at Holman Stadium.  It rained all morning, into the early afternoon, and when I stopped by the box office just after three o’clock to buy tickets, was told that the game had been postponed.  It continued raining into today, until just an hour or two before game time.  If the pushed-back opener was played this evening, surely the weather was bad just long enough to convince scores of potential fans that it was NOT a beautiful night for a ballgame.

A doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow starting at four o’clock.  It’s probably going to snow.

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 8 updates

Even baring a likeness of our fearless leader doesn’t stop problems from happening in the land of bobbleheads.  Seems the W. Virginia Power’s version of Barack Obama in a basketball jersey scheduled to be given out on 5/30 has been held up at customs.  The team is providing vouchers so that fans can pick them up when they finally arrive.

Also, the Tim Lincecum bobblehead that the Connecticut Defenders are distributing on 5/30 will bear him in a SF Giants jersey since he never played for the Eastern League affiliate.  PS.  I will be at this one so come over and say hello.

Now Batting For The Baltimore Orioles…

As Extra P told us yesterday in the latest installment of his award-winning Z-Meter, Matt Wieters is now a Baltimore Oriole.  He was called up earlier this week and will make his major league debut tomorrow, Friday, against the Detroit Tigers.  Birds Watcher is PUMPED about this.

I could tell you all about his stats last year, when he was Baseball America’s Player of the Year, or how he was rated as the number one prospect in all of baseball by that same publication, but you know all that already.  What don’t you know about?

How about Matt Wieters Facts?

Praise Jesus for Google, is all I can say, because that’s what led me to this magnificent corner of the web.  Some may accuse this site of basically ripping off the “Chuck Norris Facts” phenomenom, and while the concept is the same, some of the content is amazingly, extraordinarily different.

  • Matt Wieters Went The Wrong Way After Bunting, Ran 26,000 Miles, And Beat The Throw To First.
  • Matt Wieters Broke A Bat Last Night. Nobody Knows What Happened To The Ball.
  • Matt Wieters Hit A Homerun Into McCovey Cove In San Francisco. From New York.

That’s just a taste.  Oh, and they’ve also created his Hall of Fame postcard:

matt-wieters-hof-postcard

You have no idea how tempted I am to buy one of these.

Fill Out Your Omaha Brackets – NOW!

BAbracketsI love brackets.

Obviously, the best time for brackets is March, when college basketball puts on its easily-graphed single-elimination tournament. But Baseball America has put together a pretty decent bracket contest for college baseball’s difficult-to-graph, round-robin/best of three/double elimination June contest.

Since the College World Series is starting very, very soon, head on over to BA and join up. Your guess about who wins is as good as mine.

[Baseball America – College Baseball Bracket Challenge]