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Matt_bob123

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Looking at 3 seed UCSB Gauchos - 39-18 50th RPI, won 8 straight, .288 team Batting average and 3.86 ERA, by comparison, OSU is .281 Batting average and 4.27 ERA. They'll run 82 stolen bases on 106 attempts, but for a west coast team, they have surprising power in the lineup, 61 home runs, with 447 strikeouts.

UCSB has some great starting pitching RHP Michael McGreevy 9-1, 95.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 102 hits, 109K, 10.25K/9, only 10BB, .273 BAA. McGreevy is an elite prospect 20th overall in the upcoming draft because he has ++ control. He's not going to walk us, and for a team that struggles with striking out UCSB is a staff that lives by the strikeout, but he does seem to allow hits and base runners. The goal should be to make him pitch in high emotion situations, those innings with RISP can drain a pitcher's energy. Given how we struggled with TCU's lefties, they could also turn to a top200 prospect in LHP Boone, 10-4, 90 IP, 2.2 ERA, 48 hits, 37 BB, 117K, 11.7k/9 .157BAA. When he does give up a walk, we gotta burn him on that.

Out of the pen: their main guy is LHP Carter Benbrook, 23 App, 7-1, 2.82 ERA, 51 IP, 48 H, 19 BB, 61K, 10,76 K/9. Their third starter is RHP Lewis, 6-4, 72IP, 3.63 ERA, will be tough if someone ends up matched with them in an elimination game.

Offensively, the top of their lineup can hit, Sprinkle, Cummings, Rodriguez, Castanon are all above .333, the LF and 5 hole is Mortenson, .284 Batting average but 15 HRs, they seem to sub him out late in the game for defensive substitutions. Their lineup as a whole only has 3 regular left-hand bats, certainly a matchup factor that Josh and Rob will consider. So that should lock Justin Campbell into that opening round start.

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Looking at 4 seed Grand Canyon, 39-19, 98 RPI, won 3 straight, WAC Tourney title, .290 Batting average, 3.85 ERA, 47 HR, 60 stolen bases on 83 attempts, only 366 strikeouts as a team (by comparison OSU has 526). Grand Canyon went 1-1 vs Arizona in midweek games, and 0-2-1 against us.

Offensively the Lobos don't have anyone that jumps off the page with overwhelming power numbers, several guys with 6-8 home runs and .320 batting averages or better. Their best hitter on paper is freshman Elijah Buries, .365 BA, 62 H, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 29k, 18bb, 13 SB.

Pitching wise: the headline is RHP Pierson Ohl 10-1 2.36 ERA, 7 complete games, he is a crafty right-hander and his talent means that Arizona can't overlook the Lopes, and will have to throw good pitching. Their #2 is Freshman Carter Young 7-1, 2.69 ERA, 67 IP, 67 hits, 26 BB, 56K, .262 BAA (In action against the Cowboys he threw in the tie game for 2.2 IP, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 5, and prevented us from getting that W). The longest outing he's had was 7.0 IP in a run-rule shutout game against Dixie State, but he has struggled in his last two starts. He's a solid matchup if we face them in Game 2 whether it's the winners or loser's bracket.

Their pitching staff seems to be almost exclusively right-hand pitchers. Their closer is RHP Frankie Scalzo, 12 Saves, 28 IP, 2.25 ERA, 30K, 13BB, .194 BAA. But they also have solid setup men: Nick Hull 1.56 ERA, 24 App, 34.2 IP, .194 BAA, Coen Wynne 2.25 ERA, 21 App, 35.1 IP, .244 BAA.

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5 Overall Seed Arizona. 40-15, 9 RPI, 27-7 at home, .325 batting average, 4.45 ERA. .427 OBP, .502 slugging. 58 HR, only 27 stolen bases.

Offensively, they don't run, but this lineup can hit. 5 guys hitting better than .340. Their power comes exclusively from Jacob Berry 15 HR, and Daniel Susac 12 HR, 8 guys with OBP above 400. You gotta stay on your game with every pitch because there are no holes in their lineup.

Defensively, Arizona seems to have a weakness up the middle, they've only turned 34 double plays (by comparison OSU has 84) and the second baseman has 16 errors.

Arizona on paper has the deepest starting pitching, but their bullpen tends to give up earned runs. At the back end, their closer is RHP Vannelle, 2.83 ERA, 7 saves, 5-2, 22 App, 28.2 IP, 29H, 36K, 10BB, .167 BAA.

As far as starters: their ace appears to be RHP Murphy, 6-0, 3.79 ERA, 57 IP, 59H, 58K, 24bb, .267 BAA, before he was in the lead starter role they used RHP Silseth, on Fridays, 5.29 ERA, 8-1 83.1IP, 90H, 24bb, 89K, .269 BAA, but 11 Wild pitches. LHP Irvin, 3.93 ERA, 5-2, 75.2 IP, 79h, 33bb, 61K, .262 BAA is a strong likelihood to start. RHP Smith 4.81 ERA, RHP Nichols 5.33 ERA, LHP Riley 5.88 ERA & LHP Abshier 3.00 ERA seem likely candidates out of the pen.

There's probably a better breakdown to Arizona to be made once we see what strategy they intend to use with their pitching against Grand Canyon. The big takeaway from looking at them seems to be that they have the offense to carry them to Omaha, especially if our bullpen struggles continue.
 
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Looking at 3 seed UCSB Gauchos - 39-18 50th RPI, won 8 straight, .288 team Batting average and 3.86 ERA, by comparison, OSU is .281 Batting average and 4.27 ERA. They'll run 82 stolen bases on 106 attempts, but for a west coast team, they have surprising power in the lineup, 61 home runs, with 447 strikeouts.

UCSB has some great starting pitching RHP Michael McGreevy 9-1, 95.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 102 hits, 109K, 10.25K/9, only 10BB, .273 BAA. McGreevy is an elite prospect 20th overall in the upcoming draft because he has ++ control. He's not going to walk us, and for a team that struggles with striking out UCSB is a staff that lives by the strikeout, but he does seem to allow hits and base runners. The goal should be to make him pitch in high emotion situations, those innings with RISP can drain a pitcher's energy. Given how we struggled with TCU's lefties, they could also turn to a top200 prospect in LHP Boone, 10-4, 90 IP, 2.2 ERA, 48 hits, 37 BB, 117K, 11.7k/9 .157BAA. When he does give up a walk, we gotta burn him on that.

Out of the pen: their main guy is LHP Carter Benbrook, 23 App, 7-1, 2.82 ERA, 51 IP, 48 H, 19 BB, 61K, 10,76 K/9. Their third starter is RHP Lewis, 6-4, 72IP, 3.63 ERA, will be tough if someone ends up matched with them in an elimination game.

Offensively, the top of their lineup can hit, Sprinkle, Cummings, Rodriguez, Castanon are all above .333, the LF and 5 hole is Mortenson, .284 Batting average but 15 HRs, they seem to sub him out late in the game for defensive substitutions. Their lineup as a whole only has 3 regular left-hand bats, certainly a matchup factor that Josh and Rob will consider. So that should lock Justin Campbell into that opening round start.

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Looking at 4 seed Grand Canyon, 39-19, 98 RPI, won 3 straight, WAC Tourney title, .290 Batting average, 3.85 ERA, 47 HR, 60 stolen bases on 83 attempts, only 366 strikeouts as a team (by comparison OSU has 526). Grand Canyon went 1-1 vs Arizona in midweek games, and 0-2-1 against us.

Offensively the Lobos don't have anyone that jumps off the page with overwhelming power numbers, several guys with 6-8 home runs and .320 batting averages or better. Their best hitter on paper is freshman Elijah Buries, .365 BA, 62 H, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 29k, 18bb, 13 SB.

Pitching wise: the headline is RHP Pierson Ohl 10-1 2.36 ERA, 7 complete games, he is a crafty right-hander and his talent means that Arizona can't overlook the Lopes, and will have to throw good pitching. Their #2 is Freshman Carter Young 7-1, 2.69 ERA, 67 IP, 67 hits, 26 BB, 56K, .262 BAA (In action against the Cowboys he threw in the tie game for 2.2 IP, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 5, and prevented us from getting that W). The longest outing he's had was 7.0 IP in a run-rule shutout game against Dixie State, but he has struggled in his last two starts. He's a solid matchup if we face them in Game 2 whether it's the winners or loser's bracket.

Their pitching staff seems to be almost exclusively right-hand pitchers. Their closer is RHP Frankie Scalzo, 12 Saves, 28 IP, 2.25 ERA, 30K, 13BB, .194 BAA. But they also have solid setup men: Nick Hull 1.56 ERA, 24 App, 34.2 IP, .194 BAA, Coen Wynne 2.25 ERA, 21 App, 35.1 IP, .244 BAA.

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5 Overall Seed Arizona. 40-15, 9 RPI, 27-7 at home, .325 batting average, 4.45 ERA. .427 OBP, .502 slugging. 58 HR, only 27 stolen bases.

Offensively, they don't run, but this lineup can hit. 5 guys hitting better than .340. Their power comes exclusively from Jacob Berry 15 HR, and Daniel Susac 12 HR, 8 guys with OBP above 400. You gotta stay on your game with every pitch because there are no holes in their lineup.

Defensively, Arizona seems to have a weakness up the middle, they've only turned 34 double plays (by comparison OSU has 84) and the second baseman has 16 errors.

Arizona on paper has the deepest starting pitching, but their bullpen tends to give up earned runs. At the back end, their closer is RHP Vannelle, 2.83 ERA, 7 saves, 5-2, 22 App, 28.2 IP, 29H, 36K, 10BB, .167 BAA.

As far as starters: their ace appears to be RHP Murphy, 6-0, 3.79 ERA, 57 IP, 59H, 58K, 24bb, .267 BAA, before he was in the lead starter role they used RHP Silseth, on Fridays, 5.29 ERA, 8-1 83.1IP, 90H, 24bb, 89K, .269 BAA, but 11 Wild pitches. LHP Irvin, 3.93 ERA, 5-2, 75.2 IP, 79h, 33bb, 61K, .262 BAA is a strong likelihood to start. RHP Smith 4.81 ERA, RHP Nichols 5.33 ERA, LHP Riley 5.88 ERA & LHP Abshier 3.00 ERA seem likely candidates out of the pen.

There's probably a better breakdown to Arizona to be made once we see what strategy they intend to use with their pitching against Grand Canyon. The big takeaway from looking at them seems to be that they have the offense to carry them to Omaha, especially if our bullpen struggles continue.
FYI........GCU’s mascot is an antelope or ‘lopes’ for short. Not lobos........like U of New Mexico.
 
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Minor rematch of the world series bracket back in...2015? Played both UCSB and Arizona in the same bracket. Huge pitching duels
 

Matt_bob123

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One factor, I didn't initially consider was Hi Corbett Field, where Arizona plays. Every ballpark has its quirks, but this one seems to take the cake. Starting with the dimensions, if you thought Bricktown had holes in the outfield, Hi Corbett is 366 down the LF line, 410 to LC, only 392 to CF, 405 RC, and 349 down the RF line.

We're going to need every bit of our outfield speed to cover that, luckily that's not a department where we are lacking, but it might merit consideration of Sifrit in LF over Carson.

Perhaps most confusing by modern construction standards the field is oriented so that the sun sets behind the pitcher, so the batter is staring into the sun. That could be a huge factor in the second game of the day.

The field used to be the spring training facility for the Rockies so luckily Matt Holliday should have a notebook of every nuance the Rockies came up with for dealing with Hi Corbett Field. If it looks familiar, it used to be the Indians' spring training facility in the 80s so it's where Major League's spring training scenes were shot. Hopefully, we don't look like Pedro Cerano out there on curveballs.
 
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One factor, I didn't initially consider was Hi Corbett Field, where Arizona plays. Every ballpark has its quirks, but this one seems to take the cake. Starting with the dimensions, if you thought Bricktown had holes in the outfield, Hi Corbett is 366 down the LF line, 410 to LC, only 392 to CF, 405 RC, and 349 down the RF line.

We're going to need every bit of our outfield speed to cover that, luckily that's not a department where we are lacking, but it might merit consideration of Sifrit in LF over Carson.

Perhaps most confusing by modern construction standards the field is oriented so that the sun sets behind the pitcher, so the batter is staring into the sun. That could be a huge factor in the second game of the day.

The field used to be the spring training facility for the Rockies so luckily Matt Holliday should have a notebook of every nuance the Rockies came up with for dealing with Hi Corbett Field. If it looks familiar, it used to be the Indians' spring training facility in the 80s so it's where Major League's spring training scenes were shot. Hopefully, we don't look like Pedro Cerano out there on curveballs.
I played Left field in that park back in the late 90's. I remember telling the center fielder were going to need 4 outfielders to cover. Of all the fields in the Phoenix and Tucson area this was the hardest to cover.
 
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No I played in the men’s senior baseball league. They play their national tourney in Arizona every fall. Most all games are played in mlb parks in Phoenix. For some reason we had to play one game in Tucson.
 
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osufan4life, you played for the Arizona Wildcats, or in pro ball when they held spring training and minor league games there?
Cannot speak for him, but I have played there. Went to fantasy Spring Training with Rockies in 1996. A week in Hi Corbett playing with old rich guys (not me, I won a hitting contest put on by Dave Logan and Scott Hastings of KOA radio). Was pretty cool to say the least. Men's Sr. Baseball League has also allowed me to play in Hohokam (Cubs' spring training at the time, now the A's), Tempe Diablo (Angel's spring training field), Maryvale (Brewers where I hit a double off of Oil Can Boyd), and Peoria Stadium (Mariners and Padres). Have played several games at Grand Canyon University as well. A lot of great facilities in Arizona.
 
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No I played in the men’s senior baseball league. They play their national tourney in Arizona every fall. Most all games are played in mlb parks in Phoenix. For some reason we had to play one game in Tucson.
Great organization for people looking to keep playing as they get older. I once played a game against a team from Iowa that was made up of the extras from Field of Dreams.

Fun fact. MSBL is founded by the father of Jamie Lynn Sigler, aka Meadow Soprano from the old HBO mob show.
 
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Great organization for people looking to keep playing as they get older. I once played a game against a team from Iowa that was made up of the extras from Field of Dreams.

Fun fact. MSBL is founded by the father of Jamie Lynn Sigler, aka Meadow Soprano from the old HBO mob show.
Good to know, thanks. Been playing in the league since 94 and still playing now. Hopping to make it back to Phoenix again this year. When I started you had to wait till your 30 to play. Now the league starts at 18. That was 12 years of playing softball while somewhat fun, was not really my game.
 
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Good to know, thanks. Been playing in the league since 94 and still playing now. Hopping to make it back to Phoenix again this year. When I started you had to wait till your 30 to play. Now the league starts at 18. That was 12 years of playing softball while somewhat fun, was not really my game.
Good to hear you are still playing. I hung up my cleats six years ago. My first year was also 94 when I turned 31. Last time in Phoenix was 2008. Different league here in Dallas compared to Northern Colorado. Up there the games were all on Sunday with the exception of an occasional mid-week game under the lights. Down here there are not enough fields for all the teams looking to play and kids get first dibs, so I have played games that do not get over until after 2:00 AM and the games can take almost two hours to get to. Figured it was time to move on.
 
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Another fun fact. 2003 Russia sent their Olympic team to play in the tourney before the olympics. Make no mistake, Baseball was not their sport, but I think they had a lot of fun trying.
I did not know that. I was in Phoenix in 2003 but as you know, there are 3-4 weeks with the different skill/age/bat type levels each week so they may have been in a different division. Hell, even if they were in the same division, if they were not in the same round robin group, I probably would not have seen them. All the times I have been there, the team I was with only made bracket play twice and each of those were one-and-done. I went twice as a pick-up player because local league did not field a team. It was just as fun playing with complete strangers (one team from Arizona and Nevada, the other from KC).
 

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Good to hear you are still playing. I hung up my cleats six years ago. My first year was also 94 when I turned 31. Last time in Phoenix was 2008. Different league here in Dallas compared to Northern Colorado. Up there the games were all on Sunday with the exception of an occasional mid-week game under the lights. Down here there are not enough fields for all the teams looking to play and kids get first dibs, so I have played games that do not get over until after 2:00 AM and the games can take almost two hours to get to. Figured it was time to move on.
Man, I miss playing baseball. I played about 15 years of slow pitch after high school, but it wasn’t the same. All this talk made me think about checking it out, but the DFW league looked like fields were spread out a lot. Then I remembered I tried a batting cage at 75mph a few years ago, and reality sunk in. I’m about 10 years younger than you, but I think I’ve been out of the saddle too long.
 

Matt_bob123

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