Monday, June 29, 2009

Post College World Series Q&A

The College Baseball Blog was kind enough to do a final Q&A wrapping up the College Baseball Season. We talk about LSU's 2009 run, the Tigers' chances next year, and who will step in the ACC and SEC.

Q: What was the difference for LSU in winning the College World Series?
A: The difference between Texas and LSU was the pitching and the power hitting of the Tigers. They were killing the ball in Omaha and only got shutdown out there by Jungmann in Game 2. Jared Mitchell showed why the Chicago White Sox drafted him in the first round.

Q: Does LSU’s win put the SEC as the #1 conference this year?
A: I thought the victory by LSU just solidified what I was saying throughout the year about how strong the SEC is. They play 10 of the most intense three game series in the country. During any weekend, you can't take a game off as the last place team can beat the best team in the conference.

Q: What will it take for LSU to make it back to the CWS next year?
A: Matty Ott needs to step up his game and step into the starting rotation to replace Louis Coleman in the number 2 spot in the rotation. If he can solidify that spot, LSU will be tough to beat in any weekend series.


The biggest question is who will step into the shoes of Blake Dean, Jared Mitchell, Sean Ochinko, and DJ LeMaheiu who might all leave the program for the minor leagues. It is LSU, they are always able to find someone to fill these holes. Austin Nola is one example of a player that was sitting on the bench for the Tigers and stepped right into the shortstop role about mid-way through the season.

Of course, LSU will need a little luck to get back to Omaha as things need to fall right for any team to make it to Omaha.


Q: Teams from the South and West Coast dominate college baseball, why is that?
A: Money. Teams in the South and on the West Coast tend to put the most money into the program which draws the best recruits. The best recruits bring in winning teams therefore getting bigger attendance figures and more donations for the program to make it even better. It is a viscous cycle.

Q: What specific area of the country would you rate as the best for High School talent?
A: I would say it is Texas, California, and Florida year in and year out. I would put California first with the amount of players from out there on college rosters.

Q: Who are your top teams from the SEC next year?
A: Vanderbilt will be pretty good next year but my early favorite is Florida in the SEC. Ole Miss will be good also.

Q: What about the ACC?
A: I have not been sold on the FSU pitching for the last few years so they are out before we even start. I really think Virginia will be the early favorite to win the conference with UNC (Matt Harvey) and Georgia Tech (Deck McGuire) right on their tails.

Q: What team will make the biggest leap forward?
A: I think in the ACC, NC State will make a big jump as they can't have as bad of a season like the past year. In the SEC, I see Vanderbilt making it back to the top tier of the SEC.

Q: What about the teams that will make the biggest drop?
A: I think Duke and BC are going to drop off in the ACC. Duke lost two big players in Hassan and Freiman while losing Manno to the draft. BC loses both Belfiore and Sanchez among others and really has no power in the offense heading into next season.


The biggest drop in the SEC could come from Arkansas as I was less then impressed with their pitching staff in Omaha and after Kuechel they struggled. He is gone now.

Q: Who is your way too early favorite for 2010 National Champion?
A: I really like Virginia from an ACC perspective and Ole Miss should have a decent squad too. UCLA always has some talent but can they ever put it together to make a real run to the CWS?? Arizona State will again be strong as they always get some great talent.

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2 comments:

  1. Q: Teams from the South and West Coast dominate college baseball, why is that?
    A: Money. Teams in the South and on the West Coast tend to put the most money into the program which draws the best recruits. The best recruits bring in winning teams therefore getting bigger attendance figures and more donations for the program to make it even better. It is a viscous cycle.


    Well, when something does well it's traditionally funded...but I'd say the first and foremost reason why college baseball does so well in the south and west is:

    Weather.

    Same reason why Hockey does very well in the upper midwest and new england. Those kids are lacing up skates in late fall, not throwing the ball around outside in their shorts.

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  2. Good point BCMike. You can baseball 10-11 months out of the year in the South and West. The Big 10 and Big East schools gets 4-5 good baseball months a year.

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