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4/23-4/25 (H) Minnesota 3 Game Series


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Friday 5pm 

Saturday 2pm

Sunday 12pm 

Weather- 61 Friday, Rain early on Saturday.. probably have to push the start time back 57, Sunday looks beautiful 63 and partly sunny. 

We were good last weekend, not perfect, but good. Bierman has two straight big time outings. Have to get Brown and Sommer a little fine tuning. Our starters ERAs are 3.32, 2.41, and 2.34. Very, very solid. 

We have not driven the ball consistently.. at all. Richardson has been a major disappointment in that regard, and so has Fucci. Colopy has really came on in recent weeks. KF has played more and more and is looking better and better. Tyler Van Pelt had a big time weekend. 

Hunter Jesse, Grant Macciochi, Jeremy Houston, Sam Murrison, Fucci, Southern... none of them saw action this weekend. We went with Colopy (who is going no where), Van Pelt, Espalin, and Hopkins all 3 games. 

We have 20 games left. 

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Looking at some Minny stats:

One excellent hitter: Raabe hitting .405 4HR 6 2B .500OBP

Everyone else is like .240 to .280. Outside of our 2-4 hitters having better avg than them, we are pretty similar at the plate. 23HR to 16HR in our advantage, 42 2Bs to 38 2Bs in our advantage. 

Pitching wise.. on paper... we have a clear advantage. Their pitchers are allowing teams to bat .300 on them and their team ERA is 7.93. Compare to ours .181 avg and 2.77ERA. The absolute ONLY thing holding back our pitching staff is the amount of walks we have thrown, and for as many as we have thrown Minnesota has thrown A LOT more, a lot... like 50 more walks issued.. Minnesota's 3 starters ERAs are 4.10, 4.24, and then not sure. Ours are 2.34, 2.41, and 3.32. Minnesota's WHIP is astronomically high.. 1.92 compared to ours 1.13. 

Now I go to all this trouble to talk about how pitiful Minnesota's pitching has been and they will probably have two or three great performances this weekend lol 

Bottom line... 1. Cut out 1.5BBs a game 2. Then Richardson and Ashley have to be better. Fix those things.. we are going to be fine. We responded well to the OSU debacle. 

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https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2021/4/23/indiana-poised-for-big-baseball-finish.aspx

Good article on where we are now. Also.. McCade Brown is not scheduled to start this weekend, as of now. Hoping it's just a minor injury, but I don't even know if it is an injury? It is also interesting that they didn't put Bothwell in for that start. He has started 3 games for us earlier this season. 

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36 minutes ago, btownqb said:

https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2021/4/23/indiana-poised-for-big-baseball-finish.aspx

Good article on where we are now. Also.. McCade Brown is not scheduled to start this weekend, as of now. Hoping it's just a minor injury, but I don't even know if it is an injury? It is also interesting that they didn't put Bothwell in for that start. He has started 3 games for us earlier this season. 

So exactly where are we for a tournament bid?

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3 minutes ago, rico said:

Well that ain't good.  LOL  I take that as we are in some serious trouble.  At any rate, best of luck to the boys on the diamond this week-end.  Get out the broom fellas.

The B1G screwed us big time with no non conference. We always played the best out of conference schedule in the league. 

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Just now, btownqb said:

That guy has Tennessee as a 13 seed... they are 3rd in RPI and tied for 3rd in the SEC. As of now.. they are MUCH higher than 13th. 

I did see on Baseball America that we were listed under "First Four out".  Still lots of ball left to play.

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