I think we might as well start a new thread on the baseball teams run to the CWS.
A few months ago, it looked like we would be lucky to even host a regional, much less a super regional, but here we are again, back again in Omaha where we belong. This team, however, feels very different than ones we have brought in the past.
I don't think that's necessarily a good thing, except for one part. Usually we have really hot bats all season until we reach the CWS and get frustrated that suddenly, we can't hit. This season, our team seems to be used to grinding out games with poor hitting. I don't think we can "choke" this year like in years past, because our hitting can't really be any worse.
KEYS TO WINNING CWS
-I think we absolutely must win this first game in the CWS, and realistically, we probably have to win the first 2 games to have a chance. We don't have the relievers to win a bunch of games in a row. If we lose the first one, I think our chances of winning it all change from a 10-15% chance, to a 1-2% chance.
-Our starters need to go ~7 innings in the first two games. And we can't do one of our classic 11-12 inning games where Byrne pitches 80 pitches in relief. Once again, the relievers aren't good enough if we wear out all of our pitchers.
-JJ Schwarz. As I said quite awhile ago, JJ being hot is what changes this team from an average team to a national title contender. If he gets us a couple of home runs or timely RBIs in the next couple of days, we will have a good chance to get to the finals, especially if they come early on in the games.
-RUNS. If we can string runs together EARLY, maybe we can get our ho-hum relievers some playing time and confidence for the finals. I'll say it 1 more time. Saving our strong arms is vital to winning.
I'll be watching tonight's game with my parents for fathers day. Happy fathers day to all the dads out there!