Discussion in 'The Tiger's Den' started by SabanFan, Jun 9, 2003.
Tigers-CS Fullerton play at 6:00 Friday night. Break out the beer and barbecue.
Cool -- I can catch the game on my drive home.
CS Fulllerton has won 3 CWS titles, all under coach Augie Garrido who is now the Texas coach who won his 4th last year with the Longhorns
LSU - CS Fullerton
Stanford - South Carolina
All 4 teams are long time veterans of the CWS except for South Carolina but the Gamecocks were last years runnerup and are making their second consecutive appearance. This bracket looks like Murderers Row.
The other bracket:
Texas - Miami
Rice - Southwest Missouri State
The Horns and the Canes are also longtime CWS veteran teams.
The Rice Owls are a recent power team in the last few years but they have built up a program that has produced players like the Astro's Lance Berkman
Out of the 8 teams in the CWS the only team that could be considered an underdog is Southwest Missouri State.
LSU has produced Major Leaguers like Ben McDonald, Albert (Joey) Belle, Todd Walker, Armando Rios, Paul Byrd, Mark Guthrie, Russ Johnson, Chad Ogea, Trey Hodges, and current SF Giants pitcher Kurt Ainsworth.
Texas - Roger Clemens, Adam Dunn, and Shane Reynolds
Miami - Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, Charles Johnson and former big leaguer Jose Canseco who was one of the "Bash Brothers" along with Mark McGwire at Oakland in the late 80's and early 90's
Stanford - Rick Helling and Mike Mussina
CS Fullerton - Jeremy Giambi (his brother Jason, a recent AL MVP went to Long Beach State who was eliminated by Stanford in the SuperRegionals), Mark Kotsay, Phil Nevin
South Carolina - Adam Everett
Rice - Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr
Southwest Missouri State - Bill Mueller, Kelly Robinson
Look at the big leaguers from the teams that lost in the SuperRegionals:
Arizona State - Barry Bonds, Paul LoDuca, Fernando Vina along with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson
North Carolina - Paul Shuey, B.J. Surhoff
Florida State - J.D. Drew, Paul Wilson, Doug Mientkiewicz
Long Beach State - Jason Giambi, Steve Trachsel
NC State - Dan Plesac
Baylor - Jason Jennings, Kip Wells
Houston - Ben Weber, Woody Williams
Ohio State - none but MLB umpire Tim Timmons once played for the Buckeyes
If LSU is able to stay in the winners bracket the Tigers will play on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday. If they make it that far and should lose on Wednesday they would have to play a Thursday game to make the finals. If they win on Wednesday they would go into the Saturday, Sunday and Monday finals with a rested pitching rotation. If they have to play a Thursday game it will burn one of the starters but whoever might have to pitch a Thursday game should be available at least for long relief Monday if necessary. If the Tigers are going to have a shot at winning it all it is crucial that they stay in the winners bracket at least until Wednesday since they don't have the bullpen relief depth that some of the other teams have.
Right on BB. That's exactly what I said about a month ago:
" Smoke Laval replaced Skip and. to me anyway, has earned his stripes. He coached this year's team to the SEC championship with a patchwork pitching staff including an underachieving (IMHO) bullpen. Of the current starters, only Bo Pettit remains from the preseason anticipated staff. When the Tigers are "on" they hit from 1 to 9 and it takes a great pitcher on his "A" game to shut them down. It remains to be seen how they'll hold up in post season. Win the 1st 2 in any tounament and were golden. I don't know if we have the pitching depth to claw our way out of the losers bracket. Anyway, I'll take this team over any of the 7, 10, or 12 (depending on the poll) teams ranked higher."
Also rememeber the Tigers have never won more than 4 in a row this whole season.
I count 5 in a row on two separate occasions. We got Long Beach St. on 3.02.03, Southeastern on 3.05.03, and Winthrop on 3.07.03, 3.08.03, and 3.09.03. Then again starting on 4.20.03 against Vandy, Southeastern, and Tennessee. Did the 2000 team win 5 or more in a row at any point during the season?
come on now!! You can throw out the regular season at this point. It is June......and the magic has started.
Bengal B, Adam Dunn never played baseball at UT. He was on a football scholarship and redshirted the 1999 season before leaving to pursue pro baseball.
maybe I did count wrong and it was five. We neve reeled off a huge winning streak this year. But as we all know, the post-season is a new season.