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Topic:  Huge Series win against Kent State...
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Deciduous Forest Cat
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  Message Not Read  Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/22/2018 4:45:54 PM 
Thought this team was on cruise control to the bottom of the standings, but they won a big series this weekend at KSU. Another series loss and they were in danger of not making the MAC tournament. Hope this gets them rolling. Still more to be done.
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spongeBOB CATpants
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/23/2018 1:13:54 PM 
This team is very unpredictable, seems as if they play up (or down) to their competition. Let's hope this big series win has the Cats ready for the stretch run to snag a spot in the tourney. As we know, all we need is a tourney birth and crazy things can happen.
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UpSan Bobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/23/2018 3:08:34 PM 
Even with the series win, Ohio is just one game up on the 9th position. Also only 1 game back of 3rd. A lot of teams grouped tight from 3-9. Another tough series this weekend against Miami, which is 2nd to Kent State right now.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/24/2018 12:47:39 PM 
A lot of parity in the MAC it seems. So many close games. Going to be an exciting mad dash to the finish line.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/24/2018 9:42:43 PM 
Just got beat by Dayton. So is this parity, or is the MAC just bad baseball?
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UpSan Bobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/25/2018 11:26:30 AM 
Ohio has won just one midweek baseball games this year since MAC play started (in extras against Shawnee State), so maybe it's that the MAC is bad or maybe it's a lack of starting pitching depth for Ohio. I'd guess some of both, but it does appear the MAC is pretty bad. Other than Kent State, none of the MAC teams have performed very well out of conference. Kent State is the only MAC team with an RPI better than 177 (among less than 300 DI baseball teams).
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/25/2018 12:55:10 PM 
UpSan Bobcat wrote:
Ohio has won just one midweek baseball games this year since MAC play started (in extras against Shawnee State), so maybe it's that the MAC is bad or maybe it's a lack of starting pitching depth for Ohio. I'd guess some of both, but it does appear the MAC is pretty bad. Other than Kent State, none of the MAC teams have performed very well out of conference. Kent State is the only MAC team with an RPI better than 177 (among less than 300 DI baseball teams).


Typically Smith goes with the "johnny whole-staff" approach to midweek games. He will use 7-9 different guys for the game. There are pros and cons with using this strategy, just a matter of each pitcher executing.

Looking back at the mid-week schedule, the teams we played are pretty decent and every game was competitive. Morehead st is a strong mid-major, you got Ohio st, Marshall twice, and Dayton. All respectable opponents but also winnable games.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/25/2018 11:40:37 PM 
spongeBOB CATpants wrote:
UpSan Bobcat wrote:
Ohio has won just one midweek baseball games this year since MAC play started (in extras against Shawnee State), so maybe it's that the MAC is bad or maybe it's a lack of starting pitching depth for Ohio. I'd guess some of both, but it does appear the MAC is pretty bad. Other than Kent State, none of the MAC teams have performed very well out of conference. Kent State is the only MAC team with an RPI better than 177 (among less than 300 DI baseball teams).


Typically Smith goes with the "johnny whole-staff" approach to midweek games. He will use 7-9 different guys for the game. There are pros and cons with using this strategy, just a matter of each pitcher executing.

Looking back at the mid-week schedule, the teams we played are pretty decent and every game was competitive. Morehead st is a strong mid-major, you got Ohio st, Marshall twice, and Dayton. All respectable opponents but also winnable games.


Marshall is .500, Dayton is 12-25
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/26/2018 3:26:36 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
spongeBOB CATpants wrote:
UpSan Bobcat wrote:
Ohio has won just one midweek baseball games this year since MAC play started (in extras against Shawnee State), so maybe it's that the MAC is bad or maybe it's a lack of starting pitching depth for Ohio. I'd guess some of both, but it does appear the MAC is pretty bad. Other than Kent State, none of the MAC teams have performed very well out of conference. Kent State is the only MAC team with an RPI better than 177 (among less than 300 DI baseball teams).


Typically Smith goes with the "johnny whole-staff" approach to midweek games. He will use 7-9 different guys for the game. There are pros and cons with using this strategy, just a matter of each pitcher executing.

Looking back at the mid-week schedule, the teams we played are pretty decent and every game was competitive. Morehead st is a strong mid-major, you got Ohio st, Marshall twice, and Dayton. All respectable opponents but also winnable games.


Marshall is .500, Dayton is 12-25


I feel you. I was generally speaking that these programs typically have talented rosters, year to year. Also why I said they are winnable games.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 4/30/2018 11:05:02 PM 
Ohio dropped two of three at Miami and is 8-10 in the MAC, tied for seventh. BG is 2 games back. The Bobcats host Ball State (10-8 MAC) this weekend.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 5/1/2018 12:28:07 PM 
UpSan Bobcat wrote:
Ohio dropped two of three at Miami and is 8-10 in the MAC, tied for seventh. BG is 2 games back. The Bobcats host Ball State (10-8 MAC) this weekend.


Not an easy road to the tourney for the bobcats. With 3 series remaining, they play Ball st, wmu, and cmu. If the tourney started today, all 3 would be seeded higher than us.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 5/8/2018 1:21:30 PM 
Bobcats were swept by Ball State and yet remain 2 games up on the final MAC Tournament spot. Ohio scored 4 runs in the series (after scoring only 7 in the Miami series). Western Michigan (9-10 MAC) is next.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 5/8/2018 10:08:46 PM 
With a 10-team league this year, only the top 6 teams make the tourney. So Ohio has some work to do.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Huge Series win against Kent State...
   Posted: 5/9/2018 10:55:03 AM 
Ted Thompson wrote:
With a 10-team league this year, only the top 6 teams make the tourney. So Ohio has some work to do.


I didn't hear about the format change. In that case, Ohio is 2 games back of 6th place Eastern Michigan now, which leaves almost no margin for error. Bobcats probably need to win five of six to have a shot, especially because Eastern Michigan won two of three from Ohio.
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