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Date Posted: Thu, February 17 2005, 23:08:22
Author: Jeff Burrow
Subject: Re: game story from Waco Tribune
In reply to: 91 's message, "Re: game story from Waco Tribune" on Thu, February 17 2005, 19:30:51

First of all, let me say that I like your board and love the support for UTA Athletics. Giantbenmav posted a message on our new website (utabaseballalumni.com) and notified us of other UTA websites including this one. I actually already had this one listed on our links page so I kind of beat him to it.....

Anyway, as it regards the message below, I can tell you from experience that it is indeed "mouthwatering" to throw your best against a highly ranked school but during conference play that simply shouldn't happen. Main reason; your best shot at getting into post season play is through winning your conference. And the only thing a win against a high ranked school will do is give you a brief boost in the polls IF you also do well on the weekend, which you have just endangered by not saving your best arms. Larger schools are typically deeper in arms, anyway. Not always better at the top but almost always deeper, so their #4 guy is still capable of beating you even if you have your best on the mound.

There is an exception to this. There are some that argue a "regular" rotation, much like that of a pro team, would be better all around for starters than just using your best guy on the first game of a conference series. The idea is that you pitch your first four starters in order, no matter who you are playing or when, so they get on a somewhat regular schedule in preparing to pitch instead of throwing once a week with the extra rest. Positives: your pitchers get into a regular rhythm between starts, your younger starters get more conference experience and more innings, you can still switch two starters on back to back days if need be to prepare for a really important series, and you sometimes have one of your best arms going against other highly ranked schools mid-week. Negatives: You take the chance of having your lesser starters pitching to win crucial conference games, and since college teams don't play everyday you don't always get a completely regular "days off" plan to prepare for the next start.

I'm kind of intrigued by the idea, myself. Mainly because you get the younger pitchers good experience and you don't wear out your number one guy by having him do the occasional mid week AND weekend start.

Just my thoughts. Would love for you all to check out our website. It's my first so I don't really know what I'm doing but I think its getting there.

Jeff


>but then midweek games are against (depending on the
>conference you're in) schools within an easy
>afternoon's or day's drive: Houston, Rice, UTA,
>McNeese, Southwest Texas, Sam Houston, TCU, OU,
>So for schools like UTA, it's a tough balancing
>act--the mouthwatering temptation of throwing your #1
>against a vulnerable Baylor's or Oklahoma's #2 or #3,
>or save up your better arms for SLC play? If it's a
>tuesday, maybe your #1 can go, then pitch again on
>Sat. or Sun.???

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