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3leftturns

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Northwestern and St. John's?
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I disagree completely with 3LT who wrote that McQ is not a reliever.  She seemed like a darn good relief pitcher to me last night.  And the team may need her in that role when it counts.  
If they need her in that role, that means she didn't start.... and that would be bad news for them
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Northwestern and St. John's?


I remember Northwestern. They have a couple good wins this year.

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If they need her in that role, that means she didn't start.... and that would be bad news for them


Are you forgetting that Arizona throws their ace until their arm falls off?

Was it Pinon (sp?) a few years back when she threw 200+ pitches? I can't recall now, but they probably used her the next day...

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#18 relief work prior to yesterday
Northwestern 2 innings won
Missouri 6 innings won
St. John's 1 inning save
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#18 relief work prior to yesterday Northwestern 2 innings won Missouri 6 innings won St. John's 1 inning save


That's it, Mizzou was another quality relief bout and she came in in the first or early in top of 2.

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That's it, Mizzou was another quality relief bout and she came in in the first or early in top of 2.


Top of the 2nd no outs
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Top of the 2nd no outs


Told my wife before the game yesterday that I thought Arizona was going to lose. They were lax, on a winning streak and Minnie just got whupped by ASU x3. Minnie would come to Tucson frothing.

At least their pitcher did. She shut down the Cats and Minnie broke their losing streak. 

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And a similar scenario for my daughter's HS game today. I hate to predict they will lose, but I sense they are complacent, have a handful of injuries, and their opponent's loss streak is going to take take 'em down on their home field.

I'll let you know what happens if you care.

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Well, I have kept my mouth shut since the loss to Baylor last year.  I wanted to give up on this program because the coaches simply get outcoached by those in the elite ranks.  With the talent we had last year we should have gone to the world Series and won it. o'Toole on the mound was fully capable except for Mike screw-ups and over use.  My god we had the batting power and the speed.  But the criticisms I had last year that I was so roundly criticized for including overuse of the top pitcher, inability to bunt, loss of the slap, no batter over 250 that could be called off the bench, and runners left on base killed us.  One of the best teams of this decade and maybe this century wasted.  Stupidity and not capable coaching.

I noted a few things this year.  All of the problems mentioned above are back.  With a new pitching coach and five or six pitchers they should be able to spread out the duty.  Nope not happening.  McQ will carry the show until late in the Pac-12 and then will get hammered as her arm falls off.  "We are bunting more this year but still regularly hitting the bunts hard straight to someone. And where is the slap?  i asked last year and I ask again this year.  We got beat last night on a slap like hit that I find insulting we cannot do the same.  We slam weak teams at the plate but can barely get on base against good pitchers. Last year we saved ourselves by hitting home runs.  I do not believe we are as strong a home run hitting team this year so you are going to have to play the game.  Steals, other base running tricks are not in the vocabulary.  If you can't hit home runs as often you have to play differently.  We fool ourselves thinking the batting is strong because of what we do to weak teams. No new approach that i can see.

Watching our new players last fall step up to bat I reached a conclusion.  These players are great hitters when they arrive, but do not improve during the four years.  Can't bunt softly, slap the ball, hit to locations, or otherwise scare opposing teams.  Throw a bad pitch and we will kill you.  Throw good pitches and we don't look so strong.

I would like to blame Stacy, but can't do that any more.  We do not have a great batting coach.  Someone please bring Larry back.

Did anyone notice how the crowd participation, with the exception of one game, is much more quiet and generally less people are attending?  Can't blame the heat yet.  And our once proud program used to get key time slots in the desert.  Now we are the middle of weekdays.  How much longer will people be kidding themselves as to how scared other teams must be of us?

And I am already hearing rumors of player discontent.  Mike plays 11 on a roughly 24 person roster.  Maybe these rumors are true, maybe not.  Time will tell. But I do believe, because I have heard it from more than one parent, that each player coming in was told they were the star player and expect to contribute as soon as they arrive.  Then they sit and rot.

And thank god we had some key new players arrive at the first of this year.  This program is now good at bringing in new players and throwing out the old.  Not good for recruiting. I wonder what our new pitcher for next year from Phoenix thinks of a new pitcher coming in after fall games and immediately becoming the number two pitcher.  She was probably looking at the roster and thinking there was a strong spot for her next year.  Wonder what she thinks now, especially if her parents are talking to other parents.

So now we start the Pac-12 with Utah.  I don't think they will be a problem.  But all the same issues still exist except Stacy.  The new pitching coach is wonderful but can't seem to get more pitchers on the mound.  This is a program that used to go win World Series.  Anything less than win all the way to through the World Series was considered a disappointment.  Oh how times have changed.  The same problems and same coaching style are back again.  i really hope to say I am wrong at the end of the season.  But with our current head coach I expect to once again say I told you so.

Six months plus of anger and frustration now released.  Still great, talented kids. But boy do we need more changes.


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Originally Posted by silent_no_more

Well, I have kept my mouth shut since the loss to Baylor last year.  I wanted to give up on this program because the coaches simply get outcoached by those in the elite ranks.  With the talent we had last year we should have gone to the world Series and won it. o'Toole on the mound was fully capable except for Mike screw-ups and over use.  My god we had the batting power and the speed.  But the criticisms I had last year that I was so roundly criticized for including overuse of the top pitcher, inability to bunt, loss of the slap, no batter over 250 that could be called off the bench, and runners left on base killed us.  One of the best teams of this decade and maybe this century wasted.  Stupidity and not capable coaching.

I noted a few things this year.  All of the problems mentioned above are back.  With a new pitching coach and five or six pitchers they should be able to spread out the duty.  Nope not happening.  McQ will carry the show until late in the Pac-12 and then will get hammered as her arm falls off.  "We are bunting more this year but still regularly hitting the bunts hard straight to someone. And where is the slap?  i asked last year and I ask again this year.  We got beat last night on a slap like hit that I find insulting we cannot do the same.  We slam weak teams at the plate but can barely get on base against good pitchers. Last year we saved ourselves by hitting home runs.  I do not believe we are as strong a home run hitting team this year so you are going to have to play the game.  Steals, other base running tricks are not in the vocabulary.  If you can't hit home runs as often you have to play differently.  We fool ourselves thinking the batting is strong because of what we do to weak teams. No new approach that i can see.

Watching our new players last fall step up to bat I reached a conclusion.  These players are great hitters when they arrive, but do not improve during the four years.  Can't bunt softly, slap the ball, hit to locations, or otherwise scare opposing teams.  Throw a bad pitch and we will kill you.  Throw good pitches and we don't look so strong.

I would like to blame Stacy, but can't do that any more.  We do not have a great batting coach.  Someone please bring Larry back.

Did anyone notice how the crowd participation, with the exception of one game, is much more quiet and generally less people are attending?  Can't blame the heat yet.  And our once proud program used to get key time slots in the desert.  Now we are the middle of weekdays.  How much longer will people be kidding themselves as to how scared other teams must be of us?

And I am already hearing rumors of player discontent.  Mike plays 11 on a roughly 24 person roster.  Maybe these rumors are true, maybe not.  Time will tell. But I do believe, because I have heard it from more than one parent, that each player coming in was told they were the star player and expect to contribute as soon as they arrive.  Then they sit and rot.

And thank god we had some key new players arrive at the first of this year.  This program is now good at bringing in new players and throwing out the old.  Not good for recruiting. I wonder what our new pitcher for next year from Phoenix thinks of a new pitcher coming in after fall games and immediately becoming the number two pitcher.  She was probably looking at the roster and thinking there was a strong spot for her next year.  Wonder what she thinks now, especially if her parents are talking to other parents.

So now we start the Pac-12 with Utah.  I don't think they will be a problem.  But all the same issues still exist except Stacy.  The new pitching coach is wonderful but can't seem to get more pitchers on the mound.  This is a program that used to go win World Series.  Anything less than win all the way to through the World Series was considered a disappointment.  Oh how times have changed.  The same problems and same coaching style are back again.  i really hope to say I am wrong at the end of the season.  But with our current head coach I expect to once again say I told you so.

Six months plus of anger and frustration now released.  Still great, talented kids. But boy do we need more changes.




Hey Nancy Evans...is it really you?
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o'Toole on the mound was fully capable except for Mike screw-ups and over use. 



Tooley was spent.

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Well, I have kept my mouth shut since the loss to Baylor last year.  I wanted to give up on this program because the coaches simply get outcoached by those in the elite ranks.  With the talent we had last year we should have gone to the world Series and won it. o'Toole on the mound was fully capable except for Mike screw-ups and over use.  My god we had the batting power and the speed.  But the criticisms I had last year that I was so roundly criticized for including overuse of the top pitcher, inability to bunt, loss of the slap, no batter over 250 that could be called off the bench, and runners left on base killed us.  One of the best teams of this decade and maybe this century wasted.  Stupidity and not capable coaching.

I noted a few things this year.  All of the problems mentioned above are back.  With a new pitching coach and five or six pitchers they should be able to spread out the duty.  Nope not happening.  McQ will carry the show until late in the Pac-12 and then will get hammered as her arm falls off.  "We are bunting more this year but still regularly hitting the bunts hard straight to someone. And where is the slap?  i asked last year and I ask again this year.  We got beat last night on a slap like hit that I find insulting we cannot do the same.  We slam weak teams at the plate but can barely get on base against good pitchers. Last year we saved ourselves by hitting home runs.  I do not believe we are as strong a home run hitting team this year so you are going to have to play the game.  Steals, other base running tricks are not in the vocabulary.  If you can't hit home runs as often you have to play differently.  We fool ourselves thinking the batting is strong because of what we do to weak teams. No new approach that i can see.

Watching our new players last fall step up to bat I reached a conclusion.  These players are great hitters when they arrive, but do not improve during the four years.  Can't bunt softly, slap the ball, hit to locations, or otherwise scare opposing teams.  Throw a bad pitch and we will kill you.  Throw good pitches and we don't look so strong.

I would like to blame Stacy, but can't do that any more.  We do not have a great batting coach.  Someone please bring Larry back.

Did anyone notice how the crowd participation, with the exception of one game, is much more quiet and generally less people are attending?  Can't blame the heat yet.  And our once proud program used to get key time slots in the desert.  Now we are the middle of weekdays.  How much longer will people be kidding themselves as to how scared other teams must be of us?

And I am already hearing rumors of player discontent.  Mike plays 11 on a roughly 24 person roster.  Maybe these rumors are true, maybe not.  Time will tell. But I do believe, because I have heard it from more than one parent, that each player coming in was told they were the star player and expect to contribute as soon as they arrive.  Then they sit and rot.

And thank god we had some key new players arrive at the first of this year.  This program is now good at bringing in new players and throwing out the old.  Not good for recruiting. I wonder what our new pitcher for next year from Phoenix thinks of a new pitcher coming in after fall games and immediately becoming the number two pitcher.  She was probably looking at the roster and thinking there was a strong spot for her next year.  Wonder what she thinks now, especially if her parents are talking to other parents.

So now we start the Pac-12 with Utah.  I don't think they will be a problem.  But all the same issues still exist except Stacy.  The new pitching coach is wonderful but can't seem to get more pitchers on the mound.  This is a program that used to go win World Series.  Anything less than win all the way to through the World Series was considered a disappointment.  Oh how times have changed.  The same problems and same coaching style are back again.  i really hope to say I am wrong at the end of the season.  But with our current head coach I expect to once again say I told you so.

Six months plus of anger and frustration now released.  Still great, talented kids. But boy do we need more changes.



That sounds like years rather than six months of heartburn

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Candrea coaches life. Yes, he tends to ride ace pitchers.

Ahh, forget it. 

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Candrea coaches life. Yes, he tends to ride ace pitchers.

Ahh, forget it. 


And Mowatt was the queen of ride or die herself and carries that same mindset. Few can meet the standard she set.
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Arizona sweeps Utah in the conference opener at Hillenbrand.
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Adding in 2018

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Last year, with IMO the best offense Candrea has had in his WCWS drought, this is what they did in Pac play at Hillenbrand: Against Stanford, they scored 41 runs in 12 innings (3.42 runs an inning), vs. Washington, they scored 20 runs in 16 innings (1.25 runs an inning), against Oregon, the Bearcats had 15 runs in 18 innings (0.83 runs an inning) and against ASU, it was 14 in 17 innings (0.82 runs an inning)

And, as usual, Arizona again was a totally different team away from Tucson, scoring 29 total runs in 83 innings (0.349 per inning)

2018 vs. Pac: H: 1.278 runs per inning (23 runs in 18 innings); A:

2017 vs. Pac: H 1.429 (90 in 63); A: .349 (29 in 83)

2016 vs. Pac: H: .959 (70 in 73); A: .488 (39 in 80)

2015 vs. Pac: H: 1.813 (116 in 64); A: 1.064 (83 in 78)

2014 vs. Pac: H: 1.727 (114 in 66); A: 0.550 (44 in 80)

That is two full cycles of Pac home-and-home play.

So, you can start with their road series regarding who will likely shut them down, and work from there.

BTW, the next run they score in Eugene will be their first ever at Jane Sanders Stadium and their first in Eugene in four years.

 

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No doubt, 3LT. The trend has been the Wildcats play better at home, regardless of player composition, over the years. Us  die-hard fans hope this will be a season that differs.
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Three Wildcats are in the running for the Arizona home run queen of their cohort. 

Mulipola, Soph., 12 HR in 2017 and 8 in 2018.

Palomino, RS Soph., 16 HR in 2017 and 8 in 2018.

Harper, Soph., 19 HR in 2017 and 10 in 2018.

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Palomino is such a stud with the stick
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Palomino is such a stud with the stick


Isn't that true for all studs?
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Palomino is such a stud with the stick


Nice swing, check it out in slo mo:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/974802794807902209

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Yeah, conference play for the Cats is gonna be tough with Washington, Oregon, and ASU on the road this year. Oh boy...

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Isn't that true for all studs?
Omar Vizquel was a stud with the glove.

 

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Yeah, conference play for the Cats is gonna be tough with Washington, Oregon, and ASU on the road this year. Oh boy...
Just glad that Garcia is in Oregon's rearview mirror.... for now
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Omar Vizquel was a stud with the glove.

 



True dat.
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March 18th 2018 Taylor McQuillin won her 16th game to lead the nation
March 18th 2007 "Coors Light" Mowatt won her 15th game
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March 18th 2018 Taylor McQuillin won her 16th game to lead the nation
March 18th 2007 "Coors Light" Mowatt won her 15th game


McQ is doing fantastic. She stepped up from last year. Meeting the challenge. Seems like she's having fun, too.

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Except I dont think Candrea needs to bring her in all 3 games of a series unless absolutely necessary!  Gotta let Denham take her lumps and work her way out of them all the way through.
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Except I dont think Candrea needs to bring her in all 3 games of a series unless absolutely necessary!  Gotta let Denham take her lumps and work her way out of them all the way through.


I Agree. Strongly.

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