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Kurosawa

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These days the "lead-off" is more likely to be batting 8th or 9th. Tarr has batted her best all-around hitter in the #1 slot for some time (Lahners, Aguilar, Van Zee). My guess is that Bates will now step into that role.
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These days the "lead-off" is more likely to be batting 8th or 9th. Tarr has batted her best all-around hitter in the #1 slot for some time (Lahners, Aguilar, Van Zee). My guess is that Bates will now step into that role.


I think Tarr would like to have more of a true lead off hitter but for the last several years they've had no one that could really fill that role. Not sure if that's true this year or not. If so then you're right Bates will probably lead off. I hope someone steps up into that lead off role though.
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She's said her reasoning is that her best hitter gets more at bats if leading off. Has to be someone with good speed and excellent bat control, who doesn't strikeout much. 
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She's said her reasoning is that her best hitter gets more at bats if leading off. Has to be someone with good speed and excellent bat control, who doesn't strikeout much. 


I can't remember the last timed a slapper was a recruiting priority for Tarr, if it ever has been.  She recruits home run hitters and finds local kids who are fast whom she can get for nearly free and hopes they can slap.  I can't speak to how much work expertise in slapping exists in the staff or how much effort is put into it.


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These days the "lead-off" is more likely to be batting 8th or 9th. Tarr has batted her best all-around hitter in the #1 slot for some time (Lahners, Aguilar, Van Zee). My guess is that Bates will now step into that role.


Only if Tarr is writing the lineup.
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She's said her reasoning is that her best hitter gets more at bats if leading off. Has to be someone with good speed and excellent bat control, who doesn't strikeout much. 


If this worked, and produced more runs, the MLB managers would be doing the same. She isn't reinventing the wheel.
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If this worked, and produced more runs, the MLB managers would be doing the same. She isn't reinventing the wheel.


They are (I think it came from baseball):

https://www.theringer.com/2017/3/31/16040426/2017-mlb-preview-leadoff-hitter-revolution-george-springer-kyle-schwarber-2e49f6ff7c58

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"Kyle Schwarber, leadoff hitter," might seem like a paradoxical arrangement, given that the young slugger’s most visible strength (extra-base hits) and weakness (strikeouts) don’t mesh with the traditional leadoff profile. Schwarber and, say, Dee Gordon don’t appear to have many baseball skills in common. But Cubs skipper Joe Maddon isn’t alone in reimagining the leadoff role. He just won the World Series against a Cleveland team that relied on Carlos Santana as its primary 1-hitter, despite the veteran never having appeared in that spot in the order before 2016. Elsewhere in the majors, similarly power-oriented hitters appeared atop lineup cards: Houston slotted George Springer as its leadoff hitter; Minnesota placed Brian Dozier there during his second-half home run binge; the Cardinals were comfortable with Matt Carpenter taking all his first pitches from the 1-hole; and the Blue Jays whipped together a leadoff mix that included Michael Saunders and José Bautista.

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Yeah this is nothing new in MLB.  Now, in SB, speed/stealing bases is far more important to the game than in baseball these days, given the importance of slapping/bunting.  But I'm waiting for SB coaches to see that straight-up sac bunting a runner to 2B doesn't make any more sense in SB than it does in BB.  The numbers show that teams score more runs with a runner on 1B and no outs than a runner on 2B and 1 out.  Now, again, if you're trying to bunt/slap for a hit and end up with a runner on 2B and 1 out, there should be some way to factor in the increased possibility of getting 2 runners on in those situations, since those are not sac bunts.

Some coaches are starting to use BB tactics.  I've seen Lawson and a couple of other coaches use relievers in L/L and R/R match-ups.  OTOH, I've also seen "genius" coaches sac bunt runners from 2B to 3B down 5 runs in the 6th inning...
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First time I ever saw having your power hitter leading off was in slow pitch softball 20 odd years ago. Before the bat companies came in and ruined the sport.
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First time I ever saw having your power hitter leading off was in slow pitch softball 20 odd years ago. Before the bat companies came in and ruined the sport.


Get off my lawn!
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https://gohuskies.com/news/2019/1/2/softball-allchin-huskey-lynch-make-junior-womens-national-training-team.aspx


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Three Huskies were named to USA Softball's Junior Women's National Training Team, putting them on the 20-player roster that will compete across a variety of tournaments this year before a final 17-person roster is finalized in advance of the WBSC U-19 Women's Softball World Cup. Jadelyn Allchin, Madison Huskey, and Kelley Lynch will all be a part of the National Training Team, which is coached by Heather Tarr.


Huskey is on UW's 2019 roster, while Allchin and Lynch are 2020 signees.
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Yeah this is nothing new in MLB.  Now, in SB, speed/stealing bases is far more important to the game than in baseball these days, given the importance of slapping/bunting.  But I'm waiting for SB coaches to see that straight-up sac bunting a runner to 2B doesn't make any more sense in SB than it does in BB.  The numbers show that teams score more runs with a runner on 1B and no outs than a runner on 2B and 1 out.  Now, again, if you're trying to bunt/slap for a hit and end up with a runner on 2B and 1 out, there should be some way to factor in the increased possibility of getting 2 runners on in those situations, since those are not sac bunts.

Some coaches are starting to use BB tactics.  I've seen Lawson and a couple of other coaches use relievers in L/L and R/R match-ups.  OTOH, I've also seen "genius" coaches sac bunt runners from 2B to 3B down 5 runs in the 6th inning...


You are correct that you can't base the analytics of sacrifice bunting purely by comparing runner at 2B w/ one out vs. runner on 1B w/ no outs.  There are other outcomes that must be included.  Even though the primary objective may be to advance the runner to 2B, the bunter may reach 1st on a hit or an error.  The analytics must include the on-base percentages for the bunter.  I suspect it's appreciably higher than in MLB, but I don't know that for a fact.  The data are probably more difficult to extract, but as the old saying goes, "Anything easily measured, ain't worth measuring."


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<< These days the "lead-off" is more likely to be batting 8th or 9th. Tarr has batted her best all-around hitter in the #1 slot for some time (Lahners, Aguilar, Van Zee). My guess is that Bates will now step into that role. >> (Kurosawa)


Patty Gasso had Lauren Chamberlain bat in the lead off spot a large percentage of the time.
It makes sense to get your best hitter as many plate appearances as you can. 
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<< These days the "lead-off" is more likely to be batting 8th or 9th. Tarr has batted her best all-around hitter in the #1 slot for some time (Lahners, Aguilar, Van Zee). My guess is that Bates will now step into that role. >> (Kurosawa)


Patty Gasso had Lauren Chamberlain bat in the lead off spot a large percentage of the time.
It makes sense to get your best hitter as many plate appearances as you can. 


It doesn't seem to be the popular opinion on the board, but the majority of MLB managers bat their best hitters at the top of the lineup. Notice, I didn't say "power" hitters.
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https://www.huskiesnewera.com/sb-2019-infield

https://www.huskiesnewera.com/sb-2019-outfield?source=share-UWAthletics


I'm not sure if these links actually work, but there was a lot of information about the new players and possibly some insights on how Morganne  Flores is coming along with her rehab.. Tarr says that Flores will play some 1st base, possibly suggesting that Emma Helm might continue there if her bat comes alive. Kaija Gibson is also in the mix- she can play all the outfield positions and 1st base.

I'm looking forward the start of the season in Puerto Vallarta- it's supposed to be covered by Flosoftball.

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I see Washington as one of the top three squads with Oklahoma and UCLA. All three teams have they strong point and for Washington it’s in the circle. With Avelo and Plain they have the most experienced AND pitching difference, which makes them very very good. They remind me much of Walljasper and Hoover. Plain is the quiet and steady with the drop ball, while Avelo is fiery with the rise. And I’ve seen them two take an LSU team with no offense the last two year to a WCWS and one game from another one. However I think Washington’s offense can be good. However they need to produce. This is how I view the potential lineup.

1.) Bates SS
2.) Huskey OF
3.) Flores C/1B
4.) Hee DP
5.) Espinoza 2B
6.) Kaupe 3B
7.) Schiele OF
8.) Helm C/1B
9.) Milloy OF

I think this lineup is deep. Probably tied for second best in the PAC (UCLA 1, Arizona 2 but after their top four it’s question marks too). The improvements from Hee, Kaupe, Helm, Milloy, and even Atlee can truly take this team from WCWS contenders to the favorite.

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Washington seem to be ignored and it confuses me. They were one of the most consistent teams last season and they’ve not lost many players.
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Washington seem to be ignored and it confuses me. They were one of the most consistent teams last season and they’ve not lost many players.

The heck they did not lose many players!
Only their top run producers, home run hitters, player with the most hits and four with top batting averages.
Bates and Flores the only sweet returning players.
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The heck they did not lose many players!
Only their top run producers, home run hitters, player with the most hits and four with top batting averages.
Bates and Flores the only sweet returning players.


Flores missed 2018, so is an addition, and a big one (74 rbi, #1 in the Pac-12).

Starting losses:

Thomas 55 rbi
DePonte 54 rbi
Van Zee 42 rbi
Burdick 14 rbi
Melhart 9 rbi
Total 174 rbi

Starting additions:

Flores 74 rbi
Milloy 20 rbi
Kuape 11 rbi
Total: 105 rbi

That leaves 69 rbi (11.5 rbi each) to make up in addition to:

Bates 37 rbi
Hee 26 rbi
Atlee 20 rbi
Helm 19 rbi
Schiele ?
Huskey ?

Also note that, with two returning AA pitchers and the Big East Pitcher of the Year (and a lefty) transferring in, UW does not have to match their 2018 offensive numbers to achieve an equal or better record.

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Flores missed 2018, so is an addition, and a big one (74 rbi, #1 in the Pac-12).

Starting losses:

Thomas 55 rbi
DePonte 54 rbi
Van Zee 42 rbi
Burdick 14 rbi
Melhart 9 rbi
Total 174 rbi

Starting additions:

Flores 74 rbi
Milloy 20 rbi
Kuape 11 rbi
Total: 105 rbi

That leaves 69 rbi (11.5 rbi each) to make up in addition to:

Bates 37 rbi
Hee 26 rbi
Atlee 20 rbi
Helm 19 rbi
Schiele ?
Huskey ?

Also note that, with two returning AA pitchers and the Big East Pitcher of the Year (and a lefty) transferring in, UW does not have to match their 2018 offensive numbers to achieve an equal or better record.



So, we should go ahead and pencil them in for the WCWS finals?

LOL. JK
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No, UW is just small beer in the lofty worlds of OU, UCLA, and seemingly any school from 
Florida. We're just small town newcomers to the big time world of traditional powers. We hope 
y'all don't mind. 
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No, UW is just small beer in the lofty worlds of OU, UCLA, and seemingly any school from 
Florida. We're just small town newcomers to the big time world of traditional powers. We hope 
y'all don't mind. 


How dare you speak of UCLA and those Florida schools in the same breath as the mighty Sooners! [wink]
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Milloy 29 hits .315 BA
Hee. 33 hits. .273 BA
Kaupe .16 hits .246 BA
Atlee 28 hits. .241BA
Helm 28 hits. .212 BA
They got to do better than this to go far.
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So, we should go ahead and pencil them in for the WCWS finals?

LOL. JK


I'm saying that, with the pitching they've got coming back and in, they don't have to match their 2018 offensive numbers to achieve the same or a better win-loss record. Why is that laughable? They had a six-game losing streak (to UCLA and Oregon), when Alvelo was struggling with an injury. A ten-loss or better season is very much within their reach (especially considering that Oregon has been "gutted").
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I'm saying that, with the pitching they've got coming back and in, they don't have to match their 2018 offensive numbers to achieve the same or a better win-loss record. Why is that laughable? They had a six-game losing streak (to UCLA and Oregon), when Alvelo was struggling with an injury. A ten-loss or better season is very much within their reach (especially considering that Oregon has been "gutted").


Easy, pard. Just messin' with you. Thought the "JK" would give it away.
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Easy, pard. Just messin' with you. Thought the "JK" would give it away.


I got the reference. No magic wand is required. Just players naturally improving as they get increased experience and opportunity is all that is needed.
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I got the reference. No magic wand is required. Just players naturally improving as they get increased experience and opportunity is all that is needed.


OU fans know as well as anyone else that you have to have the whole package -- pitching, hitting and fielding -- and some good fortune to win it all. Sooner pitching gave up 5 runs over four WCWS games last year, but it wasn't good enough to overcome a lack of hitting (outside of Alo) and UW's even better pitching.

Good luck to the Huskies. I hope OU gets an opportunity for payback in OKC at the WCWS. I like both teams' chances.
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The irony of that situation is still easy to recall. Going in to OKC last year, OU was the already-crowned champ. Then UW went 3-0, and they seemed on the verge of that crown. As we know, the last team expected to win it all, did, against all conventional wisdom. What if Garcia doesn't throw that gopher ball, and what if Alvelo doesn't suffer a relapse in the final? 
It seems likely that this coming season will also be full of its own "what ifs?".
But, an OU/UW final would be fun.
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I'm saying that, with the pitching they've got coming back and in, they don't have to match their 2018 offensive numbers to achieve the same or a better win-loss record. Why is that laughable? They had a six-game losing streak (to UCLA and Oregon), when Alvelo was struggling with an injury. A ten-loss or better season is very much within their reach (especially considering that Oregon has been "gutted").


Hope Alvelo stays healthy and they don't have to rely on the "Big East POY" to any extent. Like taking a newborn from the Kiddie Pool & throwing them into the Deep End without a Mae West. 

Which is exactly what Oregon is getting ready to do with their transfer from Va Tech. Got a bad feeling their defense will feel more like being downrange during a Mortar Barrage.
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<< Washington seem to be ignored and it confuses me. They were one of the most consistent teams last season and they’ve not lost many players. >> (Lauren)


Lauren -  It confuses me... when you think that Washington  is being "ignored".
They are in the top 5 of every poll... and rightfully so.
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