Friday, April 29, 2011

Mizzou Baseball: #1 @ #10 has finally been updated this week, so here are the numbers and rankings:
  • Record: MU 17-24 (4-10, 10th place Big 12); A&M 29-12 (14-4, 1st)
  • RPI: MU 122nd; A&M 9th
  • ISR: MU 144th, A&M 19th
  • Strength of Schedule: MU 52nd, A&M 37th
Boyd's World also had updated their RPI Needs list. According to their number-crunching, MU would need to finish out the season 13-0 in order to finish at or near the top 45 in RPI and have a shot at an at-large bid to Regionals. Of course, this does not take into account additional opportunities for wins in the Big 12 Tournament.

Big 12 weekend preview (College Baseball Daily)
Texas A&M has the easiest series this weekend, as they face off against Missouri. Top versus bottom will be all in the Aggies’ favor as they boast the most well-rounded team in the league. Missouri’s best chance of a win will come on Sunday when they march top freshman Rob Zastryzny to the mound.
What we learned in April (
Texas A&M may be the best bet of all the 31 conference-title chases. Sure, the Aggies lead the Big 12 by only one game over Texas right now, but after last week's series sweep of Oklahoma State, the well-armed Maroon Crew has only last-place Missouri, scuffling Nebraska and the offensively derelict Longhorns remaining. The Ags would need a major meltdown to not win this conference.
New positions no problem for Mach (The Maneater)
“I’m just trying to use the whole field," Mach said. "Early in the year I was pulling off on a lot of pitches middle-in, and my coaches really helped me with my approach. I feel really good at the plate.”

Sophomore Eric Garcia, another Tiger enjoying similar success offensively, said the team has faith in Mach no matter where he appears in the lineup.

“He’s a great hitter,” Garcia said. “We can all trust him at the plate to get the job done.”

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