This Week in the Pac-10, May 20: Arizona at Stanford and ASU’s baseball appealby Scott Terrell on May. 20, 2011, under Sports
TWIT-Pac loves when all Pac-10 teams play conference series at the same time, which means TWIT-Pac is fired up about the final two weeks of the regular season.
Can Oregon State hold off ASU? Will the Arizona Wildcats and Stanford play to three ties? Will UCLA finally put its pitching rotation in the right order?
Around the league we go…
#28.4 ARIZONA (32-17 / 11-10) at
#28.0 Stanford (28-18 / 10-11)
These two teams are one game apart in the standings, four apart in total wins, six apart in the RPI and just 0.4 apart in the average rankings. Now watch, the series will be three blowouts.
USC (20-28 / 10-11) at #5.0 OSU (37-12 / 16-5)
The Trojans have won four of their last five Pac-10 series. The Cats have to feel really good about sweeping USC.
#10.6 ASU (36-13 / 14-7) at Washington (15-32 / 5-16)
The Sun Devils need to take all three if they want to make one last run at Oregon State.
#29.2 Cal (29-16 / 12-9) at #24.2 UCLA (29-19 / 14-7)
UCLA needs the same sweep as ASU since the two teams currently tied for 2nd meet next week.
Oregon (28-24 / 7-14) at WSU (22-25 / 6-15)
Duck and Cougar fans are just hoping it doesn’t rain.
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In case you missed it ASU just now had its appeal hearing. Since the Sun Devils are eligible for the postseason until a decision is made there’s no way they’ll be kept out of this year’s tournament. Heck, with the speed that the NCAA is handling USC’s football appeal, you might want to pencil in ASU on your 2012 baseball bracket as well.
Moving south on I-10, don’t look now but the Wildcats are the hottest team in the league. Arizona is 8-2 in its last 10 games which is better than UCLA and Stanford’s 7-3.
Officially, Andy Lopez is sticking with his normal pitching rotation of Kurt Heyer on Friday and Kyle Simon on Saturday. But you can’t blame him for contemplating a switch.
In his last four starts Simon is 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA and a 9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. During the same span Heyer is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA and only 3.5 K’s for every walk. Over the last month Heyer has become Garfunkel to Simon’s…well, Simon.
If the Cats are going to do anything in June both Heyer and Simon need to be at the top of their game. They were expected to be co-aces but the duo hasn’t earned wins in the same Pac-10 series all year. That’s a pretty good reason why this team is only one game above .500 in league play.
Konner Wade will be making his fourth straight start as the anchor in the rotation. Kurt, Kyle and Konner. You always want your starting pitchers to have a lot of K’s.
The Brothers K.
The KK… Yikes. Do not use that one.
A quality start from each pitcher would be appreciated, no matter what you call them.
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