Wildcats on “easy mode”by Brad Allis on Jun. 05, 2012, under Sports
My intention was to tune into ESPNU and watch the Arizona baseball team host a regional at Hi Corbett Field. I would have loved to go out to the games, but family obligations prevented that. The good news is that supposedly the games would be televised.
Something happened. Instead of getting to watch a very good Arizona baseball team, I instead had to watch someone playing a baseball video game stuck on the easy setting. I mean, how else do you explain what we saw this weekend?
Only in video games do teams bat nearly .500, score double figure runs every night and have three pitchers throw gems. That just does not happen against teams that won the Big East and Big 12.
Come on, real baseball teams do not score 47 runs in three games, against good teams. The Wildcat pitchers held Louisville and Missouri to 10 runs and had all four starters pitch at least eight innings.
Remember, they got rid of the old aluminum bats before last season.
I must have been watching a video game, there is no other explanation for what we saw. The Wildcats had 58 hits, batted .472 AND got great pitching and defense.
In real life college baseball teams do not use four pitchers in three games. That’s right, just one relief pitcher saw action.
In a real college baseball series, a pitcher going eight innings, surrendering four runs and just 10 hits would be the best outing of the weekend, not the worst. Konner Wade was the lone Wildcat hurler not to finish what he started. Kurt Heyer and James Farris each pitched complete games.
In a weird case of synchronicity, all three pitchers gave up two earned runs a game. Each had at least one unearned run.
Heck, even the scores were similar as Arizona won 15-3, 16-4 and 16-3.
Here is why the Wildcats must have been replaced by a video game. The Wildcats scored more than 15 runs just four times all season. Two of those were 20-run outings and another was against Eastern Michigan. No Pac-12 team gave up more than 13 to the real Wildcats, yet two conference champions supposedly did? I am supposed to believe that?
Could we seem more of it this weekend? Supposedly Arizona will host St. John’s in a Super Regional (more like a Super Nintendo Regional). Although the Johnnies (or Red Storm or Redmen) beat 6th ranked North Carolina twice on their home field, they also lost two of three to Louisville this season. The same Louisville team that gave up 32 runs in 17 innings over the weekend.
This past weekend did not seem real and hopefully that lack of reality will continue all the way to Omaha.