I'm skeptical about this upcoming weekend. Both Baylor and Maryland are better than UNC and Virginia, including better pitching. Minnesota really struggled offensively against pretty middle of the road pitching this past weekend. The Gophs definitely have the talent to compete with and beat Baylor and Maryland, but they haven't put the pieces of the puzzle together yet. On the other hand, if Minnesota can have a strong showing, this could be a turning point for the season. How do people think this is gonna go?
I honestly feel coming out of this weekend, they need a split between the Maryland/Baylor games. A&M commerce has to be a win. I don't see them winning both games vs Maryland and Baylor in the pool games. Maryland is 8-1 and their only loss was to Cal Baptist (Mike Smith head coach) which also no hit Wisconsin on opening weekend. Baylor is 8-1, and their only loss was to #7 Arkansas where they scored 7 runs to Arkansas 11.
If they come out and go 2-2 vs Maryland and Baylor, that is a successful weekend. But these teams will give us problems. Both teams will pressure you on the bases, and have about 25 stolen base attempts each. For comparison...we have 10 total attempts. And both of these teams are stealing bases at a high percentage. So we need to limit walks/errors/HBP, etc...keeping them off the bases has to be priority number 1.
Baylor pitching is definitely better than Maryland, but we need to have more consistent at bats. Too many k's and pop ups for my liking. The ball has to be put in play.
0-3 vs Baylor and Maryland is not a good sign for the Gopher squad. Which then means they need to beat Commerce twice and against a 2-9 team that is bad shouldn't be a problem. But I thought the same thing vs Colgate....so...yeah.