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2020 Gators Preview: Pitching Improvement at Forefront (Scott Carter)

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  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    2020 Gators Preview: Pitching Improvement at Forefront
    Scott Carter / UF Senior Writer
    A closer look at the 2020 Florida baseball team with the season opener Friday at McKethan Stadium.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Prior to Tuesday afternoon's practice at McKethan Stadium, Kevin O'Sullivan tossed out various scenarios for the lineup, potential midweek starters and possible bullpen roles. Some will stick. Some won't. The early portion of the season is a time for experimentation.

    "There's a lot of things we're going to try and tinker with, but I can assure you the lineup in the beginning of the year – not just personnel, but where guys hit in the order – will change,'' O'Sullivan said. "We'll try different things to see what the best lineup ends up being at the end of the year. Some of these decisions are not easy and sometimes they're not right, either. We'll move some guys around and we'll give some guys opportunities."

    As O'Sullivan enters his 13th season in charge of Florida's baseball program, he is ready to get the season started on Friday night against Marshall. The Gators are coming off a 34-26 season and though they made the NCAA Tournament, it was an uncharacteristic season under O'Sullivan's watch.
    Most notably because of the team's 5.37 ERA, which ranked 13th in the Southeastern Conference ahead of only South Carolina's 5.51. The mark was Florida's highest under O'Sullivan, surpassing his inaugural staff's 4.39 ERA in 2008 by nearly a run, and the program's highest overall since the school-record 6.01 ERA set during the 2001 season.
    "Our pitching was just not good. It's that simple,'' O'Sullivan said. "Last year our offense might have been one of the most resilient offenses we've had."

    Meanwhile, Florida's offense ranked fourth in the league with a .284 average and its 77 home runs trailed only national champion Vanderbilt (100) and Arkansas (88) in the conference.

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  2. oneatatime

    oneatatime GC Hall of Fame

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    Surprised to see the scant bullpen mention of Nolan Crisp, who led the team in saves last year, despite being occasionally used as a starter.

    If I am not mistaken was supposed to be a senior in high school last year, but enrolled early. Looking for a big step forward from Crisp.

    "Sophomore right-hander Nolan Crisp, who led the team with eight saves last season, returns to offer some flexibility"
     
  3. gatorbogey

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    There was a lot of pressure to live up to expectations last season.

    after last season, still pressure to perform, but, perhaps the expectations have tempered a bit. Now, maybe, guys can go forge their own destiny, write their on chapters without trying to act out, or live up to, the pre-written narrative, you know?
     
  4. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

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    I think the title of this article should have been:

    2020 Gators Preview: The Need For Pitching Improvement At Forefront.

    But that’s just me......
     
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  5. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

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    Really struggled late season, fall, and preseason. Not sure where he fits at this point unless he figures some things out
     
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