Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by dadx4, Dec 10, 2019.
I am hoping to make a super regional would be nice.
Have to ask the mouse in my pocket.
My expectations haven’t really been formulated yet.
Kinda predicated on what we look like on the mound. Can an expected starter elevate his game to “singer ace level”? Can we get another Byrne like closer?
I sorta anticipate improved hitting. I like the outfield. Unknowns, still, with many new faces in the in-field - or familiar faces playing different positions. Catcher is still a big “if”. But I anticipate improved play there just from a “competition hones skills” aspect.
With Sully: the target is always Omaha.
I believe we will be better on the mound and in the infield, the outfield will likely be the strength of the team but the infield will be playoff level by SEC schedule start, I don't think Sully will have a second down year from the moundsmen, not in his DNA so I think he will find a way, more/better coaching? combined with elevated hitting, based on Fall Ball I think catching will be just fine and Brady is either in the infield maybe platooning or DH.
If we have a catcher, we'll be ok.
While Catcher can be easily cited as a position of need, I think there is still a lot to be proven on the mound. The offense was good enough last year to compete at any level. This team has to be better on the mound. Need guys like Mace and Leftwich to excel in draft years and fresh faces to help where needed.
Winning in Omaha without an elite arm or two is very tough. You will face a true ace almost every game. If you can’t compete on the mound, you will lose.
This team will be defined by the mound in my opinion and there are a lot of questions to be answered.
This thread reminds me that Southwest opened up their flight slots for June, thanks!
I think we will have an improved winning record, not so much for better pitching, but a better SEC schedule. Yes we have a few arms coming back but we will have to rely on freshmen to fill many of the gaps. I still suspect our pitching will be unreliable for most of the season. Our hitting should be better in conference play because of what we saw in fall ball and a better SEC schedule that should not be as difficult on our batting order. All this does not guarantee any more success in the post season but if our record is much better we might get to host an NCAA round or two.
Comes down to the mound. Offense was there last year. Can the Friday Saturday guys take a step and win 7-10 games?
Several posters have eluded to this very point—IMHO, all of you are correct—
Straight from the hip, here it is—
To be both Gator Baseball (SEC) efficient and Sully proven this is the line, there is no other one—
Starting pitchers HAVE to chew up the oppositions batting order to a tune of TWO complete times (6innings per start) this will leave the bullpen strong to command the back three shutdown innings—
I don’t know if our guys are on that level yet.......
I do have high hopes!
Are their best prices on “triple the tickets”???
I am cautiously optimistic.
I'm trying to be cautious of any optimism.
Until I see Mace or Leftwich perform consistently as a Friday guy, I think UF’s ceiling is still a surprise regional win. UF has to have an ace and unless it is one of the freshmen, I am not sure UF has one.
based on the uneven performance last season and not much better in Fall Ball I think your assessment is on target, mine is glass half full wait and see how they show up and perform in a couple of weeks
Agreed—and in all actuality Greg, for season and post season success we will need two aces.......
All this reminds me of Forrest Gump's comment:
'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get."
We need improvement everywhere.
How much will veterans improve and which newcomers step up?
Personally, I find it all fascinating.
Honestly the team should hit very well. They lose McConnell and Nellie. Both big contributors. Dalton didn’t hit well last year so from a production standpoint not a critical loss.
Add in a lot of experience for a bunch of last year’s Fr, the offense should be very good.
The defense should be decent. SS and C can’t be worse. The outfield will be excellent.
I think the team is largely “known” except for everything on the mound. Starters and relievers. Lots of innings coming back but results???