Tuesday, June 9, 2009

CWS Field set; Boss's predictions

The CWS is set, and its looking like a pretty good field.

top half:
#1 Texas d #16 TCU
unseeded Southern Miss (who took out #9 Ga Tech and #8 Florida en route)
#5 ASU d #12 clemson
x #4 UNC d #13 ECU

bottom half.
#3 LSU d #14 rice
unseeded UVA d #13 Ole Miss
unseeded Arkansas d #10 Florida State
#2 CS Fullerton d #15 Louisville

So, basically the top 5 seeds advanced to the CWS, and the 6,7,8 seeds were taken out by a vastly underseeded UVA, a very powerful Arkansas team that went from the #1 ranking mid-season to a tailspin just prior to the SEC tourney, and a total upstart in Southern Miss.

The top half of the CWS is packed. 1,4,5 national seeds and #1,2 and 4 RPI rankings. Its going to be very tough to advance for any of those teams. UNC's pitching took a big step up in the super regional, while Texas struggled. ASU seems like a one-trick pony in Leake while Southern Miss seems in over their head. I think UNC battles back but can't overcome the losers bracket.

The bottom half seems weaker: #2,4,7 nationally ranked teams and 3,4,6,14 RPIs. Its definitely a strong group. Fullerton has just pulverized teams and plays a brand of baseball that nobody really can match. UVA is the dark horse, but I'm not sure they can keep up the underdog story all the way through. LSU knows Arkansas and beat them 2 of 3 in Arkansas but I don't think they can overcome Fullerton.

My predictions:
top half: Texas, UNC, ASU, Southern Miss
bottom half: Fullerton, LSU, UVA, Arkansas

CWS final: Fullerton takes out Texas to win their 5th national baseball title.

No comments:

Post a Comment