Wolfpack Baseball (20-15, 6-12 ACC, 5th Atlantic) kicks off its longest homestand of the season (4/18 thru 5/12, 15 games) this weekend as they welcome Boston College to the Doak for a 3 game series.
Normally, this is where I would good-naturedly give BC a really hard time, waxing philosophic, and perhaps even poetic, about how bad they are at baseball.
And make no mistake, they ARE bad.
So then, why am I not going to give them a hard time about it? Because all things considered, right now we are in the very same boat they are.
People in glass houses, and so on and so forth.
State may not be as bad statistically as BC, or even as bad as far as wins and losses are concerned. At least not quite.
But where it counts, State is currently in the exact same boat as BC (as well as ND and VT). That is to say, those four teams (BC, ND, VT and NCSU) are the four worst teams in the conference in the only category that counts….wins and losses.
Which is also to say, those four teams are currently on the outside looking in with regard to the ACC Tournament which is only a month away.
If the Pack wishes to change that, and at this point I’m not even certain they care one way or another, they had better start this weekend.
12-24 (3-12 ACC, t6th Atlantic); Last 10: 4-6; Streak: Won 1
2013: 12-40 (4-25 ACC)
(There will be no individual player stats this week because frankly, my heart’s not in it.)
Offensively, BC is last in the conference (or, rarely, second to last) in all meaningful statistical categories including:
- Batting avg (.228, last)
- HR (3, last)
- RBI (107, last)
- Slgpct (.283, last)
- OBP (.314, last)
- Runs scored (114, last)
- Total hits (274, last)
- Walks (134, t11th)
- Stolen bases (27, 13th)
The one offensive area where BC isn’t totally putrid is Ks. BC batters have struck out 224 times this season, good enough for 5th best in the conference.
They’re not AS bad at pitching/defense as they are offensively, but they’re still pretty bad:
- ERA (4.27, 13th)
- Against avg (.261, 12th)
- Ks (221, 13th)
- BBs (147, 11th)
- Hits allowed (310, 10th)
- Runs allowed (184, 12th)
The one pitching area where they have been effective is HRs allowed (6, t1st)
Fldpct – BC is below average in the field defensively at .963, but just barely.
Elsewhere in the ACC this Weekend
- Duke @ VT
- Carolina @ UVa
- Clemson @ Pitt
- FSU @ Wake
- GT @ UMd
- ND @ Miami
Games Schedule – Pitching Probables – TV
- Friday 4/18 6:30 pm – Carlos Rodon vs John Gorman – No TV
- Saturday 4/19 6:30pm – Patrick Peterson vs Andrew Chin – ESPN3
- Sunday 4/20 1pm – Logan Jernigan vs Jeff Burke – ESPN3