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In Topic: Adios Erstad

05 June 2019 - 07:12 AM

cant blame the guy.  tough to justify missing out on your kids life if you dont have to.  

In Topic: Huskers headed to Okie St regional

03 June 2019 - 12:04 PM

I'm on the fence with Erstad.  on one hand, I view him as a bargain price head coach in his first head coach job who's pretty much been learning as he goes.  


recruiting has been an issue previously, but part of that has to do with the B1G restrictions on baseball schollies, plus it seems to have picked up recently, as last year's class was pretty good and already has contributors.  


last year with the injuries I think you can give him a pass


otherwise, he's been decent at making the conference tourney and a regional most years, which is probably all that we should expect from a baseball program in this conference and the weather, etc


the issue for many has been his postseason performance, since up until this year they had only 1 postseason win in several years


midseason I thought this team sucked, and I thought NU had to figure out how the fuck to teach hitting asap


but, the end of the season they appeared to be peaking at just the right time.  but baseball is also a fickle game.  team has a 2 run lead in the top of the ninth vs the #9 ranked team in the country to be able to take a commanding second win in the regional, only to see a kid jack a 3 run HR to make them lose, then get clobbered in the losers bracket.  one out from being in great position to advance to a super to being 1-2 and bounced from the regional  oh well.  


pitching is going to be the concern next season.  


they graduate:


Waldron SP

Fisher SP

Eddins SP

Henwood 2B

Atavilla 3B


and really that's all they lose from contributors from this past season.  but yeah, losing the entire weekend starting rotation might sting a bit.  


but, on the flip side, that's a lot of offensive production to be returning next season, plus most of them are young and were playing their first full season so have more room for improvement


NU returns Roskom/Hellstrom at C, Gomes at 1B/closer (maybe), Hagge, Acker, Palensky all return in the OF, Schwellenbach, Hallmark, Chick all return in the IF


once some of those younger players get a year of S&C under their belts, a bit more power should come, especially for players like Gomes, Schwell


I wouldnt be surprised to see the staff try to transition Palkert to a starting role, but then again, sometimes guys are just more comfortable coming in out of the pen, and it's nice to have a lockdown long reliever.  wonder if Luensmann will ever recover from his injury, whether it's mental or physical.  otherwise you're looking at Perry as probably the top dog starter heading into the offseason.  Tillotson has a shot as well.  lots of young arms to give it a go, though.  

In Topic: Huskers headed to Okie St regional

02 June 2019 - 06:28 PM

and then get smoked in the final game to go home.  


oh well, probably a better ending than anyone would have predicted after the midseason slide.  


also have to like that a lot of young players got plenty of experience this season...

In Topic: Nebrasketball roster

31 May 2019 - 08:45 AM

as expected, Roby keeps his name in the draft.  


I think I read most of the team reports June 9th to start workouts, so I expect we'll start hearing some stuff shortly thereafter.

In Topic: Nebrasketball roster

22 May 2019 - 02:24 PM

I firmly thought that Hoiberg would tell Thor there wasnt a spot for him on the roster same as he did most of the other kids, but I believe he's been quoted as saying that they're done for this recruiting cycle.  


maybe if the kid doesnt cut it by earning a spot in the rotation with all of the newcomers that he'll be encouraged to move on after the summer?  


I think the rule regarding coaching changes is that in the first year the players can be "moved" to a non-bb scholarship and stay at the school and attend for free, but not play, but only that first year of a new coach... not sure if that's a calendar year, a school year, or what.  


the very little I watched of the games was basically at the end of the season when Thor actually got more playing time due to all of the injuries, and I was not impressed.  I didnt think he had a great shot and I didnt think he could create his own shot.  I think he did ok on defense, maybe that's why they wanted to keep him?  have a sort of defensive specialist that they could use to try to irritate the other teams leading scorer?  


it will definitely be interesting to see how it all shakes out and which players stand out to earn the most minutes.  


I do agree, though, that I'd find it difficult to say no to a top transfer if they wanted to come here when you possibly have the option to drop a kid from the roster but not take away his free school...