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deltaland
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How is our fielding so bad?
Good Lord. Great baseball team but we can’t field worth a shite. Worst I’ve seen in a long time from a state team


The Winner
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
We've had worse.

But there's no doubt about one thing about Mississippi State Baseball. It always finishes last to LSU.


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Hailstate15
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
7 errors on the weekend. We need hatcher at short and westburg at DH. At least try it


Al Bundy Bulldog
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
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We need hatcher at short and westburg at DH. At least try it


No we don’t. Hatcher is left handed and plays 1B/OF


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Requiem For A Dawg
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
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7 errors on the weekend. We need hatcher at short and westburg at DH. At least try it


I would want Lemonis fired immediately if we trotted out a LH SS.


Hailstate15
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
My apologies I guess I didn't realize he was a lefty. Either way Westy cant play short. Move him to DH and find something that works


The Winner
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
I'm interested to see how we play against an underrated Tennessee team in Knoxville. It's a series I fear we lose 2. But it's one where we can make a statement. Let's make a statement and sweep them. Was our last series over there the one where they swept our sorry 2015 team? Yeah let's sweep that


Hailstate15
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
Well we left the bats in Starkville. Jake at least remembered his


The Winner
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
I know the BS Controversy in all which Tennessee scored their runs. And that's one of the most BS things I've seen.

But at the same time you cannot expect to win games in the SEC even against the worst teams and only score 1 run. That's a problem.


The Winner
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
Good series win. Any SEC Road series win is a good one.

Now let's sweep Alabama.


Hailstate15
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
Agreed. alabama has a really good team guys. dont take them lightly.


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deltaland
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
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But at the same time you cannot expect to win games in the SEC even against the worst teams and only score 1 run. That's a problem.


It’s not a problem they have good pitching and we had one of those days where we kept hitting right to the fielders.

One of those “that’s baseball” games.

I’ll take a series win on the road all day every day


BobLeeDagger
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In your head
Member since May 2016
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
It's extremely concerning to me. You'd be hard pressed to find a recent champion that wasn't near top of the fielding percentage ranks. Most of ours errors are due to composure issues that I think will rectify itself moving forward the more baseball that is played. We don't have a lot of flow in our defensive game, a lot of our players panic when the ball is hit their way. They need to remember that slow is smooth and smooth is fast.
This post was edited on 4/8 at 1:32 pm


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The Winner
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One of those “that’s baseball” games.


There's no such thing as "that's Baseball"

There's winning and losing.

I'm sure you were saying "that's basketball" when MSU struggled a bit in conference play....


deltaland
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Mar 2011
49518 posts

re: How is our fielding so bad?
Sure there is. Sometimes you hit the ball solid many times and just get a bad bounce or keeps not finding a gap. Usually due to the type of pitching and the spin on the ball. There’s a reason you play a 3 game series because it’s too easy for a way worse team to get 1 fluke win.

And Tennessee isn’t a bad team they have some great pitching


The Winner
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
No it's an excuse dubbed by Ron Polk to compensate for his mediocrity coaching that for whatever reason stuck around.

And yeah pitching is the big reason for the 3 game series.

But there's not a big difference between basketball and Baseball in that respect which is why the MLB and the NBA do 7 game series.

The NCAA just can't pass up the money deal for the NCAA Tournament and that's why that's one and done.

I don't think Auburn was better than North Carolina in the slightest. But they hit 3s so "that's basketball" I guess.

Same thing with most of our upsets since 96. Doesn't mean we suck or had a bad coach. Just is hard to win a one and done scenario. But it's why I love it more than Baseball or Football. And of the major sports it's MSUs best shot at a National Championship. I don't think Texas Tech has that much better of a program and they were at the National Championship game this year with a chance to win. We can do it as well. Just takes luck and skill.


Cdawg
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
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But there's not a big difference between basketball and Baseball in that respect which is why the MLB and the NBA do 7 game series.

There's a huge difference between a physical game of NBA vs a skill/finesse game of MLB. And the NBA does a series strictly for money. Playing a single Bucks/Warrior game on a neutral court would work.

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I don't think Auburn was better than North Carolina in the slightest. But they hit 3s so "that's basketball" I guess.

Or NC didn't do enough on defense to stop it. So no, basketball isn't like baseball. A ball leaving a hand and coming off a bat is different than a game that requires an actual physical matchup.



The Winner
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Member since Nov 2016
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
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There's a huge difference between a physical game of NBA vs a skill/finesse game of MLB. And the NBA does a series strictly for money. Playing a single Bucks/Warrior game on a neutral court would work.


Like I said. The NCAA does a single elimination for money. The mens basketball tournament makes so much money for the NCAA that they will do any other olympic sport to any other format.

Mens Basketball really needs to be a double elimination or best of 3 like baseball does. Simply because the game is much more dependendent on hot shooting as opposed to physical post as the game once was.

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Or NC didn't do enough on defense to stop it. So no, basketball isn't like baseball. A ball leaving a hand and coming off a bat is different than a game that requires an actual physical matchup.


You cannot cover everyone at every moment in basketball. There are shutouts in baseball, not in basketball. Which is why it is an offensive game. Hot shooting in the modern game triumphs any defense/post play.



I just do not understand why our fanbase gives all of the exuse in the world to our underperforming baseball program, when they have basically done as much as our undersupported Mens Basketball program.

The difference is our fanbase eats up Ron Polks Mediocre "thats baseball" excuse. And thats why we do not win national championships and why teams like LSU and Oregon State win in this sport


Cdawg
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
That's not just a Ron Polk quote. But I do agree about the underperforming baseball program. It pisses me off to see schools like Oregon St, Coastal Carolina, even Vandy win it all.


Godawgs4
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Aug 2016
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re: How is our fielding so bad?
Fielding percentage is currently .972. That is below average. That needs to be .975 and needs to get to .980 which would be good.
.985 would be excellent.

Now it seems over the last 10 games, we have seen improvement in the field. Hopefully that will continue throughout the rest of the season.

Now to say the baseball program is underachieving leaves me scratching my head. The only thing we have not won is a NC. A number of other good programs have not won a NC. This year’s team is 29-6 and 8-5 in the SEC. Does that qualify for underachieving?

Considering we have had 4 head coaches over the last four years, this team is playing very well.

Please enjoy our success and worry less about some of our imperfections. We are going to make some mistakes but I like the grit of this team. That should serve them well in the post season.


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