The Scarlet Knights have come down from their Winter Wonderland to visit Hotlanta for a weekend series. Tech has faced Rutgers 34 times in Danny Hall's tenure. In 34 attempts, Rutgers has only defeated Tech 7 times. Tech leads the all time series 38-11. Tech currently holds a 7 game win streak over the Knights.
Rutgers' first 6 games of the season were against BCS schools. The Knights dropped two of three to Miami and swept the Michigan Wolverines
. And no, they didn't play in Ann Arbor or New Brunswick. The series was played in St. Lucie, Florida. And despite the Knights winning record, they're not the greatest foe on the plate for Tech's 2011 schedule...
The Knights only have three hitters batting for .300 in 2011. In fact, the team OBP is only 31.9%. If I had to pick out two offensive players to watch in the Rutgers series, I'd pick out Michael Lang and Brandon Boykin. Lang is a senior outfielder with the best batting stats out of the group. He's one of those three guys with an above .300 batting average. Boykin is the base stealer amongst the Rutgers lineup. He's attempted 4 steals in 6 games.
Speaking of stealing bases, Rutgers has given up 2 stolen bases per game since the onset of the season. They've only struckout 5.8 batters per game as opposed to Tech's 10 strikeouts per game. Tech has also only allowed 3 stolen bases in 9 games.
Only seven pitchers have thrown for Rutgers in 2011. They pitched the same three starters against Michigan and Miami. Tyler Gebler has had the most success of the three with a 1.20 ERA and 1 win. Gebler has gone 7.5 innings per game so look for Rutgers to push the pitch count for Gebler to protect their bullpen.
I hope Tech can at least take 2 of 3 against Rutgers if not sweep the Scarlet Terrors. Tech needs some W's. Go Jackets!