After such a promising and impressive series win against UNC, the baseball team blew a 7 run lead against the Bulldogs and lost in extra innings. It has now been two days since that embarrassing loss, and Tech baseball looks to finish the season strong on the road in Coral Gables. Miami is 33-20 on the season and is the 20th ranked team in the country, but has lost two of their last three series, which is good news for us.
Miami has an excellent pitching staff with a combined ERA of 3.17, but only gets 4.49 runs per game from its offense. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech manages a lofty 6.88 runs per game, but has a larger combined ERA of 4.52. If Tech wants to win this series, the offense is going to have to get on base and score runs against Miami's stellar starting pitching.
The projected starters and times for the games are below. All three games can be seen on CSS or ESPN3.com and WREK Radio 91.1 FM.
Thursday May 16th, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
Georgia Tech RHP Buck Farmer vs. Miami LHP Chris Diaz
Friday May 17th, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
Georgia Tech RHP Dusty Isaacs vs. Miami LHP Bryan Radziewski
Saturday May 18th, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.
Georgia Tech Jonathan King vs. Miami LHP Andrew Suarez
Both teams have their aces ready to take the mound on Thursday and Friday (Diaz and Radziewski have sub 2 ERAs), and I expect Farmer and Isaacs to have successful outings. Miami struggles to get on base, so if Tech's aces can command their pitches, they shouldn't have much trouble navigating their lineup. I really expect two great low run games to start the series, since each pitcher knows how important this series is for their respective teams. Both teams have struggled recently and would love to end on a positive note.
Tech would love to play well going into the postseason with a series win, but there are some important questions they'll need to address as a team before the ACC Tournament begins. In the last four games, the team has shown the ability to score runs late in the game when their backs were against the wall. That's a great characteristic for a team to have and they'll need to do it at some point in the postseason. The major issue with this team, however, is they lack a true killer instinct. When they went up by 7 runs on Tuesday, I expected them to keep fighting for more runs and play with some controlled anger after that disappointing blowout the last time we played uga. Instead they let uga back into the game and blew a huge lead. I understand it was a rivalry game, but the team got too comfortable and that's a problem. Georgia Tech will have an early exit in the ACC Tournament if they get comfortable with a sizable lead. I don't believe this is an issue that can be fixed overnight, but a big series win against Miami can help them gain their confidence back.
Georgia Tech needs to come out against Miami and play with a sense of urgency. If they get a lead for Farmer or Isaacs, they need to keep pushing and play their game. I really like the make up of this team from top to bottom, but Danny Hall is going to have to get them mentally prepared for the ACC Tournament starting with tonight's game. This series means a lot for this team and its outcome will give us a glimpse of what to expect in the postseason. Am I overreacting to the results of the uga game? What do you expect out of the Miami series?