As we close in on opening day, we’ve talked at length about Georgia Tech’s conference, its schedule, and its roster. But now, with only three days left until opening day, it’s time to go full Babe Ruth and call our shots. Take a look at our predictions for this season, starting with our best-case scenarios.
Danny Hall can recruit with the best of them, but I think the biggest personnel boost this year would be getting his two sons healthy and into a super-sub kind of role. With the right players in the outfield in the lineup, and getting some talented freshmen at least some playing time, Tech not only sets its lineup up for success this year, but for the future as well. I see Tech mashing the ball with the best of them, and if the pitching can build on a positive turn last year, Tech assuredly makes it back to the big dance.
I’ll peg best case at 39-16 with a couple of ACC tournament wins and a regional back at Russ Chandler for the first time since 2011. The staff did a good job putting together a tough schedule for the boys this year and so they shouldn’t need to hit the magic 40 win plateau to be able to get into the top 16. Once the NCAA tournament starts, anything could happen.
Our schedule analyses kinda gave my thoughts on this season away a little bit, but in short, if everything goes right, this could be a very, very successful season on the Flats. A few sites have us pegged as dark-horse contenders for Omaha, and while I can’t fully commit to that vision, my pie-in-the-sky vision has Danny Hall and the boys finding 40 wins on the schedule, a few wins in the ACC tournament (maybe all of them?), and hosting a regional. Will the Jackets get hot in their regional and make it back to Omaha for the first time since 2006? Hopefully — like Ethan said, once the tournament starts, anything can happen.
I think I’d put our best case at 42-13 with a regional and possibly a super regional, but I would certainly not expect such a huge season until we’ve seen some signs that the pitching staff is ready to play at an incredibly high level. The secret here is that Georgia Tech has had a ~40 win ceiling for years now just by virtue of the recruiting classes that Danny Hall brings in, but the lack of player development has been a killer.
Coming in here with the late add, I’d say the best-case scenario for the Yellow Jackets would be a nice 40-win season and a run in the ACC Tournament. Some solid play there would then propel Tech into the NCAA Tournament, where they would likely be eliminated pretty early on. But I’ll say they make it to a Super Regional, and then Danny Hall surprises everyone and rides off into the sunset with an ACC title and Super Regional appearance.
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