Baseball America weekend preview
Nebraska's Joba Chamberlain has coaches talking about his poise and scouts raving about his pitching repertoire, writes Baseball America's Will Kimmey.
|A week after Nebraska's Joba Chamberlain faced NC State, another first round-caliber right-hander from the Midwest meets a powerful East Coast offense. This time it's Missouri's Max Scherzer bringing his mid-90s b.b.'s to Gainesville to face No. 2 Florida. Three of the first four hitters in the Gators lineup -- juniors Adam Davis, Matt LaPorta and Brian Jeroloman -- played with Scherzer on Team USA over the summer, with Jeroloman catching Scherzer. The great pitcher beat the great hitters a week ago, and we'll see whether that adage holds true once again.|
The pick this week isn't a city but a mascot, and we like Bulldogs of all types to play the role of underdog.
Start with Fresno State to knock off Stanford at home. The FSU Bulldogs got swept to open the year but are 6-3 since and can put up plenty of runs. Now, Stanford has won five of its six games against Cal State Fullerton and Texas, but the Cardinal has experienced trouble getting on the scoreboard, a 13-9 decision Monday against Texas notwithstanding.
It's fun to call Gonzaga the Zags, but the team also is the Bulldogs, and we like these Dogs to cross their state and get two wins at Washington this weekend. At 7-2, Gonzaga already has beaten two Pac-10 teams: Arizona State and Oregon State.
This pick leaves us the least comfortable, but how about Georgia's Bulldogs grabbing a pair of home games against cross-country-traveling San Diego? While we're at it, let's go ahead with Gardner-Webb's Bulldogs to grab two games at their weekend tournament, in which the team will face Charleston Southern, Virginia and Hofstra.
Sophomore Pat Venditte is listed on Creighton's roster as "RHP/LHP," and he worked as both in the same two-inning outing last weekend in a 3-2 loss to Illinois-Chicago. Venditte threw two scoreless innings, striking out the side in the seventh inning -- throwing right-handed, left-handed, then right-handed again.
Q: When did you start throwing with both arms?
Q: What do you do against switch hitters?
Q: Do you have to use two different gloves?
Q: What kind of reactions do you get? Do people think you're weird?