I do not think Eltzroth is still on the team. I belive he went home a little while ago.
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A scoring rule that has always nagged at me - why does the ENTIRE blame (in terms of ERA) for inherited baserunners who score go to the previous pitcher? Shouldn't the guy who actually let them score get some of the blame? I'm thinking of this today because the Tigers' Joba Chamberlain finally had his totally misleading 1.something ERA explode to 3.something after he started the tenth and gave up 3 earned runs. I suspect that both he and Al Albuquerque (whose ERA is also 3.something) would have ERAs well over 5.00 if they received any blame for inherited runners who scored.You realize that when Sparky was with the Reds he had the name Dr. Hook? Sparky gave his pitchers very little room for error. He pulled pitchers early all the time. Not sure he would handle the pitching staff any differently. He was a good manager though. I was very sad when he left the Reds.
While a reliever who takes over a bases loaded (or even just man on third) situation with no outs who holds the opponent to a single run has done an excellent job, a reliever who comes in with men on first and second and two outs and gives up two runs has done the job of an arsonist!
So ideally, position of the runners and number of outs could be factored in, but that gets potentially very complicated. I doubt it will ever happen, but can anyone explain why a simple .5 run for each of the first guy who let 'em on and for the reliever who let 'em in wouldn't be more fair and illuminating?
(And maybe it would even help brain-damaged managers like Brad Ausmas make better decisions. He lifted finally cleared-to-play Bruce Rondon after two batters - both of whom he struck out - and totally wasted the two best relievers the Tigers have: Blaine Hardy and Alex Wilson - pulling Hardy after 3 batters, and two outs, and pulling Wilson after ONE batter, an out. It may have been a blessing that the Tigers did not tie it in their tenth inning comeback - they no longer had a single player on the bench, and essentially no bullpen - and that is in only TEN innings! I realize Sparky Anderson is dead, but some days I think he would STILL be better than Ausmas! )
The NCAA has last year's strength of schedule for the Mideast Region listed here http://web1.ncaa.org/champsel_new/exec/pdf/staticpdfrank, but they have yet to update it with 2015 information.Unfortunately the link does not work. You probably have to go to the site and navigate to it yourself.
Not really a big shock about Wooster when you consider their SOS ranking was 237th. Scheduling wins didn't impress the committee. Same can be said for Northern as their SOS ranked 118th(ish). Sad to see ONU left home, but not making the OAC tournament hurt in more ways than one (Not getting the SOS points, Not getting the chance to win against good competition, not winning it outright, and the perception of not being good enough to make your own conference tourney)....Well it is easier to have a SOS playing in the OAC, Yes you have Cap, Muskee and Wilm. But then you have Berg, ONU, Matietta, and John Carroll. And some years you can include Mount. I know ONU used to not be on that list but I cannot see them dropping out anytime soon. Your SOS, I believe, and may be wrong, is against teams in your region. So having that lineup in your conference helps. Plus the fact you play round Robin DH. In the NCAC you are stuck with the teams in your division and you play them 16 times. That really hurts your SOS. I agree Wooster did not do themselves any favors. scheduling the likes of North Park, Pitt Bradford, and Olivet. But the way the NCAC is set up it can be hard to get an appropriate SOS. Especially since SOS is calculated against teams in your region:
I've said in years past, the OAC teams need to schedule more difficult opponents on a consistent basis.
Some thoughts about the OAC tournament.
BW is a dangerous team without a top tier pitcher. They can swing it a lot. But their pitching (despite only giving up a 3 run homer in their second loss) was probably the worst of the four teams. Waite's disappearance from that elite status from the prior year was a big difference in their season this year.
Berg has two arms and not much else on the staff. Motorman eluded to this earlier, and I completely agree. Manner has put up good numbers but he is far from dominant. He is a good #2 guy though and will make them a tough out in game two of any tournament. Beyond that, the Berg faithful better hope they can bash their way through a game after game three. Hendrixson is probably the best pitcher in the OAC. He is really good. You would have to feel pretty good about any game he starts being a W.
Marietta's pitching is so wildly inconsistent it is hard to know what to expect. Even Herstine had a less than optimal outing in his start in the OAC. Crowl is effective and solid one day, the next teams hit him quite easily. Same can be said for many of the other guys on the staff. One day they are great, the next day they are woefully mediocre. Fortunately for the Pioneers the bats came alive in a big enough way to get the wins needed (and once they stopped trying to give games away.....Have never seen the likes of outfield errors by a Marietta team. Very uncharacteristic).
Best of luck to all of the OAC schools as they head into Regional play.