Exactly. Can't develop much not playingGot to have a hitting team to win certain games....especially if you are not deep in your pitching. Dueck...still lots of ???????.
This team needs 7 more Partains at bat. She makes contact and makes it look so easy. Thank you Hansen for showing up in the sixth.
Still do not understand the strategy of this coaching staff. Hate to say it, but next season appears very rough, with both returning pitchers and many bench players needing so much development.
Agreed. This team is far from being in the national conversation.The implications of today’s 8-0, 5-inning shellacking was tough to process as a die-hard fan.
I know now how this season is going to end. I have seen a roughly equivalent Gopher team before, in 2015, 2016, and 2018. A good team but with enough perceptible weaknesses to know where this is heading. This will be a team that does very well in the Big Ten (top 3, maybe 4 in the conference), makes the NCAA tournament, and gets buzz-sawed by the regional host. And I should be fine with that. There are about 10 other Big Ten programs that would love that 2021 season. But, I would just like the chance for a little more during this Super Senior class’s last season.
The implications of today’s 8-0, 5-inning shellacking was tough to process as a die-hard fan. I maintain that if they want to give their Super Seniors, their whole team and fan base for that matter, anything close to those 2017 and 2019 teams, a player who is currently sitting on the bench is going to have to get to be a starter in games and really perform swinging the bat. It’s worth the risk.
I'd say the closest in recent memory was in 2019. I felt the Gophers could compete with almost anybody that year, the showing in OKC notwithstanding. This year? No chance.Are Big Ten teams ever really in a reasonable position to compete nationally with the best programs in the other four power conferences?
Short answer is, on a year-over-year basis, no.Are Big Ten teams ever really in a reasonable position to compete nationally with the best programs in the other four power conferences?