The now 6th Ranked ‘Noles took care of business this past weekend at Wake Forest and moved into a tie with Clemson for first place in the division at 10-5. Anytime you sweep a team on the road it is a task to be applauded but the way Florida State accomplished this just continues to cause concern as we move closer to tournament time. As the baseball season wears on it resembles the situation FSU faced with football more and more. An aging coach who is completely out of touch with the way the game is played, whose coaching staff consists of friends who contribute absolutely nothing to the team. The play on the field also draws similarities, think of the starting pitching staff as the 2009 FSU Football defense. They severely lack the ability to stop an opponent from scoring runs (points) thus solely relying on our offense to carry the team to victory. You might also be able to compare the bullpen to the special teams, coached by someone who was/is completely inept at their job yet somehow produces and helps the team out in certain situations primarily due to their level of talent.
Game 1 - I am in the camp that believes Sean Gilmartin is not a frontline Friday ace but he did do what a solid #2 starter should do against an inferior opponent. The sophomore lefty pitched 7 strong innings on Friday night allowing only 1 run on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6. Tyler Holt sparked the offense by going 3 for 5 with 3 runs and 3 RBI which included a homerun. Devon Travis also hit his 1st homerun of his career and Parker Brunelle continued his good hitting making a case that he should be the everyday starting catcher. FSU 10-1
Game 2 - Gilmartin's performance on Friday night provided some hope that Geoff Parker might have a decent outing against a less than potent lineup. 14 batters into the game Parker continued to prove that he does not belong in the weekend rotation with his inability to throw strikes his ERA has now moved to north of 10.00 in ACC play and should be relegated to the bullpen from here on out. The bullpen did a great job of holding the Deacons scoreless in the final 6 1/3 innings of the game and the FSU offense did just enough against the Wake Forest starter. FSU 5-4
Game 3 - Much like Parker this weekend might have been John Gast's last opportunity to prove himself worthy of being a weekend starter. Those dreams came to a screeching stop when Wake Forest plated 6 runs in the first and 2 in the second chasing Gast from the game. The ‘Noles bullpen didn't fare much better due to a combination of errors, hit batsmen, passed balls and walks they allowed the Demon Deacons to score 14 runs through 4 innings. The FSU offense held pace trouncing the Wake Forest starter scoring 11 runs in 4 innings. Daniel Bennett stopped the bleeding for the ‘Noles throwing two shutout innings while the FSU offense continue to add runs and despite a solo homerun off of Mike McGee in the 9th innings the Seminoles snuck out of Winston-Salem with a sweep. FSU 17-16
The Seminoles are now half way through the ACC season and in my opinion they are in no way looking like a team that can make a run come the post season.
Mike Martin Logic Defying Move of the Week: What do you do with the worst hitter on your team? Why get him as many plate appearances as possible of course! Much to my delight #11 moved stud 3B Sherman Johnson in the 2nd spot in the lineup last week but apparently his .339/.439/.446 slash line is just not getting the job done. For Sunday's game Martin inserted Steven "The Golden Child" Cardullo back into the 2 spot. It is so great to see a guy who posts a .175/.288/.190 slash get the second most plate appearance on the team. Martin's constant tinkering with the lineup is frustrating beyond belief and proves that he refuses to use tools and methodology that helps prove what is an optimal lineup.
Florida State Baseball Commit Update: Pitcher/Shortstop Peter Miller from Tampa's Cambridge Academy committed last week. Being from the Tampa area I am familiar with prep baseball and Cambridge is the dominant school at its level (2A) but they do feast off of inferior opponents. Take a look at who this kid has faced and the scores of the games.
Florida State takes on the Florida Gators tonight in Tallahassee and with a victory they will have won the season series 3-1. Starters for this game have not been announced.
The Jacksonville Dolphins travel to Tallahassee on Wednesday night. FSU has yet to announce their starter as it will probably be dependent on who pitches Tuesday.
Duke hosts Florida State this weekend and they seem to be a team that takes advantage of poor pitching as shown this past weekend when they took 2 of 3 from Clemson. Come back later this week for a preview.