Florida State Seminoles Travel to Clemson Tigers: Series Preview and Game Thread


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The 7th Ranked Seminoles (18-9) wrap up conference play this weekend by traveling to Clemson (15-12) with a 3 game lead in the Atlantic Division.  The ‘Noles need just 1 win to wrap up their 4th straight division title and secure at least a #2 seed in the ACC tournament.  The Clemson Tigers are coming off a disappointing road series last weekend that saw them lose 2 of 3 to Wake Forest after expectations of a sweep. 

Inside we will take a look at the pitching and offenses. 

Pitching:

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Clemson lost 3 of their starters from 2009 and are experiencing some growing pains while Florida State continues to flounder in developing pitchers.

Pitching Probables:

Thursday May 20th - 7 PM - Clemson, SC - Radio: 1270 the Team/94.3 FM - TV: CSS - GameTracker

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The ‘Noles have dropped 4 straight games in which Gilmartin has started and to think he is going to put us in any better position than he has before doesn't make any sense.   Casey Harman was hammered by a pitiful Wake Forest team but overall has had a good season and would immediately be the best pitcher on this Seminole staff. 

Friday May 21st - 6:30 PM - Clemson, SC - Radio: 1270 the Team/94.3 FM - GameTracker

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Brian Busch is coming off his best start of the season and a repeat performance should give the ‘Noles an excellent chance of winning as Scott Weisman doesn't do anything to make me believe that FSU cannot put runners on base. 

Saturday May 22nd- 1 PM - Clemson, SC - Radio: 100.7 FM - TV: RSS - GameTracker

Neither team has announced their Game 3 starters and to expect FSU to find someone that can be effective at this point in the season isn't going to happen.  FSU is allowing 6.8 runs on Sundays while Clemson is allowing 7.1.

Offenses:

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Much like FSU you never really know which offense is going to show up on any given night.  Brad Miller (1.143 OPS) and Kyle Parker (1.201 OPS) have pretty much been crushing all year and if Jamey Shouppe suggests grooving a 3-0 fastball to them then FSU is in serious trouble. 

Florida State still has a shot at a National seed by sweeping Clemson this weekend and advancing deep in the tourney but predicting this series given both teams inconsistent play would be a complete shot in the dark. 

Come back tonight at 7:00 as we will be using this article as a live game thread since 2 of the 3 games will be televised.

Go Noles!

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