FINALLY, A GOOD WEEK FOR ME! I went 6-2-1 in Week 12, with my two losses stemming form the UCLA-Oregon series. I picked the Bruins to win that series 2-1, but the Bruins swept the Ducks instead. The tie came from the Washington State Cougars, who had their game against Portland scheduled for Monday postponed.
In the Pac-10, the Beavers remained on top of the standings despite dropping a game to the California Golden Bears on Saturday. The second place Arizona State Sun Devils didn't play a Pac-10 series this weekend, and instead knocked the Long Beach State 49ers off of the NCAA Tournament bubble by sweeping the Dirtbags in Tempe.
Now we enter a new week, with the marquee series being Cal State Bakersfield @ UCLA. Both of these teams are on a bubble of some sort. Starting with the Roadrunners, UCSB is currently on the wrong side of the bubble to make the NCAA Tournament. In order to stay on the bubble, they will likely need a series win against UCLA this weekend.
The Bruins are currently on the wrong side of the bubble for a 1 seed. Right now, the Bruins appear to be the fourth best two seed, so if they want to move up, a sweep this weekend is vital.
In case you missed our first posts, I'll be predicting every Thursday-Monday Pac-10 game throughout the season, and I'll keep the records of everyone who joins in at the comments section.
So, here's my Week 13 picks.
Washington (Friday, vs Oregon State, Saturday-Sunday, Oregon State, Monday, Pacific)
Prediction : 1-3
You never know what is going to happen between two regional rivals like the Huskies and Beavers, but I think Oregon State handles the Huskies with ease this weekend. With Andrew Susac, Jake Rodriguez, and Adam Duke in the lineup for Oregon State, not to mention Taylor Starr, who could also return to action this weekend, the Beavers seem unstoppable.
The Huskies should be able to finish the weekend on a good note when they host the Tigers on Monday.
Washington State (Saturday-Monday, Arizona)
Prediction : 1-2
This is an important series for the Wildcats, as more than one loss would likely put them on the wrong side of the bubble with only two weeks left in the season. I think Arizona takes care of business though against a struggling Cougar team and heads back to Arizona with a 2-1 record on the weekend.
Oregon (Friday-Sunday, Stanford)
Prediction : 0-3
After being swept last weekend by UCLA, it's tough to pick the Ducks not to get swept again by a good Stanford team.
Oregon State (Friday, vs Washington, Saturday-Sunday, @ Washington)
Oregon State's pitching staff should just simply over-power the Husky hitters in this series. The Beavers have won two in a row after hitting a bit of a rough patch, and you should expect that trend to continue this weekend in Seattle.
More predictions after the break
Stanford (Friday-Sunday, @ Oregon)
Like I said above, the Ducks are really struggling right now and Stanford is hot. Gotta go with a Cardinal sweep.
USC (Friday-Sunday, Arizona State)
The Trojans haven't played in 10 days, and that should hurt them against a rolling Sun Devil club. The Trojans should put up a fight in all three games, but I can't imagine ASU dropping one.
UCLA (Friday-Sunday, Cal State Bakersfield)
I think the Roadrunners and a good pitcher in Mike McCarthy upset UCLA on Friday night, but the combination of Trevor Bauer and Adam Plutko should be too much for the Roadrunners to handle on Saturday and Sunday. I think UCLA wins the series, but a one seed will become almost impossible without a sweep of UCSB.
Arizona (Saturday-Monday, @ Washington State)
Like I said above, this is really a matter of whether the Wildcats will sweep Washington State or just take the series. I say the Cougars steal one, but Arizona could easily sweep as well.
Arizona State (Friday-Sunday, @ USC)
Like I said above, the Trojans might come in a bit rusty since they haven't played since May 13th. USC should keep the games close, but I think the Sun Devils keep rolling with a sweep in Los Angeles.
Record (Either a win, loss, or tie, based on correctly predicting that team's record for the weekend): 51-53-12, Goal: 68-67-11