I did awful in week one, but so did most college baseball predicters around the nation. I correctly predicted three teams records last weekend, missed five of them, and two others were ties because of cancellations. In case you missed our first post, 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 2 picks.
Washington (Friday-Sunday, @ Cal State Bakersfield)
Prediction : 2-1
The Huskies main problem last weekend was pitching, but luckily, the Roadrunners also struggle at the mound. Expect all of these games to be close, but I think Washington escapes Bakersfield with a series victory.
Washington State (Friday-Sunday, UC Santa Barbara)
Prediction : 2-1
The Cougars disappointed me last weekend by not getting a seep in Bakersfield, so it's tough for me to give them a sweep again against a 3-0 Gauchos squad. Instead, I say they only go 2-1.
Oregon (Friday-Sunday, St. Mary's)
Prediction : 3-0
Most Duck fans were upset at their 2-2 performance in Honolulu last weekend, but Oregon's two losses came by one run against a tough Hawaii team. On the other side of the field, the Gaels have not been impressive so far, sitting at 1-1 after just two games. I'm giving the Ducks a sweep in this one.
Oregon State (Friday, vs Connecticut, Saturday, @ Texas A&M CC, Sunday, vs Indiana, Monday, @ UTSA)
The Beavers spend their second straight weekend away from home as they go down to Texas for the Kleberg Bank Classic and a single game against UTSA. Connecticut will be the toughest game of the four, and I think the Beavers drop that one. But while TAMCC and Indiana both had good starts to their seasons, Oregon State should be able to handle them, especially if they get more great performances from Ben Wetzler and Cam Booser, both Freshman starting pitchers.
The UTSA game will be a tricky one, as this will be the Roadrunners fifth game in four days. But UTSA will also be excited for the chance to play a Pac-10 club, and will have home field advantage on their side. But I think fatigue will set in as the game wears on, and Oregon State should be able to escape Texas with a 3-1 record.
California (Friday, @ Coastal Carolina, Saturday, vs NC State, Sunday, vs Kansas State)
The Bears went 2-0 against the Utes in a series shortened by rain, and dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker on Tuesday night against rival Stanford. After a long day of travel, I think Cal drops their opener against a good Coastal Carolina team, but they should be able to get victories against the Wolfpack and the Wildcats.
More predictions after the break
Stanford (Friday-Sunday, @ Vanderbilt)
The Cardinal open up the season with their first 10 of 11 games against ranked opponents, and this weekend will be the toughest as they face #4 Vanderbilt. I have a feeling that Stanford is going to prove me wrong again after winning their series against Rice last weekend, but I can't pick against my pre-season favorite to win the CWS Championship. I've got the Commodores winning this series, but don't be surprised if Stanford escapes with a 2-1 record instead.
USC (Friday-Sunday, @ Rice)
Prediction : 0-3
This time it's the Trojans turn to take on the Owls, and it will earn them my first prediction of a Pac-10 team getting swept this season. Don't be surprised if USC is in all three games, but I can't see a young team like them getting a win in one of the most hostile enviornments in the nation.
UCLA (Friday-Sunday, San Jose State)
This Bruin team is crazy good. At the rate their going, I might pick them to sweep every series this season. Just kidding, kind of. UCLA has dominated on the mound so far, only giving up one run in their first four games. It may have just been San Francisco and Pepperdine, but I am hopping on the UCLA train early this season.
Arizona (Friday-Sunday, @ Long Beach State)
This Long Beach State team should be improved from last season, but that isn't saying much. The Dirtbags are 1-3 so far on this year, and I think a very talented Arizona will come into Long Beach swinging and smelling blood.
Arizona State (Friday-Sunday, Delaware (4 Games)
The poor Blue Hens come all the way across the country for a series against the Sun Devils, and all they get are some nice memories of the team hotel.
Record (Either a win, loss, or tie, based on correctly predicting that team's record for the weekend): 3-5-2, Goal: 100-45-5