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Happy Thoughts: There’s Baseball Today

Forget about the misery of the basketball team, for a day.

NCAA BASEBALL: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt was scheduled to have a three-game series against Pepperdine starting on Friday.

Instead, after being rained out both Friday and Saturday, they’ll try to get two games in today. Starting at 9 AM.

Here’s your open thread for the day. There’s also a lacrosse game at Furman, and women’s basketball is at Mississippi State.

Addendum by Andrew VU ‘04:

Skip Church and Head out to The Hawk, as it is Dansby Swanson Bobblehead Day.

Praise be.

Here were the original pitching matchups:

FRIDAY 4:30pm CT (SECN+): RHP Drake Fellows (0-0, 11.25 ERA) vs. RHP Jonathan Pendergast (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

SATURDAY 2:00pm CT (SECN+): RHP Patrick Raby (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. LHP Easton Lucas (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

SUNDAY 1:00pm CT (SECN+): TBA vs. RHP Cooper Chandler (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Of course, seeing as we are playing only two games today rather than three over the course of a weekend, I would expect the pitching plans to be altered. On Vanderbilt’s end, I would still expect Fellows and Raby to be your game 1 and 2 starters, respectively. However, expect Corbs to go to the pen much quicker than he usually would have if either gets into trouble, as we will have more fresh arms then you can shake a stick at. Personally, I can shake a stick at 10 fresh arms at a time, and I’m quite good at shaking sticks at fresh arms. Still, more.

What will be even more interesting is what Corbs and Brownie do next week. Will they try to run Fellows out there on short rest, or will they use Hickman or Rocker next Friday, so Fellows will be only short one day of rest, Raby will be on full rest, with the idea that the following week, they return Fellows to Friday and Raby to Saturday both one day short. That’s what makes the most sense to me (as we really don’t need to battle Ace vs. Ace until SEC play, as few non-conference teams will have a true ace), but an alternate plan would be to pitch all at their regular spots, but just put Fellows on a pitch count (say 75) and go to the pen after 4 IP.

Today’s Jersey

Two words: Flag sword.

Yet more words: American Abstract Woody the Woodpecker.

The verdict: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Today’s Lineup

This is almost exactly the same as the planned lineup for yesterday. The one switch is that Ty Duvall will be behind the plate, with Philip Clarke serving as DH. Expect them to swap back for game two today, as catching a double-header is hell on the knees. Looking forward to seeing what Harrison Ray can bring to the hot corner.

See you in the comments.