CWS kicks off today

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On Joba and his innings totals

The College World Series (aka the most exciting two weeks in baseball) starts today, and Yankees’ fans get a primo matchup right from the get-go. Sandwich rounder Jeremy Bleich takes to the mound and faces Florida State, where 13th round pick Jack Rye bats cleanup behind 5th overall pick Buster Posey. The game begins at 2pm EST, and can be seen on ESPN. If you can’t watch, you can follow along via CSTV’s ridiculous Game Tracker.

Make sure you check out The College Baseball Blog’s CWS preview to get your head around all the upcoming action, then check out all the box scores and game recaps at NCAA-Baseball’s calender. Baseball America also has a ton of CWS content up on their site, including a 12-page preview, player highlights, and a breakdown of all eight participants. You can find the bracket for the double elimination tournament here.

I can’t recommend the CWS enough, the game is so much more exciting when the goal is to win as a team, not to land a big contract or a postseason award. DotF turned into a game thread the last time a Bleich start was televised, so feel free to comment on the action here.

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USA Today: MLB to adopt instant replay by August
On Joba and his innings totals
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    No one get too excited if Bleich gets hit hard, Florida State can flat out hit.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Bleich’s defense isn’t helping him out any.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gotta love those strike’em out throw’em out double plays.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    That was like watching your two sons fight each other.

  • dan

    Here we go again– Posey vs. Bleich

  • dan

    Question for Mike– how much of a distraction are contract negotiations for players in the CWS? Or are these players not even starting to negotiate until after it’s over?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They can, but they usually don’t. The clubs will just let the players play and then get down to business after the CWS; same deal with HS kids whose teams are in the hunt for the state/national title. It’s really just a common courtesy.

    • Mike R.

      I know the question wasn’t for me, but I am pretty sure that their advisors are laying the groundwork and the players don’t get involved until they are no longer playing.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yeah, exactly. I’m sure Buster Posey’s and Yonder Alonzo’s agents have been in contact with the Giants’ and Reds’ front offices, respectively. Remember, plenty of FO execs played once upon a time, so they have an idea of how important it is to these kids.

  • Mike R.

    I am confused. Do we still hate the Bleich pick?

    Seriously though. This kid looks like he could fly through the system. This is exciting to watch.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No, I like the pick. I made a stupid and ill-informed comment when I originally posted the pick.

      • Mike R.

        So did I and so did 98.9% of Yankee fans. I went apespit when I didn’t see Bleich on BA’s top 200 list. I should have known better than to rely strictly on them as my criteria for judgment.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Castro the Astro? Heh.

  • Simon B.

    “I can’t recommend the CWS enough, the game is so much more exciting when the goal is to win as a team, not to land a big contract or a postseason award.”

    Yeah, that’s a pretty naive sentiment.

    College sports are such a fraud. At least the pro leagues are overt in their profit. This is under the guise and to the detriment of academic institutions.

    If you want to be sure that the players really just want to win, go watch Little League.

    • Jon

      College sports actually tend to lose money for a school rather than make money.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yeah, most non-football sports do.

        • Jon

          There’s been studies done that unless your football team is a powerhouse and wins EVERY year and gets to a big time bowl that football is the biggest drain on of all the sports.

          I think basketball is the one that most often makes a profit.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ah good ol’ dragonfly on the cap.

  • dkidd

    did i hear that bleich’s dad is a yankees fan?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, they said he’s from Brooklyn and everyoen in the family is a Yankees’ fan.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Bleich is dealin’. Most of hit has been grounders that found a hole.

  • JC in DC

    6K’s in 4 innings … not too bad.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    The best thing about college baseball is the aluminum bats. It sucks for pitchers, but it makes the offense never out of it.

    Bleich looks awesome.

  • JC in DC

    His defense could have saved him a few pitches in a couple of innings.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I wonder if he’s on a pitch count. Last week he had a 65-70 limit.

  • dkidd

    not to get all overexcited, but fsu hits like .350 as a team and bleich is shutting them down

    and, he looks like jeremy sisto

  • Guiseppe Franco

    I must say – I really like what I’m seeing from Bleich.

    He really knows how to pitch because he works both sides of the plate as good as any college pitcher I’ve seen this year.

    Very good poise. Good curve ball. Most importantly, no walks.

    Pretty impressive against the top offensive team in the nation.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s a big guy too, wide shoulders and huge thighs, good for a pitcher. Nice easy delivery too. I like.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

        Smoldering eyes, quivering lips, strong chin…….

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

          just kidding Mike, please don’t ban me.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Ban you, for what? Only trolls and people looking to start shit get banned.

    • Guiseppe Franco

      Damn. I spoke too soon when I said no walks.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    To defend my Noles, their tournaments don’t start until they lose their first game. At regionals and super regionals they lost the first game then came back to win the rest.

  • Mike R.

    Bleich is fearless pitching inside and that is with aluminum bats. He is really going to pund the inside half when he plays pro ball.

  • JC in DC

    It’d be great if Bleich can keep everyone hitting it to Schlanders.

  • JC in DC

    Does he have great movement on his fastball or is he “sneaky” fast? Is it the smove delivery? The FSU hitters seem like they’re not squaring the ball or they’re swinging late.

  • JC in DC

    Does he have great movement on his fastball or is he “sneaky” fast? Is it the smoove delivery? The FSU hitters seem like they’re not squaring the ball or they’re swinging late.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It is sneakly fast, it’s got some nice finish to it. He does a nice job setting it up with his offspeed stuff.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, when Buster Posey hits a popup to foul territory, you have to catch it. Can’t give that boy a second chance.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That strikeout was UUUUUUUUGE, as Michael Kay would say.

    • Jeremy Bleich

      I appreciate your sentiment but will take care of business anyway.

  • JC in DC

    Time to pass out some shades in the Stanford dugout.

  • JC in DC

    NICE K!

  • dkidd

    big strike out!!! love that didn’t get distracted by his defense losing the ball in the sun

  • JC in DC

    Who do you root for in this clutch spot? Bleich or Rye?

  • devin

    whos that girl in the f state dug out… WOW!!!

    • devin

      by the way bleich is a good sandwich pick now…hes a absolute steal if he gets to his oppenheimer claimed 93 94

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

      Bat girls. FSU does have a nice tradition when it comes to bat girls.

      • devin

        ive always been a fan of tradition :-)

  • dkidd

    thank you aluminum bat. line drives stay up forever

  • Guiseppe Franco

    Outstanding. Great job by Bleich. I saw some old school Andy Pettitte in that inning.

    Oppenheimer is the shit.

  • devin

    and hes giuseppe franco he wouldnt say it if it werent true…

    • Smitt Dog

      He’s certainly not going to put his name on something that isn’t true….

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hopefully we get a little Drew Storen action soon. That kid is filthy.

    Yay for insurance runs.

  • JC in DC

    Oppenheimer and the Yankees looking pretty good right now. Somewhere in sunny Cali Scott Boras is hearing Cha-Ching!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Slot for the 44th overall pick is around $700k. I can’t see them give Bleich more than $1M really, even with Boras. Joba “only” got $1.15M as the 41st overall pick, and Bleich is no Joba.

  • JC in DC

    I was going to ask how Storen was doing this year … he was one of the ones that got away from last year’s Yankee draft.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s been awesome, lights out as Stanford’s closer. He’ll be a draft-eligible sophomore last year, and very well could end up a first or second round pick.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    The New York papers will have a field day with Bleich’s name when he has a bad game for the Yanks.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    A three run lead in this game seems insurmountable.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Maybe they’ll send Bleich out for another inning, or at least give him a chance to start it.

      • devin

        how many pitches does he currently have? i rather him call it a day as a yankee fan…

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Not sure, guesstimating around 65-70.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Wow, make that 88.

  • JC in DC

    If Stanford makes it to the CWS and Bleich has a good run I can’t imagine that Boras is not going to ask for more than slot. Between Cole and Bleich, I can see Boras getting some nice bonus money from the Yankees.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    I hope the coach for Stanford realizes now who is in charge.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Thank goodness for insurance runs.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gotta love college, coach brings his number 2 starter out of the pen.

  • dkidd

    cashman/oppenheimer can’t have been happy to see bleich come out to start the inning after 90 pitches

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No they can’t, but Stanford’s coach doesn’t work for the Yankees.

    • JC in DC

      At least it didn’t last long!

  • dkidd

    interesting issue to think about. how much should/do college coaches worry about protecting young arms coming off surgery versus winning games? seems more complicated then other sports like basketball/football where it’s harder for a coach to burn out an athlete and/or negatively impact their future pro career

  • Big Al Sal

    why can’t MLBGameday be like this game tracker? it’s so much cooler to see the little animated figures make plays…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously. The college guys put the pros to shame with that Game Tracker.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice, time for Drew Storen.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I hate Time Warner, what a piece of shit. ESPN and ESPNHD just stop working out of nowhere. Erg.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Florida State has outscored their opponents 653-321 this year. Hot damn.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Holy schnikees. This game just went from really good to great.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    College home runs, gotta love ‘em.