Can Bulldogs make another postseason run?

   Dating myself here, but I once covered a Braves team that won 13 games in a row and later lost 19 out of 21. Same team. Same season. Truth, of course, was that those long-ago Braves weren’t nearly as good as they looked during the 13-0 streak and not nearly as bad as they looked during the 2-19 slump.

    Which brings us to this season’s Georgia baseball team, which limps into the SEC tournament today

   The team that won 33 of its first 42 games has won just two of its past 13. The team that won 14 of its first 19 SEC games has won just one of its past 11. The team that was atop the SEC and ranked No. 1 in the nation has fallen to the No. 6 seed in the SEC tournament and the No. 21 spot in the coaches’ poll.

   Look at these statistical splits, comparing UGA’s first 42 games vs. its past 13:

   Rich Poythress: .422 batting average, 20 home runs and 69 RBIs in the first 42 games vs. .245, 1 HR and 8 RBI in the past 13.

   Colby May: .369 BA vs. .265.

   Bryce Massanari: .344 vs. .261.

   Matt Cerione: .314 vs. .246

  Joey Lewis: .309 vs. .222

  Levi Hyams: .282 vs. .214

  Team BA: .312 in first 42 games vs. .237 in the past 13 games.

  Trevor Holder: 3.79 ERA in 10 starts through team’s first 42 games vs. 7.64 ERA in three starts in team’s past 13 games.

   Justin Grimm:  4.12 ERA in nine starts  vs.  5.03 ERA in four starts.

   Alex McRee: 2.19 ERA in eight  appearances (all starts) vs. 11.72 ERA in five appearances (four starts).

   Dean Weaver: 1.01 ERA in 21 relief appearances vs. 9.35 ERA in five relief appearances.

   Staff ERA: 3.86 in first 42 games vs. 7.42 in past 13.

   No wonder the losses have been piling up of late.

   The question now is whether, in the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament, the team can revert to earlier form.

   “This is a new season,” coach David Perno said of tournament time. “What we did the first half doesn’t mean anything, and what we did the second half means less.

   “We’ve got to take advantage of the opportunity we still have. We’re going to Birmingham [for the SEC tournament]; we’re going to [NCAA] Regional. We’ve just got to get things going.”

   Perno insists that, at the start of the season, he “would have taken” a 35-20 overall record and 15-15 SEC mark for his young team, given the personnel losses from last year’s squad.  Those are the team’s records  entering today’s SEC tourney opener vs. Ole Miss. “I would have taken it in February.  I wouldn’t have taken it in April, because of the first half we had,” Perno clarified.

    Georgia made a big postseason run last year, finishing as the College World Series runner-up.  Might there be a postseason run in this team, as bad as it has looked of late?

   Well, if so, it probably would have to start with Poythress — the first-team All-SEC first baseman — breaking out of his slump.

   “It’s been a rough three weeks for us,” Poythress said just before catching the bus to Hoover, Ala. “But it’s one of those things about baseball: We might show up Wednesday and be the best offensive team in the country. We definitely haven’t looked like it of late, but it’s definitely possible. There’s enough talent in this lineup and this dugout to do anything, I believe.”

    Do you believe?

 

21 comments Add your comment

Spike

May 20th, 2009
8:04 am

Come on Dogs!! Shake off the slump and GATA!! You guys have the talent, now go do it!!

WTF???

May 20th, 2009
8:52 am

uga_b

May 20th, 2009
9:06 am

I believe baseball is wholly unpredictable over a few games and they just need to get hot. If they played more series instead of round robins, that might be different.

That being said, if the made it to a Super Regional I think that would be an accomplishment.

uga baseball

May 20th, 2009
9:28 am

I think it is pretty apparent that this baseball team was never as good as billed in the first of the season..Most of those 33 wins came against teams that are so far down on the RPI list that you really have to look to find them. I see two games and done at the SEC Tournment…

LSU Baseball SEC Champions

May 20th, 2009
9:31 am

uga 0-2 in the tournament, lucky to get into a regional..BTW how is that a team can lose 11 out of 13 games and stay ranked?

Dawg Fud

May 20th, 2009
10:21 am

i guess because they are even worse teams below us. kind of like how LSU can lose two games and still play for the football nat’l championship.

WTF???

May 20th, 2009
10:29 am

LOL @ Dawgfud…. Good one brother

LSU Baseball SEC Champions

May 20th, 2009
11:01 am

“LSU can lose two games and still play for the football nat’l championship”

WTF does this have anything to do with baseball, UGA would have been a two loss team also that year playing for the NC…

Cuz

May 20th, 2009
11:09 am

I believe in hope, I believe in change and I believe in audacity. Just not necessarily in that order.

murfdawg

May 20th, 2009
11:35 am

The problem is not with the Dawgs. They are who they are…a 35-20 team.The players they lost from last years team could not be replaced with freshmen. The problem, just as it was with the football team being ranked #1 in preseason, is the sportswriters don’t know their ar$e from a hole in the ground. I don’t know how UGA became the target of the media to promote an unproven team as the best in the land. After they pump up a team with an unproven line, a freshman infield, a difficult schedule, and a rash of injuries, then they get to write columns about what happened. What a sorry way to make a living. These are still 18-21 year old kids playing these games. But journalism in the 21st century is sensationalism not fairness.

Tim, try to get your fellow sportswriters to be a little more objective in their predictions. If you need some help for football, call me.

Braindawg

May 20th, 2009
1:13 pm

Just like a kid can become pumped up from reading about themselves in the media, they can have a good inning, build confidence, win a game and then another and another, and then find themselves in a conf. championship. Good things can be contagous, but then again so can bad things. I think that UGA baseball team can win the SEC, but I feel they’ll lose in the championship game. Go Dawgs!!!

gte268p

May 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

No, they can’t.

AltamahaDawg

May 20th, 2009
2:36 pm

I guess if that article, which is just a rehash of what everybody already knows doesn’t get enough hits, the AJC comes up with a BIGGER sensational title for it, huh? Oh lets see if putting it in a banner as if it’s something new will help.

Pago Flyer

May 20th, 2009
3:56 pm

Just like the football DAWGS…ranked # 1 and boom…it’s all over!

AltamahaDawg

May 20th, 2009
4:42 pm

4-1 lead in the top of the 6th on a Cerione grand salami.

DawginLex

May 20th, 2009
6:25 pm

Dawgs win. Gators lose. Pretty good start to the tournament.

TECH STILL DOESN’T WANT TO PLAY US IN A REGIONAL…………

Reality Check

May 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

Enter your comments here

BUZZ

May 24th, 2009
7:21 pm

Class versus Crass

This just in: Georgia Tech will host yet another NCAA Baseball Regional and the University of Georgia will NOT.

Other regional sites: Arizona State, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas, and TCU.

Another 45-42 in my opinion.

BUZZ

May 25th, 2009
2:42 pm

Stick a fork in the Dawgs. They are “two and through” in Tallahassee. It’s only 3 hours from Jacksonville and 5 hours from Georgia Tech where they can’t win either. Better buy some Vince and Hershel books to read again this Christmas to get that optimism back. The real world has been unkind to you guys this year! 45-42 was just a small part of it. LOL.

Reality Check

May 25th, 2009
3:02 pm

“From Georgia Tech where they can’t win either”. Please Buzz, I believe it was us who knock you out last year. If you are referring to Jacksonville for us not having much luck with Florida in football then I would have to agree with you but that’s pretty lame to use another team to talk smack. When is the last time Tech has consistently beat UGA in anything. You will probably have to get out the history books to find it because it hasn’t happened much in the last 10 years. Please find away to deal with your jealousy. Tech has one good year against UGA in the last 15 to 20 and my how quickly they forget the last 8 years of consistently beating you in pretty much every sport that each institution has to offer. I believe you do have a 2 year win streak in basketball over us coming off arguably the two worst seasons ever in UGA basketball. Congratulations!

Reality Check...

May 27th, 2009
2:32 pm

After several month’s, Tech fans still need a reality check…