Remember in 2016 when the Rangers had all kinds of luck on their side, and it helped them post a 36-11 record in one-run games? Well, 2017 has been about trying to restore balance to the universe, and the scales it’s using for that task hit the Rangers right in the face Monday night.
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The Cubs ended up holding off the Nationals for a 5-4 win to kick off their series, and they can thank Javier Baez’s defense for helping them to that. Baez made two impressive grabs during the game, and who knows what might have happened if he hadn’t.
Florida, on the other hand, features just one batter currently averaging above .300, Nelson Maldonado at .303; his on base percentage is an impressive .449, however. The Gators don’t necessarily play small ball they’ve bashed in a handful of home runs in the super regionals and CWS so far but they house nowhere near the power as LSU. Their most trustworthy bat, JJ Schwarz, has a tendency to fall dead asleep at times, forcing guys up and down the lineup to handle run duties. Deacon Liput, Dalton Guthrie, Ryan Larson, and Austin Langworthy have all broken out as separate game heroes, with last season’s star, Jonathan India, virtually disappearing from discussion.
Both clubs have put together solid seasons of work, fought their way through a shredder of a postseason, and earned their spots in the College World Series best of three final. They’ve met already this season, with Florida taking a 2-1 series win in Gainesville.
But still, the power stats don’t really matter at all. This series will be won or lost at the plate, but we shouldn’t expect an abundance of scoring.