FYI: Chat on

I’m here for the next 30 minutes. Anybody out there?

— PA


20 Responses to “FYI: Chat on”

  1. EglinReb Says:

    Busy weekend. Are you in Kentucky? Covering Men’s Golf at all?

  2. djrebel Says:

    Eglin, I’m actually in town. We don’t do a lot of road baseball coverage before postseason. Lots of newspapers reign in and save a little money in the spring. We’d have gone if it was for the SEC West or overall, but the way things are jumbled and the way the Rebels have played down the stretch, I’m in here in Tupelo. I’ll be covering the State-Arkansas series, because Gregg is taking a a few vacation days.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Eglin, you got a take on the baseball series?

  4. Mooch Says:

    Any chances Cullan Kight gets more opportunities with the short(er) RF porch? OM can not get swept this weekend, or it is over for 2008.

  5. djrebel Says:

    Don’t know about Kight. He doesn’t seem to be high on the list of key reserves, but the short porch might change that. I think the most likely scenario is Ole Miss wins one. I don’t know if that will be enough to get them into the SEC tournament.

    — PA

  6. Mooch Says:

    Also, since Button did make the trip, how much do you think he’ll play?

  7. djrebel Says:

    He’s been out for a couple of months. I think he’s probably rusty and would be used in certain situations, as a pinch-hitter maybe, rather than jumping into a start at shortstop.

    — PA

  8. Mooch Says:

    What’s the situation with Kyle Thornton? Shoulder injury or was he signed to as a position player for next year?

  9. EglinReb Says:

    Lot like Ark last year. I guess we’ll see. You point re:home runs earlier in the week is what I’ll be watching

  10. djrebel Says:

    Kyle wasn’t one of Tupelo’s top pitchers this year. He had some shoulder problems, maybe from pitching too much last summer. My understanding is that’s gotten a little better. I think Mike likes him as a combo pitcher and position player. He’d like to find somebody to fill the roles that Stephen Head and Brian Pettway used to fill. Matt Smith was going to do some of that this year had he not blown out his shoulder on opening day.

    — PA

  11. djrebel Says:

    These Ole Miss starters have trouble keeping the ball in the park, and now they’re going to a place where it’s 310 down one of the lines. The starters need to be on top of their game. Ole Miss needs Lance Lynn to really carry the game a while tonight if the offense is going to be like the offense has been lately.

    — PA

  12. RebDog Says:

    I don’t feel like doing the math. Would two wins guarantee an SEC tournament berth for Ole Miss?

  13. Mooch Says:

    Thanks PA, one last one if u don’t mind, and sorry in advance for changing the subject, but…….JPowe make his grades or not and do you ‘think’ he’ll finally play FB at OM this fall? Thanks again!

  14. djrebel Says:

    Yes, because regardless of what everyone else does, two wins for Ole Miss would put the Rebels past Kentucky.

    — PA

  15. cr Says:

    An interesting stat in SI this week on the Cubs. Their average pitch per hitter is the highest in the majors at 3.93. Their on-base % is also the highest and most importantly their runs scored is the highest. I noticed that only MSU has scored less runs than us so this so called aggressive approach we are taking ain’t working. I doubt the average pitch per hitter is available for us but I wish we made it more important – especially early in the game in an effort to get to their bullpen.

    The Cubs also have the second best record as of today behind the Snakes (d-backs).

  16. djrebel Says:

    No problem, the Powe subject is never far away. There’s been no public statement, but my understanding is that he did make his grades. My guess is he’ll play, but I’m interested to see how the SEC weighs in on this.

    — PA

  17. djrebel Says:

    CR, I like an aggressive approach and preach it to my 11-year-old son. But I maintain that working a pitcher deep into the count is also an aggressive approach. Aggressive means being assertive and forcing your opponent to play the style you want. If you work a pitcher into the count, it wears him down for the later innings. That mean’s you’re taking control, and you’re being aggressive. Walks are an important part of the game. Look how many score when the guy behind them hits a home run.

    — PA

  18. cr Says:

    It is tough being aggressive early because the pitcher is fresh and typically is able to hit his spots and has more movement. As the game progresses and an opportunity develops as did last Sunday in the seventh you hope the starter is tired and under pressure leaves one over the plate. Which reminds me – do you think baserunning was discussed this week?

    I would teach an 11 year old to be aggressive too because it is fun to hit and when it is not fun anymore they quit playing.

    Lead off walks almost always score.

  19. djrebel Says:

    Ha, I thought about that. I think baserunning was discussed Sunday in the huddle before Mike and the players ever got to us.

    — PA

  20. J. Moore Says:

    Thanks guys.

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