Tag: Brian Goldstein

Flurry of Deals Continues: Chicago Tees Up Two, Toronto-Ohio Deal

The trade floodgates have opened as teams decide early on whether they are contenders or not. Chicago has pulled the trigger on two major deals that will cement their status as rebuilders right into 2019 and possibly later, while Toronto and Ohio have worked out an exchange of top-level minor league talent that could impact both teams later this season.

First, Chicago has offloaded two rotation features to the Denver Danger, giving them Mario Morales and Greg Whittingdon in exchange for 2018’s NCAA home run champion Brian Goldstein (Iowa) and RF Shintaro Matsushita. Continue reading “Flurry of Deals Continues: Chicago Tees Up Two, Toronto-Ohio Deal”

NCAA Week #2 – UCLA Bumps Arizona, All-Star Voting Opens

The PAC-12’s UCLA Bruins have pushed Arizona State down a notch to take the top of the NCAA power rankings for week #2, after sweeping their 2-game sets against city rivals USC Trojans and a pair of blow-outs over the Oregon Ducks, and starting it all with a 1-1 series split against Texas A & M.

The Bruins are now 11-3 after two weeks, with their pitching staff bearing the brunt of the workload in keeping them on top. The Bruins pitching has the lowest ERA (4.71) in the NCAA after Michigan State (4.39). The NCAA average is floating at above 6.00, as all teams have found power in their lineups as the home runs continue to pile up.

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NCAA Week #1 – ASU Takes Lead in Power Rankings

Arizona State launched themselves to the top of the Week #1 NCAA power rankings, after the first full week of baseball wrapped up yesterday. The Sun Devils topped Indiana Hoosiers in the rankings, 168.5 points to 144.0.

ASU had a near-perfect start to the year, going 7-1 so far, and undefeated at home after four games. It’s too early to tell if this will remain the case, obviously, but the Sun Devils are pleased to take an early lead, though in terms of run scoring, NC State Wolfpack have the advantage so far with a +36 differential after opening the year 6-2, and also going a perfect 4-0 so far at home. Continue reading “NCAA Week #1 – ASU Takes Lead in Power Rankings”