ScoopTalk: So many strikeouts, so many men left on base

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  • Reggie says:

    Hoosiers blew it. Plain and simple. Questionable coaching. Did you watch the game Harv or coachv?

  • Lou4IU says:

    Dustin or anybody else – I’ve recently not been able to see or access the videos you do, like the one above – is the problem at my end – I just have a black box on my screen – anyone else having this problem – any suggestions – Thanks, Lou

    As for last nights game – so much has gone so well to get this far; just could not take advantage of several scoring chances while up 3 – 1; that ballpark makes you manufacture runs and last night we just fell a little short – losing makes for a tough road, but I think it can be done – Go Hoosiers

  • IUBASEBALL says:

    Reggie, How is failing to execute a SAC bunt, baserunning errors (which happened for both teams), not getting ahead of batters and not getting hits with RISP questionable coaching? I agree with your first point, they did blow it. They had pleanty of opportunities and they did not capitalize on them. The only reason MSU got back into the game was becuase the pitchers were pitching from behind. They played a bad game. Teams are allowed to have bad games. Unfortunately, they had one during the CWS. Just remember, coming into last nights games they had won 11 of their last 12 games. This team will bounce back and play great tomorrow night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up winning 3 in a row to make it to the championship series.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:


    Can’t really say they “blew it.” Do you give a top hitter on MSU a fat fastball pitch over the heart of the plate in the 8th inning with first base open and two outs in a tie game? I think I throw him a lot of junk outside the corners. It’s my understanding that Tracy believes in going after hitters in the “big” ballpark…That’s fine if all hitters and scenarios are created equal.

    That being said, it’s still very hard to second guess any team and coach that has had such unprecedented success. Isn’t it something like 20 years since a Big 10 team has even been to a college World Series?

    I wasn’t able to catch the 9th inning…Sounds like this team never quits. I wouldn’t count them out.

    Our basketball team’s initialization at the hands of a Syracuse zone, where there appeared to be absolutely no answer and no adjustments, speaks to a much greater possibility to second guess coaching and strategy.

    But expectations do account for a lot of pressure on a team. The Hoosier baseball team is not supposed to be on the biggest stage in an Omaha World Series, thus my comparison is a bit unfair. You don’t just have the micromanaging vs macromanaging to digest and compare. The Hoosier basketball team was flooded with national attention(individual preseason and developing “stars” as well as the entire team). When things begin to go south, that attention had to account for a sizable amount of frustration and tightness in a top-rated basketball team that a “nothing to lose” baseball squad would likely not feel in similar extreme pressure situations to perform.

    As the Hoosier baseball team grabs more spotlight, the pressure to live up to the attention can increase. A coach may need to change his mental strategy more than anything else….Tracy may need to increase the size of the chip on their collective shoulders and go from being a “nothing to lose/not supposed to be here team” to “they don’t respect you” and “you’re not supposed to be here/prove them otherwise” team.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    …[annihilation] at the hands of a Syracuse zone.

  • t says:

    IU basketball gets over 50 posts for both negatives and positives in big games.

    IU football usually gets between 15, and 20, sometimes 25

    IU baseball gets less than 10…college baseball tournament games are fun to watch….Win or lose IU baseball has a great season still going and are fun to watch… baseball just not as popular as the 2 above.

  • Reggie (legit one!) says:

    Ignore all comments from that Reggie on post #1. What a fake and I don’t have much time to comment anymore with lawn mowing. Seriously stop using my name! People have probably been using my name ever since I left last year.

  • OldIUGymnast says:

    Yeah Harvard, because that ‘Cuse game was called right or at least close to right….. Sure buddy – it was the Coach failing to make adjustments rather than the team getting hacked, pummelled, hand checked, grabbed by jerseys, charged and other sundry non-calls. Had they called 1/2 of the uncalled fouls in that game (I have watched 15x now, and even my ‘cuse friends say the game was handed to them by not calling fouls). I know you hate Crean for various reasons, but you can’t expect him to make officials who are afraid of “foul disparity” to call a game both ways. Sure, IU could have and should have won anyway, but it doesn’t change the fact that the game was called poorly in a way the helped ‘Cuse and hurt IU. A coworker who officiates womens games in the NCAA says that the game was the worst example of “afraid to call a foul because they were fouling so much” she had ever seen.

    On Baseball – Go Hoosiers! That was a fun game to watch and I hope that they can win out!

  • DontForgetOurVets says:

    It saddens me to see IU fans whine so much about the refs that they resemble fans from Kentucky, Purdue and Illinois who are the biggest whiners in the world. There is no way in the world the refs cost us that game as we played horribly. It’s odd that Zeller rarely took any outside shots when he was so good at it and when he was asked about it at his NBA workouts, he said Crean claimed we didn’t need it.

    It would have made a world of difference if Cody shot a little from the outside in that game….and other games. Sure is odd you know all these “non-IU fans” who say we got jobbed when I don’t know of a single one who agrees with them. Every non-IU fan I know says we played some of the worst basketball they had seen in ages and not one mention of “The refs screwed you.”

    If Cody was getting “hacked to death inside” then that means even more he should have shot from outside more. Since he had practiced it all summer long, he should have used it 2 or 3 times a game.

  • Mariner Tom says:

    Reggie, funny how your comments always show up in pairs – a ‘fake’ Reggie and a ‘real’ one. I never see a ‘real’ Reggie posting all by himself.

    Translation: there is only one ‘real’ Reggie with a split personality, and it is you. And you are probably Harvard. Congrats, your ruse has been discovered.

  • Mariner Tom says:

    Shut up about basketball already, you troglodytes. Summer is in full swing, meaning we are smelling fresh cut grass, hearing the sound of the bat on the ball, eating hot dogs, and drinking beer. The cold, odd dimensions of sober, dry Assembly Hall are the ultimate buzzkill for the summer sports fan.

  • Buckeye Jay says:

    Watched the whole game. Seemed like the strike zone for MSU pitchers was much larger than IU pitchers. The umpire calls were forcing IU pitching to come over the plate. Lefty on IUs good left handed hitters was frustrating them — especially the large strike zone and all those curve balls!

  • DontForgetOurVets says:

    So now the umps are “out to get us” in baseball too? Sad how far our “best and smartest fans in the world” have fallen to blame every loss, in every sport, on the refs/umps.

  • Podunker says:

    Autumn will be upon us soon enough, and bring back the slapstick sans pareil of Indiana Football.

  • Lonnie says:

    Reminds me of a former blogger by the name of Geoff. He always, and I do mean always blamed the refs for our failures. Though he thought he was always right, but the truth is he was a,ways “reaching” and “dead wrong” on many things. I’d try and call him out, but would avoid me. I lost all respect for Geoff Feldman when he cares less about kids going to school, but loves when kids jump foolishly to the NBA. Then we wonder why this world is messed up? It’s because of people like Geoff Feldman or Scoop Geoff constantly reaching for something they have no business to reach.

  • Chet says:

    I don’t know or care why you have such a woody for Geoff but the guy could generally give the facts to support his positions more consistently than anyone else on the Scoop.

  • IUBASEBALL says:

    DontForgetOurVets, Umps not out to get us…just really bad. In the 9th, ESPN showed the strikeout pitch (using their K-Zone)to almost every stikeout the MSU left had. At least 5 were 2-3 inches off the plate. Not blaming the umps, read my earlier post. Just syaing his zone was really bad and didn’t help us any.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    DFOV, You are a laff aminit! The remarks made about the S16 game and the CWS game are both leaning in the right direction. Early in the game it was easy to see the Orange zone was geared to be infused with physical contact(hoping for very few fouls). They got their wish with only 17. The last 3 innings of the MSU game the strike zone for the Dogs became as big as a wheelbarrow while IU’s tightened up into a 5 gallon bucket. Whose pitching in the L’ville game got hosed by a sick umpire? Your argument is nothing more than a wet paper bag.

  • DontForgetOurVets says:

    Lonnie, I think Geoff is one of the smartest posters on here and while I admit I do not remember everyone’s exact words, I don’t remember him complaining about the refs as often as most other people do. However, I’ve been wrong before so I could be this time too.

    Clarion, please get over your obsession with laff as you seem to accuse everyone of being him. I’ve been following our Hoosiers for decades and cannot remember a time where so many fans complained about the refs so much as this past year. And now, fans are even whining that the umps “change their strike zone” just against us. I’m afraid we’re becoming ignorant Kentucky fans with all the whining and conspiracy theories.

  • Kevin K says:

    More basketball please!

  • Kevin K says:

    Laff is back. Let the fun begin!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Fruitcake Geoff never stops complaining about refs.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Geoff never stops complaining about refs.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    He probably has a list of favorite refs he sends a Christmas fruitcake to every holiday season.

  • Lonnie says:

    Harvard for Hillbillies is right Geoff, you are a fruity fruitcake. Standing behind your wife in fear of debating me over the refs, or FIGHTING ME? Your a coward! Do me a favor Geoff Feldman, and indulge on your fruitcakes.

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