FSU Baseball Poll Update and Weekly Preview

FSU baseball has been trending in the right direction for some time now and the trend continued this past weekend as FSU defeated Mike Bell and Pittsburgh 2 games to 1 to take their 4th straight series. FSU is now ranked in every poll besides Baseball America and Perfect Game. D1Baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball both have the Noles ranked 23rd while NCBWA and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll has FSU sitting in the 25th spot. More importantly, FSU moved up 4 spots in the RPI rankings to 54th. Every game the rest of the season has a large impact on the ‘Noles postseason status.

FSU will have a busy week as they’ll play 6 games, a doubleheader on Tuesday vs. Jacksonville, @ Stetson Wednesday, and a 3-game set vs. Richmond. The two games vs. Jacksonville on Tuesday could do a lot for FSU’s RPI ranking, as the Dolphins are currently 96th in the RPI and would be 2 Quadrant 2 wins for the Noles. Right now, FSU has a losing record in the Q2 area, but 2 wins would push them one game over. As of now, Stetson is in the 4th quadrant while Richmond is in the 3rd. A sweep of the week could be absolutely monumental before FSU heads to Louisville next weekend.

It will be interesting to see what FSU will do with pitching this week, as only 2/6 games have definite starters with Drew Parrish going Friday and CJ Van Eyk going Saturday. I would expect FSU to start 2 of Jonah Scolaro, Antonio Velez, and Clayton Kwiatkowski on Tuesday for the doubleheader, with one of Conor Grady and Shane Drohan starting Wednesday. Depending on how the week goes, should determine who gets the Sunday start against Richmond. FSU’s bullpen continued to struggle this weekend, giving up 14 runs in 3 games. FSU’s bullpen has to step up this week with the busy schedule, or else it could be a tough week for 11 and Clyde Keller.

After getting shut down Friday night, FSU’s offense bounced back with two dominant showings, scoring 27 runs in the last two games of the series. FSU’s offense continues to put this team on their back, and Drew Mendoza has been the #1 reason for that lately. This past weekend he hit .800 for the series, leading to the ACC Player of the Week honor, check out the article here. Along with Mike Salvatore and Reese Albert, the top 3rd of the Noles’ order has been nearly unstoppable, but many other guys have been stepping up as well. Freshmen Matheu Nelson and Robby Martin have been scorching hot lately, while Elijah Cabell and Alec Sanchez have both been getting hot as well platooning in LF. FSU still made an error in every game this weekend, but just 1 error each game, a large improvement from the previous few weeks.

FSU isn’t playing the biggest opponents this week, but it is one of, if not, the biggest weeks of their season. FSU needs to continue heading in the right direction in the polls and the RPI. They also need all the momentum they can get heading into the Louisville series the next weekend. With 9 games left in the regular season, FSU sits 10 wins away from the 40-win mark which Mike Martin has hit each year since 1975. If FSU can continue their momentum from the last 4 weeks, they should hit that mark again in the postseason.

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