Tigers take on the Preachers

Tomas Cruz

Wake Forest (13-35, 4-20 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (32-17, 14-10 ACC)

They're pretty bad, almost as bad as Maryland. Their defense just slays their chances in games, because I can't even count all the game recaps I've skimmed through where an error has cost them 2 or 3 runs and ultimately lost them the ballgame. Wake doesnt have the hitting Clemson does to dig itself out of the hole after they give up those runs, and their pitching is bad all around, so if we lose this series you can officially go into lynchmob mode.

Clemson AD Series Preview -- Wake Forest AD series preview

Clemson and Wake Forest have met 166 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 118-47-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1901 season. The two teams have faced each other at least one time every year since 1954. The Tigers hold a 45-25 lead all-time in games played at Wake Forest and a 101-35-1 advantage in ACC regular-season games. Jack has a 39-15 record against Wake Forest as Clemson's head coach. The Tigers have won nine of the last 10 series between the two teams, including a three-game sweep last year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Wake's only series victory over the last 10 years came in 2008 when the Deacs took two of three from Clemson in Winston-Salem.

This will be Wake's last home series.

Last Week:

Wake Forest was swept by UNC by scores of 18-5, 8-4, and 7-2. Their game with Winthrop was cancelled this week, and they defeated UNC-Greensboro by a final of 22-9.The Deacs scored the most runs in a game since the 2004 season and tallied 12 times in the first inning, tying for the fourth most runs in a single inning in school history.

Clemson swept Maryland, and defeated Furman 12-1 at Fluor Field in Greenville. Freeman tied his career-high with four hits, including two doubles, to lead Clemson, who had 14 hits in the game. Hinson went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs, and two runs, while Miller added two hits and two runs. Boyd added a grand slam and a career-high five RBIs as well.

Weekend Starters:

Friday, 6pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
LHP Casey Harman 6-1 3.29 76.2 67 30 28 21 61
LHP Austin Stadler 2-3 5.82 65.0 69 50 42 28 53

Saturday, 6pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Scott Weismann 4-2 5.01 64.2 70 46 36 20 54
RHP Michael Dimmock 2-8 6.43 63.0 81 57 45 21 52

Sunday, 1pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Alex Frederick 4-1 3.35 43.0 42 17 16 17 34
LHP Tim Cooney 3-6 6.01 70.1 80 64 47 22 47

Since Leone got beat up in 4.1 innings last Sunday, and Lamb is not doing so hot, I can only guess that Frederick would get a shot.

Hitting Comparison

Team Batting Statistics
BA H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SB-ATT
Clemson .308 534 433 109 9 66 399 269 46 84-104
WF .273 459 291 112 3 43 263 221 36 79-102

Wake Forest is averaging 5.7 runs per game and hitting a .411 slugging percentage and .361 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 109 doubles, two triples, 40 home runs, and 79 stolen bases. In ACC-only games, WF is last in the league at .254. WF doesnt play small ball (11th with 16 sac bunts), and they dont steal many bases. Actually Clemson doesnt either this year. They strike out at a horrible rate.

Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
SS Pat Blair .283 34 54 16 6 23 22
LF Ryan Semeniuk .273 22 41 10 5 32 14
CF Steven Brooks .342 50 63 18 6 31 25
C Mike Murray .347 28 60 12 3 42 26
DH Carlos Lopez .237 15 28 10 5 18 17
1B Matt Conway .355 19 43 14 3 24 18
RF Mac Williamson .272 22 41 10 5 32 14
3B Taylor Kaprive .125 5 4 1 0 3 4
2B Mark Rhine .244 13 31 7 1 20 6
x-Shane Kroker .221 14 25 1 2 16 8

Clemson has totaled eight grand slams in 2010, most in school history. Furthermore, eight different Tigers have accounted for the eight grand slams. The eight grand slams broke the previous Clemson record of six, held by the 1991 and 2004 teams. The national record for grand slams in one season is 12, set by Oklahoma State in 1996. In ACC-only games, Clemson ranks 3rd in BA behind UVA and GT.

Clemson Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
1B Will Lamb .308 33 37 6 2 29 20
2B Mike Freeman .337 55 69 18 7 46 26
3B John Hinson .360 39 59 8 11 56 19
RF Kyle Parker .391 59 66 10 17 50 42
LF Jeff Schaus .320 50 62 10 11 64 23
SS Brad Miller .343 48 58 15 3 26 40
CF/DH Wilson Boyd .279 32 48 8 3 14 43
C John Nester .278 16 32 9 2 22 15
DH/OF Chris Epps .214 41 31 8 3 14 43
C x-Phil Pohl .224 11 13 7 1 17 4
1B x-Richie Shaffer .329 24 28 4 3 15 12

 

Last indication I read, through our sister site MLB Bonus Baby, was that KP is projected from Supplemental 1st round to 3rd round. 

Team Pitching

Team Pitching Statistics
ACC Rank ERA W-L SHO/CBO Saves IP H R ER BB Ks
7th Clemson 4.53 32-17 2/2 9 441.0 471 265 222 169 332
11th Wake Forest 6.59 13-35 2/2 4 420.1 494 395 308 204 321

Clemson got pretty good bullpen play last weekend so the ERA out there is trending downwards for a few guys. Tomas Cruz is getting the job done again, lowering his once-catastrophic ERA to 4.99, which we badly needed. Its always good to have a senior out there you can give the ball to. Leone could get a start Sunday depending on what happens in the first two games, and has a decent (for college) ERA of 4.25 in 42.1 IP. Scott Firth lowered his ERA this week to 3.00 in 21.0 IP.

In ACC-only games, Clemson ranks 6th in ERA, while WF ranks 10th. Theyre right at the bottom in just about everything.

The WF pen is awful. I only see one guy with an ERA below 4.00, Joel Ernst (1-1, 3.99, 2 SV in 29.1 IP) and only one other below 5.00, and he only has 17 IP. I dont see much point in going through them all, its awful to look at. The bullpen has high walk rate but the starters are fine.

 

WF fields at a .947 clip, worst in the league. Clemson ranks 9th, though the defense kinda took a dump last weekend.

Clemson should sweep 3-0.

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