Boston College - Clemson Baseball Preview

Boston College (13-17, 6-8 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (19-13, 6-9 ACC)


BC has the disadvantage that all northern teams do in that they must start their season on the road for decent weather. As a result, they will almost never have a great record coming into ACC play. Its no different this year. They were swept at Florida and FSU, lost twice to Miami, and their first 20 games or so were pretty bad for them. They're still losing their midweek contests to some weak ball clubs, but have won series against Duke, Maryland, and VT. Clemson will be just their second home ACC series.

Clemson AD Series Preview -- BC AD series preview

Last Week:

Clemson took 2 of 3 from Maryland by scores of 12-3, 7-0 and losing Sunday 7-6. We defeated PC 7-2 on Tuesday.

Boston College defeated Duke twice in Durham, 6-4 in 11 innings and 5-3. They lost the Friday opener 10-6. BC lost to Dartmouth 15-10 in midweek play. Their game against UMass was postponed.

Game times:

Friday, 2:30pm; Saturday, 1:30; Sunday, Noon

We are on the road so it'll be a quick preview this week. See the team AD previews for starter announcements.

Hitting Comparison

Team Batting Statistics
BA OBP H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SB-ATT
Clemson .318 .418 343 237 63 13 20 211 174 30 51/64
BC .277 .374 279 149 53 9 9 140 120 23 16/33

With Miller back, Clemson's offense seems to have woken up a bit, and hopefully the defense will shore up somewhat...maybe pure hope there. Attanasio seems to me to be making a strong case for weekend PT over Epps with his .487 average.

BC isn't without a few strong hitters. Matt McGovern is hitting .511 despite missing many games. Anthony Melchionda and Garrett Smith both have .300+ averages. Melchionda also has a team high 31 RBI.

Per www.clemsontigers.com and www.bceagles.com, below are the projected position starters for the weekend.

Clemson Projected Position Starters

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BC Projected Position Starters

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Team Pitching

Team Pitching Statistics
ERA W-L SHO/CBO Saves IP H R ER BB Ks
Clemson 3.69 19-13 2/2 4 282.2 255 142 116 102 242
BC 5.67 13-17 1/1 7 257.1 300 181 162 118 164

Garrett Smith is BC's sharp one-inning only closer. He has a 0.82 ERA in just 11 IP, with 6 saves. Aside from starters Andrew Lawrence and John Leonard, no one else has a sub 3.90 ERA. This is not as strong a pitching team as they have been in the past.

Per www.clemsontigers.com and www.bceagles.com, below are the expected rotations for the weekend as well as key members fo teh BC bullpen.

Projected Weekend Starters

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Boston College Bullpen/Other Pitching

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I think Clemson needs all 3 games here, but I only expect us to get 2.

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