Duke has usually been a very scrappy team but one with poor athletes and rarely more than one hitter + pitcher. This year they have a new HC but seem to be the same type of squad. They can come to Tiger Field and take 2 of this series if Clemson tries sleepwalking. Duke took one of 3 against Florida and won two at Coral Gables before VT spanked them at home last weekend.
Clemson and Duke have met 191 times, with the Tigers holding a 124-65-2 lead in the series dating to the 1904 season. Last year at Jack Coombs Field, the Tigers swept the Blue Devils by a combined score of 19-8, which includes wins by scores of 4-1 (11 innings), 11-5, and 4-2. The two last met at Clemson in 2011, when the Tigers swept the three-game series by a combined score of 34-16. Clemson has won six games in a row in the series. The Tigers hold a 64-24-1 lead over the Blue Devils in games played at Clemson.
Clemson swept Morehead State in midweek with scores of 10-5 and 5-2. We lost the series to UVA 2-1.
Duke was swept by Va Tech last weekend, but beat Charlotte 3-0 this week.
Saturday, 630 (depending on weather):
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Not statistically favorable for Clemson, weak schedule or not. Notice the disparity in plate discipline evident in the walk number, and they don't give up nearly as many unearned runs as we perennially saddle ourselves with with weak defense at the wrong times. Their pitchers arent good enough to make use of the defense though.
Jack redid the lineup again last weekend, with Baum leading and Brittle moved down. McGibbon's average is starting to creep upwards finally, but it needs to get a lot better. I'd think he should at least produce in the .280-.290 range at a minimum, or be in danger of losing his spot.
Boulware has been moved up from the 9th spot to start the season to the cleanup role because no one has really gotten the kid out for weeks.
Over the past 15 games, Perez sports a .371 average with 14 runs scored and five RBI to lead the Blue Devils. He has registered at least one hit in 13 of the past 15 contests, including multiple hits in eight games during that span.
You can see that these guys just can't get anyone out, or their record would probably be better than our own. Only a few pitchers stand out on the staff: Swart, Mike Matuella (2-1, 1.47), Andrew Istler (1-2, 2.30) and Sarkis Ohanian (3.00 ERA). Istler is the closer. The rest of the pen and starters all have ERAs over 4.00.
By contrast, only 4 Clemson pitchers have ERAs over 4.00. I'm still trying to figure out why Meyer gets the innings he does, with his 5.54. Patrick Andrews has also been quite disappointing.
Schnell has been great for the most part and Zack Erwin has been coming on strong and got his first career win last weekend. In 11.0 innings pitched over eight relief appearances, he is 1-0 with one save, an 0.82 ERA, and a .139 opponents’ batting average. He has given up just five hits, one earned run, and three walks with nine strikeouts.