UConn @ Texas State Bobcats (Fri. 3/8 @ 7:30p ET, Sat. 3/9 @ 3:30 ET & Sun. 3/10 @ 1p ET)

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This isn't that hard. Last year, Gardner as a weekend starter went 4-2 and pitched to a 4.00 ERA. Averaging 4 2/3 inning per game. That is so, so, so far above what we've gotten from anyone other than Kersten and Mason this year that the switch has to be made. Especially as we don't seem reliant on him in the bullpen anyway, and Wurster seems as if he may be competent to be the left compliment to Wally and CJ.

We need 5 starters next week. I'm sure Haus will get another one, as his batting average against is much better than his ERA, but that's a good predictor this early in the season when ERAs fluctuate wildly. I'm sure Dunlop will get another shot, as he was going to be the #4 this week and we need 5 next week, and since he didn't pitch he didn't lose ground. I think the question right now is how long they go with Simeone, and if not who else is getting a shot.

We may not get to a clear #4 this year. We may spend all season with guys using the New England games to audition. But we have to get to a #3 and if it were me Gardner would get a start next week. If you want to save him for UVA, so he can go Friday or Saturday against MSU, that's fine.
Gardner had two good outings out of the pen this past weekend that drew positive reviews from Penders in the postgame interviews. If Gardner keeps that up he will be pitching a lot more, whether it is as a starter or out of the pen.

I like the points you make about Haus, so that reinforces my thought that he will get a starting spot this weekend.
 

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Hi there
I recall reading somewhere that Texas State was supposed to be a really solid club this year
Is that correct or am I experiencing a deja vu from last year or the year before?
Thanks
 
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Hi there
I recall reading somewhere that Texas State was supposed to be a really solid club this year
Is that correct or am I experiencing a deja vu from last year or the year before?
Thanks
Yes -expected to be a good team this year. From earlier in thread (national baseball writer for D1Baseball.com):
 
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On The Upswing: Teams Climbing The Ranks • D1Baseball

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The Huskies have played a tough nonconference schedule, and until this past weekend, had to get the job done without All-American lefthander Mason Feole. Two weekends ago, the Huskies went 2-2 out at the Coastal Carolina tournament, but finished the weekend with a bang with a win over Illinois. That apparently has kick-started the Huskies, because they took a sneaky nice road series win from Texas State down in the Lone Star State last weekend. Pat Winkel led the offensive charge in the first game, as the Huskies knocked out red-hot Texas State starter Nicholas Fraze after he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. In the second game, Feole put together a quality start on a limited pitch count, striking out two, showing a little rustiness command-wise, and also tossing 4.1 no-hit innings in the winning cause.<
 

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