Where is everybody at? Not a single DBD has been written this morning and it's almost 8 o'clock. Since this is last minute DBD, you get Nick's preview of the Cal Baseball game today.
Keys to the game
1. Keep Naquin off the basepaths: See above.
2. Get Wacha out of the ball game early: Like, say, after five innings. The Bears did pretty well to get Danny Hultzen removed after six and third innings, but we can't settle for a moral victory. This time we need actual runs against the opposition's starting pitcher. And if they can chase Wacha then A&M's iffy bullpen will have to come up big. A&M relievers have already been beaten up twice in the playoffs, including an epic 23-9 loss to Florida St. As soon as starter Josh Stilson left yesterday's game after 8 innings the Aggies were unable to record another out before USC walked off with the win.
3. More great defense: Cal was only in the game with Virginia for so long because of defense - two great double plays, a heads-up throw home by Devon Rodriguez, a sliding catch by Austin Booker to save a run and rob extra bases, amongst other solid plays. The Bears will likely have to be just as good, if not better against the Aggies. Texas A&M is also a team that likes to try to steal bases, so there will be lots of pressure on Cal's battery to curtail the running game.
Enjoy the day losers.