Lubbock’s second round of playoff action begins on Friday as the Red Raiders take on Stanford in a three game series at Dan Law Field. Stanford has at first glance a similar team to that of the Red Raiders but there are some key differences between these two teams. The advantage in terms of power goes to Texas Tech as they have three guys with more than ten home runs compared to Stanford’s one. The Red Raiders are a more disciplined team than Stanford drawing more walks and fewer strikeouts.
Game One will likely be started by 6’2” right-hander Brendan Beck. He is Stanford’s clear Ace with an ERA sitting right at 3.00. Beck has good control and stuff that can generate some strikeouts. He is expected to throw around seven innings giving up only two or three runs. For Game Two, Texas Tech will probably face Alex Williams, a contact pitcher that has good control on most days. He has also shown he can be forced out of the game early with good plate discipline. Williams also won’t strike out a lot of guys so having runners in scoring position could turn out well for Texas Tech. Be on the lookout for Second Baseman Tim Tawa and Centerfielder Brock Jones to be dangerous in this series.
For Texas Tech the Day One starter will likely be Montgomery or Montverde, obviously whoever doesn’t start game one will start Game Two with Chase Hampton likely to start Game Three if Micah Dallas remains in the bullpen. I would also be surprised to see Rombach in the DH role just to free up the option of rotating him in at catcher to help manage heat problems behind home plate. Overall in this series, I feel Texas Tech can outclass Stanford with advantages in pitching and batting.
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