Hurricanes Baseball Has Issues To Resolve

The Miami Hurricanes baseball team will look to quickly turn the page as they welcome Jacksonville to The Light this evening. The Canes had a rude reality check over the weekend in Gainesville. They lost 2-of-3 and allowed 30 runs to cross the plate over the three games. Here’s what was obvious, the Hurricanes don’t have the arms to compete with a team like Florida. Whether it is injuries or recruiting, our roster just does not have the lightning arms that the top teams do. Our lineup can mash with the best of them, but pitching is what gets you to Omaha and right now, the Canes are tragically short in that department.

So, what is the solution?

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a simple one. First, I believe the staff should return Gage Ziehl to the bullpen where he was extremely effective last year. I understand wanting to take a shot with his as your ace, but he’s just not ready. Moving forward you have Ligon and Rosario. Can Chestnutt be your Sunday starter and deliver in those important rubber matches? I do not know, but what are the other options?

In my opinion, this is on Gino. I personally never would have given him the extension last year. He has shown an inability to recruit college pitchers and the overall game management leaves me asking questions more often than not. The good thing about baseball is that any team can catch lightning in a bottle. Look at Ole Miss last year after their horrible start. The Canes will open ACC play versus NC State this weekend and hopefully our pitching can hold up better than last weekend.

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Although born and raised in Connecticut, Toast has been a Miami Hurricanes fan since the mid 80’s. He wanted to like a team that none of his friends or relatives did. The fact that liking the Canes really annoyed the crap out of many of them was just the cherry on top of the National Titles. He left the north in 1997 with only his cat and got on I-95 South and didn’t stop until it ended. Over a 20-year career, he had successful stints on various South Florida radio stations before moving on to other interests in 2020. One of those interests was the Orange Bowl Boys podcast he started with two longtime friends in 2017. This whole website is a result of that fateful first episode…silly us, we thought we were going to roll LSU that first game in Dallas.

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