One of the best known quotes in baseball is Yogi Berra's "it’s Deja vu all over again."
And if the results are the same, then Arkansas State coach Tommy Raffo is thrilled with the outcome for his Red Wolves baseball team.
After a 3-game sweep of UL-Monroe over the weekend, the Red Wolves have breathed a little life into an injury-plagued season that is suddenly showing some life.
And it is just in time.
With three Sun Belt series remaining, the Red Wolves (19-21, 8-13) are once again in a battle for a berth in the post-season tournament.
“We are in playoff mode,’’ said Raffo. “That is where we are. We only have nine opportunities left. The other teams have 12 games left they have a little more room to maneuver.
“If there is something we are seeing that we don’t like we need to stop it immediately. You do what you gotta do. There is nothing about feelings anymore. It’s the point of the season where every pitch really matters.”
It is similar to where the team was last year when they won five of their last six and seven of their last nine when there was no wiggle room to earn a Sun Belt tournament berth.
After sweeping ULM last weekend, the Red Wolves begin again with Appalachian State today, playing a doubleheader, then one game on Saturday because of a wet forecast for Sunday.
The Mountaineers, who plan on starting three freshmen on the mound vs. A-State, are 11-30 overall and 6-15 in league play but they are 4-5 in conference games at home and have gone 4-2 vs. South Alabama
and UALR, two of the top teams in the league.
Arkansas State heads to the mountains on a five-game winning streak.
“They really play well at home,’’ said Raffo. “They won twice against South Alabama this year and last year Lafayette when up there and lost twice. They have a home-field advantage.”