Baseball Preview: CSUN Pitching

Despite being next to last in the Big West standings in 2009, Northridge had some solid pitching numbers and they were 4th in the Big West with a 4.97 ERA.

The Matadors returned pitchers who started 41 of 56 games last season and expected to do as well or better on the mound but they have regressed with a 5.76 ERA (7th in the conf), have given up 54 HR’s (last in the conf).  and have allowed opponents to hit .300 and none of their SP’s have an ERA under 5.00.  Northridge lost several key relievers from last season but their closer has stepped up to do a solid job.  The Matadors will throw often to 1B to hold runners close but after being one of the leaders in the nation with 32 pickoffs they have only picked off 10 runners this season.

 

Starters

Fri SP – SR #13 Billy Ott (RHP – 2-1, 5.79 ERA, 3 saves, 19 apps, 3 starts, 56 IP, 67 H, 24 BB, 31 K, .305 BA, 7 HR, 5 HBP, 3 WP) was one of Northridge’s SP’s last year (’09 stats – 1-4, 5.83 ERA, 17 apps, 10 starts, 76 IP, 88 H, 20 BB, 51 K, .292 BA, 8 HR) but was working primarily as a long reliever this season before moving into the rotation last week and he held down Long Beach for 7 2/3 IP, allowing 2 R on 9 H.  He is a strike thrower who has allowed only 1 BB in 16 IP over his last three appearances.  Ott’s longest relief outings before last week were 5 IP (4 R, 8 H) against Irvine and 4 1/3 IP (3 R, 4 H) against UCSB.  He has not done a good job of holding baserunners (8-9 SB’s).  Ott allowed three runs in the only inning he has pitched against Fullerton.

Sat SP – Soph #4 Justen Gorski (RHP – 4-2, 5.89 ERA, 1 save, 18 apps, 3 starts, 44 IP, 59 H, 15 BB, 26 K, .326 BA, 5 HR, 3 HBP, 3 WP) was a swingman last season (’09 stats – 1-4, 5.29 ERA, 13 apps, 5 starts, 34 IP, 43 H, 6 BB, 18 K, .316 BA, 4 HR) and was also working primarily as a long reliever before going into the starting rotation two weeks ago.  He got an early hook at Riverside after allowing 3 R in 4 1/3 IP but had a strong start against Long Beach last week when he went 7 IP and allowed 2 R on 7 H.  Gorski is also a strike thrower and he didn’t allow any walks against Long Beach.  He does a good job of holding baserunners (2-6 SB’s).  Gorski allowed 5 R on 8 H in 5 1/3 IP in his start against Fullerton last season.

Sun SP – TBA. 

JR #32 Ryan Juarez (RHP – 3-6, 5.06 ERA, 14 starts, 1 CG, 80 IP, 96 H, 28 BB, 53 K, .288 BA, 10 HR, 5 HBP, 8 WP) has been in the rotation most of the last three seasons (’09 stats – 7-5, 4.89 ERA, 14 starts, 85 IP, 95 H, 30 BB, 37 K, .291 BA, 7 HR) and was the Fri SP most of the season and after allowing 1 R in a CG win at Pacific had a 3.77 ERA.  Since then, he has gotten progressively worse and allowed 22 R in 14 IP over his last four starts, including 5 R in 4 2/3 IP against Long Beach.  Juarez has been the Sun SP the last three weeks.  He also has very good control but has had trouble with getting too much of the plate and giving up HR’s.  Juarez does a poor job of holding baserunners (9-11 SB’s).  He was effective in his start against Fullerton last season when he allowed 3 R on 7 H in 7 1/3 IP after allowing 7 R on 8 H in 4 2/3 IP in his start against the Titans in 2008.

JR #24 Paul Tremlin (RHP – 6-6, 5.82 ERA, 17 apps, 12 starts, 1 CG, 68 IP, 74 H, 25 BB, 50 K, .279 BA, 12 HR, 4 HBP, 2 WP) leads the staff in wins for the second straight season (’09 stats – 7-1, 5.48 ERA, 20 apps, 6 starts, 48 IP, 53 H, 15 BB, 43 K, .277 BA, 3 HR) and was also in the rotation most of the season before being taken out before the Long Beach series after he allowed 11 R in 2 IP in his start at Riverside.  He had been fairly effective in four starts before that, allowing 10 R in 27 IP, including a CG win against UC Davis when he allowed 1 R.  Tremlin is similar to Juarez because his big issue has been getting too much of the plate with his pitches and giving up too many HR’s.  He does a solid job of holding baserunners (5-10 SB’s).  Tremlin has allowed 2 R in 4 IP in three appearances in his career against Fullerton.

 

Relievers

Northridge has a good closer and they been willing to the bullpen early and often with seven pitchers having double digit relief appearances.  The Matadors are 24-0 when leading after six innings so if they get out to a lead it won’t be a good sign.

The closer is SR #12 Jimmy Jolicoeur (RHP – 5-1, 3.83 ERA, 4 saves, 27 apps, 2 starts, 54 IP, 44 H, 20 BB, 38 K, .223 BA, 9 HR, 10 HBP, 5 WP) who has a good arm (2nd in the Big West in opps AVG among eligible pitchers) and would be able to go 2-3 IP to finish off a game.  He has made two starts, going 6 IP (1 R, 5 H) against Bakersfield and 4 1/3 IP against UC Davis (4 H, 6 R).  Jolicoeur threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win in extra innings last Friday against Long Beach.  The one area that he has had trouble with is giving up the long ball because he is a fly ball pitcher.  Jolicoeur allowed 1 R on 2 H in 1 2/3 IP in two appearances against Fullerton last season.

Northridge doesn’t have a designated set-up man, although whoever doesn’t start on Sun between Tremlin and Juarez would be likely to be one of the first relievers to come into a game along with SR #10 Brian Longpre (RHP – 2-1, 4.29 ERA, 23 apps, 36 IP, 53 H, 11 BB, 26 K, .351 BA, 1 HR, 7 HBP, 2 WP), who threw five innings (12 H, 7 R, 2 ER) on Monday against San Diego in his longest outing of the season.

Other relievers that could see action this weekend are midweek SP JC transfer #27 Shawn Wilyman (RHP – 1-4, 6.36 ERA, 18 apps, 7 starts, 52 IP, 65 H, 24 BB, 30 K, .316 BA, 6 HR, 6 HBP, 10 WP) and southpaws FR #14 Trevor Fredrickson (LHP – 0-0, 3.55 ERA, 13 apps, 13 IP, 15 H, 5 BB, 6 K, .294 BA, 2 HR, 3 HBP, 4 WP) and FR #26 Jacob Petersen (RHP – 1-0, 6.88 ERA, 14 apps, 17 IP, 20 H, 3 BB, 13 K, .290 BA, 5 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP).