Florida State baseball is known for two major things. Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin, and winning at least 40 games every year since 1977. There were questions if that streak would be broken this year with all the unknowns heading into the season. We're now 39 games into the season, and two things are readily apparent.
First, this team doesn't always play like a Top-10 team. The weekend starters have been a major issue for the Seminoles all season long. They started off the season very well. In eight of the nine non-conference weekend games to start the season, the starters threw 5.0-plus innings. In ACC play that has dropped dramatically with the weekend starters only going 5.0-plus innings in eight of the 17 games.
Errors on the base paths, and errors in the field have also been a big issue. The Seminoles have run themselves out of plenty of scoring chances this year. It's not just one player, but the team as a whole that struggles running the bases. The Florida State defense is currently 133rd in the country in fielding percentage.
Second, it doesn't seem to matter. Florida State is currently 28-11 on the season, and the No. 1 team in the ACC. They're the No. 5 team in the country in both major college baseball rankings, and a projected Top-8 National Seed. They're the only Top-10 team in the country not to lose more than one weekend series so far.
A lot of that is due to the Seminole bats coming alive. They're currently 36th in team batting average this season hitting .303. They average 8.1 runs per game, and are once again in the Top-10 of the country in walks and on-base percentage. As a team, their ERA is also fairly low. The staff currently sits at 42nd in the country with a 3.49 ERA.
The Seminoles make a lot of mistakes, but they're also great at capitalizing on others mistakes and finding ways to win. In the end, that's really all that matters. We will see if they keep it up heading into post season play.