They need to speed-up this College World Series. No I’m not being selfish and want to get this thing done; okay that’s part of it but the truth is the current set-up doesn’t reward the strongest and deepest teams.
Baseball is a game that’s meant to be played every day. There aren’t many off days in baseball. Certainly not the three in a row like Mississippi State got when they started the CWS 2-0.
Part of baseball is the attrition of the game, having the depth and the strength to battle through a long marathon game and tournament. During the regular season and even the post-season tournaments (conference tourneys, regionals and super regionals) the team with the most pitching depth is usually the team that prevails. The CWS format negates that.
There’s no reason a college baseball team shouldn’t have to play three games in a row. That’s what they do during the season when they have conference weekends. It shows the true depth and strength of a team.
If they would tighten-up the schedule here in Omaha, they could have the entire double-elimination and national championship series wrapped-up in a maximum of 10 days. The way the CWS is currently formatted, the tournament could last up to 12 days.
That might not seem like a whole lot but it would eliminate consecutive off days for teams, which is totally unnecessary in a tournament, especially one that is trying to determine the national championship.
The irony is that a team like Mississippi State is built for the rigors of a tough tournament. They’ve got depth in their pitching staff.
I realize they like to stretch the CWS because it’s great for the Omaha economy but they could speed this thing along; for the good of the game.