NC State Baseball Picked To Win ACC

Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE

Man this is just starting to weird me out. NC State was picked by the coaches to win the ACC in baseball. So that's two of the three major sports in which the Pack has been pegged as league favorite. Seriously this weird, man.

ATLANTIC DIVISION
Team Points
NC State (10) 69
Florida State (1) 60
Clemson (1) 50
Wake Forest 34
Maryland 22
Boston College 17
COASTAL DIVISION
Team Points
North Carolina (9) 69
Georgia Tech (1) 55
Virginia (2) 50
Miami 39
Virginia Tech 27
Duke 12


And that's nice and all, but Baseball America doesn't see it that way. They have Carolina as their preseason No. 1, while NC State checks in at No. 8. So I guess the Tar Heels have the team to beat. There's nothing weird about that at all. Georgia Tech and Florida State are also in BA's preseason top 25.

The Wolfpack will be very tough to beat on Fridays behind Rodon, the reigning national Freshman of the Year. With a fastball that easily reaches the mid-90s from the left side, a filthy 83-86 slider, a serviceable changeup and a serious mean streak, Rodon makes a strong case as the nation's best pitcher. Jernigan also has electric stuff-a low-to-mid-90s fastball with some life, a very good 12-to-6 curve and a decent changeup that can be too firm-but must throw strikes more consistently than he did a year ago. Ogburn is a steady Sunday starter with feel for an 86-91 fastball, sharp mid-70s curveball, effective low-80s slider and a solid changeup. Jr. RHP Josh Easley looked good this fall after returning from Tommy John surgery, flashing low-90s heat and a swing-and-miss downer curveball, giving the 'Pack a quality fourth starter option.

BA is assuming that Jernigan will be a weekend starter this season, but I wonder if Anthony Tzamtzis might yoink that spot away--the dude did make 10 starts last year. But they both have the same problem, which is control. Jernigan walked more than six batters per nine innings pitched last year and Tzamtzis walked 5.5. If Jernigan starts putting it together this year, though, watch the hell on out.

Aaron Fitt also wrote a good piece on the UNC-NCSU rivalry.

And we've seen black uniforms for basketball and football, but does it end there? It does not.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Backing The Pack

You must be a member of Backing The Pack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Backing The Pack. You should read them.

Join Backing The Pack

You must be a member of Backing The Pack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Backing The Pack. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker