When it comes to Miami Hurricanes baseball in 2012, maybe you don’t go that far, but we can certainly say that they were who we feared they were.
For much of the season, the Hurricanes were simply a mediocre team. They pitched pretty well, but they lacked a true shutdown ace. They had guys in the bullpen with good stuff and guys in the bullpen with great command, but unfortunately none of those guys were one in the same. Somehow, though, the staff was able to carry this team to 36 wins.
The offense, on the other hand, was pretty poor all season. Outside of Peter O’Brien, there was no one in this lineup that opposing pitchers had to fear. Brad Fieger started off the season hot and finished hot, but he went through a huge slide in the middle of the season and he didn’t show a ton of power considering he hit cleanup for much of the season. Chantz Mack got hot in the postseason, but it was much too little, too late.
Rony Rodriguez was 2011’s Peter O’Brien. He was really the only guy that showed impressive power. But in 2012, he was just shy of terrible. He finished the season hitting .280, but it’s astounding that someone that is supposed to be a power hitter could manage only three homers and 18 RBI in 46 starts.
Jim Morris was left to just hope that Dale Carey, Tyler Palmer, Stephen Perez, Esteban Tresgallo, Michael Broad, someone, anyone would break out, but no one really did.
As bad as the offense was for much of the season, the defense was this team’s true Achilles heel. You can’t afford for the three players that play the most up the middle in the infield to have fielding percentages of .918, .925 and .943.
Even as the struggles continued on and on, you couldn’t help but feel that these guys would snap out of it at any moment. I’ll admit that I was as guilty as anyone of feeling this way.
That transformation I expected just never happened. In the end, nothing really changed all season. The same mistakes that were plaguing the team in March plagued them right up until the bitter end with their blowout losses at the hands of Stony Brook and Missouri State.
Things need to change in Coral Gables. Head coach Jim Morris is likely safe given his supporters in high places and all that he has done for the program, but if the team’s 2013 seasons ends like the 2012 season did, the heat is really going to get turned up on him.