Oregon Pitchers Survived the First Half, Look to Dominate Second Half of Conference Play

Max Thornberry Editorials

Oregon’s pitching has not been great. The highly touted rotation has pitched well, but has failed to reach the levels we expected back in February. The bullpen is questionable, as well. As mentioned last week, the back-end is set, but as evidenced by the madness of the Oregon State game Monday night, the long-relievers/spot starters are anything but a sure …

Oregon’s Bullpen Has Questions — and Answers

Max Thornberry Editorials

The Ducks have pitching weapons in reserve. The heavy and light arms will have to continue to move Oregon forward until the punchless offense decides whether they are committed to the “small ball” approach of years past or if George Horton has decided to blaze a new trail for the second half of the year. Optimism about surging bats and …

Oregon Baseball: The Next Men Up

Max Thornberry Editorials

The Ducks struggled in their trip through SEC country last week. Each of the starters posted his shortest outing of the year as Oregon skidded into its first losing streak of 2016. The series in Starkville gave head coach George Horton an opportunity to trot out his bullpen as the long relievers begin to solidify their roles. The problem the bullpen …

A Case for Krook

Max Thornberry Editorials

Last year Cole Irvin made his return to the Oregon rotation, a cause for celebration as fans expected the return of their Ace. Does anyone remember how excited we were at the opening of the season? Those grand hopes were forgotten early when we saw that Irvin was on a road to recovery. The sharpness he showed as a freshman wasn’t there …

Ducks Offense Continues to Fly Out of the Sun

Max Thornberry Editorials

Surprise, surprise – pitching headlines another preseason for Oregon baseball. Cole Irvin told reporters last week that he is “the healthiest [he’s] been [his] whole career.” Matt Krook is returning, attempting conjure some of the magic he showed as a freshman after shining in Cape Cod this summer. Last, but certainly not least, is David Peterson who should only improve with age, …

Hope Springs Eternal for Ducks

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Two weeks into the season and as expected, the Ducks offense hasn’t faltered. Vernon Adams Jr. fought through a broken finger to throw for more than 300 yards and extend Oregon’s streak of games with a passing touchdown to 70 in last week’s defeat at the hands of Michigan State. The defense improved in a much tougher contest than the Week …

From the Bench to the Skies, These Three Ducks Will Soar in 2015

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Oregon’s incredible depth has been one of the biggest storylines of the summer. The unbelievably deep position of wide receiver caused Alex Ofodile to redshirt when many assumed he would be make an impact straight away after enrolling back in January. The loss of RB Thomas Tyner for the entire 2015/2016 puts a small wrench in this offense, but it won’t be its undoing. Royce …

Ducks Baseball Team is Built for a Championship Run

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Every eye in Eugene and around the country is on Ducks football, as we are rapidly approaching the beginning of a fresh season. With lofty expectations and electric excitement surrounding the team, much is lost in the rest of the world of Duck sports. Just a week after Oregon squares off with Eastern Washington in the season opener, the Ducks baseball …