Current Records: Wright State 1-2; George Washington 1-4
What to Know
The Wright State Raiders will square off against the George Washington Colonials at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Community School of Naples. Neither of these teams found much success offensively their last time out, scoring well below their season averages.
Wright State took a serious blow against the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday, falling 96-52. The Raiders’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of Tanner Holden, who had 17 points along with seven boards, and Trey Calvin, who had 21 points.
Meanwhile, George Washington ended up a good deal behind the UMass Lowell River Hawks when they played on Friday, losing 67-56.
The losses put Wright State at 1-2 and George Washington at 1-4. Two stats to keep an eye on: Wright State is stumbling into the game with the 11th most points allowed per game in college basketball, having given up 81.7 on average. The Colonials have experienced some struggles of their own as they are 34th worst in college basketball in points per game, with only 61.8 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
When: Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Community School of Naples — Naples, Florida
The Braves have done this once already this year, promoting a 21-year-old with hardly any experience at even Double-A and immediately inserting him into the starting lineup. It’s how we got Michael Harris, you may remember.
Could lightning strike twice with Vaughn Grissom? Well, one game in, it already seems like it has. The shortstop-turned-second baseman went 2 for 4 with a home run and stolen base in his big-league debut Wednesday.
OK, so one game rarely tells us anything, but there’s also the small matter of what Grissom was doing in the minors. We’ll check out those numbers in a minute, but first, let’s hear Brian Snitker’s reaction to the performance.
“Nothing fazed him,” the manager said before marveling at the home run. “I heard from the guys that that power’s real.”
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Indeed, it’s true that the most optimistic scouting reports had Grissom developing power to go along with premium bat-to-ball skills. There was nothing cheap about his home run, which cleared the Green Monster and traveled 412 feet. Even his single he muscled up at 97.8 mph.
His production seemed to improve with every step up the minor-league ladder, capped by a 22-game performance at Double-A Mississippi in which he hit .363 (33 for 91) with three homers, seven steals and a .925 OPS. It’s becoming less fashionable to promote prospects straight from Double-A, particularly ones who’ve played so little there, but maybe the Braves’ internal evaluations are just on another level. With Harris’ immediate success, they’ve earned some benefit of the doubt.
Of course, even once we’ve determined Grissom is good, there’s still the question of whether he could be more than just an injury fill-in this year.