Disappointed in the University of Hawaii baseball team’s 1-3 season-opening series against Oregon, including two very lopsided losses?
If you are, you weren’t paying attention.
This team is undergoing the biggest offseason makeover in 11-year coach Mike Trapasso’s tenure. And I can’t remember a bigger one during Les Murakami’s time either.
You don’t replace the entire infield, half of the starting rotation and most of the relief staff without missing a beat.
Fortunately for UH, though, it will almost always be in the game when Matt Sisto or Jarrett Arakawa is on the mound.
There’s going to be some rough sailing in the early going, but the Rainbows should win at least four of their five games against Wagner this week.
Positives and negatives after the first four games:
Plusses — Better overall defense than early last season, better overall speed. Collin Bennett looks like he’ll be OK at third and was productive at the plate. Conner George looks like he’s ready to live up to his potential. Freshmen Stephen Ventimilia and Kaeo Aliviado will wear down opposing pitchers and win games for UH.
Minuses — Lack of effective pitching after Sisto, Arakawa, Jesse Moore and David Longville; lack of consistent hitting with runners on and no power hitting.