“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
Nebraska beat Ohio 7-6 and MSU beat Illinois 2-1 earlier today. Right now, Iowa is up on Indiana 1-0. Michigan plays Minnesota tonight.
Before I saw THIS, I did not even know that zubaz were a thing. They are a thing, and that thing is incredible. This is how the Tigers decked out for their trip to Cleveland for tonight's game when their aircraft broke down.
I get the sense the 2014 Tigers are a
tight knit group comfortable in their own skins cut of the same cloth a very fun group. Sweeps of the Orioles and Red Sox earn you the right to wear such things, I suppose.
It's been a bit since we've had one of these so here's your open thread for tonight's game.
8:05 PM first pitch, ESPN
- Anibal Sanchez
- 0-2 through 23 IP and a 3.13 ERA
- FIP of 2.43
- K/9: 9.39
- BB/9: 4.30
- Jake Peavy
- 1-1 through 48 IP and a 3.94 ERA
- FIP: 5.22
- K/9: 7.69
|1.||I. Kinsler, 2B||D. Pedroia, 2B|
|2.||T. Hunter, RF||S. Victorino, RF|
|3.||M. Cabrera, 1B||D. Ortiz, DH|
|4.||V. Martinez, DH||M. Napoli, 1B|
|5.||D. Kelly, 3B||G. Sizemore, LF|
|6.||A. Jackson, CF||A. Pierzynski, C|
|7.||J. Martinez, LF||X. Bogaerts, SS|
|8.||A. Avila, C||B. Holt, 3B|
|9.||A. Romine, SS||J. Bradley Jr., CF|
Sanchez will make his first start after coming off the DL, the interesting news of the day is that it was Justin Miller that was sent down to clear room for Sanchez, and not Robbie Ray. Apparently Rick Porcello has been having lingering soreness on his left side, and as a preventative caution the Tigers have pushed back his next start, thus giving Ray another chance to showcase his talents.
The Tigers look to make it 11 straight road wins tonight, let's hope they get it!
How about that for going into the postseason?!
Evan Hill pitched a gem. Michigan could've swept this series if it not had been for a 9th inning disaster yesterday.
Michigan finishes the regular season at 28-27-1. They are the 5 seed in the B1G Tournament at TD Ameritrade in Omaha.
They open against 4 Minnesota on Wednesday night at 10pm.
The bracket for the eight-team, double-elimination Big Ten Baseball Tournament, to be held May 21–25 in Omaha, has been announced. Michigan, the #5 seed is in the 1-4-5-8 bracket with Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa. The Wolverines will play Minnesota on Wednesday at 9 pm CT, with Indiana and Iowa facing off at 5 pm. The winners of those two games will play on Thursday at 9 pm, with the losers playing an elimination game at 1 pm that day.
Michigan played all three of the teams in their bracket during the regular season, winning 1 of 3 against both Minnesota and Indiana, while taking 2 of 3 in their series against Iowa. Those series were all in late March and early April, when the team wasn't playing as well as they have of late. Michigan's starting pitching in particular gives them a chance to make some noise in the tournament.
Michigan has no chance at an at-large NCAA bid; they'd need to win the BTT to get in.
After losing to Kansas 8-2 today, the Wolverines are 27-27-1 on the season, with another game against Kansas tomorrow. On Senior Day, senior Logan McAnallen will be getting the start.
Well, if you didn't see Miguel Cabrera's dramatic go-ahead ninth inning homerun tonight, here it is:
I know this is a cheesy radio topic, but where does the back-to-back MVP stand currently amongst the all-time greats? How high can he go by the time he decides to call it quits? I say he has a chance to be among the top three hitters in the history of baseball when it's all said and done.