The Michigan baseball team continues to be involved in close ball games, losing a 3-2 game to Iowa yesterday (see recap) before beating the Hawkeyes 4-2 today (recap). Out of the 27 games they've played, 19 have been decided by two runs or fewer. Today's win improved their overall record to 11-15-1 and their Big Ten record to 2-3.
Today's game was highlighted by another terrific catch by freshman right fielder Jackson Lamb (see this thread for a look at the one from last weekend):
Lamb's latest defensive gem occurred in the ninth inning, after the Wolverines had rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Freshman Trey Miller came through that inning with a two-out, two-run single, recording his first career hit in the process.
Jacob Cronenworth (2-0) ended up getting the win, although he had shifted to the mound in the eighth when Michigan held a 1-0 lead, looking to pick up a two-inning save and then promptly gave up two runs. He nevertheless has now pitched in seven games and been credited with two wins and five saves.
Evan Hill had a good start today, going 5.2 innings and not allowing a run. He was taken out after being hit on the leg by a line drive.
Michigan and Iowa play the rubber match of their series tomorrow at 1 pm at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Less than a week after being turned down by Max Scherzer the Tigers have set their attention to Miguel Cabrera, and it appears they're close to making Miggy a Tiger for life.
Miguel Cabrera and the tigers are closing in on a mega extension for the two-time mvp. story on http://t.co/RFVISfIo8t.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 27, 2014
Tigers, Miguel Cabrera close to an extension, source confirms @JonHeymanCBS report. The AAV of new years expected to be around $30MM.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 27, 2014
There is a pair of shocking "before" and "after" pics of Jordan Morgan in a Freep article.
Personally, I find these pics more astonishing and incredible than the ones of Stauskas. Sanderson needs to be given a lot of credit for player conditioning. Seriously, these are like the infomercials we see all over.
I actually really like the article on JMo a lot as well. For those of you who don't have a hangup about Freep links, here it is:
Here are a few quotes:
He failed U-M’s first conditioning test, “the gauntlet.” It’s sideline-to-sideline, touching 17 lines in a minute. Then rest a minute and do another one. On and on. He didn’t just miss the standard. He had no chance.
Thinking back this week (to last year in the Tourney,) Beilein said Morgan “couldn’t have been lower in his life.” Morgan gives faith to God, who he feels gave him another opportunity. But he did most of the work, grounding himself with a summer Athletes in Action trip to the Ivory Coast, being patient in the first half of the season as Mitch McGary worked into shape, and seizing the chance when McGary succumbed to January back surgery.
Read the whole article if you have the time.
Just a couple days after trading for Angels SS/Utility man Andrew Romine to compete in a SS platoon, the Tigers have acquired veteran SS Alex Gonzalez. Tigers traded away Steve Lombardozzi, who was acquired in the Fister trade.
Looks like the SS position in now in the hands of the 37-year old, 15 year veteran, and Romine will handle utility duties at 2B, SS and 3B. Bad news for Danny Worth fans.
They improve to 9-14-1 on the year.
Max Scherzer is taking a gamble on himself to reproduce or upstage his 2013 Cy Young season by rejecting a long term offer from the Tigers. It would appear Dombrowski's offer was more than fair considering Max would have paid among the top 6 pitchers in baseball.
Thoughts on this? Honestly it's a bit surprising that Dombrowski offered that much, and it's even more surprising the Scherzer rejected said offer. I suppose this could be Boras being Boras, but honestly that seems like a huge gamble for Max or he doesn't enjoy Detroit nearly as much as he puts out there.
EDIT: updated to show the figures.
Source: Tigers’ offer to Max Scherzer was six years, $144 million. That was what Cole Hamels signed for in 2012. @FOXSportsLive— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 23, 2014