“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
The CCB released their tourney projection with Michigan headed to Louisville:
1. Louisville (7)
3. Michigan *
4. Toledo *
This is a pretty tough region, and I'm sure Vandy would love to get some payback on Alan Oaks in the opening round. For those that need a reminder,
The Commodores aren't nearly that good this year, but rather in the 30s of the RPI, well above Michigan. Michigan has played both Toledo and Louisville, beating Toledo handily at home and losing 1-0 to Louisville against a Thomas Loshe. This was at the Big Ten / Big East Tournament, the first weekend after losing Ryan LaMarre. Our offense was atrocious, but then again, Louisville wasn't hitting quite as well then either. A rematch would be awesome.
To get to that though, we've got to win the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota preview/WMU wrap due out tomorrow.
Bob Todd has been around forever. Now, according to Chris Webb of BuckeyeNine and Buckeye State Baseball, he'll be retiring from Ohio State. He told his players after their game today.
This leaves an interesting coaching search. Todd was the highest paid coach in the Big Ten over the last two years. God help us if Pat Murphy, formerly of Arizona State, and before that, the coach that rebuilt Notre Dame into a national power in the early 90s. Other interesting candidates include several other coaches from the D1 ranks in Ohio, including Kent State's Scott Stricklin (although he is a KSU alum).
Chris also floated the idea of OSU poaching Tracy Smith from Indiana. OSU has the money and Smith is one of the best coaches in the midwest. Not sure they can pull him from Indiana, especially with IU's new stadium on the way.
Image by Erik Holladay (Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette)
Already looking toward next year's recruiting class, Michigan has gotten it's first publically known commit from the class of 2011 in Gull Lake's Zach Fish.
Fish was a Gazette first-team all-area infielder as a sophomore, when he hit .423 with six homers, 31 RBIs and an .880 slugging percentage for the Maroon Giants. He posted a 5-0 pitching record.
As a Blue Devil, he's picked up where he left off. Fish is hitting at a .470 clip with a .909 slugging percentage, 35 runs, 33 RBIs, six doubles and four triples. He's 16-for-17 in stolen bases, and has a 1-0 pitching record and 0.66 ERA.
He's a short stop for Gull Lake, but he's also played outfield for his summer league teams. I wouldn't be surprised if that's where he was slated. The interesting other tidbit:
The junior recently accepted a significant scholarship offer from the University of Michigan, with whom he plans to sign in November.
"It's a lot of money," Fish said without revealing the specifics. "They have an All-American right now, his name is Ryan LaMarre, and he has the highest in-state offer. They said they'd match that in-state offer. For an in-state offer, it just shows a lot of respect coach (U-M's Rich Maloney) has and it's very, very, very, very nice."
North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Oregon, Mississippi and Tennessee were other heavy hitters with a close eye on Fish, a 6-foot, 185-pound utility player with good foot speed and a cannon-like arm.
Judging by his numbers, Fish has a pretty solid chance of being drafted, especially if he continues at that pace in his senior year. It's great to see Michigan lock down a local talent over the likes of any of those other power teams also recruiting Fish.
The College Baseball Blog will be hosting a CiL tonight to discuss the weekend. Highly suggest going over there and pimping Chris Berset for Johnny Bench.
Key Stats: .392 batting average, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 37 runs, 14 doubles. .570 slugging percentage.
Acutally plays defense unlike those meh catchers from LSU.
Caught 22 base runners, only allowed 24 steals. That's a 52.1% success rate. That meh catcher at LSU has only thrown out 8 of 48. That's 83.3%. How can anyone rank him that highly, especially given his teams crappy performance this week.
Also worth noting, Michigan has taken 2 of 3 from OSU. It wasn't much of a fluke either with OSU's #2 and #3 pitchers pitching their brains out.
Michigan beat Ohio State on Friday and Sunday to secure one of the more exciting series wins in Ann Arbor in quite some times. This series saw surprises abound: a first round draft pick get scratched from the starting lineup with an injury, nearly every pitcher in this series pitched to or beyond their potential, great defense, and most importantly, the good guys coming out on top.
For full recap, follow the jump:
Michigan has seen their runs scored per nine innings drop about a run per game on their season cumulative average over the last 5 games. That's pretty sizable. Coming into the Iowa series, Michigan averaged 8.9 runs per nine innings. Over the Iowa series and the first two games of the Ohio State Series, Michigan has averaged 3.7 runs per nine innings. Yikes.
Looking at the other offensive charts, I think the culprit is pretty clear.
Biondi's current 0/20 is killing the team's production. He's the spark plug that sets the top of the order in motion. He's not getting on, not putting pressure on pitchers, manufacturing runs. With out that, Michigan's 1-5 hitters have had a rough going.
Game 3 with OSU is tomorrow. IF the game manages to be played despite the bad weather, Biondi needs a slump buster against OSU's weak 4th starter. I will be praying to Jobu, offering him plenty of rum and cigars, for there to be no rain and for Biondi take the fear from his bats. If it comes to it, I may go to KFC and sacrifice a chicken. I encourage all of you to do the same.