that is nice bonus change
The Daily's Ben Estes reported today that Derek Dennis has been injured since Tuesday of the Notre Dame series. The nature of the injury remains undisclosed, but it is a day-to-day issue and he is expected back in time for the Ohio State series this upcoming weekend.
Watched the Reds-Padres game today and was very impressed with Clayton Richard. It appears that he, unlike Mr. Henson, made the correct decision on which sport to play. Good to see him doing well, while still seeing the Reds pull it out late.
About being back… not so much. (image from MGoBlue)
If you would have asked me what the worst case scenario would be walking into the Iowa series, my answer would have been Jarred Hippen throws a complete game in the first half of the double header, and that momentum would carry Iowa through game two for Michigan to be swept on Friday. I would have then said that rain would cancel Saturday's game for the first Iowa sweep of Michigan in Ann Arbor in recent memory. Unfortunately, the first half of that prediction came true.
Luckily, Saturday had only overcast skies and Michigan was able to redeem themselves (somewhat) by salvaging a 1-2 weekend. Michigan exits the series half a game back of the Big Ten leading Buckeyes, who visit Ann Arbor next week. That's right people, it's HATE WEEK for the baseball team.
But before we get to that, we look at the Iowa series. Recaps after the jump:
Michigan (24-12, 6-3)
Iowa (14-20, 3-6)
|Friday 2:30pm ET, Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Alan Oaks (4-4, 3.60 ERA)||vs||Jarred Hippen (2-3, 3.86 ERA)|
|Notes: Michigan is 100-43 all time, Last year: 2-1 series win. Hippen |
is a LHP.
|Friday 30 minutes after Game One, |
Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
|Bobby Brosnahan(4-3, 4.26 ERA)||vs||Nick Brown (2-4, 7.27 ERA)|
|Saturday 1:05pm ET, Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI|
|TBA||vs||Phil Schreiber (3-3, 5.29 ERA)|
|Notes: My guess is Burgoon if available, Sinnery otherwise. It may |
not matter due to weather.
The Hawkeyes come to Ann Arbor this weekend to close out the first half of Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes started the year with an inflated RPI by losing almost every game they had to some of the best teams in the nation, but since returning north, they've struggled offensively and fallen to #169 of 301 (Boyd's Pseudo RPI).
Full preview after the jump:
Michigan took two games against a weak opponent that is still looking to wake the echoes and return to glory from their days when Paul Mainieri, current coach at LSU, was still in South Bend. In Notre Dame's first visit to Ann Arbor since 1977, Michigan won a closely contested game, and the next night, the Wolverines pounded out a huge win.
Abbreviated midweek recaps and thoughts after the jump.
I sent in a comment asking Kendal Rogers reasoning on his catcher power rankings following my weekend recap:
What will it take to get Chris Berset in your Position Power Rankings at Catcher? The guy is batting .405, .483 on base, .603 slugging, with 32 runs scored and 35 RBI.
Not to mention his defense. The guy is a wall. He's also got 5 pick offs and a solid steals against percentage. He's leading the Big Ten in caught stealing with 17 while only allowing 20.
It appears to pay off as Berset is now #7 in the Position Power Rankings (default link takes you to third basemen for some reason), which is a fair place. The Michigan homer in me wants to complain that the guys of head of him can't play defense, especially given Berset's defensive numbers being better than at least 5 of them, but most of those have a bit better numbers than Chris on offense, which is all anyone really cares about.