Its out there for them if they can turn it on from here on in..This from Baseball America:
• With the dearth of hosting candidates in the West, the door is open for either Minnesota or Michigan to land a hosting spot out of the Big Ten. Right now, we’ll give the edge to the Gophers. Minnesota beat Michigan head-to-head and is a game ahead in the Big Ten standings at 9-2 vs. Michigan’s 8-3. Minnesota didn’t help its cause by losing a midweek game to North Dakota State on Tuesday, which dropped its RPI seven spots from No. 23 to No. 30, leaving them behind No. 25 Michigan. This would be problematic if the season ended today, but for the time being will give the Gophers the benefit of the doubt that they can get their RPI back into at least the low 20s.
The other question will be whether the Gophers have enough quality wins. As of now, their two wins against Michigan are their only top 50 wins—they need to root for Maryland to get back into the top 50—and they have no more top-50 opponents left on the schedule. They even only have three games left against top 100 teams—this weekend’s set at Illinois—which means they have little margin for error to improve their RPI. Michigan, by comparison, has a much more RPI-friendly schedule with all four of its remaining series against top 100 teams—granted that one of those opponents, Ohio State, is barely in the top 100 at No. 99. If the standings stay in the order they are but Minnesota can’t keep its RPI strong enough, then it’s more likely neither would host than a second-place Michigan team gets a bid over a team it both lost to and finished behind, regardless of its own RPI.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/projected-field-of-64-april-27/#RZLtbueTVO41L1hm.99
I don't post topics very often, but was surfing somewhere near the edge of the internet and came across a very intriguing baseball history article about Ty Cobb. The article was derived from a speech given at Hillsdale College by author/professor/journalist Charles Leerhsen.
His book, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, is one of the first (only?) original sourced reports I've read about Cobb. The speech is an excellent primer for the book, or a great short read for those that don't have the time/interest.
In addition to unraveling some of Cobb's infamous traits, the book is an interesting study of journalism, particularly the laziness of sports journalist. That at least, was a topic I figured most of the board would appreciate for all the (just) lamenting we do.
Tyler Collins of the Tigers misplayed a flyball in the sixth inning this evening, he was booed by the fans, so he responded by flipping everybody off.
I know it was only a single bird, but Ohio State needs to sign this man up.
What is in your glass/bottle/keg? Also, saw my first Tiger game in years today (quick round trip downstate) and everything was perfect....except the Tigers. They were slow, lethargic, had crap at bats, Sanchez didn't even get an out in the 3 rd inning before they had to yank him, and Miggy looked like he gained 30 lbs and was taking tranquilizers. Errors on defense, Salt(too many vowels) can hit, but he couldn't throw a runner out in little league and launched one throw into center field.
The Tigers have lost 5 out of the last 6, including two to the Indians at home. JV pitched well last night but no hitting.
So, please diagnose the Tigers and have an adult beverage.
Michigan stays tied in first place in the big ten with Minnesota at 7-2