Michigan up 15-0 after five.
Baseball: Illinois Series Thoughts
Michigan (20-11, 4-2)
Illinois (15-13, 3-3)
|Friday 6pm CDT, Illinois Field, Champaign, IL|
|Alan Oaks (3-4, 4.02 ERA)||vs||Will Strack (1-1, 6.29 ERA)|
|Notes: Michigan is 128-95-3 all time, Last year: 1-2 series loss. |
Note game times are local to the game site, Central time.
|Saturday 3:05pm CDT, Illinois Field, Champaign, IL|
|Bobby Brosnahan(4-2, 4.54 ERA)||vs||Kevin Johnson (2-1, 5.77 ERA)|
|Sunday 1:05pm CDT, Illinois Field, Champaign, IL|
|Brandon Sinnery (3-0, 3.34 ERA)||vs||Lee Zerrusen (2-2, 5.62 ERA)|
Michigan travels to Illinois this week to take on the Illini in what has been a pretty even series over the last few years. Michigan is just 19-20 against the Illini since 2000, having won just one series in 2008. That said, they've only lost 3 series in that time due to several four game splits, but the Illini have continuously been a throne in Michigan baseball's side. This year looks to be no different.
Just a reminder, Q&A with Illinois Baseball Report happened. Preview is there.
Abbreviated thoughts after the jump:
Alan Oaks against himself. His slide has to end somewhere. I'm hoping it comes to a halt Friday.
Semi-related side matchup: saving the bullpen. Burgoon has been used a bit this midweek, as well as Kolby Wood. It would be nice to give those guys another night off. For that to happen, Oaks will need to go deep and the offense will have to give the bullpen a cushion.
We Have History
Due to constraints of real life, no "We Have History" this week. To replace that, here's a link to my recap of last year's Illinois Series Recap.
Could be a bit wet on Friday. Rain is supposed to clear out after 7pm. Rest of the weekend should be nice. The field faces northeast, so winds should be slightly out to right if they hold in the WNW on Friday.
- The Illini are a dangerous team again this year. I have them slated as my #5 to finish the season and they've got quite the offense. Even their pitching has really come along as of late, but fortunately, they don't have any power strikeout pitchers. That normally means a bit offense for Michigan, but then again, we've inflated several pitchers strikeout numbers this season.
- I think we see more Kittle again this weekend. The guy is still on fire even off the bench. John Lorenz has had a few good games of late, so I don't think Mike takes over third.
- I can't wait for this series to start as that signals that I'm done with these engineering design projects (as in two semester projects). Unfortunately, I'm missing game one for said projects.
- Games are on BTN.com through the StudentU broadcast for $2.99 per game. Pick'em up if you can.
I think Michigan loses game one, but closes out the series with two solid victories. I can't expect a win out of Oaks until he proves he's defeated whatever it is that has held him down the last few weeks.
Looks like Oaks came back. Yikes. 17-1 in bottom 9.
the hitting was HOT today. Maybe you should predict we blow the whole serires, if it makes us play like this!! Also, OT but can you believe OSU smoked MSU today? Buckeye bats are starting to figure it out too.
I don't even remember making that prediction. I wrote that in a sleep deprived stupor between two major design projects due on the same day. I remember being more worried about Brosnahan's luck streak coming to an end. Weird.
ARGH! CAN'T FIELD BUNTS!
Lose 6-2. Illini loaded the bases on bunts/hits that went no farther than 45 feet from the plate. Get a 5 run inning out of it. Brosnahan's luck runs out. Video highlights once they come out.
Hurry up and change your prediction, so that we lose tomorrow and the fielding will be atrocious again... then we're sure to win ;)
You're 1 for 1, why stop now...
we've moved into 2nd place in the BT.
I saw that earlier. There's a cluster in 3rd place. 6 teams are tied at 4-4. Need a big win tomorrow to build a lead.
BTN Video appears to be down. Having to use Illinois Audio (not free).
Poor Sinnery just didn't seem to have the touch today.
Hadn't realized they had turf, so I will hold my tongue on the ARGH! ERRORS! today.
Third day on it and still making simple mistakes. No need to hold tongue. Toth had one that was just ugly. Ball just kind of died on the turf and he way rushed to have it tip off the end of his glove. ARGH ERRORS.
Game 3 Highlights:
Hit in the head?!?!?!
Also, turf is just so very very wrong for baseball you really can't fault them too much. You should never grow accustomed to such a heresy.
Word from the SID says he is "fine." Hoping it was just precautionary as anyone hit in the head with a fastball should be treated with utmost caution. He was only down for about 2 minutes, with the video focusing on the crowd. He sat up and could have walked off on his own power from the look of it.
It's a second half race at this point. Hopefully no injuries, we should be able to play better consistently, and have "control" of our fate with both MUS and OSU left.