Michigan plays today against Nebraska at Target Field in Minnesota at 430 BTN. I'm going to miss it being at work. Will it be on mgovideo later? torrent? Let's see if we can make a run at the Big Ten title.
BTN Tourney Baseball
Just use the dvr and ignore all social media
Depending on where you are and which cable provider you have, it is possible that you could get the game on the BTN2Go. If your work computer (assuming it is a desk job) allows streaming media, you might be able to catch it online. If you have a capable phone, the app works on iOS and Android.
The list of current providers who can utilize the BTN2Go site or the app is here - http://www.btn2go.com/btn2go/FAQ.jsp
But thought people might be interested to know that Chad Ford released his latest mock after last night's Draft lottery, and has Burke going #2 to Orlando and THJ cracking the first round at #27 to Denver.
Will they keep the same rotation...
The probable rotation per the game notes has Bourque going today, then Szkutnik, Hill, and McAnallen. Bourque had a couple of good relief appearances against Nebraska last weekend, which is part of the reason why Bakich decided to go with him today (according to what the coach said on his WTKA appearance this morning).
As Raoul pointed out, the rotation will be James Bourque today, Szkutnik tomorrow, followed by Hill and McAnallen.
It makes some sense; if Michigan is going to go far in the tournament, Bourque will have to start a game at some point, and he did pitch very well in long relief against Nebraska on Thursday: 0 runs, 2 hits and 6 strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Also, if Michigan wins, they will still have their #1 against Indiana (although Szkutnik certainly did not have a good outing against them last time).
The podcast of Erik Bakich's appearance on WTKA this morning can be found here.
I think we gotta win the tourney to get an NCAA bid
Our RPi is over 100 i believe , like 118 or 119
Historically teams have needed to be in the top 60 or so to be considered for an at large bid, and Michigan will not be there.
Indiana is in no matter what, and should get a #1 seed with a win or two this weekend; they are #14 right now. #30 Illinois should also get a bid and I'm guessing a 3-seed in the Louisville regional.
Michigan State is #36, and would also be under serious consideration, but the fact that they finished 7th in the conference and out of the tournament means that they will almost certainly not get an at large bid. Nebraska is #42 but is also out of consideration for an at large bid because of their 25-28 record.
If somebody other than Indiana or Illinois wins the tournament, look for the Big Ten to get 3 teams in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a long time. I think you are seeing the effects of a change in the RPI formula, where a home win counts less than a road win. I don't think the Big Ten has ever put 4 teams in the top 50 of the RPI.
It'll be sophomore right-hander James Bourque (5-6, 5.00 ERA) vs. Nebraska's sophomore lefty Kyle Kubat (4-0, 2.15 ERA). Kubat started the game against Michigan last Thursday, going 6 innings and giving up 2 earned runs in a no decision.
Here's an "Inside Michigan Baseball" preview of the tourney that also discusses the All–Big Ten awards:
Yikes what a bad showing. All they can do now is just be ready for illinois tomorrow and avoid elimination.
Our pitching has been brutal all season. Even in the games we win, we have to outscore the other team.
All season? That's an awful exaggeration. We've allowed 5 runs or less in 36 of our 56 games. We also had a 12 game stretch where we didn't allow more than 3 runs in any game. Our pitching has struggled down the stretch. Not all season.
Also, it is a requirement in every game that you must outscore the opponent to win. That is one of the very basic rules of baseball.