Baseball sweeps Northwestern, win streak at 15!

Baseball sweeps Northwestern, win streak at 15!

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 8th, 2018 at 6:36 PM

That embarrassing 8-3 loss to an NAIA school did wonders for this team.

ICYMI, Michigan lost to Lawrence Tech back on March 14 to drop to 5-11 on the season. Since then, it's been nothing but wins for the Wolverines. So much so that @UMichBaseball has adopted a new twitter name.

After beating and shutting out Northwestern twice in yesterday's weather-imposed doubleheader, Michigan looked for the sweep of the series today at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston.

The game did not start out well. Northwestern jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 4 innings. Michigan finally got on the board in the top of the 5th on a wild pitch that allowed Ako Thomas to score cutting the Wildcat lead in half.

In the next inning, another Northwestern gaffe produced another run for Michigan as Ako Thomas knocked the ball between the legs of the NU 2B, allowing Miles Lewis and Brock Keener to score putting Michigan ahead 3-2.

A Northwestern leadoff homer in the bottom of the 6th inning tied the game at 3-3 and it would remain tied until the top of the 9th.

Dom Clementi's 2-RBI triple broke the tie to give Michigan a 5-3 lead. The Wolverine tacked on two more runs with an RBI single by B1G Freshman of the Week Jesse Franklin and a Brock Keener RBI double. 

William Tribucher got the final 3 outs in the bottom of the 9th and Michigan completed the comeback win. A great game to watch and another W on the schedule. 

Michigan beats Northwestern, 5-3, extending the incredible win streak to 15 games. This was a series that was a must-sweep if you want to win a B1G Championship. 

Michigan is now 19-11 and 6-0 in the B1G.

Next up is an always tough Maryland team next weekend back at home at Ray Fisher Stadium. Erik Bakich will host his former team for a 3 game weekend series beginning on Friday at 4pm.

Spring is Here - Tiger Opener Tomorrow - Season Predictions

Spring is Here - Tiger Opener Tomorrow - Season Predictions

Submitted by xtramelanin on March 28th, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Mates,

If I'm not mistaken, tomorrow is opening day for the tigers. When I lived downstate that was a fun thing, even when the tigers weren't any good.   Well, looks like those times have returned. Their grapefruit league record was 13-15.  Since last season they jettisoned Ausmus.  Their opening day roster looks like this: 

POSITION STARTER 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Catcher James McCann John Hicks Derek Norris    
First Base Miguel Cabrera John Hicks Victor Martinez    
Second Base Dixon Machado Alexi Amarista      
Third Base Jeimer Candelario Nicholas Castellanos Dixon Machado    
Shortstop Jose Iglesias Alexi Amarista Dixon Machado    
Left Field Mikie Mahtook JaCoby Jones Jim Adduci    
Center Field Leonys Martin JaCoby Jones Victor Reyes    
Right Field Nicholas Castellanos Mikie Mahtook Victor Reyes    
Designated Hitter Victor Martinez Miguel Cabrera      
Starting Pitcher Michael Fulmer Jordan Zimmermann Matthew Boyd Mike Fiers Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher Alex Wilson Joe Jimenez Drew VerHagen Blaine Hardy Daniel Stumpf
Closer Shane Greene

I haven't followed them closely other than to know last year started out okay and then went downhill hard and fast, with i think a 64-98 final record.  Yeesh.

Anyway, today's question is/are these:  What are your predictions for the tigers this year, and will you be at opening day (Looks like rain tomorrow)? 

XM

 

The future of M baseball

The future of M baseball

Submitted by Wendyk5 on March 24th, 2018 at 8:05 PM

My son is down in Vero Beach with his baseball team. They go every year and play teams from other parts of the country for their spring training. Yesterday, they played a team from Pennsylvania, and the pitcher they faced is a 2019 Michigan commit, Cam Weston. He was a flamethrower -- I wasn't at the game, but I was told he was throwing in the upper 80's and he's only a junior. 

Best First Round ever

Best First Round ever

Submitted by M-Dog on March 17th, 2018 at 11:42 AM
Best First Round ever.
 
Why do we love the First Round so much?
 
The upsets.  The buzzer beaters.  The backstories on people and places you never heard of.
 
This year's First Round had it all.
 
We should have known we were in for something special when the very first game went to overtime.
 
The upsets:
 
A Sixteen beats a One for the first time ever.  Not just any One, but the #1 One.  
 
And they didn't just beat them on a prayer shot or a stupid error or a bad ref call.  They dominated them.  This didin't look like one of those once-in-a-lifetime-out-of-their-minds games where if they played it 1000 more times, UMBC would lose big 999 times.  They looked like they could do it again.
 
Overshadowed by that was 13 Buffalo beating 4 Arizona which would have been the big upset story any other year.  Or 13 Marshall over 4 Wichita State.  And don't forget 11 Darlings-for-a-day Loyola Chicago over 6 Miami.  It got to the point where we didn't even bother paying attention to Play-in 11 Syracuse over 6 TCU by the time it happened.
 
The Buzzer Beaters:
 
Loyola Chicago gave us a two-fer with a classic Big Dance buzzer beater, that also gave them the big upset over Miami.  SDSU just misses a last second shot that would have given them the surprise unlikely win over a Houston team that had them under their thumb all game.
 
The Backstories:
 
The whole world is Googling UMBC this morning.  Quick, go to Google and just type "U".  You will never see that again.
 
I live in Maryland and know several people that go or went to UMBC.  I didn't even know they had a basketball team.  I just thought it was a branch commuter campus of Univ. of Maryland.
 
I also didn't know that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers or the America East Conference were a thing.
 
Other fun backstories:  We got to meet the 98 year old nun that is the inspirational leader of Loyola Chicago and made me feel immediately guilty for not picking them in my bracket to upset Miami.  She also knows her stuff.
 
Finally, a hidden backstory is the impending brawl between Marshall and WVU for State Champs of West Virginia.  Both programs have (legitimate) chips on their shoulders, so that game should get, uh, chippy.
 
First Round 2018, I sing your praises.
 
Let's keep it going!
 

OT: Because Science. Evidence for (Slightly) Juiced Baseballs

OT: Because Science. Evidence for (Slightly) Juiced Baseballs

Submitted by andrew_ on March 1st, 2018 at 10:33 PM

Following a tweet by (the still-adorning-my-jersey former favorite Tiger) Justin Verlander about home run trends, and air to speed ratios of unladen swallows, I combed through the responses. Buried within them I found this article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/juiced-baseballs. And it's a fascinating effing read. Science breaks down the innards of MLB game balls over the years before and after the 2015 all-star game, and finds some gems.

TL;DR - there's enough evidence to suggest that the balls are in fact "juiced," or at the least different enough from balls of years past, that they can explain the insane rise in home runs and deep balls in a post-steriod era.

Tigers 2018 Training Camp: Anyone got # 35?

Tigers 2018 Training Camp: Anyone got # 35?

Submitted by UMProud on February 14th, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Tigers pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training but I still haven’t seen Justin Verlander. Will ask.

— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 13, 2018

Justin Verlander ✔ @JustinVerlander Anyone got #35??

https://twitter.com/justinverlander