Baseball America Bracketology -- Michigan one of the last four in

Submitted by ChalmersE on May 9th, 2018 at 1:11 PM

Updated today.  Michigan is a 3 seed at Stanford.  Also in from the B1G: Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa.  Indiana is a 2 seed at Georgia; Iowa a three seed at Mississippi, and the Gophers are a 1 seed (!) at home.

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The Maize Halo

May 9th, 2018 at 1:17 PM ^

We had that nice streak, but still a pretty disappointing year so far when looking at the nonconference stuff (where the majority of the better teams are, of course).

Just thought they'd be a little better than this after stepping-up for most of last season.

Alton

May 9th, 2018 at 2:56 PM ^

Michigan's weekend starting rotation has 2 sophomores and a freshman.  The starting catcher is a 5th year senior who was a bullpen catcher last year.  The starting infield has 2 freshmen and a JC transfer.  There's another freshman starting in the outfield.

And here's the thing...those starting freshmen will be amazing in a couple of years, but you certainly can't expect this team to have dominated in February, playing their first college baseball of their lives.  Especially playing 8 games out west, entirely against top-50 teams.  

There are one or two really disappointing results (losing the series to Lipscomb, losing a game to Lawrence Tech), but other than that, Michigan has met or exceeded the expectations that any reasonable person would have had for them.

This was going to be a rebuilding year.  A tournament bid during a rebuilding year would be amazing, and give the team very valuable experience for next year (when expectations would justifiably be high).

Maize4Life

May 9th, 2018 at 2:15 PM ^

and I realize its a big IF considering baseballs previous end of the year nose dives but IF we win out we are at least Regular season co champs and that would make us a lock if their going to get Indiana (on a nose dive right now} and Iowa....

UNCWolverine

May 9th, 2018 at 2:36 PM ^

I posted an article in the paper out here a bit ago about three local kids going to Michigan. I wasn’t paying much attention to the season but when I heard a few freshmen were contributing I assumed it was these kids. Turns out none of them have played much this year, other freshmen are playing quite a bit though.

Things seem to bode well considering how talented and large this last class is.