Baseball is a funny sport. Day to day, you never know what will happen. But for the Wolverines there has been one constant this season: winning. For Michigan Baseball to finish strong, they need to keep pace.
The bats have cooled
Since we last left you, Michigan had already tallied 30 wins and were on a hot streak. The Maize and Blue have cooled off just a touch, however. They dropped a series to Indiana at home, but finished the past couple weekends by winning a series at Rutgers and one at home against Ohio State.
What has cooled off the most? The bats. After multiple games with double-digit wins, things have slowed down a bit and Michigan is no longer scoring at will. You don’t always need a ton of runs to win, but Michigan plays much better when the bats are hot and the Wolverines are scoring at will — especially in conference play.
Big Ten Tourney and beyond
Michigan still has the best overall record in the conference at 35-11, so in terms of the NCAA’s things look good for the Wolverines. However, it’s clear that Michigan has work left to do in the conference. Michigan is currently knotted up with Iowa for the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament, set to be played in Bloomington, IN this year.
The latest bracket projection (baseballamerica) has Michigan currently pegged at a No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional. The Wolverines are looking good for a spot in the tournament, but if they want to earn a higher spot — or host — they will need to close out the regular season strong and make a lot of noise in Bloomington.
Michigan plays Central Michigan at home on May 9th before traveling to face the Chips on the road the following day. Over the weekend, the Wolverines will continue Big Ten play as they travel to face Purdue, a team looking to make a late-season run to assure a spot in the Big Ten Tournament (unlike basketball, only the top 8 teams make the tournament).