Each week, the Daily’s team of “medical experts” will give the team a thorough examination in four categories: pitching, hitting, fielding and intangibles. After this, we will diagnose the team’s “health” based on the weekend’s action.

Michigan Baseball
Michigan Baseball
Michigan Baseball

 

Matt Singer, M.D.

The Hit Doctor

Against the Illini’s two stud starters, the Wolverines had their bats ready. Michigan blasted 23 hits in the first two games of the series and three home runs on the weekend. As well as Michigan saw the ball, they couldn’t cash in, leaving 42 runners on base.

Diagnosis: 4 out of 5 ambulances

 

James V. Dowd, M.D.

Doctor ‘K’

Just as they have been throughout this year, Jim Brauer and Michael Penn were solid in their respective starts. Michigan was also able to take advantage of using Derek Feldkamp in relief and got a big boost from Clayton Richard coming out of the bullpen to pitch four scoreless innings in Saturday’s doubleheader.

Diagnosis: 4 out of 5 ambulances

 

Pete Sneider, M.D.

Defensive Specialist

Kunkel’s error in the first game put the game-winning run on first base. Nonetheless, the Wolverine gloves were pretty slick, committing only three errors in the series. Give credit to Kyle Bohm and the Michigan infield, who fought off many bad hops on a less than immaculate Illinois field.

Diagnosis: 4 out of 5 ambulances

 

H. Jose Bosch, Psy.D.

Doctor Intangibles

After a disheartening loss on Friday night, the Wolverines could have easily folded. But Michigan was able to bounce back and win two of the next three. A costly error on Friday and anemic hitting in Saturday’s second game kept them from being on top of the world.

Diagnosis: 4 out of 5 ambulances

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