Monday, March 26, 2007

All-Weekend Team

In this week's edition of the All-Weekend Team, I try to not name every single pitcher in the Big Ten to the squad and spend far too much time tracking down position eligibility. Which is made more ridiculous by the fact I can name whomever I want to the team. Yet, I still have some sense of the undefined rules that I follow. (Like the guy should have played that position over the weekend.) Let's remember that I'm writing a weblog about Big Ten baseball. I'm confident that implies a certain imbalance on my part. (Although, you can take comfort in knowing that I am not living in anyone's basement.)

I'll review at the end, but I will provide my usual caveat here. My math isn't good. (Which I realize fits in perfectly with my poor grammar and lack of writing skills.) So, if you find a number or seven off, please drop me a line. Thank you.

Catcher - Dusty Napoleon, Iowa (7 for 11, 3 runs, 7 rbi, 2 bb)
Catcher - Rob Yodice, Penn State (4 for 9, 3 runs, 5 rbi)
Firstbase - Nate Recknagel, Michigan (6 for 12, 3 runs, rbi)
Secondbase - Eric Osborn, Purdue (4 for 10, 6 rbi, sb)
Shortstop - Tommy Finn, Northwestern (5 for 11, 5 runs, 5 rbi, 2 bb, sb, hr)
Thirdbase - Jake Owens, Northwestern (9 for 13, 5 runs, 8 rbi, bb, 5 sb)
Outfield - Zach Putnam, Michigan (6 for 12, 2 runs, 7 rbi, bb)
Outfield - Matt Nohelty, Minnesota (6 for 12, 3 runs, 3 rbi, 4 sb)
Outfield - Doug Pickens, Michigan (8 for 13, 3 runs, 3 rbi)
Designated Hitter - Jason Christian, Michigan (8 for 17, 5 runs, 5 rbi)

Bench - Lars Davis, Illinois (4 for 4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 hr, bb)
Bench - Jacob Howell, Ohio State (3 for 4, 3 rbi)
Bench - Dennis Jones, Michigan State (2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 4 sb)
Bench - John Cummins, Purdue (5 for 9, 3 runs, 3 rbi)

Starter - Ricky Heines, Purdue (9.0 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 8 k in complete game win vs. WIU)
Starter - Ethan Vogt, Minnesota (9.0 ip, 7 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 3 k in complete game win vs. Hartford)
Starter - Craig Clark, Penn State (8.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 0 er, 3 bb, 6 k in win vs. CCSU)
Starter - Steve Turnbull, Iowa (7.0 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bbb, 7 k in win vs. NDSU)
Starter - Mike Wilson, Michigan (7.0 ip, 1 hit, 0 r, 0 er, 2 bb, 9 k in win vs. Oakland)
Starter - Andrew Hess, Michigan (7.0 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 0 er, 3 bb, 4 k in complete game win vs. Oakland)
Starter - Dan Sattler, Purdue (7.0 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 3 bb, 4 k in win vs. Western Illinois)

Relief - Kyle Carr, Minnesota (3.0 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 4 k in win vs. Hartford)
Relief - Mike Schurz, Iowa (4.1 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 7 k in three games -- two saves and a win)

As I stated at the beginning, it was a fine weekend for pitchers in the Big Ten. Lots to choose from and, somewhat surprisingly, I did leave a few off the team. As for my "bench" all but Cummins were limited to one game of action this past weekend. I couldn't put them in the starting lineup, but their stats were good enough to merit recognition. Cummins played in two of Purdue's three games.

Yeah, I added a catcher, again. Maybe it's the old rotisserie baseball league format kicking in. That or I just couldn't decide. Backstops -- Napoleon, Yodice, Pickens and Davis -- had nearly as good a weekend as the hurlers did.

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