Friday, May 17, 2013

HI NOTES: One and Done, Chemistry 101, We Want Gibby

Missouri Beats Kentucky in Series Opener (Columbia Tribune)
The numbers don't always add up.

But for whatever reason, when senior outfielders Scott Sommerfeld and Brannon Champagne got back into the Missouri lineup, the Tigers have played a more complete game.

Sommerfeld and Champagne, who have spent most of the season on the bench, combined to score three runs in Missouri's 4-2 victory over Kentucky last night on Simmons Field in the opening game of a key Southeastern Conference series...
Tigers One Win Away From SEC Tourney (PowerMizzou)
Tiger relievers Jake Walsh and Keaton Steele shut down the Kentucky bats in the final four innings, moving the Tigers to 17-30, and 9-19 in SEC play. If the Tigers win on Fridat, they clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament.

"You always play for postseason. Us still having a shot is huge," Champagne said...
Seniors Sommerfeld and Champagne continue resurgence for Missouri baseball team (Columbia Missourian)
Although Missouri coach Tim Jamieson called Champagne "mainly a defensive replacement" earlier in the season, he had a hunch that the time was finally right to get him and Sommerfeld back in the lineup.

"If you look at numbers it doesn’t make any sense because the guys we replaced had better numbers, but they gave us a spark in the Friday night game against Alabama," Jamieson said. "It’s a chemistry thing."...
Thursday Roundup (PerfectGame)
Hurt its case: Kentucky

It's rather safe to say at this point that Kentucky is in a must-win situation the next two days against Missouri. UK already entered Thursday bad shape, but dropped a 4-2 decision to the Tigers to drop to 10-18 in the Southeastern Conference. That wouldn't be worth of an at-large bid at this point. UK starting pitcher A.J. Reed allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The silver lining for UK is that it clinched an SEC tourney berth with Tennessee's loss to Texas A&M.
Vols lose 5-1 to Texas A&M for must-win situation (GoVolsXtra)
Not long after the Vols finished, Missouri beat Kentucky 4-2 and edged closer to the 12th and final spot in the SEC tournament.

As a result, Tennessee (21-29, 7-19 SEC) must win the last two games against Texas A&M, and Missouri (17-30, 9-19) must lose twice to Kentucky in order for the Vols to make the SEC tournament.

“We’ve put ourselves in this situation, and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” UT coach Dave Serrano said. “We haven’t made anything easy on ourselves this year, so why should it start now in Game 50?”...

♦ If Mizzou were to sweep Kentucky, not only would they guarantee a spot in the SEC Tournament, they would pass Kentucky and be the 11th seed. (Standings at

The Minnesota Twins Need to Make the Call to Bring Up Kyle Gibson (
The major leagues are a whole different beast for any prospect, but with the rotation failing changes need to be made.

The current group of starters are not getting the job done, so it's time to go young and see what some of the prospects can do.

Gibson would be the first domino to fall in what will be a complete overhaul of the rotation that will take place in the next several years. His arrival will open the door for Alex Meyer and Trevor May to make their way up to the major leagues by the end of the season and eventually tap into the lower levels of the system as things progress.
The Twins have played hard over the first couple of months, but their pitching has made the surprising start feel like a misnomer. With a chance to add a boost to a stale staff, calling up Gibson to see what he can do is in the best interest for the 2013 roster and beyond...

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