As Denard goes, so goes Michigan. You can’t really grouse and do the “if Denard hadn’t been injured Michigan would have won” thing for a number of reasons. But it’s still a bummer that it happened  – it was a pretty meaningful loss in the Big Ten, as far as those things go this year.

  • If the Tigers weren’t toast already, they sure are now. Another 2-0 loss to the Giants (where can the Cubs find a Ryan Vogelsong?), and it’s a 3-0 series. Free agency begins immediately after the end of the World Series (with players able to sign with new teams five days later), so we could be looking at the official start of the offseason as soon as tonight.
  • There isn’t much in the way of Cubs news today. New White Sox GM Rick Hahn doesn’t really see the Cubs as competition, but he’s hopeful that Chicago can become a Sox town soon ( … ).


  • Matt Szczur is profiled, featuring thoughts from Jason McLeod and Brian Harper (Mesa’s hitting coach, and Daytona’s manager). It’s pretty clear at this point that he’s not viewed as a near-term starter in the big leagues, which is something of an issue given his presence on the 40-man roster. He’s more likely to be a fourth outfielder type (and he could be a good one with his speed and defensive ability), but getting even there will require a healthy step forward next year.
  • That’s it. I told you there wasn’t much today.

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