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2019 CWS Finals: Vanderbilt wins!




Here’s a recap of our CWS coverage so far for 2019:

Here’s how the finals played out.

  • Game 1 6/24/19: Michigan stud starter Tommy Murray held Vanderbilt to 3 runs on 6 innings while the Michigan offense continued to chug along, beating Vandy’s ace Drake Fellows 7-4 to take game 1.
  • Game 2 6/25/19: Vanderbilt’s super freshman Kumar Rocker saved their day again, giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 11 punchouts in 6 1/3 innings against the best offensive team in the post season to force game 3.
  • Game 3 6/26/19: Vanderbilt got to Michigan’s ace Karl Kaufmann and held on for the 8-2 win and the come-back title.

Your 2019 College World Series Champion: Vanderbilt

Commentary: The final played out like I thought it would, with Michigan stealing a win behind their lefty stud, but then Vandy coming back to win.  Its still a pretty amazing accomplishment for Michigan to have gotten this far, but in the end the better, stronger team won.

This concludes the College Baseball season and our coverage of it for 2018.  I’ll post one more post that covers draftees and signing status for all local-connected players (prep and college).  I don’t really cover the summer collegiate wood bat leagues: for that I’d suggest, which is really coming into its own in terms of local coverage for all players with local ties.


College CWS tournament references

Written by Todd Boss

June 27th, 2019 at 10:01 am

6 Responses to '2019 CWS Finals: Vanderbilt wins!'

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  1. Hmm, must be summer vacation time around these parts…

    Big sweep in Miami to get back to .500. Now they need to get way above it before the break and stay there. I’ll be disappointed ted with less than 7-2 over the next 9.

    Big question for me, who goes with Zim coming back. My vote would be to send MAT to Fresno. He’s not getting any playing time and they’d lose anyone else that might be on the block like Parra or Grace.


    28 Jun 19 at 7:26 am

  2. Does Taylor still have an option? Todd, you keep track of these things. On quick glance, it looks like he was optioned in ’14, ’15, and ’16.

    Another question is where/how much does Zim play, or deserve to play? This is definitely an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” time with the lineup. Huge homers from Adams on back-to-back nights. Kendrick hitting at an all-star clip.

    I know Grace is out of options. With the arrival of Venters, his time may be up.


    28 Jun 19 at 9:05 am

  3. now that we’ve gotten to .500 i’ll put a placeholder/state of the team kind of post.

    Todd Boss

    28 Jun 19 at 2:29 pm

  4. Checking the lineup for tonight: why is Zim the DH and not at 1B? Seems to me at this point that Zim’s value vs. Kendrick/Adams would more likely be on defense than hitting, so why not play him in the field and have Kendrick DH tonight?

    Going forward the easiest solution would appear to be simple platoons at 1B and 2B, though not strictly LH/RH, right?


    28 Jun 19 at 5:18 pm

  5. Taylor apparently did have an option left. I rest my case for the case I made in the offseason that he should have been non-tendered. There’s no way he gets tendered this coming offseason.

    Zim probably not starting at 1B because he has limited mobility. Kendrick is a middle infielder by trade and used to taking a lot of grounders. I might have Zim in the field and Adams DHing, though. (Although being truthful, Kendrick deserves to be starting ahead of Zim in such a scenario.)


    28 Jun 19 at 9:52 pm

  6. If Zim doesn’t have sufficient mobility to play the field this weekend, then why did he come off the IL? Just because they’re playing in an AL park for the weekend? That seems short sided if true. Sure, Kendrick May have a title more range on grounders, but I think Zim has the edge in picking throws.

    How would you rank the 4 right side infield options? Offensively: Kendrick, Adams, Zim, Dozier. Defensively: Dozier, Zim, Kendrick, Adams.


    29 Jun 19 at 7:05 am

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