Five Things for May 6th: MSU Gets Verbal Commitment from Offensive Lineman
1. Mark Dantonio has received another verbal commitment for the 2015 recruiting class. Scout.com first reported that Ohio offensive lineman Noah Listermann has become the fifth commitment of the class. According to that LSJ.com article, Listermann had offers from Ohio State and Wisconsin amongst other colleges.
2. A very interesting situation is developing for Mid-Michigan high school basketball fans. Trevor Manuel played his freshman and sophomore years at Lansing Sexton, and played his way on to the national recruiting scene. After his sophomore year, he transferred to notorious basketball factory Oak Hill Academy in order to play tougher competition.
Well, according to MLive.com, Manuel is thinking about transferring back to the mid-Michigan area to finish his high school basketball career. He would be the top prospect in the area, and would be a candidate for Mr. Basketball with a good season. Michigan State and Michigan have offered Manuel scholarships, amongst many other major programs.
3. The Tigers' struggles continue, as Max Scherzer got hit around for his third straight start. Yesterday the light hitting Seattle Mariners pushed across four runs on Max in 6.2 innings pitched. In Scherzer's last 19.2 IP, he has given up 16 runs and 29 hits. Not very good for a man who is seeking a monster 7-year free agent deal in five months.
At the plate, things are not much better for Detroit. They were completely shut down yesterday by relative unknown Roenis Elias, who threw a complete game three-hitter. The offense has only pushed across only 10 runs in the last five games.
Brad Ausmus said that this is the "flattest his team has been all year." Part of it was the fact that they have played 16 of their last 20 on the road, but they will need to recharge the batteries quickly because red-hot Toronto comes in to town on Tuesday. The Jays are 14-3 in their last 17 games.
4. The NHL featured a fantastic game seven between two elite teams last night. In the end, the Los Angeles Kings prevailed in overtime. Alec Martinez scored the game winner, and it was assisted by Justin Williams who continued his impressive run in game sevens. He had a goal earlier in the game as well. Williams now has 13 points in 7 career game sevens, and most importantly, a 7-0 record.
The Kings will be the heavy favorite against the Rangers, but New York will certainly have the edge in goal. Jonathon Quick has been somewhat shaky at times in these playoffs, and Henrik Lundqvist is undoubtedly the best goalie in the league at the moment. That is the Rangers best chance.
5. In a lead up to the World Cup, the United States beat Turkey 2-1.