The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Detroit Tigers 2018 Season Preview

Opening Day is a celebration unlike any other. We have been waiting since Nov. 1, 2017—yes, that's right, November—to get back to baseball, and we have finally reached the finish line. From this day forward, we will have at least one game to watch every single day until the 2018 World Series concludes. Think about that. Isn’t it beautiful? What might not be as beautiful is the season the Detroit Tigers are primed for. 

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Tate Brawley (22) and Connor Glick (16) fist bump at the mound after closing out an inning during the game vs. Ashland on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

GVSU baseball pulls off road series win over Lewis

On a chilly afternoon in Romeoville, Illinois, the Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead starting with an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Ryan Blake-Jones. Three batters later, third baseman Ricky Clark reached on a bases-loaded error, allowing two unearned runs to score. The three first-inning runs would be all the Lakers needed, but they managed to score twice more in the fifth inning, once again courtesy of a Blake-Jones RBI single.

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GVL / Luke Holmes -  Josh Smith (9) steps up to the plate. GVSU Men's Baseball faced off against Ohio Dominican in a double header on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

GVSU baseball captures six wins during Florida trip

While most of the student body spent their spring break catching up on sleep, drowning in work or getting sunburned somewhere tropical, the Grand Valley State baseball team had a rather productive break in Kissimmee, Florida. The Lakers went 6-3 over the break, including a five-game win streak to improve their overall record to 8-7.

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GVL / Luke Holmes -  Josh Smith (9) steps up to the plate. GVSU Men's Baseball faced off against Ohio Dominican in a double header on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Preview: Depth, confidence lead GVSU baseball into new season

The 2017 Grand Valley State baseball team was a good one. They finished the season 31-23 and relied heavily on their offensive presence to win games due to a litany of injuries within the pitching staff, hampering their ability to get outs reliably. Despite not winning the GLIAC Championship, the Lakers had a productive season. The players learned a lot about themselves, and the coaches learned how they can get better. This season—the 2018 Lakers—is when better comes to light, even with the lost production of the now-graduated Seth Johnson, Matt Williams, Alex Young and Keith Browning.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Matt Williams (7) takes a swing during the game vs. Ashland on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Highs and lows

GVSU finished with a 31-23 season record and 17-15 record in conference play. It was well below what they finished with in 2016 (36-18-1) and 2015 (34-18) and even 2014 (39-13). It is the worst record GVSU has had in over a decade.

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