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The Michigan Daily-Friday, Aprill, 1980-Page 11



A Daily Sports Analysis
Opst year, the players of five
National League East teams spent the
month of October with their families
watching the Pittsburgh Pirate
"Family" on television during the
league playoffs.
History will repeat itself this fall
unless the shoulders of pitchers Rick
Rhoden and Don Robinson remain sore
and keep them on the bench. The two
young righthanders must successfully
bver from last year's ailments and
arm surgery if the Bucs are to fill the
vacancy in the pitching staff caused by
the departure of Bruce Kison (13-7,
3.19) to free-agency and the California
Angels. ,
IN ALL other areas, the Pirates are
solid and deep. There are few better in-
fields in baseball than the Bucs' Willie
Stargell, Phil Garner, Tim Foli and Bill
Madlock. If anyone falters, the Pirates
are loaded with quality substitutes in-
ling Dale Berra, who batted .324 in
I"iple-A ball last year, John Milner
(.276, 16 HR, 60 RBI) and Lee Lacy
(.247, 5 HR, 15 RBI).
The outfield of Bill Robinson, Omar
Moreno and the incomparable Dave
Parker covers a lot of Three River
Stadium territory and is devastating at
the plate.
The quantity of talent on the Pirates
is exemplified by the pitching staff. The
lpen, anchored by rubber-armed
'nt Tekulve (10-8, 2.75 ERA, 31 saves,
94 appearances) and featuring Enrique
Romo (10-5, 3.00 ERA, 5 saves) is ex-
tremely dependable.
WHEN EVERYONE is healthy, the
Pirates' starting rotation consists of
Robinson, Rhoden, Bert Blyleven (12-5,
3.61 ERA), Jim Bibby (12-4, 2.80 ERA)
and John Candelaria (14-9, 3.22 ERA).
Until last year, the Montreal Expos
ha' never won more than 82 games in
season. Last year they won 95, and

to repeat
they could equal that output again, The infieldc
provided they replace four key players, second basem
Dan Schatzeder, Rudy May, Tony one HR, 35 RBI
Perez and Dave Cash. sive whiz Ken]
Pitchers Schatzeder and May could airtight.
be the toughest to replace, as they com- THE REDB]
bined for a 20-8 record last campaign. the lack of ac
MAY (10-3, 2.30 ERA) joined the New cher .to comp]
York Yankees through the free agent
market. The 25-year-old Schatzeder
(10-5, 2.83 ERA) was traded to the
Detroit Tigers for Ron LeFlore, who
had a tremendous year last season in
centerfield for the Bengals, (.300, 9 HR,
57 RBI, 78 stolen bases) but will move to
left with Montreal. This forces Warren
Cromartie (.275, 8 HR, 46 RBI) to move
to first base. The rest of the outfield is
secure with Andre Dawson (.275, 25 HR, 1. Pittsl
92 RBI) in centerfield and Ellis Valen-
tine (.276, 21 HR, 82 RBI) in right. 2. Monti
Last year's surprise starter at second 3. St. L
base, Rodney Scott, must improve on
his .238 batting average .if Montreal 4. Phila
fans are to forget Cash, who hit .321 in 5 Chico
92 games. Dawson, Valentine, and cat-
cher Gary Carter (.283, 22 HR, 75 RBI) 6. NewI
must pick up the RBI slack caused by
the defection of Perez,
EVEN WITHOUT Schatzeder and
May, the Expos have a creditable pit-
ching staff led by Bill Lee (16-10, 3.04 Littel (9-4, 2.19
ERA), Steve Rogers (13-12, 3.00 ERA) Knowles (2-5,%
and Elias Sosa (8-7, 1.95 ERA, 18 Buddy Schul
Although the St. Louis Cardinals' lost saves)are the
folk-hero Lou Brock, they more than T e starting
compensated by acquiring Bobby Bon- Fulgam (10-6,
ds, the only player ever to hit more than The Philadel
300 home runs and steal 400 bases
during a career. serious injurie
Bonds will join an awesome hitting dmsalp
attack that includes veteran George WHEN HEAL
Hendrick (.300, 26 HR, 75 RBI) speed- one of the mo
ster Gary Templeton (.314, 9 HR, 62 baseball.
RBI), NL batting champion Keith Her- The infield
nandez (.344, 11 HR, 105 RBI), and the team. Pete Ros
steady Ted Simmons (.283, 26 HR, 87 stolen bases)i

as East


of Hernandez at first,
an Ken Oberkfell (.301,
I), Templeton and defen-
Reitz at the hot corner is
IRDS' main problem is
capable left-handed pit-
lement fireballer Mark


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first base bag. Manny Trillo (.260, 6 HR,
42 RBI) made only ten errors at second
last season. Larry Bowa (.214, 0 HR, 31
RBI, 20 stolen bases) matte even fewer
errors at shortstop. Mike Schmidt (.253,
45 HR, 114 RBI) is back for another big
year at third.
The outfield of Greg Luzinski (.252, 18
HR, 81 RBI), Gary Maddox (.281, 13
HR, 61 RBI) and Bake McBride (.280, 12
HR, 60 RBI) should improve on last
year's totals.
PITCHING WILL once again be the
Phil's biggest concern. Dick Ruthven,
Larry Christenson, and Warren
Brusstar were all plagued by injuries
last season. They must recover if the
Phillies are to overtake the Pirates.
The Chicago Cubs have not won a
pennant since 1945, but they would have
collected several if the last two months
of the season had been rained out. Last
September the Cubs only won nine
The main wrench in the Cub machine
is the lack of starting pitchers.
THE BIG GUN of the much-maligned
staff is Cy Young Award winner Bruce
Sutter. (6-6, 2.23 ERA, 37 saves).
However, after Sutter, only Dick Tidrow
(11-5, 2.71 ERA, four saves) and Rick
Reuschel (18-12, 3.62 ERA) can be coun-
ted on for consistency.
At the plate, the Cubs' situation im-
proves. Dave Kingman hit 48 home runs
last year, and there's no reason why he
can't do even better this season. Other
standouts are: outfielder Jerry Martin
(.272, 19 HR, 73 RBI) and after riding
the Phillies bench for years, and first
baseman Bill Buckner, who, after bat-
ting only .284 last year, is looking to
rebound and hit .300 for the fifth time in
his career.
The New York Mets are coming off
their worst season since 1968. To start
the new decade, the Mets changed
ownership but kept their fine young
manager, Joe Torre.

TORRE'S MAIN task will be to find a
capable relief pitcher to replace Skip
Lockwood (2-5, 1.50 ERA), who became
a free agent. Torre hopes that 24-year-
old righthander Jeff Reardon (1.2, 1.71
ERA, two saves) will be the man.
The Mets also need a good season
from pitcher Pat Zachry, who had won
34 games the previous three years but
underwent arm surgery last campaign.
If Zachry recovers, some pressure will
be removed from newly-signed ace
Craig Swan (14-13, 3.00 ERA(.
Offensively, the -Mets have many
capable players, including outfielder-
first baseman Lee Mazzilli. The
Brooklyn-born Mazzilli hit .303 last
year. Left fielder Steve Henderson
(.306, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 13 stolen bases) and
rightfielder Joel Youngblood (.275, 16
HR, 60 RBI) are also dangerous at the

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4.04 ERA, 13Esaves) and
:(4-3, 4.46 ERA, three
two prime candidates.
rotation is led by Bob
, 3.83 ERA) and John
2.53 ERA).
phia Phillies suffered 22
s last season, resulting in
performance and the
anager Danny Ozark.
LTHY, the Phillies boast
st impressive lineups in
is the backbone of thb
e (.331, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 20
returns to hold down the

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The Good, the Grad and the Ugli should take
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Blue has guns ready or Rockets

Fresh off a double slaughter of
jwling Green Wednesday night, the
'chigan Wolverines face another twin
tussle today at Fisher Stadium, this
time versus Toledo (1 p.m. starting
After splitting two with Grand Valley
lastSaturdayMichigan came back on

Wednesday apd drilled the Falcons to
the tune of 5-0 and 11-0 behind the pit-
ching of Scott Dawson and Scot Elam to
bring its overall record to 9-8. The two
shutouts gave the Wolverine staff three
in the four games since the squad has
returned from its annual Florida swing.
Junior southpaw Mark Clinton. (1-2)
shot the first blank at Michigan post-

*< Rose replante at
U. of So. Florida
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - Purdue basketball Coach Lee Rose has:x
resigned to accept the post as coach at the University of South Florida and
the resignation has been accepted, Boilermaker officials said yesterday.
Rose reportedly has been offered an $86,000-a-year package to make ther
coaching switch, but he said Florida's warmer climate and relatives of his
wife who live near Tampa were major reasons for his decision.-
ROSE GUIDED the Boilermakers to a 50-18 record in his two seasons at:
Purdue. That-success brought Purdue a Big Ten co-championship, a runner-
up finish in the National Invitational Tour-
nament and a trip to the NCAA Final Four
and third place finish last month.'
"It is with reluctance that I have ac-
cepted Lee Rose's resignation," said Pur-
due athletic director George King. "He has y
given us two great seasons of basketball
and I maintain that Lee Rose is one of the r
finest coaches in the college game today."
Rose hid two more years on the con-
tract he accepted when he took the Purdue y
job. 9
jb"OF COURSE, in no way would we
stand in the way of Lee's wishes and am-
bitions," King said. "We can only wish him
the best as he pursues new career oppor-
Rosea "I wouldn't trade my Purdue ex-4
... leaves Purdue perience for anything," said Rose. "There
are several reasons why I have decided to
accept the head coaching position at South Florida. The three most impor-
tant of which are, climate, the new Sun Belt Conference and relatives living }>
x in the Tampa area."
The rich four-year offer includes $28,000 in actual salary, a $10,000
ledge from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a house for
WRose worth about $10,000, a summer camp for youngsters that generates
about $10,000 and a radio-television package worth about $10,000, the St.
Petersburg Times reported yesterday.
Rose earns $41,000 in salary at Purdue and outside income brings him to a
total estimated between $50,000 and $60,000, the newspaper reported.
Rose has a 282-93 record in 13 seasons of coaching.
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Florida opposition with a 3-0, three-,
hitter over Grand Valley. He is
scheduled to pitch in the first game
today, with freshman Steve Ontiveros
coming on in the nightcap. Toledo mat-
ches up with two lefties, sophomore
Stan Clarke (0-2) and senior. Mark
Blumenschein (1-1).
One of the more formidable
challenges the Rocket hurlers face
today is that of keeping Michigan's
George Foussaines off base. Thesenior
shortstop went two-for-three in Wed-
nesday's second game, keeping his bat-
ting average well above the .400 level.
"George is just an outstanding
player," proclaimed Michigan coach
Bud Middaugh. "He's also improved
himself defensively. He's improved his
lateral movement and his quickness."
Middaugh is also encouraged by the
bat of sophomore rightfielder Jim
Paciorek, who smashed two round-
trippers and totalled seven RBI's two
days ago.
"He has the potential to hit the long
ball;" the first-year Wolverine mentor
understated. "You go through streaks
when you're swinging well, and he's
swinging well right now. But he has im-
proved as a hitter, day in and day out.
As the season goes on, though, we need
to have people in front of him and
behind him who will produce, also."
Toledo returned from their southern
jaunt at 4-7.
Third baseman Cliff Willis leads the
regulars in hitting with a .409 average;
freshman DH and leftfielder Paul Peer
is swinging at a .345 clip; centerfielder
Maurice Hall is at .333; and 6-3, 205-
pound first baseman Don Whiting
displays a .310 mark.

But Rocket coach Stan Sanders
believes that his team's strength this
year will stand on the mound. "They
(Clarke and Blumenschein) pitched
fairly down south. Overall, our pitching
is going to keep us in games.
"I know Bud," Sanders continued,
"and he always had good. teams at
Miami (of Ohio). "I'm sure they
(Michigan) will be a good baseball
Middaugh is particularly pleased that
his pitching staff, depleted by the losses
of Steve Howe and Steve Perry, has
performed so well.
"The games are just well pitched.
Location was good, and we didn't kick
the ball around. We were also able to
score runs early, and that took some
pressure off of our pitchers. I was
disappointed Saturday, splitting with
Grand Valley, but I was pleased
yesterday (Wednesday).
After today's games, the Wolverine
nine plays yet another twinbill Satur-
day at Bowling Green, where the
Falcons will surely be eager for

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