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Thoughts on football’s spread against Louisville, Hoos making progress in the minors and the majors

Chris Taylor went yard.

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We gave a complete preview of the upcoming Louisville game in this week’s installment of “THE COLUMN,” and broke down Bryce Perkins’ journey to becoming the starting quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers. Here’s some more news you may have missed:

Taylor’s walk-off instills confidence, and more cushion in the divisional race (Dodger Insider)
Former Cavalier and current LA Dodger Chris Taylor provided the game winning home run for his team in Tuesday night’s game against the Rockies. For Taylor, who admittedly called this season “a bit of grind,” the walk-off meant a little extra, having come during this inconsistent season. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that the hit came in a crucial NL West game. Check out the video of Taylor’s big moment in today’s tweet of the day.

UVA's favored against Louisville, and it's no joke (Daily Press)
David Teel of the Daily Press wrote about why the Hoos deserve to be the favorites that they are against the Cardinals ahead of Saturday's matchup. Teel compares UVA's early offensive explosion to Louisville's struggles, particularly last week against lowly Western Kentucky, as the main reason for the spread, which currently has Virginia up by five points.

Lynch and Haseley listed in Baseball America's annual organization report (Baseball America)
Former Hoos Daniel Lynch and Adam Haseley were listed in a recent report highlighting the best players in each MLB team's farm systems. Lynch, now pitching for the Royals' Single A affiliate, was named best pitcher, while Haseley, a member of the Phillies' Double A affiliate, was tabbed the best overall player.

TOTD:

As promised, below is Chris Taylor’s rocket against Colorado’s Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the tenth. Taylor’s shot elevated the Dodgers to a 1 12 game lead over the Rockies in the division.

And here’s a little bonus tweet that UVA’s Baseball Head Coach Brian O’Connor sent out last night. Apparently, Chris has a knack for this walk-off thing.