Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trouble Ahead?

Last night's game got ugly early, with Baylor jumping out to an 11-1 lead in the 4th on their way to a 14-4 laugher of a win over TCU down in Waco. The Frogs were never in it, as starter Greg Holle lasted just an inning and a third, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs.

Holle, the 6'8" junior from upstate New York, went 5-2 in twelve starts in 2009 and was being counted on to be the Frogs' midweek starter in 2010. His season got off to a rocky start, and though he rebounded with an impressive effort against UTA back in March, lost the #4 starting job to Paul Gerrish. With two midweek games this week, Holle was called upon to make his first start since he gave up 7 runs in 2⅔ innings in an RPI-destroying loss to Dallas Baptist in late March. Last night's performance wasn't much better, and Holle now has an ERA of 10.17 and an opponents' batting average of .327.

I don't want to sit here and rip on this kid all day, but I think that for a team with championship aspirations in a sport where pitching depth is so incredibly key in the postseason, you've got to be concerned about this if you're a Frog fan.

While the three main starters (Purke, Winkler and Maxwell) have been solid all year (they've got a combined W-L record of 19-0!) as well as the go-to relievers (Tyler Lockwood and Kaleb Merck), you cannot rely on them to pitch every inning once you get to the conference tournament, regionals, or further. If Schlossnagle finds himself in need of a 5th starter in any given weekend of the postseason, does he move Lockwood (who has pitched brilliantly as of late and has starting experience) into the rotation? But then, how much does that weaken the Frogs' bullpen, which is already without Eric Marshall?

Before I've got you convinced that the sky is falling, remember that this team is 31-9 and probably headed for a deep postseason run. I just worry about them getting into a situtation where the continuation of the season depends on the end of the pitching staff. But with no more weeks with multiple midweek games, if the Frogs can stay in the winner's bracket this may be much ado about nothing.


Tanner said...

the one game i get to see all year. in this, the armpit of Texas . . .

trust me. it wasn't even as close as that score. the pitching was embarrassing.

Texas Hammer said...

Schloss should put him in a tool shed.