Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I've been a little anxious about the Frogs' game tonight against Texas State for a few reasons. For one, I thought it would be their last game against a team that wouldn't completely mess up their RPI. Also, having the midweek game this week on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday and 3.25 games to play this weekend, the pitching staff might get a little bit taxed.
But as I was reading David Peterson's recap of Sunday night's game on HornedFrogSports.com, he pointed out a few things that made me a tad better about those two situations. First was the return of Eric Marshall, which had somehow slipped past me. Marshall was the Frogs' top reliever in 2009, but has been hurt for much of this season. If he can regain his form from a year ago, that will be a huge boost to TCU's pitching depth.
The other is that Cal State-Bakersfield, whom the Frogs host May 20-22 to close out the regular season, won a series against Arizona recently and have seen their RPI skyrocket by about 100 points. They're now up at #125, which isn't really superb but it's not the 200+ killer that we were expecting.
Not to say that tonight's game isn't as important, though. With the Frogs clinging to the hope that they can grab one of the coveted 8 overall national seeds, they really can't afford another loss the rest of the regular season...and probably in the conference tournament, either. Paul Gerrish, who shut down the Bobcats back in March, will take the hill tonight. Any of you living in Austin or San Antonio really ought to think about making the short drive to San Marcos to see this one.
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Wednesday, May 12, 2010