You'll have to forgive me if a lot of this post is just teasing posts to come later in the day/week, but after freshman Andrew Mitchell's impressive performance (and three Horned Frog home runs) gave TCU their first victory over Texas A&M in College Station since 1994, it looked like Schlossnagle might have his starting rotation finally figured out...except for the news that came down earlier in the day that Matt Purke has been shut down indefinitely and is reportedly scheduled to meet with the famous (or infamous) Dr. James Andrews.
This is especially troubling news for a team that already had pitching depth questions after losing their original closer, Kaleb Merck, before the season began. With Purke now gone for an undetermined amount of time, Schlossnagle must rearrange his pitching staff as the team heads into a stretch where they'll play five games in five days starting on Friday. Look for shortnkerleys to break down that issue in the coming days.
In the meantime, though, you've gotta be happy with a victory over A&M...especially when it's on the road and the Aggies are ranked in the Top 10. It was a much-needed win both in terms of eventual NCAA seeding and confidence. For all of their woes against the Stephen F. Austins and Houston Baptists of the world, this 2011 Frogs team is now 7-2 against the Big 12 with 5 more games remaining. Sure, another error by Taylor Featherston is a little bothersome, but Jason Coats extending his hitting streak to 17 games and Josh Elander going deep for the first time this year (off a lefty, no less) are pretty good indicators.
Did this win heal all of the open wounds of this season? Clearly not, especially with the bad news about Purke. But this was a very good win, and you get to look forward to a Sour Grapes post from shortnkerleys featuring the superb logic being exhibited over on texags.com later in the day.