Friday, April 15, 2011

TCU-San Diego State series preview

Barring an early to mid-'00s Astros-like run to close out the regular season, TCU's chances at hosting an NCAA Regional for the third consecutive season are most likely gone after they've failed the sweep some very sweepable teams and have let midweek games become a serious achilles heel. But with the elite starting pitching and offensive potential that the Frogs possess, this is still a team that none of the eventual Regional hosts are going to want to see coming their way.

That is...if they win the conference. They're 7-2 in MWC play so far, and hold a 1.5-game lead on both BYU and Utah. This weekend they're in San Diego to take on Tony Gwynn's Aztecs that are a ghost of their former days with uber-ace Stephen Strasburg. SDSU has the exact opposite record as TCU, 11-22, and have an RPI ranking of #160 (the Frogs are currently 37th). They are batting just .242 as a team and their leading everyday starter, Tim Zier, is hitting just .287.

Even on the road, TCU needs to avoid the lapse in control that has led to losses to Kansas, Houston Baptist, Houston, UNLV and New Mexico in series that they were otherwise dominant in. They really, really need to earn their third weekend series sweep of the year before their huge Tuesday nighter in College Station next week.

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