Thursday, May 19, 2011

TCU-New Mexico series preview

Purke on the hill at 1:00pm today

Despite all of the struggles that this 2011 TCU baseball team faced early in the season, they've really figured it out recently- a feat even more impressive when you factor in all of the injuries that have plagued the pitching staff. So now that we're a week away from the conference tournament, seeing #'s 47, 8 and 4 on the mound against New Mexico should be a very welcome sight for Horned Frog fans.

Purke, who has missed the most time, will get his chance to pitch first as he'll start today's series opener against the Lobos. He is only expected to pitch a few innings before handing the ball off to Winkler. Andrew Mitchell is slated to start tomorrow afternoon and then Erik Miller on Saturday, but Steven Maxwell should see action in the finale and may even be inserted into the starting role. If these three are able to return even close to their previous form, I have to say I have a lot more confidence in this staff- and it's depth- than I did earlier in the season. Schlossnagle has been able to get some quality innings out of some of the younger guys in their absence, which should pay off when they're counted on to get important outs in the postseason.

All three of the websites mentioned in my post yesterday about Regional projections had the Frogs hosting the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but those opinions were based on the assumption of a sweep of New Mexico this weekend- something TCU was not able to achieve when they dropped a game to the Lobos in their series against them at Lupton in mid-April. Baseball America does a much better job of breaking down the Frogs' chances of hosting in their NCAA Tournament Stock Report.

For those of you that aren't headed to Colonial this afternoon, shortnkerleys and myself will probably be discussing the game in the comments section of this post when the game gets started at 1:00pm.

13 comments:

shortnkerley's said...

Yes, we will be discussing here. Feel free to join us. Adios afternoon productivity.

VikingFrog said...

What's the score?

shortnkerley's said...

1 pm, turd.

shortnkerley's said...

1-0 Frogs after a Coats double drives in Witte in the first. Good start.

Lyle Lanley said...

Weik's RBI single makes it 2-0 and extends his hit streak to 14 games

shortnkerley's said...

Weik drives one in with a single and an error. 2-0. Good that we are getting early run support for the Purke/Winkler combo, who could be rusty, but I doubt it.

VikingFrog said...

How many strikes?

shortnkerley's said...

Best thing about KTCU broadcasts has to be the corny PSA's with a target audience of either ages 6-12 or 75-death. Very entertaining.

Lyle Lanley said...

16 pitches for Purke in the 1st, 9 of them strikes. 2K's, 1 hit and a pop-out to right.

Worth Hills Caddy said...

Only 30 people in the stadium, and 9 are scouts. Sounds like some of our games back at the old "stadium", minus the scouts.

shortnkerley's said...

Heard Chuck say that Purke's fastball was 92 on one of the pitches. Good sign. Better sign if he can hit that in the 6-7th innings in later starts.

Lyle Lanley said...

15 pitches for Purke in the 2nd, 11 of them strikes. No hits, walked one, struck out one.

Lyle Lanley said...

11 pitches for Purke in the 3rd, 7 of them strikes. No hits, no runs, struck out one and hit one batter.