Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baseball Frogs open at #15

The preseason Top 25 poll from Baseball America came out today, and TCU opens up as the #15 team in the country. Taking a quick glance at the schedule, and you realize that the Frogs' first two weekend series are against fellow Top 25 teams: they host #22 Ole Miss on February 17-19 and travel out west to play #25 Cal State Fullerton on February 24-26.

If you're the kind of fan that likes to get ahead of themselves, the Frogs are one of three teams ranked currently that'll be in the Big 12 next year- along with #13 Texas and #18 Oklahoma. And if you're the nostalgic type, they are one of five Southwest Conference teams ranked- beyond Texas and TCU, the SWC would have Arkansas at #4, Rice at #6 and Texas A&M at #7.

With the season opener just a little more than three weeks away, you can expect to see more and more baseball posts here on Spit Blood as we get you ready for what is hopefully a redemption season for the Frogs. If you're in the mood for some more baseball content right now, check out these photos from the teams' promotional video shoot.

10 comments:

Worth Hills Caddy said...

This ranking is very indicative of the respect Schloss has earned for the program.

Personally, I am a little leery of this ranking and the season ahead with so many unknowns.

Lyle Lanley said...

WHC-

You have a point. This team is very young & inexperienced.

Then again, so is every team in college baseball. A lineup anchored by Coats, Rivera and Elander (and hopefully/probably Cron) plus a starting rotation led by Mitchell gives us a lot more weapons than most teams have.

Worth Hills Caddy said...

There are only 5 pitchers on the roster that have any experience at this level.

We really need Merck to perform and lock down a solid spot in the bullpen, which is a huge unknown coming off a major injury.

Tanner said...

i wouldn't trust merck as far as i could throw him, but i said that about appleby too and they kept using him. tough to stock a full bullpen in college, much less a good one.

that said, i agree merck will need to pull some serious weight this year, and i think he has the potential to do it.

i thought cron was already in the roster? why did you say hopefully?

VikingFrog said...

Baseball is my favorite sport that I know very little about.

Lyle Lanley said...

Cron is on the roster, I was saying hopefully in terms of him being an anchor of the batting order. I think he will.

Worth Hills Caddy said...

We start the season with lots of strong OOC games that will likely be critical for our RPI as the season goes on. Hopefully, it won't take us too long to figure out who can/can't play. Sounds like Cron has the 1B spot locked up.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Viking - me too, but some would probably say I know very little about football, as well. sabermetrics. moneyball. WHIP. VORP.

shortnkerley's said...

Tanner- if Merck is healthy why wouldn't you trust him? He was lights out before Tommy John. Maybe he'll come back even stronger like Maxwell did.

Tanner said...

no he was very good, i should have said this year "i wouldn't hope to rely on him," not i don't trust him. just worried about the surgery, but like the post said its been a long time healing, and i remembered (incorrectly) him being injured during the season last year. hopefully our starters can put him in a position to earn some saves...unlike last year.

anyone have any info on this justin sharf guy they listed as a juco xfer on baseballamerica?