Friday, May 4, 2012

Battle for 1st Place

If it weren't for TCU's 4-3 comeback win over Oklahoma on Tuesday, my sports week would be completely in the crapper.  Since the defending NBA champs appear to be near the end of their reign, I putting most of my eggs in the Horned Frog basket as they host New Mexico this weekend in a series that may very well end up determining the Mountain West regular season champion.

The Lobos come to Fort Worth sporting a 12-3 conference record, one game better than the Frogs' 11-4.  Both teams still have six games remaining on their conference slate, but each has a 5-1 record against the teams they still have to play- meaning that the Frogs need to take this weekend's series to give themselves a decent shot at winning a 7th consecutive regular-season MWC title.

It was New Mexico's 2-1 series win in Albuquerque in late March that constitutes the difference between these two teams in the standings.   In that series, the Lobos- who bat .318 as a team for the season- were even more dangerous at the plate, producing 25 runs on 41 hits (a .363 average for the weekend).  Andrew Mitchell (4 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings) and Stefan Crichton (4 runs on 5 hits in 2⅓ innings) each had one of their worst starts of the season.  They will need to rebound this weekend.

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