Schloss looks lost, doesn't he. - KEITH ROBINSON
FOW's resident baseball expert and former TCU Baseball player checks in with his thoughts on the Frogs recent struggles.
Let me start this by apologizing.
I'm sorry for not writing anything the past couple weeks. The truth is that no words can express how incredibly infuriated I am with what I've seen so far. I am a naturally realistic person, and generally view things as black and white. If you have 9 losses then you are probably as good as a 9 loss team. Obviously that's not always accurate but in our case there's no sugar coating it, we are as good as a 9 loss team.
Let me say that this is the most embarrassing quality of product I've seen on the field for TCU in while. Remember a couple years ago when we lost that series to Air Force and we thought that was bad? This is exponentially worse. As a former player under Coach Schloss, I want him, and every other Frog fan to know how incredibly disappointed I am with this team. It's truly pathetic that we all believed we could win the Big 12 this year.
The way we look right now I see us ending up in the 4 to 7 range in the Big12, which is not a strong conference this year.
I know half of you are probably nodding your head in agreement with me right now, and the other half are telling me to pump the brakes and that I'm overreacting. The only way you can tell me that I'm overreacting is if you didn't believe we were as good as Fungo, Schloss, and I thought we were. If you can look at yourself in the mirror, and honestly say that you thought we were a middle of the road team at the start of the season, then I will give you a virtual walk-off-the-mound-butt-slap.
Enough of me bashing our pathetic performance, let's look at the empirical evidence. Like I said I'm a black and white kind of guy.
According the Boydsworld.com, which if you want to get really depressed you should check out, we are ranked 159th out of 275 in the ISR. ISR is similar to the RPI and is just a general "measure of team quality". Fungo will call me out in the comments if I'm just slingin' bullshit here, but to my understanding the ISR is and attempt at ranking teams using statistics. Just like the RPI, it's broken down at the end of the year by record vs top 10, 15, 25, 50, 100.
Here's a look at who is ahead of us: Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Kansas, Baylor, Rice, UTA, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, UTSA, OU, Houston, and Lamar. As you can see that's the list of all the Big 12 and teams from Texas ahead of us. Not a pretty list.
Just to reinforce it, here are some more random ones I picked out ahead of us: Mercer, Austin Peay State, Virginia Commonwealth, Middle Tennessee State, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Michigan State, Illinois, Xavier, and my favorite....South Carolina-Upstate. Yes, that is a real school.
A quick look at our RPI, which is slightly better at 140 out of 298, will show all those teams ahead of us excluding Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas State, and East Tennessee State.
Now a look at our opponents which we lost to:
-3 games to Cal State Fullerton: 15
-3 games to Ole Miss: 17
-1 game to Jacksonville: 206
-1 game to Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 241
-1 game to Pacific: 199
As you can see we are 0-6 against RPI top 25 teams, a whopping 5-3 against teams with an RPI over 100, and an even worse 3-2 against teams OVER 200. I hope that puts it in to perspective for y'all how horrible this Horned Frog team has played so far.
Where do we go from here you say?
2 games against Northwestern State today and tomorrow, the bad news for us is that their RPI is 116. On paper this Northwestern State team is better than those other teams we lost to.
I'm not going out to far on a limb to say this, but we will lose at least 1 of these 2 games and possibly both. I hope I'm wrong.
I'm not looking forward to the start of the Big 12 season this weekend.
As always, hit me up in the comments or email me at 2balls1cupFrogFOW@gmail.com.
Less emphatically but still, Go Frogs.