- Andrew Cashner is the in-camp favorite to join the Padres rotation, likely in the #5 slot, but his current innings/pitch limit appears to be in the way. Cashner pitched well on the 20th, but only lasted three innings. He will make the team for opening day, where he pitches is TBD.
- Jake Arrieta is still in the running to be the #5 starter in Baltimore, along side Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, T.J. McFarland, Steve Johnson, and Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens still has an option and will likely be optioned to AAA in the coming days. There is a school of thought in Baltimore that the Orioles would like to have another lefty in their initial rotation, which rules Arrieta out, but I don't know how much credence to put in that. Arrieta has been great this spring, I think he will make the ML team we just don't yet know what his role will be. Is there an echo in here?
- Matt Carpenter's fate is also undecided, but his bat will be in the lineup this year, no doubt about it. The Cardinals like him so much, they have recently tried him out in the leadoff spot with success.
Record: 9-14 (1-5 Conference)
TCU took the best team in the Big 12 to the wire three straight games.
They matched pitching performances against two likely first round picks this summer.
Andrew Mitchell was everything we thought he could be in his return to the rotation.
TCU beat UTA last week, a team that beat OU easily earlier this season.
Swept by that same team this weekend.
So, with all this understood, I issue the following edict: Stop talking about the postseason, stop talking about winning the Big 12, stop talking about anything related to Omaha Right now, we are not there. We aren't even close.
The coaches have to decide on their lineup. They have to decide on their guys. Cron has to decide he wants to be great again, and then he needs to be great. Boomer White needs to play everyday in left field, and Dylan Fitzgerald needs to play everyday in right. Derek Odell hasn't earned the right to play everyday, Hendrix needs to play vs. lefties for the foreseeable future. Maybe even righties.
I'm not specifically angry about any specific thing that happened this weekend, no new problems emerged as far as I'm concerned. The lineup still needs to settle, the team still needs to learn how to execute, the coaches need to stop out thinking themselves and believe in what they have.
I saw growth on the field this weekend, I saw TCU get better in every way. But, as was true about my maturity as a young adult, every time we take two steps forward, we inevitably take a step back at the same time.
We started executing, we found our lineup. But, we couldn't find a way to win, the final step.
You can't win a game if you can't do all the little things along the way to getting that W. To start the year, we did none of these things. Now, we are doing all of them OK. We have to learn to do all these things, all the time, without fail, then we will win.
Against lesser opponents, such as DBU this week, TCU can get away with not executing as well. Against teams like OU, who have future MLB starters in their rotation, you must execute or you will never win.
To paraphrase Tom Hanks in Apollo 13, "There are 1000 things that have to happen, in order... We are on number 704. You are worried about #999."
Forget about all those things in the future. Our only goal now is to do all the 1000 things you have to do to win a game, in order, to our best ability. If we do that, we will win. If we can start to do it consistently, we will continue to win. When we continue to win, we can talk about the future.
For now, just forget it. Our future, is Dallas Baptist University this Tuesday at Lupton Stadium.
TCU BASEBALL RECRUITING CLASSES
Here are the commits I have for TCU Baseball, classes of 2013 and 2014.
Noah McGowan, OF
Justin Twine, IF/RHP
Austen Wade, OF
Drew Gooch, LHP
Tyler Kolek, RHP
Connor Beck, OF
Garrett Crain, IF
Will Foreman, OF/C
Will Fox, OF
Eric Garza, MIF
Billy McKinney, OF/1B
Walker Pennington, IF/OF
TJ Scott, OF
Ty Slanina, OF
Tyler Alexander, LHP
Ryan Burnett, LHP
Brandon Gilson, LHP
Brian Howard, RHP
Jordan Kipper, RHP
Alex Mata, RHP
Robby Medel, RHP
(Name, Team, Separated by Final 2012 Level)
Low A Short Season
Kyle Von Tungeln (Rockies)