Monday Morning Manager

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Lack of offense continues to haunt TCU's season

It was more of the same for Frogs this weekend. Great Friday game, followed by two losses. The series, as a whole, was an improvement from the nightmarish Tech series, but the lack of offense continues to haunt TCU's 2014 season.

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Weekend In Review:

Brandon Finnegan, once again had another gem on the hill Friday night. The junior tallied 8 strikeouts Friday night, but sadly lost the nation’s strikeout lead to Matt Imhof of Cal Poly. TCU’s bats collected 3 runs in the first inning, and that’s all need as the Frogs got the win in the series opener in Stillwater.

In comparison to the latter two games last weekend, the good news for the Frogs this weekend was that they were competitive in the non-Finnegan games. The Frogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead Saturday after some nice hitting from Odell, Suiter, and an RBI from Connor Castellano. Oklahoma State responded in the third and evened the game at 1-1, and the game stayed 1-1 until Oklahoma State’s dramatic walk-off win in the 9th.

Sunday the bats had a little more impact, but TCU fell short 9-4. TCU once again jumped out to an early lead in the fifth thanks to Boomer White and Derek Odell notching some early hits, and capped off Jerrick Suiter and Dylan Delso, who each drove in a run, making the game 2-0. Oklahoma State responded at the bottom of the second, scoring 3 to retake the lead. TCU regained the lead in the third after some solid plate work from Derek Odell, allowed Suiter to double in the gap and drive in a run. OSU then put up 6 unanswered throughout the rest of the game, and took the series, winning the game 9-4. Tyler Alexander, now 3-3, didn’t get a lot of work in, after Oklahoma State tacked on five runs early, two of which were earned.

The Good

Friday was pretty much perfect baseball for the Frogs. Even though he "failed" to collect double-digit strikeouts, Finnegan was his usual, dominate self. All in all, another great Friday night.

Preston Morrison, who had a nightmare start the previous Saturday, looked true to form Saturday in Stillwater. Morrison allowed one run on 7 hits, struck out 3 and had no walks. While Morrison’s stats may not pop like Finnegan’s, he’s more of a Greg Maddux ground ball pitcher; as a result, hits are going to happen. But the allowing just one run and not giving up any walks, Morrison was the pitcher Saturday that TCU needs him to be…so good on you P-Mo.

Jerrek Suiter and Derek Odell were consistently effective over the weekend at the plate, and did everything feasible to keep to TCU competitive in the latter half of the series.

Dylan Fitzgerald was also solid this weekend, and has now reached base safely in 23 straight games. Fitzgerald kept his hitting streak alive Friday and Saturday, but it was unfortunately snapped on Sunday at 8 games.

The Bad

"We've shown the ability to play really well for one game," Schlossnagle said. "We need to do it for an extended period of time. That's a challenge."

Schloss sums up the general feeling, but now it’s more of how TCU’s going to do it…

Games like Friday happen…it’s just good baseball, so there’s nothing to really complain about. But on Saturday TCU left ten or more runners on base for the ninth time this season and on Sunday, TCU grounded into a season-high three double plays. The Frogs also collected a mediocre 21 hits over the weekend.

It goes without saying, but these things can’t happen if the Frogs want to get back to Omaha, or even to the post-season at all. Continuing to leave a high number of runners on base, shows a real divide in the team’s offense and without a little more balance, the season is looking more and more like 2013.

The Frogs also only have two starters batting over .300, Boomer White and Dylan Fitzgerald. The next closest is Derek Odell, who’s batting .279

Awards

MMM Cy Young: Brandon Finnegan.

MMM MVP: Jerrick Suiter

Back from a back injury on Saturday, Suiter started his first game since March 4th. Despite not playing Friday, Suiter finished the weekend with 4 hits and 3 RBIs.

Because I Can: Preston Morrison

Like I said above, Morrison showed signs of the P-Mo we know and love.

C’Mon Man: Kevin Cron

Cron ranks in the top 60 nationally in HPBs this season. It makes for a nice OBP, but Cron’s not really a threat on the base-path and there's no one really driving him in right now. We need Cron knocking the piss out of the ball.

By The Numbers

Statistic National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
Base on Balls (296 ranked) 76 6 92 Tennessee Tech 150 Oklahoma St. 137
Batting Average (296 ranked) 127 6 0.270 William & Mary 0.341 Oklahoma 0.305
Complete Games (0 ranked)
Double Plays (296 ranked) 135 5 16 Nicholls St.
Gardner-Webb
Notre Dame
30
30
30
Baylor
Texas
24
24
Double Plays Per Game (296 ranked) 180 6 0.70 Hofstra 1.47 Baylor 1.04
Doubles (296 ranked) 155 5 32 William & Mary 68 Oklahoma 57
Doubles Per Game (295 ranked) 195 6 1.39 William & Mary 3.09 Oklahoma 2.28
Earned Run Average (296 ranked) 55 3 3.00 Houston 1.53 Texas 1.91
Fielding Percentage (296 ranked) 64 5 0.973 Stony Brook 0.989 Texas 0.980
Hit by Pitch (294 ranked) 61 3 30 Radford 66 Kansas St. 44
Hits (296 ranked) 102 5 209 Alabama St. 295 Oklahoma 267
Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (296 ranked) 56 2 7.89 Vanderbilt 5.61 Texas 7.09
Home Runs (282 ranked) 198 8 4 Ga. Southern 34 Oklahoma St. 16
Home Runs Per Game (290 ranked) 223 8 0.17 Ga. Southern 1.36 Oklahoma St. 0.67
On Base Percentage (296 ranked) 94 6 0.367 Delaware St. 0.434 Kansas St. 0.404
Runs (296 ranked) 182 8 98 Kentucky 222 Oklahoma 181
Sacrifice Bunts (295 ranked) 150 6 15 Jackson St. 42 Texas 40
Sacrifice Flies (293 ranked) 201 8 6 Oklahoma
Kansas St.
21
21
Oklahoma
Kansas St.
21
21
Scoring (296 ranked) 213 8 4.3 William & Mary 9.8 Oklahoma 7.2
Shutouts (108 ranked) 14 2 4 LSU
South Carolina
9
9
Texas 5
Slugging Percentage (296 ranked) 184 7 0.339 William & Mary 0.524 Oklahoma 0.441
Stolen Bases (295 ranked) 37 4 35 Wofford 80 West Virginia 45
Stolen Bases Per Game (296 ranked) 52 4 1.52 Wofford 3.33 West Virginia 2.25
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (296 ranked) 4 1 3.98 Cal St. Fullerton 6.45 TCU 3.98
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (296 ranked) 5 1 9.4 Cal Poly 9.8 TCU 9.4
Triple Plays (1 ranked) 4 teams tied 1
Triples (267 ranked) 99 7 5 Arizona 17 Texas Tech 13
Triples Per Game (288 ranked) 128 7 0.22 Arizona 0.65 Texas Tech
Kansas
0.50
0.50
WHIP (296 ranked) 22 1 1.14 Houston 0.87 TCU 1.14
WL Pct (296 ranked) 105 8 0.565 La.-Lafayette 0.917 Texas 0.760
Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (296 ranked) 14 2 2.36 Cal St. Fullerton 1.29 Kansas 2.28


Statistic Player National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
Base on Balls (156 ranked) Cody Jones 82 8 16 Michael Conforto, Oregon St.
Saige Jenco, Virginia Tech
28
28
Lawton Langford, Baylor 22
Base on Balls Per Game (200 ranked) Cody Jones 136 6 0.70 Saige Jenco, Virginia Tech 1.33 Lawton Langford, Baylor 0.96
Batting Average (299 ranked) Boomer White 61 4 0.389 David Kimbrough, Delaware St. 0.519 Mac James, Oklahoma 0.432
Complete Games (44 ranked) Brandon Finnegan
Preston Morrison
44
44
2
2
1
1
Charles Cantrell, N.C. A&T
Sam Street, Tex.-Pan American
4
4
Frank Duncan, Kansas 2
Doubles (250 ranked) Kevin Cron
Boomer White
40
147
4
8
9
7
Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech 13 Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech 13
Doubles Per Game (243 ranked) Kevin Cron 76 4 0.39 Zach Marberry, Stephen F. Austin 0.60 Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech 0.52
Earned Run Average (249 ranked) Brandon Finnegan 88 4 1.44 Sean Newcomb, Hartford 0.00 Austin Stone, Baylor 0.97
Games Started (13 ranked) Tyler Alexander 
Brandon Finnegan
Preston Morrison
13
13
13
1
1
1
6
6
6
12 players tied 7 20 players tied 6
Hit By Pitch Per Game (135 ranked) Kevin Cron 26 1 0.43 Tyler Bigler, Morehead St. 0.71 Kevin Cron, TCU 0.43
Hit by Pitch (140 ranked) Kevin Cron 13 1 10 Tyler Bigler, Morehead St. 15 Kevin Cron, TCU 10
Hits (227 ranked) Boomer White 41 2 35 Daniel Miles, Tennessee Tech 44 Mac James, Oklahoma 38
Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (199 ranked) Brandon Finnegan 55 4 5.36 Ben Wetzler, Oregon St. 2.64 Nate Griep, Kansas St. 4.97
Home Runs (112 ranked) Michael Katz, William & Mary 12 Tanner Krietemeier, Oklahoma St. 6
Home Runs Per Game (174 ranked) Michael Katz, William & Mary 0.55 Tanner Krietemeier, Oklahoma St. 0.26
On Base Percentage (248 ranked) Boomer White
Garrett Crain
185
191
13
14
0.456
0.455
Chris Livers, Old Dominion 0.750 Tyler Neslony, Texas Tech 0.611
Runs (229 ranked) Boomer White 229 14 18 Richard Amion, Alabama St. 40 Hunter Haley, Oklahoma 27
Runs Batted In (231 ranked) Michael Katz, William & Mary 47 Connor McKay, Kansas 34
Runs Batted In Per Game (249 ranked) Michael Katz, William & Mary 2.14 Connor McKay, Kansas 1.42
Runs Per Game (244 ranked) Michael Katz, William & Mary 1.55 Hunter Haley, Oklahoma 1.23
Sacrifice Bunts (126 ranked) Kyle Bacak
Cody Jones
60
126
4
9
5
4
Andrew Ely, Washington 11 Tommy Mirabelli, Kansas 9
Sacrifice Bunts Per Game (149 ranked) Kyle Bacak 73 4 0.25 Jeff Edwards, Valparaiso
Andrew Ely, Washington
0.50
0.50
Tommy Mirabelli, Kansas 0.43
Sacrifice Flies (58 ranked) Derek Odell 58 5 3 Matt Gonzalez, Georgia Tech 7 4 players tied 5
Saves (174 ranked) Riley Ferrell 174 7 2 Josh Michalec, Baylor
Sam Moore, UC Irvine
9
9
Josh Michalec, Baylor 9
Slugging Percentage (250 ranked) Boomer White 231 10 0.500 Michael Katz, William & Mary 0.857 Mac James, Oklahoma 0.648
Stolen Bases (142 ranked) Cody Jones 9 1 14 Hunter Burton, Furman 19 Cody Jones, TCU 14
Stolen Bases Per Game (199 ranked) Cody Jones 19 1 0.61 Sean Beesley, Illinois St. 0.81 Cody Jones, TCU 0.61
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (198 ranked) Brandon Finnegan
Tyler Alexander 
Preston Morrison
44
98
175
4
6
8
7.22
5.00
3.83
Thomas Eshelman, Cal St. Fullerton 37.00 Frank Duncan, Kansas 13.67
Strikeouts (225 ranked) Brandon Finnegan 1 1 65 Brandon Finnegan, TCU 65 Brandon Finnegan, TCU 65
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (200 ranked) Brandon Finnegan 3 1 13.40 Jeremy Rhoades, Illinois St. 14.04 Brandon Finnegan, TCU 13.40
Total Bases (238 ranked) Boomer White 142 10 45 Michael Katz, William & Mary 84 Mac James, Oklahoma 57
Toughest to Strike Out (200 ranked) Derek Odell
Boomer White
95
189
3
9
14.6
11.3
J.J. Franco, Brown 0.0 Mac James, Oklahoma 29.3
Triples (72 ranked) Emmanuel Marrero, Alabama St. 7 Mark Payton, Texas 5
Triples Per Game (150 ranked) Corey Furman, Bucknell 0.33 Mark Payton, Texas 0.20
Victories (139 ranked) Brandon Finnegan
Tyler Alexander
35
139
1
10
4
3
Ryan Williams, East Carolina 7 9 players tied 4
WHIP (199 ranked) Brandon Finnegan 35 3 0.80 Ben Wetzler, Oregon St. 0.49 Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia 0.78
Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (200 ranked) Tyler Alexander 
Preston Morrison
Brandon Finnegan
57
116
200
5
7
10
1.07
1.46
1.85
Thomas Eshelman, Cal St. Fullerton 0.18 Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech 0.59

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