As if TCU needed bad news right now. Jared Janczak will start Sunday instead of Friday this weekend, as he deals with a neck injury.
Left-hander Nick Lodolo (4-1, 4.41 ERA) will start Friday’s series opener for TCU (14-11, 3-3 Big 12) against the No. 19 Sooners at Lupton Stadium. Right-hander Sean Wymer (1-1) will pitch Saturday and Janczak is scheduled to start Sunday.
This weekend’s series against Oklahoma could go a long way to helping TCU turn the season around, should they come away with a series win.
The No. 19 Sooners (21-10, 6-0) are off to a fast start in conference, while TCU has two losing streaks of at least three games in 2018, something the Frogs hadn’t done even once since 2014.
The Frogs are projected as a 3-seed in the Corvallis regional, but the D1 Baseball staff says that if the season ended today, TCU would be left out of the tournament altogether.
There are some interesting storylines to watch the second half of the season. For starters, keep an eye on LSU and TCU. LSU has an RPI of 79, but has some big-time RPI series left on its slate, including Auburn, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Ole Miss, among others, while the Frogs are struggling with a 14-11 record and an RPI of 87. If the season ended today, there’s no doubt the two teams would miss the postseason, but we’re projecting both to put the pieces together and embark on a second half run.
We ran a poll on Twitter about this topic yesterday, you’ll find it linked in the article.
TCU and Ohio State had originally planned for a home-and-home series from 2018-19, but it was announced last year the series would be replaced with the single game this September. Naturally, that news came as a disappointment for Horned Frogs fans who anticipated the chance to see the 2014 national champions pay a visit to Amon G. Carter Stadium, and the chance to see TCU play in Columbus, Ohio.
The Frogs will be well represented at Dallas Day today. Here’s hoping the Cowboys see their talent, and draft ALL OF THEM.
Orr and Texada are among eight TCU players scheduled to attend, including offensive linemen Patrick Morris and Austin Schlottmann, quarterback Kenny Hill, linebacker Travin Howard and wide receivers John Diarse and Ty Slanina.
TCU’s spring game is Saturday, and Barrett Sallee has a few notes about who to keep an eye on...of course, we know that Justin Rogers won’t be participating, due to his continuing recovery from a knee injury last fall.
As is the case in many spring games, all eyes will be on the quarterback battle between sophomore Shawn Robinson true freshman early enrollee Justin Rogers and Penn transfer Michael Collins in Fort Worth. With Kenny Hill gone, coach Gary Patterson needs to find someone who can make that offense click. Robinson saw limited action in 2017, tossing three touchdowns and rushing for 159 yards and notching one start -- a 27-3 win at Texas Tech on Nov. 18. The TCU defense needs to replace several starters, including former starting defensive backs Nick Orr (team-high three interceptions in 2017) and Ranthony Texada (33 tackles, one interception). In the high-octane Big 12, difference-makers in the secondary are a requirement if you plan on contending for the conference title.