This is the most vocal I can remember Schloss being about his pitchers.
“From day to day, we never know what we’re getting except for when (Nick) Lodolo pitches,” Schlossnagle said. “The only thing that is consistent with our pitching staff is inconsistency.”
Schlossnagle ripped the pitching staff following a loss at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, and expressed similar frustration with after another “speed bump baseball” game.
“It’s miserable to watch,” Schlossnagle said. “You saw how quick and rhythmic the top half of the innings were and how horrible the bottom were. There’s always people on base. We’re always behind in the count. It’s just disappointing.”
TCU dropped a pair of games last week to teams they should beat, but have a chance to get their former ace right against UTA this evening.
Janczak, one of TCU’s top pitchers the past three seasons, knows he can help provide some of that desired consistency among the rotation that Schlossnagle is talking about.
“I know what I’m capable of doing and that’s going out there and helping us win,” Janczak said. “I can’t expect to come right back and be perfect right away, but I’ve just got to show these younger guys what it’s about to be a TCU pitcher. That’s my goal -- go out there and do that.
Well, this is a bummer but certainly not surprising considering all of the weather issues this year.
The good news for TCU fans is that the new video board above the north end zone grandstands will be installed by the first game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That is part of the project that should enhance the game day atmosphere for the majority of fans.
The expansion project delay affects about 2,000 fans. Donati said the school’s ticket office has developed solutions for all fans who may be affected by the delay.
“We’ve worked out plans for all those affected,” he said. “We’ve reached out today via phone and email and we’re going to be as fair as humanly possible.”
The key is being ready for fall ball, and it seems as if the Frogs are on track for that.
Patterson said TCU went through much of spring practice with only about half of an 85-player scholarship roster. About 20 of those spots will be filled when the rest of the 2019 recruiting class and some graduate transfers arrive in the summer.
”We’ve got a long way to go to win a championship, and that’s what your whole goal is. We’ve got to get healthy and guys that are out here have got to grow up,” Patterson said. “The guys that practiced, are we better? We are. But there were a lot of younger guys and we’ve got a long ways to go. We showed a lot of promise, but we’ve got a lot of good players who are going to come back.”
The Frogs dealt with significant injuries all of last season — starting with standout defensive tackle Ross Blacklock’s season-ending Achilles injury even before the first game. Since-transferred quarterback Shawn Robinson, breakout safety Innis Gaines and Anderson were among many others who got hurt during the season.