I guess we needed another thread on this topic but since the contention is made that TCU is not a Top 25 ball club, I’m wondering which 25 teams are based on the body of work this season to date. And would further be interested in knowing how much college baseball the OP has watched from coast-to-coast to support that contention. While it is beyond debate that TCU did not play good baseball this week, I wonder which 25 D1 baseball teams have dominant pitching, true power hitters who would be so playing more than half their games in Lupton Stadium, and have yet to display inconsistent pitching and hitting. Seems like a description of college baseball.
As for a relatively low scoring team…I guess that’s debatable based on what you want to relate it to. As of today, TCU has the 61st scoring offense in D1 at 7.3 runs per game with another 17 teams within .2 runs per game. No matter, TCU has a better scoring offense to date than Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor, OU, DBU, Florida State, and of course, Kansas. Might I add that TCU is 45th in runs scored with only Texas and Texas Tech ahead of them in the Big 12 (which was completely expected).
What IS concerning to me is that the ERA and WHIP are both in the 80’s in ranking and that cannot happen with three pitching coaches on the staff and when pitching is supposed to be the core of your club. Where I totally agree with 09 is that this is not a “first-year” excusable or expected situation. The school chose “continuity” which I disagreed with at the time and still do. There is no “pass” for performance on offense, pitching, or defense. I can see little evidence of improving the lineup over last year and not sure we should expect different results as I believe last year’s team somewhat over-achieved. Finally, while less definitive than the OP, I also don’t think this is a Top 25 ball team but I can’t say that with certainty as I’ve seen a lot of baseball and every team I’ve seen has holes in it.
I do wonder if Byrne had held on to the ball in the 9th inning of Friday night‘s game and we take that series 2-1 if people would still have hold the same opinions. My opinion has not changed. Good but not great ball team.