OK, so with football winding down and snow on the ground, it's a perfect time to start talking some Red Raider baseball, eh?
So to get things started, I took a little look at the Red Raiders' 2012 schedule. It's a good schedule which will test Tech, especially that stretch in early March with the Houston College Classic followed by a midweek at Arizona State followed by a series at TCU.
Hate to start off the baseball season this way, but this could end up being pretty big.
Early this morning, UT baseball coach Augie Garrido, the winnigest coach in NCAA history, was arrested and booked for DWI after being pulled over for driving without headlights in downtown Austin. WOW! You gotta be DRUUUNNNKKK to get pulled over in downtown Austin!
OK, so as of today we are officially 5 weeks from opening day for the Red Raider baseball season for 2012. In fact, as we "speak" 5 weeks from this moment the Red Raiders should be into about the second or third inning of their opener against Missouri State.
So, I thought this would be a good time to break down the schedule for the upcoming season, which I can see as one of the more challenging head coach Dan Spencer has put together, but also one that sets up for the Red Raiders to have every opportunity at success.
So the Big 12 Conference baseball season started Friday night, and the Red Raiders came out with a resounding thud.
Tech picked the wrong time to have the worst outing by its most consistent starting pitcher, which led to a 9-4 loss to the Baylor Bears at the Baylor Ballpark. Not the worst time -- that would be in the championship game of the College World Series -- but until that happens, this ranks as a pretty bad time.
It's Saturday night, It's 7:05 p.m., and the improbable has happened.
Your Red Raiders have a chance to reach the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament.
Thanks to Missouri's 5-4 victory over Oklahoma a few minutes ago, the Red Raiders are still alive to win their pool. All they have to do is beat an Aggie team they took two of three from in Lubbock in March.
That would give Tech and Missouri 2-1 records, while A&M and OU would be 1-2. Tech holds the tiebreaker over the Tigers thanks to yesterday's 4-2 win.
OK, so with Monday's 7-4 loss to TCU, the Red Raider baseball team is officially more than 1/4 of the way through the season.
So, what do we know about this team? Can we draw any conclusions yet?
Sure. Just on eye test alone, we can see the pitching for the Red Raiders in 2012 is markedly better, and by better I mean more consistent. They aren't walking many, and they're making teams earn their way on base. We also know that the offense is good at taking what other team give them and turning it into runs.
OK, so we're roughly 19 hours from the first pitch for the 2012 Texas Tech baseball season. Hopefully you've combed through our season preview (http://redraiders.com/sports-red-raiders-baseball/2012-02-11/red-raiders-planning-leaving-ncaa-no-excuses-2012#.Tz3Av8VSTcw), but that doesn't always tell you the whole story.
So here are the players I think who need to step up, will step up and what should happen once the first pitch is thrown.
Sorry about the lateness, but with the team off on Tuesday I figured this one could wait. Plus, Monday Night Raw was on last night, sue me.
Anyway, I was able to hang out at practice again Monday. First the bad news: Freshman Garrett Totten will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken fifth metacarpal in his right (throwing) hand. In other words, he broke the bone on the outside of his hand that turns into the pinkie.
Time for the second game between the Red Raiders and Jayhawks, and with the wind blowing out to straightaway center field, we may have more of the same offensive outburst that we had in Tech's 15-10 win on Friday night.
My game story in today's paper had to be cut somewhat, so I wanted to include a note about Willie Rueda, Tech's injured second baseman who I would guess is only about 75 percent while playing with an injured left hamstring.
By: Anonymous on June 8, 2008 - 6:19pm - Add new comment
I've been on this beat for the A-J for 11 seasons now, and I've got to say this has been one of the most interesting and hardest weeks I've had in that time.As a journalist, I know I'm supposed to stay neutral when it comes to the team I cover. But Monday I couldn't help but be a little sad when Larry Hays announced his retirement after 38 years in coaching and 22 at Texas Tech. That's because not only, in my opinion, has the best coach at Tech decided to step down, but also the best person in that athletic department, bar none.