I was following Texas’ first series game against Kansas on Twitter, and at work in the basement of the Daily Texan, and with each run scored by the Longhorns and each scoreless — and hitless — inning tossed by Taylor Jungmann, I kept thinking about how good this team was getting, about how deadly it can be when both pitching and offense are rolling, and how it has a great shot at a Big 12 Championship and a trip to Omaha.
And then Texas woke up groggy in Lawrence Saturday morning, and slogged its way to a 4-2 loss, a pretty big one, considering it gives Texas A&M sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Thoughts on that, and a throwback Weekend Closer after the jump.no comments
Unable to write up a Weekend Closer this week, I’ve simply put off doing the damn thing for about four days now. Well, it’s probably too late to do one now, but I do feel it necessary to quickly recap some of the more recent happenings in the unpredictable land of Texas Baseball.
The No. 7 Longhorns (28-9) might not have won all their games this weekend, but there are still plenty of interesting midweek storylines to go over, including a surprising return, a pitching staff changeup, as well as opportunistic Paul Montalbano's evolution from unheralded backup to bona fide starter.
If there’s anything particularly special that you can take away from Texas’ 2-1 series win against Baylor, it should be this quote:
“We just had to fight and make something out of nothing.” — Brandon Loy
That never-say-die state of mind was more important this weekend than any averages or ERAs or any other statistic. Even when they pinned against the ropes, the Longhorns kept fighting. They fought on Saturday, and came up just short. But that didn’t deter them from getting a few more punches and ultimately landing a knockout blow against a pesky Baylor team, winning 5-2.
It might not look or read like a great win, but trust me, there’s nothing that satisfies these Longhorns more than a come-from-behind victory.no comments
Sorry I’m so late on this week’s post, I was waiting on the Texas offense to heat up.
Let’s dive right in to an incredibly belated Weekend Closer, so late that we’ll include the past two Tuesday games, as well as the weekends’ series against Missouri, of course.
Lots of storylines in the past week — a week that could be the turning point of the season for the bats. It’s safe to say this is the strongest the Longhorns have played all season, 5-0 since a poor showing in Stillwater.
For convenience, here are the results of the past five games, starting with a March 29 game against Oral Roberts.
I've been thinking a bit about what I wrote last night, that Texas would be fine offensively. I went back and documented some numbers and then used our old friend Createagraph.com to see how this offense stacks up against the offenses of 2010 and 2009.
Let's start with some quick facts first:
The 2009 team was the team that lost to LSU in the College World Series finals.
The 2010 team lost to TCU in the Super Regionals.
Both teams, like this year's Texas team, had those "Omaha or Bust" expectations.
So I've compared the numbers in three offensive categories: Runs each game, hits each game, and strikeouts each game. Runs are clearly important, as are hits, and I thought I'd look at the strikeout numbers as well because plate patience has been one of the weaknesses of this year's team.