I’m glad to have you here on RRR, that is, as you certainly remember, the most useless column in Viva the Matadors (ok, now there’s Freaky Friday too, it will be a nice battle).
With yesterday’s win over Baylor, Oklahoma State officially placed Texas Tech out of the race for the Big 12 title. There weren’t many chances anyway, as this possibility was also related to many Oklahoma and Texas results, but that’s it.
Next weekend, the Red Raiders will travel to Stillwater to face the Cowboys in the last conference series, and then it will be tournament time!
Quoting from the official website, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will take place May 23-27, 2018, at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple A team. The two-division, double-elimination tournament will feature the eight teams with the best conference records (based on winning percentage) in the regular season. Winner of the championship earns the Big 12 automatic berth into the NCAA Championship field.
At the moment I write, Texas Tech would face Baylor, in the part of the bracket also including Oklahoma State and Kansas, but things are actually fluid and fickle (I learned a new word!)
Now, what can we expect from the Red Raiders in the tournament?
We have the moral obligation to believe the team has all the cards to have a long and successful road in the tournament (and in the national tournament too, of course), but if the team constantly failed to find a reliable day-three starter, I’m not so sure it will suddenly find efficiency on the mound, in a context that includes at least four games for a ride to the final game.
On the other hand, hitters made their work fairly well all year long, but when the team had games in which it trailed, they rarely showed the mental strength to recover from the deficit.
And what about you? I am here to ascoltare (“listen”, now it’s your turn to learn a new word) your opinion and discuss them.