OSU's gotta go all in: The best Beaver options from the bullpen
Oregon State needed to just about empty the bullpen to get all the way to Thursday's winner-take-all College World Series game against Arkansas and the obvious question now is, "Who will pitch tonight?"
The Beavers are probably going to have to use a lot of arms to get through the deep Arkansas lineup.
Let's take a quick look at the most realistic/best pitching options for the Beavers in Thursday's title game.
The most likely candidates…
1 – Kevin Abel: The team’s most successful pitcher at the College World Series. But he threw 23 pitches in relief in Game 2 and has been heavily used already. A freshman who is still developing, there would be some long-term risk to his arm to over-use him.
2 – Christian Chamberlain: Did a terrific job Tuesday night in relief, fanning 11 batters in four and two-thirds innings. But that was just one day ago and he threw 93 pitches.
3 – Brandon Eisert: Effective last night but threw 82 pitches and back-to-back days would be a lot to ask.
And, what about an option nobody is really thinking about?
Grant Gambrell: A long shot choice, who has not pitched in the postseason. But he went 5-1 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 regular-season games, including 12 starts.
He walked 29 and struck out 57 in 57 2-3 innings.
To round out the game on the mound…
Dylan Pearce: 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 23 relief appearances (no starts). His batting average against was .276.
Jake Mullholland: The closer, who has been stellar in short appearances and will probably be used for an inning, two at the most.