At the risk of stating the obvious, Oregon State baseball is having another great year in 2018. After demolishing San Diego in two games this week, the Beavs have reached the 40 win mark for the ninth time since 2005.
The offense is playing fantastically with the ninth most runs nationally (391). Friday starting pitcher Luke Heimlich has had a handle on most of his games with 115 strikeouts. Saturday starter Bryce Fehmel has tossed his way to a 7-1 record. But the third games in series, usually on Sunday, haven't had the same level of consistency.
The Beavs have won just two of their last seven finales of three-game series.
In that time, they have shuffled starting pitchers a few different times to try and find the winning formula. Here are a few of the pitchers that they’ve given the reins to on Sundays and in midweek games.
Grant Gambrell - 12 starts, 2 relief appearances, 5-1 record, 4.40 ERA, 53 hits, 30 runs, 29 walks, 57 strikeouts, 2 home runs, .251 opposing batting average.
Kevin Abel - 3 starts, 12 relief appearances, 3-0 record, 4.47 ERA, 35 hits, 26 runs, 36 walks, 66 strikeouts, 5 home runs, .222 opposing batting average.
.@BeaverBaseball's freshman pitcher Kevin Abel threw 6 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball out of the bullpen to help Oregon State get the 4-3 win in Tuesday's Civil War. #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/AKN5aVWFMn— Jonathan Style (@JonathanRStyle) May 2, 2018
Christian Chamberlain - 3 starts, 12 relief appearances, 2-0 record, 4.13 ERA, 23 hits, 13 runs, 20 walks, 28 strikeouts, 0 home runs, .232 opposing batting average.
Was looking forward to getting a look at @BeaverBaseball freshman Christian Chamberlain, an undersized lefty with a big arm. He's 92-93 from a low 3/4 slot, big breaking ball and a good change that he used for a key K in the 6th. Still 6-4 Beavs at the stretch.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) May 13, 2018
And while he hasn't made a start...
Brandon Eisert - 18 relief appearances, 4-3 record, 2.89 ERA, 4 saves, 28 hits, 14 runs, 9 walks, 33 strikeouts, 0 home runs, .215 opposing batting average.
Brandon Eisert became just the 7th pitcher in school history to win at least 5 games without picking up a loss.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 29, 2017
He was 5-0 in 2017. pic.twitter.com/6Xe1zhGTI0
So we’ve seen the numbers, but who passes the eyeball test most impressively? You tell us.
Who Should Be Oregon State’s Third Starting Pitcher?
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For the record, yes this is a bit greedy to be trying to poke holes in the #2 team in the nation. But with the postseason less than a month away, the margin for error is going to keep getting smaller and smaller. So let’s talk each other through it.