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Oregon State Baseball: Who Should Be The Sunday Starter?

The third spot in the Beavs’ starting pitching rotation isn’t set in stone. Who should get the spot?

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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.

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.

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.

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?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Grant Gambrell
    (20 votes)
  • 29%
    Kevin Abel
    (87 votes)
  • 31%
    Christian Chamberlain
    (94 votes)
  • 29%
    Brandon Eisert
    (88 votes)
  • 2%
    Someone Else
    (8 votes)
297 votes total Vote Now

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.