South Carolina Baseball: Is Starting Michael Roth in Game 2 the Right Decision?
Michael Roth Takes the Hill for South Carolina Baseball in Game 2
Last year Ray Tanner waited until the last possible minute to name Michael Roth the starter for Game Two of the College Baseball World Series Finals. There was little doubt it would be Roth, but Tanner wanted to leave some doubt.
This year there was legitimate doubt as to the Gamecocks starter for game two. Roth threw 90 pitches over seven innings on Friday. You would expect more of the same non-committal approach from Tanner. Nope. He has already announced Roth as the starter. Tanner:
I will not hold him unless he feels like it's in his best interest to wait another day or if he feels it doesn't serve a purpose or coach Meyers feels there's no reason to do it. From my perspective, if he's our best guy and he's available, we'll put him out there.
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While his logic is sound, it is the wrong move. Roth is going to be more effective on four days' rest. The bottom line is South Carolina is playing for one more victory, and their best chance at that victory is with Roth as close to 100 percent as possible, and that will be with an extra day's rest.
I expect Roth to go out and give a gritty performance on Tuesday night, but he is not going to have the stamina to go deep. This move is going to put added pressure on the bullpen, and it is going to add pressure to the team to win tonight's game.
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