Baseball coach Mike Trapasso has a unique dilemma: His best pitcher is his best starter and best reliever.
His solution is to try to use Dylan Thomas in a closer’s role in the first two games of a series. If situations dictate that Thomas does not appear in those two games, he starts in the third.
And that’s why Thomas will start in Saturday’s third game of the four-game series against Ohio State. The Rainbow Warriors dropped the first two games in Columbus, Ohio.
“The preference is (Thomas) gets the save in Game 1 and Game 2 (of a three-game series),” Trapasso said. “But that’s not where we are today. … I don’t want my best pitcher sitting in the bullpen and not pitching.”
Even though this is a four-game series, Trapasso views it as a three-game set, with Sunday’s fourth game as a bonus. The approach is in preparation for Big West play, which opens next weekend. In the Big West, all series are three games each.
Trapasso said he wanted to use Thomas on Saturday because it will give him enough rest before Friday’s Big West opener against UC Irvine. For that upcoming series, the same plan will be in place: Thomas will be a reliever in the first two games, and if he’s not used, he starts the third game.
Aaron Davenport will be available as a reliever on Saturday, and if he’s not used, he will start on Sunday.