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Post CWS schedule change forces pitching shake-up

Friday June 20, 2008

With the Diamond Dawgs now facing as many as five games over as many days, coach David Perno has named veteran Nathan Moreau the starter on Saturday, replacing scheduled starter Trevor Holder. Moreau is the only regular weekend starter without a mound appearance so far in Omaha, and his last start was a rough one in the Super Regional loss to N.C. State.

Moreau is more than capable of getting the job done. We’ll likely see several pitchers on Saturday though as Moreau is a 5 or 6 inning kind of pitcher. Ideally we’d see something like Moreau for six innings, turn it over to McCree for two, and then let Fields finish things. Of course Stanford will have a lot to say about that.

The move gives Perno the option of using Holder either in Sunday’s decisive game with Stanford (if necessary) or in Monday’s opening game of the championship round. Everyone is available and rested at this point – the difficulty is positioning the staff for the next 2-5 games. Again, it would be huge if Georgia can win on Saturday. You could then start Holder in Game 1 of the championship round and have Dodson, Montgomery, and Moreau available down the road (not to mention all of the relievers). If Georgia has to play on Sunday and use Holder (and perhaps Dodson/Montgomery), then the pitching situation becomes a lot more cloudy.

Oh…and props to Ryan Peisel for the “Shining” reference. All rest and no play in this case…

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