Milwaukee Brewers: Should Adrian Houser stay in the rotation?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 26: Adrian Houser #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Miller Park on June 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 26: Adrian Houser #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Miller Park on June 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-2 to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night, and that sucks. Adrian Houser was stuck with the loss. Will he get another shot at the rotation?

If you tuned in to the game late on Wednesday, you probably missed Adrian Houser‘s start. The newest addition to the Milwaukee Brewers starting staff was chased from the game after the second inning. Should he get another chance, or is it back to the bullpen for Houser?

How did Houser do?

Not well.

Houser needed 64 pitches to record six outs. The Milwaukee Brewers take the loss on their record, but Houser also fell to 2-2 on the season. He was tagged for three runs on four hits and three walks. He did manage to strikeout four.

Houser also managed one out via the air, and induced one grounder.

This was a rough start all around.

Did anyone pitch well?

Yes! Freddy Peralta worked four scoreless innings in relief and kept the game close for the Milwaukee Brewers. Peralta threw 72 pitches with 41 going for strikes. He only gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five.

Should Houser get another start?

If nothing else, Houser has proven that he’s better off in relief than he is in a starting role. He could earn another spot start if the schedule demands, but the Milwaukee Brewers need to keep him in the bullpen. This should really be his last start for the foreseeable future.

Jimmy Nelson worked two innings in relief on Tuesday night. He didn’t surrender any runs, but he was far from dominant, even in a limited role. Nelson gave up two hits and four walks in his two innings of work. He also needed 47 pitches to get through his appearance.

Peralta looked great against the Mariners and deserves another shot in the rotation. He was successful there last season, and he looked great on Wednesday.

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Peralta has worked three relief appearances since being removed from the rotation. Two have been solid, and the other one was really shaky. A key takeaway is that Peralta has only walked three batters so far in June, and he’s racked up 26 strikeouts in only 18 1/3 innings of work. It’s clear that he’s made a few adjustments, and the Milwaukee Brewers should give him another shot at a starting job the next time the spot that was given to Houser comes up in the rotation.

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