The Brewers are going to be without two of their best pitchers heading into the Wild Card series against the Dodgers.
Williams will be left off the roster as he deals with an arm issue. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was first to report.
Huge blow for the Milwaukee Brewers: Rookie right-hander Devin Williams, the best reliever in baseball this year, has been left off the roster for their wild card series against the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell ESPN. He’s dealing with an arm issue, sources said.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 30, 2020
Williams was the strength of the bullpen, dominating his way all season long to a potential Reliever of the Year and Rookie of the Year award.
Will Sammon of The Athletic had more detail on the injury Williams suffered.
Devin Williams (right shoulder soreness) is off the Brewers roster for their series against the Dodgers. Williams has been baseball’s best RP. Major blow for a team already without Corbin Burnes.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) September 30, 2020
Soreness in Williams’ throwing shoulder is the issue. Whether this is something that just flared up during workouts the last day or two or if he had been dealing with it since his last outing is unclear, but either way this isn’t good for the Brewers.
What also isn’t clear is just how long Williams will be out. If the Brewers advance, will he be able to go for the NLDS? Is his season completely done no matter how far they advance?
The Brewers losing Devin Williams to injury dramatically impacts their chances of advancing.
In his first full season out of the bullpen, Williams posted a 0.33 ERA in 27 innings with 53 strikeouts and a 0.63 WHIP. He only allowed one earned run all season and that was back on July 27th.
The strength of this Brewers team is in their pitching. It has been all season long. The rotation was strong, being led by Burnes and Brandon Woodruff and the bullpen was equally strong being led by Williams and Josh Hader. Now the Brewers are missing both Burnes and Williams, who were lights out all season and easily the best the Crew had in their respective roles.
It was already going to be difficult enough to defeat the Dodgers in two out of three games on the road. Now the Brewers are going to have to try to do it without two of the main sources of their strength?
A lot of guys who haven’t done as well as expected or pulled much weight all season are all of a sudden going to have to pick up the slack. The Brewers need Corey Knebel to find his 2017-18 self and quickly while the offense is going to have to score even more runs on top of the runs they already needed to add to help out the pitching staff.
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It’s been tough sledding for the Brewers all season long, and even though they made it to the postseason, the sledding is getting tougher still.