Brewers Projected Opening Day Rotation (5)
This was confirmed the other day. Despite his struggles this spring, Adrian Houser does get the third starter job. Houser has incredible promise and potential, so the Brewers are going to give him the opportunity to succeed in the regular season.
Brett Anderson returns as the veteran lefty in the rotation. With an improved defense behind him after the additions of Wong and Bradley, Anderson’s results could be much improved over last year if he remains healthy.
Freddy Peralta has earned the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, having dominated in spring training, showcasing his new slider. The slider gives him a third pitch to go along with his fastball and curveball that have worked successfully in the past. With three pitches now, it’ll be much easier for Peralta to find success in the rotation.
Consistency has eluded Peralta as a starting pitcher. There’s hope that with his expanded arsenal and continued development, he can find some consistency. He’s still just 24 years old and his potential is extremely high.
Josh Lindblom was another rotation candidate, but Peralta snatched the job from him. Counsell has said Lindblom will start a lot of games this year and the Crew will likely expand to a six man rotation in a few weeks, but at least to start the year, Lindblom will be in the bullpen.
Brandon Woodruff will start Opening Day for the second straight season, the first time a Brewers pitcher has done that since Yovani Gallardo from 2010-14. Corbin Burnes gets the second start and they should make for a deadly 1-2 punch atop the rotation.