The Milwaukee Brewers are set to welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to American Family Field this weekend for the first time since 2016. That also means it's the first time that Shohei Ohtani will be playing in Milwaukee.
Shohei Ohtani is a dominant two-way player unlike anything baseball fans have seen in their lifetimes. He's an ace in the starting rotation and is a stud hitter in the starting lineup. Brewers fans will be seeing Ohtani in the lineup but will they be seeing him on the mound as well?
Is Shohei Ohtani scheduled to pitch against the Brewers this weekend?
Fortunately for Brewers hitters but unfortunately for fans looking to see something special, Shohei Ohtani is not scheduled to pitch against the Brewers in Milwaukee this weekend.
Ohtani gets the ball on Thursday as the Angels take on the Oakland A's, so the Brewers will miss him on the mound entirely. He'll still hit as he normally does as the Angels DH, so Brewers pitchers will still need to reckon with him.
Who are the probable starters for the Brewers series against the Angels?
If Ohtani isn't pitching, who is? Here are the probable pitchers for the weekend series against the Angels.
1. Friday - LAA: LHP Tyler Anderson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. MIL: LHP Wade Miley (3-1, 1.96 ERA)
It's a matchup of lefties on Friday night as Tyler Anderson takes on Wade Miley. Miley has been off to an excellent start this season and a real bright spot for the Brewers rotation. Tyler Anderson meanwhile has been off to a poor start for the Angels after signing a multi-year contract this offseason. The Brewers typically struggle against lefties, but Anderson's struggles could open the door for them, especially with Miley on the mound.
2. Saturday - LAA: LHP Reid Detmers (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs MIL: RHP Corbin Burnes (2-1, 4.55 ERA)
There's another lefty on the mound for the Angels on Saturday night. The Brewers will have their ace going as Corbin Burnes continues to sharpen into form. His first few starts were rough, but he's steadily been improving over his recent outings.
3. Sunday - LAA: LHP Jose Suarez (0-1, 10.26 ERA) vs. MIL: RHP Colin Rea (0-1, 5.17 ERA)
In a cruel twist of fate for the Brewers, they will face three straight lefties on the mound from the Angels this weekend. However, Suarez is off to a poor start in 2023, allowing seven homers in 16.2 IP already. Pitching has always been a major reason why the Angels continually fail to make the postseason despite having Ohtani and Mike Trout. The Brewers will be sending out Colin Rea, who has overall been solid, but struggles with the "big inning"
Brewers fans will get a chance to see the two best players in baseball this weekend in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Milwaukee avoids seeing Ohtani on the mound, as much as fans of the game of baseball may want to see him pitch, not seeing Ohtani there will improve the Brewers chances of winning.