The Milwaukee Brewers are still uncertain (at least publicly) as to who will be on the mound first in game four of the NLCS, but have announced that Wade Miley will go on short rest for game five Wednesday night.
Still no Game 4 initial out getter for #Brewers but Miley will go on short rest in Game 5.— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 15, 2018
Miley’s stellar outing on Saturday, when he shut out the Dodgers over 5.2 innings on two hits and no walks, has led Milwaukee to go with him in that (most likely) crucial game five.
Wade isn’t a power pitcher, so the focus during that start will be location on his offspeed stuff. You ride the hot hand in a short series.
Wednesday’s “initial out-getter” may depend on how tonight’s game goes, and who pitches. Brandon Woodruff is no doubt a strong candidate to get the nod. He has been effective lately, and is able to go all-out with his stuff for as long as he can...up to three innings.
Other options would include Junior Guerra and Freddy Peralta, with a chance that Gio Gonzalez could reprise his game one start. The use of a left hander makes it possible for the Brewers to dictate when and how the LA batters face the Milwaukee pitching staff.
Stay tuned! The Brewers continue to try and put themselves in the best possible scenarios to win the NLCS.