Brett Anderson saw a late start to his shortened season due to an injury, and it appears as though he’s dealing with another.
Brent Suter will take his place at the start of the game, likely meaning Saturday night is now a bullpen game for the Brewers.
The Brewers have scratched Brett Anderson with a tight right hip. Brent Suter is starting.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 12, 2020
Brent Suter will start today for the Brewers instead of Brett Anderson, who has been scratched with a hip issue.— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) September 12, 2020
Anderson could be available for one of the games against the Cardinals, Counsell said. Would've needed a bullpen day anyway soon, so it just moves up to today.
This is the second time in the shortened season that an injury has caused Anderson to miss a start against the Cubs. A blister at the end of Summer Camp forced him to miss his first scheduled start of the year against Chicago, which opened the door for Corbin Burnes to get another chance at the starting rotation.
That ended up turning out alright for the Brewers.
Anderson has been roughly average through 7 starts for the Brewers, with a 4.64 ERA, 4.80 FIP and a 99 ERA+ in 33 innings with a 61.6% groundball rate that’s bitten him at times, considering the defenders on the right side of the infield.
Suter is carrying a 4.05 ERA with a 3.19 FIP in 20 innings out of the bullpen, including a career-high 10.8 K/9 and 28.6% K% and a microscopic 2.4% BB%.
This will be Suter’s third appearance against the Cubs this year. He pitched 2.2 innings in that game Anderson was supposed to start on July 25th, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits but still getting credit for the win. He threw another 2.2 innings against Chicago on August 15th, holding the Cubs scoreless that time while striking out 5. The Brewers won both games.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs