Barring any setbacks in Spring Training, it is official. We know you will start on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day. We also know who will get the ball for game two of the 2021 season.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell announced Brandon Woodruff as the Opening Day starter. In fact, Woodruff will be the first Brewer to be the Opening Day starter two years in a row since Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo had the honor in five consecutive seasons.
Brandon Woodruff is the first Brewers pitcher to get consecutive opening day starts since Yovani Gallardo started five in a row from 2010-14. https://t.co/ygVgW6CSuJ— JSOnline - Brewers (@js_brewers) March 18, 2021
Woodruff has certainly earned it, pitching as the Brewers’ ace for the past two seasons. Counsell also announced who would start the second game of the regular season against the Minnesota Twins. That honor will go to Corbin Burnes.
Counsell says Burnes will pitch Game 2 vs. Twins. "Then we've got some decisions to make."— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 18, 2021
Counsell indicated that after Woodruff and Burnes, there are decisions to be made. He also said that he would go with five starters in the rotation for the most part, but might go to six at times. Counsell made clear that even with off days, the Brewers would not likely go to anything less than a five man rotation.
Counsell also said that Devin Williams would get his first Spring Training action on Saturday night. The Brewers have been taking it slow with Williams coming into Spring hoping he can duplicate his Rookie of the Year season of 2020 over 162 games.
Counsell says Devin Williams will make first spring outing on Saturday night.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 18, 2021