Well folks, mark your calendars because April 1 is not only Opening Day at American Family Field, but it’s also Brandon Woodruff Day.
In the past, the Brewers have had the worst luck with choosing a consistent Opening Day starter. Woodruff is the first Brewers’ starter to pitch in consecutive openers since Yovani Gallardo started a franchise record with five-in-a-row.
Last season Woodruff had the best WHIP, and highest K/9 in his career. The question is whether or not Manny Piña or Omar Narváez will be Woodruff’s battery mate. Narváez has a lot to prove after having a down year last season, but has had a productive offseason and Spring Training.
With the loss of the designated hitter in the National League this season, this serves as a positive for Woodruff. He’s a career .254 hitter, and who can’t forget his memorable home run against Clayton Kershaw in the 2018 NLCS.
Who’s the Game 2 starter? What about the rest of the rotation?
The club announced that Corbin Burnes is starting behind Woodruff in the Opening Series. Burnes is coming off a Cy Young caliber season and seems to be continuing that pattern in Spring Training. According to Manager, Craig Counsell, the club still has decisions to make on who will round out the rest of the rotation and if there will be five or six out-getters. Who do you think will make up the rest of the rotation? My guess is, Brett Anderson, Josh Lindblom, and Adrian Houser. If there is a sixth, it would be Freddy Peralta.