Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell told the press that RHP Adrian Houser is trending towards making a start soon for the Brew Crew. Adam Mcalvy expects that start to happen sometime in the Crew’s upcoming series against the Giants this weekend.
Houser would be a sixth starter for the Brewers during this turn through the rotation. So Colin Rea (4.79 ERA, five-plus innings in all four of his starts) will stay.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 2, 2023
Many have speculated that Houser would replace Colin Rea in the Brewers rotation. Rea has been filling in for an injured Brandon Woodruff and has posted a rather pedestrian 4.79 ERA in four starts. However, in this hypothetical turn through the Brewers’ rotation, Adrian Houser would serve as the sixth starter meaning Rea would hold onto his spot a little longer. The Crew probably wants to ensure Houser is fully stretched out before returning to a five-man rotation.
Houser is currently on the 15-day IL, waiting to be activated onto the roster. He has made four rehab starts in AAA and posted a 3.07 ERA. The right-hander is clearly fully recovered from his injury; now it’s just a matter of waiting.
Adrian Houser’s Impact on the Brewers Rotation
This will be a solid improvement in the starting rotation. Adrian Houser holds a respectable 4.31 ERA as a starter and has a reputation for generating lots of ground balls. The sinkerballer was expected to be used out of the bullpen because of the offseason addition of Wade Miley, and he held a much stronger 1.76 ERA as a reliever. However, after an injury to Brandon Woodruff, it seems the ground ball specialist has found his way back into the starting rotation for the time being. It will be interesting to see how Houser performs and how the Brewers decide to utilize him throughout this season.
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