We’re just days away from kicking off the shortened 2020 season as the Milwaukee Brewers face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It seemed Brett Anderson was going to be the second starter for the Brewers opening series. Due to a blister on his left index finger, Anderson has been placed on the 10-day injured list. With Anderson out of the rotation, the Brewers had to figure out their next move.
Bouncing back from a not-so-great 2019 season, Corbin Burnes has been proving he deserves a spot within the starting rotation. Throwing 65 pitches in five innings, Burnes has been lighting it up since working back in the lab in Arizona and perfecting his slider. When he made his spring training debut, Corbin Burnes only gave up one run while striking out 13 over the course of 10 innings.
This season could truly be a turnaround year for Burnes; he’s gotten rid of the fastball approach and is working more on getting his slider in the zone. The Lasik eye surgery definitely worked in Burnes’ favor as far as getting more accurate pitches in the zone.
Even though he’s secured the second starting spot for the series against the Cubs, time will only tell where he’ll end up once Anderson, Eric Lauer, and Josh Lindblom are all back and ready to throw some games.