After contentious discussions, the MLB lockout is over and teams have begun their spring training schedules. Opening Day has been pushed to April 14, which gives teams some extra time to finalize their rosters and rotations. In this series, TGH will be summarizing each team’s 2021 season and predicting their Opening Day pitching rotation. Here is the projected Milwaukee Brewers pitching rotation for 2022.
The Brewers extended their consecutive postseason streak to four seasons in a row, which is a franchise record. Their record of 95-67 was good enough to win the NL Central. This was their first NL Central championship since 2018.
Milwaukee was ousted in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves. Here is a look at their projected pitching rotation, as manager Craig Counsell enters his eighth season heading up the team.
1. Corbin Burnes
Corbin Burnes is clearly the ace on this roster. In 2021, he won the NL Cy Young award and also won the ERA title, earning an ERA of 2.43 over 167 innings pitched. He had less luck in the win-loss department, winning just 11 games over 28 starts. Regardless, he is the clear Opening Day starter.
2. Brandon Woodruff
The Brewers had two legitimate Cy Young contenders in 2021, as Brandon Woodruff finished fifth in last year’s voting. He also earned an All Star appearance. He had 30 starts last season, but finished under .500 with a record of 9-10. His ERA stood at 2.56 over 179 innings pitched.
3. Freddy Peralta
Continuing the trend of Brewers All Stars, Freddy Peralta also earned a selection last year. His 2.81 ERA over 144 innings pitched did not earn him Cy Young placement, however. He did fair better in the win-loss column, though, winning 10 games and losing five.
4. Adrian Houser
Houser is the first pitcher listed so far that had an ERA over 3.00 in 2021. His still impressive 3.22 ERA was garnered over 142 innings pitched. This was Houser’s biggest workload in his still-young career, although he did not pitch in the MLB in 2016 or 2017.
5. Eric Lauer
In 2021, Lauer pitched the second-most innings of his career. The most came in 2019 with the San Diego Padres, when he pitched almost 150. Last season, though, he pitched 118 and collected a 3.19 ERA. He struck out 117, averaging almost one strikeout per inning.
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