Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Solid starting rotation carrying Brewers early


MILWAUKEE — Corbin Burnes always sensed the Milwaukee Brewers were on the verge of producing an exceptiona­l starting rotation.

It just took some time to put it all together.

Burnes now is the hottest pitcher in a rotation that has produced a remarkable run of consistenc­y in the first two weeks of the season. Brewers starters have worked at least five innings while allowing no more than one run in eight consecutiv­e games, the longest such streak in franchise history.

During that stretch, Brewers starters have allowed a total of three earned runs over 46 innings, and opposing batters have hit just .136 against them.

“It’s just knowing what we’ve got,” Burnes said. “It’s taken some of us a little bit longer than others to bring everything to the top, but we’ve seen it for a long time, having come up together and playing in the minor leagues. The first couple of years in the big leagues, you see glimpses of it and know it’s just a matter of time before we’d all put it all together.”

Burnes has led the way.

The 26-year-old right-hander threw six shutout innings Wednesday in a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs to continue his torrid start. Burnes has recorded 30 strikeouts while allowing just 4 hits, 1 run and no walks through 181/3 innings.

“His numbers are pretty ridiculous,” Cubs Manager David Ross said.

But the Brewers’ other starters also have been impressive.

Brandon Woodruff owns a 2.12 ERA and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in one of his three starts. Freddy Peralta has a 0.69 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 13 innings. Adrian Houser has a 1.80 ERA. Brett Anderson has a 4.50 ERA but allowed just one run over five innings in his last start.

“It feels great when you make that kind of progress in the rotation,” Peralta said. “You feel like you have something to follow. It’s like,

‘My guy did this and we won the game, so I have to do the same today and give my best.’ We are like family. We’ve been together.”

Anderson is the only Brewers starting pitcher who didn’t make his major league debut with Milwaukee. The Brewers drafted Burnes and Woodruff. They acquired Houser from Houston and Peralta from Seattle in 2015 when both were in the minors.

Woodruff had his breakthrou­gh season in 2019, when he made the NL All-Star team at the age of 26. Burnes was 1-5 with an 8.82 ERA in 2019 before going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA last year to finish sixth in the NL Cy Young Award balloting.

Houser is showing encouragin­g signs after finishing 1-6 with a 5.30 ERA last year. Peralta earned the nickname “Fastball Freddy” for his reliance on that pitch but has thrived since diversifyi­ng his repertoire.

“When I’m pitching, I feel I have more room, more space where I can go,” Peralta said. “It’s different. Before, I remember [having] just the fastball and the curveball. I never used the changeup. Now, I can use the changeup. I can go up. I can go down, away. I can use my slider and my curveball still.”

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