Change coming in pitching rotation? 'They have options'
Jun 15, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada (41) checks in with catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Image by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
After Marco Estrada's painful first inning in Sunday's Milwaukee Brewers loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a loss with one of his major league-leading 23rd home run given up this year, the Milwaukee Brewers could consider whether to replace Estrada in the starting rotation.
If they do, Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer and 620WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt told "Wisconsin's Morning News" that, unlike some Brewers teams in the past, "They have options."
Haudricourt cited two of them.
"They have one guy on their team in Mike Fiers who was called up recently after a brilliant couple of months in Nashville as a starter," said Haudricourt. However, "their No. 1 pitching prospect, Jimmy Nelson, came up earlier this year in Miami and threw some shutout innings. He's pitching great - probably as good as you can pitch."
In Haudricourt's mind, Nelson may be the better pick.
"Nelson's pitching like a No. 1 pitching prospect, no offense to Mike Fiers. This is why you have a No. 1 pitching process, to be there when you need him."
However, there are two complications to Nelson's situation.
"He's scheduled to pitch tonight in Nashville. They would probably have to scratch him from that start," he explained. His first opportunity might come this weekend at the Colorado Rockies, a place which is not exactly friendly to pitchers.
"Whether you'd want to put a young pitcher like Nelson into the fire at Coors Field. That not a good place to put a guy who can't keep the ball in the ballpark, either."
Haudricourt said there was no initial indication the Brewers would replace Estrada in the rotation.
Listen to the full interview from 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."