The Brewers were already without their best starting pitcher with Corbin Burnes suffering an oblique injury during the last week of the regular season. Now, they’re without their best reliever, too. Devin Williams was left off Milwaukee’s wild card series roster against the Dodgers, with shoulder soreness, the team announced today.
Williams allowed only one run in 27 inning this season, with an absurd 53 strikeouts, the highest strikeout rate in major league history. The Dodgers will not have to deal with Williams’ devastating changeup in this best-of-3 series.
The Brewers did include 12 pitchers on their wild card roster, including left-hander Brent Suter and right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who will start Games 1 and 2, respectively.
Milwaukee has three left-handed pitchers active against the Dodgers — Suter, Josh Hader, and Alex Claudio.
Brewers right-handers for this series are Woodruff, Josh Lindblom, Ray Black, Adrian Houser, Corey Knebel, Freddy Peralta, Drew Rasmussen, Justin Topa, and Eric Yardley.
On offense, the Brewers do have Daniel Vogelbach active, after dealing with a leg injury in the last week. Ben Gamel, who missed the final nine games with a left quad injury, was activated as well. Those two, plus fellow left-handed batters Christian Yelich, Eric Sogard, Omar Narváez, and Jace Peterson are a likely reason the Dodgers are carrying three left-handed relievers in Jake McGee, Victor Gonzalez, and Adam Kolarek, plus Julio Urías.
Here are Milwaukee’s position players active for the wild card series:
Catchers (3): Narváez, Jacob Nottingham, David Freitas
Infielders (7): Orlando Arcia, Jedd Gyorko, Ryon Healy, Keston Hiura, Sogard, Luis Urias, Vogelbach
Outfielders (6): Ryan Braun, Gamel, Avisaíl Garcia, Peterson, Tyrone Taylor, Yelich