By Adam Roberts – 10/12/2021
There’s plenty of opinions circulating around the Brewer-verse today about who should get the start on the mound as Milwaukee looks to avoid elimination in the National League Divisional Series. It appears the Crew are turning to lefty Eric Lauer today despite some calls for Corbin Burnes to pitch on three days rest, something he hasn’t done all season.
Steve “Sparky” Fifer said earlier this morning on The Wendy’s Big Show seemed to question the decision to send Lauer out today, instead wanting the Brewers’ ace and Cy Young candidate to pitch in a win-or-go-home situation. Lauer has pitched once this season against Atlanta, coming out of the bullpen and giving up three runs on four hits in three innings of work including two home runs. But Lauer has been an effective four-spot starter save for his final appearance of the year against the Dodgers. During the month of September he had a 3-0 record in six appearances with a 2.93 ERA heading into the Dodger game.
In my opinion, what will matter much more today is whether or not the bats finally bring some runs home; the lineup will continue to include Christian Yelich in the three spot with available pinch hitters including Daniel Vogelbach, Eduardo Escobar, and Tyrone Taylor. Rowdy Tellez will start again at first for Milwaukee today as well.
Coverage from Game Four of the NLDS begins at 3:30 this afternoon on ESPN La Crosse 105.5!