Adrian Houser (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Steven Brault (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
We are only four days into the Major League Baseball season and we are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak on a roster. Four players on the Miami Marlins have been added to the IL because of positive coronavirus tests. The Marlins are reportedly staying in Philadelphia on Sunday night and will fly back home on Monday.
The most notable player to test positive was starter Jose Urena. Garrett Cooper, Harold Ramirez, and Jorge Alfaro also tested positive. In Cincinnati, Matt Davidson tested positive for the coronavirus, with Mike Moustakas heading to the IL because of feeling ill on Sunday morning. It’s the next man up mentality more than ever in 2020.
Players in the minors have been warned that a quick call up is likely going to be the case because of positive coronavirus tests on the active roster. And we’re not even talking about normal injuries that happen over the course of a major league season. The good news is that there has been no discussions of suspending games on Monday.
Positive cases are going to happen in the majors and in a lot of other businesses. It is unfortunately a way of life for now. What I’m worried about is a widespread outbreak with players in the double digits on a roster getting it. The virus spreading like a wildfire in a locker room could shut a team down. All of the traveling and going to airports doesn’t help, unlike the NBA and NHL bubbles where no travel is required. Knock on wood, there are no positives on the Milwaukee Brewers or Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Brewers are coming off a 9-1 beatdown against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. It was their second loss in three days, with a 8-3 win on Saturday against Yu Darvish. Freddy Peralta was chased after 3 innings of work for the Brewers yesterday. He gave up 3 hits and 4 earned runs, while the bullpen didn’t provide much help.
Orlando Arcia, way down at the bottom of the lineup, was the only Brewer to record an RBI. The Brewers remain on the road to begin the week. They’re in Pittsburgh at PNC Park for a meeting with the Pirates. The Pirates are coming off an impressive 5-1 win in St. Louis. Adrian Houser and Steven Brault are expected to get the call for their clubs. Head below for our free Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates pick for July 27, 2020 in MLB.
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Steven Brault turns his attention to 2020 after his worst season in the major leagues. It wasn’t really that bad compared to what he did in his first three seasons as a major league hurler. Brault recorded ERA’s of 4.86, 4.67, 4.61 before a 5.16 ERA, along with a 1.50 WHIP last season. It was just more of the same for Brault, who was slightly worse than the first three seasons of his career. In three spring training games, Brault posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 4.1 innings. I think Brault can likely get his ERA back under 5.00 this season, though don’t expect a breakout campaign.
The Brewers have contributed to the poor numbers for Brault over the last four years. Milwaukee is hitting .286 with a .383 OBP against Brault in his career. Christian Yelich has tagged Brault with a .364 average and .462 OBP in 11 at-bats. He’s also added a home run against Brault. Newly acquired Brewer, Jedd Gyorko, has had success versus Brault as well, with a .500 average and home run against Brault in 8 at-bats. Adrian Houser has been steady for the Brewers on the hill. He was solid in his first full season after getting his feet wet in 2018 out of the bullpen.
Houser appeared in seven games in 2018, and he was reliable as a reliever with a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings. In his rookie season as a full time member of the roster, Houser blossomed into a valuable member of the rotation. Houser recorded an ERA of 3.72 and 1.24 WHIP in 35 games. He was adequate on the road last season with a 4.14 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 63 innings of work. He was excellent in the spring, with an ERA of 1.64 and 0.91 WHIP. Last year was only his first season, so there is still room for Houser to grow. I’m expecting the Brewers to bounce back with a 6-4 or 5-3 win after a lousy performance on Sunday against the Cubs.