Dodgers: Brewers Manager Won’t Announce His Wildcard Starting Pitchers Yet

Craig Counsell with a little managerial gamesmanship even before the series starts.

Dodgers fans remember Craig Counsell as a manager who got under their skin back in the 2018 NLCS. Whether it be challenging every play that he could, or toying with openers in an attempt to throw off Dave Roberts, things just didn’t sit right with fans in Los Angeles. 

With that in mind, Dodgers fans probably are not going to love the fact that Counsell doesn’t want to name his game 1 starter yet. It a zoom meeting on Monday afternoon, Counsell refused to say who would be going in the first game of the wildcard series. He did, however, say that Brandon Woodruff would start a game at some point. Woodruff is currently set to pitch in the second game. 

If you can remember way back to 2018, Woodruff pitched game 5 of the NLCS out of the bullpen. He came in after Wade Miley faced just batter. That was an attempt to get Dave Roberts to start an all right-handed lineup and throw them off for the rest of the game. Fortunately, th Dodgers saw right through that tactic. 

The fact that Counsell is unwilling to name a starter could just be that he isn’t sure yet. The Brewers don’t have the healthiest starting rotation in baseball at the moment, and they could potentially go with a  bullpen game instead. But still, Dodgers fans can’t help but remember that Championship Series. 

The Dodgers and Brewers are set to kick off game 1 of the wildcard series on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. He’s probably trying to figure out if he has any healthy pitchers left? All he’s accomplished is to annoy the Dodgers and give them just a little extra motivation. Dodger bats should light up who ever they have anyway.

  2. Their ace, Corbin Burnes, was injured in his last start. He might legitimately not know who they’re going to go with in his place.

  3. His pitching strategies backfired in that series. By game 5 they were all toast. This is different obviously

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