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Friday, August 23, 2019

Twitter reacts after Brewers trick Dodgers with Wade Miley start

Craig Counsell

The Milwaukee Brewers pulled a fast one on the Los Angeles Dodgers with their Game 5 pitching decision.

The Brewers had announced left-hander Wade Miley as their Game 5 starter on short rest, and did indeed send him out to pitch to leadoff man Cody Bellinger. After walking him, Brewers manager Craig Counsell promptly replaced him with right-handed reliever Brandon Woodruff.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, this was all planned.

The belief is that Counsell announced Miley as the starter to entice the Dodgers into running out their righty-heavy lineup against the left-handed pitcher, then brought in a right-hander to neutralize it. Naturally, the strategy was wildly controversial and got a lot of responses on Twitter.

The Brewers have played fast and loose with their starting pitching announcements all postseason, prompting some to call for a rule change requiring them to disclose their starter in advance of each playoff game. Such a rule would do nothing to prevent strategies like this one, however.

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