Yesterday, in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series, the Milwaukee Brewers confused the baseball world when they pulled starting pitcher Wade Miley after he faced just one batter, walking Cody Bellinger on just five pitches. Right-hander Brandon Woodruff replaced Miley after his short stint.
Reportedly, this was Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell’s plan all along.
The plan was for Miley, who was on a short three-day rest, to force the Dodgers to roll out a predominantly right-handed batting lineup, only to face the left-handed Bellinger before Woodruff took over. Miley is now available to start Game 6 tomorrow night. This strategy makes sense, but it’s historically rare. Baseball Reference points out that Miley was just the second postseason starter to face one batter in MLB history, via For the Win.
This unorthodox move caught the eyes of MLB players and fans who were equally confused.
The Dodgers would go on to win Game 5, 5-2, and pull ahead 3-2 in the series. They have a chance to punch a ticket to the World Series tomorrow night at Miller Park.
[h/t For The Win]