Playoff baseball is unpredictable and the Milwaukee Brewers certainly proved that Wednesday.
Wade Miley threw to just one batter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He totaled five pitches before Brewers manager Craig Counsell removed the starting pitcher from the game at Dodger Stadium. Miley didn’t appear injured and no one really knew why the left-hander’s outing was cut short before being replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff.
Twitter had no idea what to think as the pitching change was made.
Apparently, there was nothing wrong with Miley. In fact, it was Milwaukee’s plan all along.
To summarize: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts set his Game 5 lineup for a left-handed pitcher. After Miley walked the leadoff batter, Counsell went to the right-handed Woodruff and Miley now will start Game 6.
This could either make Counsell look like a genius or it could completely backfire on him.