The Brewers have put themselves into a great position for game seven. With a fresh bullpen and an offense that has come alive, they couldn’t be in a better place. It seems to always be a mystery about who Counsell is going to play and in what situation. Based on what his past patterns, here is a good assumption on where the guys will be for game seven.
Lorenzo Cain- CF
Christian Yelich- RF
Ryan Braun- LF
Jesus Aguilar- 1B
Travis Shaw- 2B
Mike Moustakas- 3B
Erik Kratz- C
Orlando Arcia- SS
Jhoulys Chacin- P
The opposing pitcher on the mound is right hander Walker Buehler. He pitched in game three when the Brewers shut out the Dodgers 4-0. Buehler gave up 4 runs on 6 hits. As for the Brewer lineup, it is one that is very familiar. All have shown fantastic offense and defense.
As we have all seen throughout the series, Counsell has been very creative with the pitching staff. Don’t expect tonight to be much different. Jhoulys Chacin will be the initial out-getter on the mound. Throughout the season he has been the most consistent pitcher on the staff. This is how the pitching would work out in a perfect game.
Chacin- 1st-5th inning
Knebel- 6th inning
Hader- 7th-9th inning
If the Brewers could get five strong innings out of Chacin, they can turn the ball over to a very strong bullpen. Knebel going into the game around the 6th or 7th inning is what Counsell has stuck with. With him pitching 1.2 strong innings yesterday, availability will not be an issue.
Hader, with a couple days rest is very fresh. In Counsell’s post game press conference last night, he joke that he would pitch Hader 12 innings. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but with Hader being as well rested as he is, expect to see a lot of him.
Having a strong lineup and great pitching, the Brewers look at a great chance of making a trip to the World Series. If they can get out to an early lead and allow the pitching to take action with a couple run lead, the Brewers will be looking at success and a party tonight.