Brewers replace Marco Estrada in rotation with Jimmy Nelson
After having lost nine of 10, the Brewers announced that Jimmy Nelson will start Saturday while Marco Estrada will be sent to the bullpen.
The Milwaukee Brewers still sit alone in first place in the NL Central, just as they have pretty much all season, but some changes need to be made after a four-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies. The Brewers have now lost nine of their last 10 games.
Estrada is 7-6 with a 4.96 ERA (75 ERA+) and 1.27 WHIP. He leads the majors with 27 home runs allowed and has a 6.40 ERA in his last 10 starts. So it's clearly time to make a change, and that's what GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke have done.
The spot will go to Nelson, who entered the season as a consensus top 100 prospect in baseball. The 2010 second rounder is 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings in 17 Triple-A appearances (16 starts). The 25-year-old, 6-foot-6 right-hander has made two career starts in the majors, in which he's 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. The win came in a spot start on May 25, in which Nelson was brilliant.
Nelson will get the start Saturday against the Cardinals while Estrada heads to the bullpen.