Houser will start Wednesday's game versus the Mariners, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Houser was tagged for five runs over four innings in his season debut for the Brewers, but since that outing he has a 0.98 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 33:11 K:BB over 27.2 innings, with all but one appearance coming out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old has exceeded 40 pitches only once since the start of May, so he's expected to face a limited pitch count. According to McCalvy, the Brewers plan to keep Houser in the rotation beyond Wednesday, with the righty currently scheduled for two starts before the All-Star break.
Houser threw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates. He allowed just one hit and posted a 4:0 K:BB. Houser entered Wednesday's contest in relief of Zach Davies after the starter lasted just 2.2 innings, and he left both the Brewers and himself in position to pick up the win when he left the game. While Houser did not end up picking up that win, he did continue his run of dominance: since allowing five earned runs in his first big-league appearance of the season, he has pitched 26.2 innings and has posted a 1.01 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32:11 K:BB.
Houser pitched two scoreless innings and picked up his second win of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Astros. Houser entered Wednesday's contest in the 13th inning and kept the Astros off the scoreboard, and he remained in the game for the 14th frame after the Brewers scored three runs in the top of the inning and was able to seal the win. Houser has posted a zero in the earned run column in eight straight outings, and has been stellar over the 15 innings during that span, giving up just seven hits while posting a 21:7 K:BB.
Houser allowed just one unearned run over three innings of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins. He gave up one hit and posted a 6:1 K:BB. Houser allowed five earned runs over four innings in a spot start April 22, but he has been outstanding since, giving up only two earned runs over 18.1 innings (0.98 ERA) while posting a 1.09 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB. He is working mainly in low-stress situations, at least in part due to his ability to throw multiple innings, which he has done eight times in 11 appearances this season.
Houser tossed two scoreless innings while working as an opener in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four in the outing. The Brewers have rarely used an opener since the idea became en vogue, but manager Craig Counsell wanted to give it a shot due to the first-inning struggles of Tuesday's primary pitcher, Freddy Peralta. The move paid off, as both hurlers kept the Nationals off the scoreboard. Given the results of Tuesday's move, Counsell is planning to try it again if possible, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, and Houser would figure to be the top option to "open" again if available.