Houser (7-5) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings to earn the win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The right-hander was very effective despite a relatively short outing that saw him throw just 70 pitches (42 strikes). Houser has made two starts and one appearance since the All-Star break, allowing four runs across 11 innings. He has a 3.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 76:43 K:BB through 97.2 innings overall. Houser lines up for a rematch at home versus Pittsburgh next week.
Houser (6-5) allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts over two scoreless innings to earn the win Friday over the White Sox. Houser followed starter Freddy Peralta in the contest, and the former was able to vulture a win in a game Milwaukee more or less dominated. This was just the second relief appearance in 19 outings this season for Houser. He has a 3.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 74:42 K:BB through 92.2 innings. He will likely slot back into the rotation next week when Milwaukee has six games scheduled -- to maintain regular rest, his next expected start shouldn't be considered likely to come before Wednesday, although it's possible since he threw just 28 pitches in Friday's appearance.
Houser is expected to work out of the bullpen this week with the Brewers listing Freddy Peralta, Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff as their probable starters for the three-game weekend series versus the White Sox, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. Milwaukee is playing only five games this week, and with manager Craig Counsell opting to keep a six-man rotation intact, Houser finds himself as the odd man out. Houser's most recent start came last Friday in Cincinnati, so he should be available in relief beginning with Wednesday's series finale with the Royals. Expect Houser to slot back into the rotation at some point during the Brewers' series in Pittsburgh, which begins July 27.
Houser didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 11-6 win over the Reds, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out one. The right-hander exited the game after 71 pitches (41 strikes) with the Brewers in a 4-1 hole, but the team's bats came to life after Houser hit the showers. He continues to battle his control, walking multiple batters in five straight starts and nine of his last 11 while posting a 4.33 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 41:30 K:BB through 54 innings over that stretch.
Houser allowed three unearned runs on five hits, four walks and a hit-by-pitch with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings versus Cincinnati on Thursday. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander was a little shaky throughout the first four innings, but he was able to escape with no damage. In the fifth, an error, a fielder's choice and two walks loaded the bases before Houser was relieved by Jake Cousins, who then allowed two runs to score on a wild pitch. Cousins also gave up an RBI single to tack a third run on Houser's line, although none of them were earned. The 28-year-old starter finished the first half with a 3.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 71:38 K:BB through 86.2 innings.
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