Wilkerson (1-0) earned the win over the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five over seven innings. He did not issue a walk.
Wilkerson got the call to replace Zach Davies after the Brewers were eliminated from postseason contention Saturday. While he faced a lineup full of bench players, this was an impressive effort nonetheless, and Wilkerson was rewarded with his first big-league win. The 28-year-old spent the minor-league season with Double-A Biloxi, posting a 3.16 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 142.1 innings. He should compete for a major-league role in spring training.
Wilkerson will start Sunday against the Cardinals, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Zach Davies was scratched after the Brewers were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a loss Saturday. Wilkerson will step in for just his second career start (third appearance) at the big-league level. He went 2.1 frames, gave up three runs and failed to record a strikeout in his first start last week, so there's little-to-no streaming appeal here.
Wilkerson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 2.1 innings Wednesday against the Pirates. He didn't factor into the decision.
Wilkerson cruised through the first two innings in just 20 pitches before running into trouble in the third. A leadoff double followed by a walk and a two-run triple had him on the ropes, and an RBI single by Starling Marte ultimately knocked him out of the game after just 2.1 innings. The 28-year-old has yet to find success as a starter above the Double-A level. Even if he does stick in the rotation for another start, it would be unwise to expect much from the rookie.
Wilkerson will start Wednesday against the Pirates, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Wilkerson, who was promoted to the majors last week, will get the ball for his first major-league start after compiling a 3.16 ERA and 143:36 K:BB across 142.1 innings with Double-A Biloxi earlier in the year. He's made just one appearance for the Brewers since his callup, striking out two batters in a scoreless inning against the Marlins. He likely won't be given too long of a leash with the Brewers in playoff contention.
Wilkerson hasn't appeared in a major-league game at this point in his career, but the 28-year-old faired pretty well with Double-A Biloxi this season. He compiled a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 142.1 innings over 24 starts. At this point, it is unknown as to how Wilkerson will be deployed with Milwaukee, but there may be an opportunity for a spot start here or there, especially with Matt Garza's struggles and Jimmy Nelson's shoulder injury.
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