MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that Chase Anderson will start on Opening Day for the Brewers, March 29 in San Diego against the Padres. Anderson will be the fifth different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Brewers in as many years.
Anderson, 30, had a terrific 2017 season, finishing 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and a 133/41 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings. As mentioned in my 2018 preview of the Brewers posted yesterday, a lot of Anderson’s success last year had to do with likely unsustainable batted ball luck and home run suppression. Anderson shouldn’t be expected to repeat those results this year and, in fact, probably shouldn’t be counted on to post an ERA below 4.00.
McCalvy notes that Jhoulys Chacin will start one of the other two games in the Brewers’ opening series against the Padres. It’s still not known if Zach Davies, battling an oblique injury, will be able to start the other game in San Diego.