After massive series sweep of Cubs, Brewers retool starting pitching

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In fewer than 24 hours, the Milwaukee Brewers turned their season around, from on-the-outside-looking-in the NL Central race to just two games out of the division lead.

But now, without Jimmy Nelson to go to in the starting pitching rotation after a season-ending shoulder injury, the Brewers have to find another way of making their starting pitching work with two established, often-dominant starters and few other top options.

"That's what Craig Counsell and company are trying to figure out. They've got Chase Anderson. They've got Zach Davies. Those two horses can carry you for a couple weeks," said WTMJ Brewers Radio Network voice Jeff Levering on "Wisconsin's Afternoon News.

"At the same time, you've got to have a number three starter. That's Brandon Woodruff today. maybe Brent Suter makes that role, but he's got to get himself back to starting pitching shape, because he's coming off the disabled list and not up to that pitch level yet. What do you do for numbers four and five? Suter potentially, Matt Garza is in that conversation. There are guys from AAA that are available."

Do the Brewers go to a "Johnny Wholestaff" approach, using relief pitchers for a few innings each - something that worked in a Brewers win early in September against NL East-leading Washington?

"Potentially that could happen, but the things is, you'd have to do that on back-to-back days," said Levering.

"Do you want to do that for two straight days?...I'm not sure that's the right answer."

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