Brewers playoff hopes take hit with Jimmy Nelson lost for season

Brewers playoff hopes take hit with Jimmy Nelson lost for season

Jimmy Nelson is eight strikeouts shy of becoming the first Brewers pitcher with at least 200 strikeouts in a single season since Yovani Gallardo in 2012 (204).

"When we're in chasing position, we have less room for error", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday.

Nelson, 28, suffered the injury on Friday night against the Cubs.

Anderson gave up four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision last time out against Cincinnati and is 3-1 in his last seven outings. Kyle Hendricks will start the finale and is 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. If the Brewers are to overcome that deficit and make their first postseason appearance since 2011, they'll have to do it behind a rotation led by 16-game victor winner Zach Davies, veteran Matt Garza and breakout pitcher Chase Anderson.

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The Brewers were outplayed and out scored (21-8) in the series, which saw them fall in to third place in the Central Division, a half game behind the second place St. Louis Cardinals and 4 1/2 games behind the division leading Cubs. The Brewers remian 3 back in the wild card race.

There's some talent and experience in that group, but losing Nelson really tightens that rotation up.

The Brewers will be without perhaps their most reliable starting pitcher as they make a last-ditch run at a playoff spot. Their depth simply doesn't measure up to most of the NL's contenders.

In Garza's defense, the Brewer hitters didn't show up again. Their confidence and resilience has been strong all season, and there's no reason to believe that will change any time soon.

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