Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff is following up his first All-Star appearance by getting his first opportunity to start a season opener.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced Friday that Woodruff will get the start when Milwaukee begins the season July 24 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks will be starting for the Cubs.
“It’s kind of like the All-Star Game, one of those things they can’t take away from you,” Woodruff said. “It’s a huge honor.”
The move was no surprise after Woodruff made the NL All-Star team last year and went 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA despite missing nearly two months with a strained left oblique. The Brewers went 18-4 in the games that Woodruff started.
“Brandon Woodruff has been the opening-day starter since early October,” Counsell quipped.
Woodruff becomes the seventh different Brewers pitcher to start opening day in as many years. He follows Yovani Gallardo (2014), Kyle Lohse (2015), Wily Peralta (2016), Junior Guerra (2017), Chase Anderson (2018) and Jhoulys Chacin (2019).
The 27-year-old Woodruff is coming off a 2019 season in which he struck out 143 in 121 2/3 innings while going 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA.