Among openers, Giants, Brewers, all about the bullpen

San Francisco ace Logan Webb should be in the rotation on Thursday to earn his seventh straight quality start. Instead of the They are giants handing the ball off to a guy more used to finishing plays

With Webb still dealing with the back strain that forced him out of Saturday’s start early, They are giants Manager Gabe Kapler said reliever Scott Alexander will be the team’s starter when San Francisco begins a four-game set in Milwaukee.

Alexander (4-0, 4.42 ERA) made two appearances They are giantsThe most recent streak, a three-game stretch in Minnesota. He should be rested, as he threw a total of 19 pitches in two innings in the two appearances. The left-hander picked up his first save of the year and 10th of his nine-year career in a 4-1 win over the Twins on Monday.

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The only game in the series that Alexander didn’t play in was San Francisco’s lone loss, a 7-1 loss on Wednesday. THE They are giantsThe problem wasn’t necessarily the bats, as they produced 10 hits, although San Francisco left a whopping 15 runners on base.

It could have been the biggest culprit They are giants‘ glove as four errors helped the Twins score three unearned runs

“Not our best defensive game” They are giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s a good reminder that we’ve been good defensively for most of the season, but it obviously wasn’t good enough.

Although Alexander has only played five times in his career, he has plenty of experience against it Brewers. In 10 career appearances (one start), Alexander has given up two runs on eight hits in 11 innings for a 1.64 ERA.

Until the They are giants be their opening set, things may be even weaker in the other spade

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Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell did not name a starting pitcher for Thursday in his postgame press conference. BrewersHe won against visiting Houston on Wednesday, but Julio Teheran would be the likely choice if he can turn his body over.

The two-time All-Star, who has not pitched in the majors since the 2021 season, agreed to Brewers on Tuesday. Regardless, Milwaukee will likely lean heavily on Thursday. Brewers Relievers have combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings in past two games – 6-0 and 4-0 shutout of Astros

Joel Payamps entered the sixth inning with two runners on and one out in both contests and got through both innings unscathed.

“He’s pitching great and he’s getting big outs,” Counsell said. “I think he’s confident, I think that’s the big thing. They go into the game with any of them, they’re confident, and then it doesn’t matter where they are, they feel like they’re doing their job.”

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Payamps likely won’t be available Thursday, but closer Devin Williams will be fresh. He has not pitched since recording his seventh save in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

“It’s been a special season for Devin,” Counsell said. “In past years we’ve had an incredible amount of saves and this year it’s been a little bit different, so at some point that’s going to change and there’s going to be a lot of moments for Devin.”

— Field Level Media