NLDS Notebook: Bush named starter for Game 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Dave Bush will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series Saturday at Miller Park.
Since starting the season 0-3, he settled down and was one of the team's more consistent pitchers in the second half. His last outing was a three-inning relief appearance on Sept. 27, when he took over for Ben Sheets.
"Besides CC, Bush has been our second-best pitcher," interim manager Dale Sveum said Thursday. "He's thrown the heck out of the ball for quite a while now and kept us in every ball game he's pitched in."
Bush was 9-10 during the regular season with a 4.18 earned run average. The right-hander struggled early and was demoted to Class AAA Nashville in May, only to be recalled after just one start when Yovani Gallardo was injured.
The Brewers' rotation has been in a state of flux for much of the last month and Bush has pitched on short rest and out of the bullpen as the team tried to lock up a postseason berth. Still, he wasn't surprised to learn that he would take the ball for the first-ever playoff game at Miller Park.
"The last couple weeks we've all kind of been prepared to do anything," Bush said. "If the situation was different (Wednesday), (if) we had a long game or if Yovani (Gallardo) couldn't go very far, that I would be at least ready and prepared for the season."
Left-hander Jamie Moyer will start for Philadelphia. He went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA this season.
Keeping calm: For most players on the roster, Wednesday was their first taste of post-season baseball. There were jitters, but it didn't take long for things to settle down.
Sveum thought his team handled this situation well and suggested that, after a frantic race to get into the postseason, Thursday was among the team's more normal days of the last month.
"I didn't get any vibes that they were jittery or anything," Sveum said. "They just got done with seven playoff games. It was do-or-die for the last seven games and they pulled it out and won six of the seven games."
He also said that Philadelphia's pitcher had more to do with the Brewers' Game 1 performance than nerves.
"I don't care who was out there swinging off Cole Hamels, it was going to be a tough day for the best offense in all of baseball to hit him yesterday," Sveum said.
Weeks will play: Sveum has no plans to bench Rickie Weeks in the postseason, even though his defense continues to be a liability.
A third-inning gaffe in the NLDS opener proved costly and led to a three-run inning for the Phillies in the Brewers 3-1 loss.
Sveum called the error -- Weeks'16th of the year -- a "small hiccup."
"He's going to play against left handers and nothing's going to change that way," Sveum said.
Offensively, Weeks has been in a funk for most of the season. He hit .234 this season. Against lefties, he's hitting .250 with a .391 on-base percentage.
On the air: Brewers' television announcer Brian Anderson is working hard during the playoffs.
Anderson is handling play-by-play duties of the Brewers' NLDS series for TBS.
Being a "neutral" broadcaster for games involving a team he has been with day in and day out for the last two years hasn't been difficult for Anderson.
"I didn't find it tough at all," Anderson said of the experience. "I wanted to find out how it was going to be. I was anxious to see what my feeling was."
The difficult part was getting used to a new producer talking in his earpiece, a new crew and different production techniques and other features.
"The promos are different, the way they do things are different," Anderson said. "I have to think about it. With FSN Wisconsin, it's natural."
It didn't take long for Anderson, who has for the Golf Channel and the NBA's San Antonio Spurs in the past, to get accustomed to his new broadcast partners, Joe Simpson and Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz.
"I'm hired and paid to do a job," Anderson said. "When I got in the booth, I was just watching a game. I was happy for the Phillies and Phillies fans when they had success and I'm happy for the Brewers and Brewers fans when they have success.
"You kind of accentuate the positives on either side as opposed to a Brewers broadcast when you're putting everything -- even the other team's success -- into a Brewers perspective. It's a lot easier to broadcast a game this way."
Quick hits: The Brewers are: 28-17 in one-run games (best in baseball) ... They've won an MLB-most 28 games in their final at-bat this season. ... J.J. Hardy's 24 home runs are the second-most among MLB shortstops.
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