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Brewers Reveal Stance on Keeping Aaron Ashby in Rotation Amid Struggles

Devon Platana
The Milwaukee Brewers have revealed their stance on keeping Aaron Ashby in the starting rotation amid his recent struggles.
The Milwaukee Brewers have revealed their stance on keeping Aaron Ashby in the starting rotation amid his recent struggles. / AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

As August nears its end, Aaron Ashby's struggles on the mound continue. The 24-year-old southpaw gave up six runs on eight hits during the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, leaving fans wondering just how long the struggling hurler will stay in the rotation.

Curious fans got their answer following Friday's defeat when the Brewers revealed that they have no plans to take Ashby out of the rotation. Manager Craig Counsell said he intends to leave things the way they are, adding that "the pitcher doesn’t have all of the control over" wins and losses.

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Counsell isn't the only one that has the young hurler's back. General manager Matt Arnold also added that the Brewers "definitely believe in Ashby" and "that this is not any different" from pitchers who've struggled before, including Freddy Peralta and 2021 NL Cy Young winner Brandon Woodruff.

Ashby's loss on Friday marked Milwaukee's 11th defeat in his last 12 starts. He holds a personal record of 1-7 over that stretch, pitching to a 5.91 ERA. On top of that, he's given up 11 home runs and 37 runs on 64 hits while issuing 21 walks and 65 strikeouts over 56.1 innings.

Ashby has been dealing with forearm issues this season, which could play a role in his struggles. It also doesn't help that the Brewers are only averaging 3.33 runs over his last 12 starts, whereas their season average is 4.53 — ninth-best in the Majors.

Despite going 6-11 in their last 17 games, the Brewers are only one game back of the final NL wild card spot. If they want to steal that position away from the struggling San Diego Padres, they need to find a way to get Ashby and the entire team bouncing back sooner than later.

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Even with their recent struggles, there's still some hope in Milwaukee's future. The Brewers are available at -155 odds to make the MLB playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook, which equals an implied probability of 60.8%.

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