Brewers RHP Woodruff to open Game 1 of NLDS

Right-hander Brandon Woodruff will serve as the “opener” when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell announced Wednesday that the team would go with a bullpen game for the opener. The Brewers list 11 pitchers on their 25-player NLDS roster released Thursday.

Woodruff made 19 appearances for Milwaukee this season with 15 coming in relief. He went 3-0 with a 3.61 ERA.

He had a strong September, going 1-0 with an 0.73 ERA and one save. Woodruff struck out 16 in 12 1/3 innings during seven relief appearances last month.

He also made 17 starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA this season.

All eight of Woodruff’s 2017 appearances for Milwaukee came in a starting role.

Colorado released its NLDS roster and listed 12 pitchers.

Right-hander Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.38 ERA) is starting Game 1 for the Rockies.