Brewers 5/18 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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The Good

The Brewers are in first place, through 41 games they are 23-18!

  1. Milwaukee 23-18
  2. St. Louis 21-17 .5 GB
  3. Chicago 20-19 2.0 GB
  4. Cincinnati 19-20 3.0 GB
  5. Pittsburgh 17-23 5.5 GB

The hitting is killing it, young guys performing everywhere with great young talent hitting behind them as well. The Brewers are still leading the MLB in home runs, second in slugging, and third in on-base plus slugging. The Brewers have the highest ISO in the MLB at .212 (ISO is a measure of a hitter’s raw power and tells you how often a player hits for extra bases) and fourth with a 35.1% hard hit rate which is above average in the MLB. Along with power the Brewers have plenty of speed throughout the lineup and has resulted in the Brewers coming in at number three in baseball with 35 stolen bases.

The Brewers catching combo continues to produce at a very high rate, amongst the leaders in baseball in catcher production

  • Manny Pina 23 games 77 ABs, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .312 Avg, .346 OBP, .839 OPS
  • Jett Bandy 24 games 80 ABs, 5 HR, 12 RBI, .275 Avg, .333 OBP, .858 OPS

Average Leaders

  • Thames .315 (22nd overall in MLB)
  • Shaw .289
  • Perez .286
  • Santana .278
  • Broxton .258

*Braun doesn’t have enough ABs to qualify

HR Leaders

  • Thames 13 (Tied for 2nd in MLB)
  • Shaw 8 (Tied for 34th in MLB)
  • Braun 7
  • Bandy 5
  • Perez 5

RBI Leaders

  • Shaw 32 (Tied for 6th in MLB)
  • Thames 25 (Tied for 33rd in MLB)
  • Villar 21
  • Braun 18
  • Perez 18

SB Leaders

  • Broxton 9 (Tied for 8th in MLB)
  • Villar 8 (Tied for 12th in MLB)
  • Braun 4
  • Santana 4

The Bad

While the Brewers do not lack in the power department, they lack big time in plate discipline. Unfortunately, the Brewers are second in the league in K% at 24.8% even worse they are only walking at an 8.3% clip which is in the bottom third of the MLB. Keon Broxton and Jonathan Villar are the biggest problems when it comes to K% and BB% Broxton is striking out 38.5% of the time and is only walking 5.9% of the time. While he has been a hot hitter at the plate. I believe the biggest reason he doesn’t move up in the order is his awful BB/K ratio at .15. Our lead off hitter isn’t doing much better Villar is striking out 29.6% and walking 8.4%, and his BB/K ratio is .28. The interesting one is Travis Shaw, he strikes out 19.2% of the time which is very good, but his walk rate is lowest out of qualifying batters at 4.6% with a .24 BB/K.

The Ugly

Without a doubt, The Ugly has to go to the pitching. Their bullpen has been overworked and we aren’t seeing the starters go deep enough into games. The pen is second in innings pitched and has an 8-12 record has been the story of the season so far. For the most part, the starting pitching has pitched good enough to win ball games (besides Sunday and last night’s game). The bullpen has the highest BB/9 (4.68), middle of the pack in K/9 (8.35), the second highest BABIP (3.23), and the fifth highest SIERA (4.21) from FanGraphs “SIERA attempts to answer the question: what is the underlying skill level of this pitcher? How well did they actually pitch over the past year? Should their ERA have been higher, lower, or was it about right?”

  • Carlos Torres 22.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 18 Ks
  • Corey Knebel 21.0 IP, 0.86 ERA (0.00 ERA in last 7), 1.00 WHIP, 35 Ks, 2 saves in 3 chances
    • Corey is the new Brewers closer
  • Jacob Barnes 20.2 IP, 3.48 ERA (5.84 ERA in last 30), 1.35 WHIP, 22 Ks, 2 save in 2 chances
  • Neftali Feliz 17.0 IP, 6.35 ERA (8.74 ERA in last 30), 1.35 WHIP, 13 Ks, 8 saves in 9 chances
    • Feliz has been removed from closer role
  • Jared Hughes 16.1 IP, 2.20 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 8 Ks, 1 save in 2 chances
  • Oliver Drake 14.1 IP, 3.14 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 18 Ks, no saves in 1 chance.

The Brewers starters are 15-6 this season but are struggling to pitch deep into games, and we have seen a lot of games blown late. But the Brewers starters have a 4.46 ERA and are middle of the pack in BB/9 and K/9. The problem with the starters is they have a high BABIP at .318 (BABIP measures how often a ball in play goes for a hit).

  • Chase Anderson 8 starts, 2-0, 3.43 ERA (4.73 in the last 5 starts) 1.37 WHIP 39 Ks
  • Zach Davies 8 starts, 4-2, 5.80 ERA  (4.15 in last 5 starts) 1.74 WHIP 34 Ks
  • Jimmy Nelson 8 starts, 2-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.35 WHIP 41 Ks
  • Matt Garza 5 starts, 2-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.11 WHIP 22 Ks
  • Wily Peralta 8 Starts, 4-2, 6.08 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 32Ks
    • Peralta has been moved to the bullpen because he is hot garbage

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