Friday-Mets 6, Brewers 5
The BrewCrew began their series in New York Friday night against the Mets with a Zach Davies-Steven Matz pitching match-up. Davies struggled early, giving up six runs through his 4.1 innings pitched. This was Davies second lousy start of the young 2018 season. Davies surrendered 7 hits to the Mets, including two home runs to Todd Frazier. The Bats had a good night once they were able to get Steven Matz out of the game. He gave up his second home run of the game, this one was a two-run homer to Braun. In total, the Brewers had three home runs, (Perez, Braun, and Shaw) ten hits, and they left ten runners on base. The offense still struggles with hitting when runners are in scoring position, something all Brewers fans hoped would improve with the addition of Yelich and Cain. So far, the Brewers are batting .234 with RISP, that is 18th in baseball. Davies moved to 0-2 on the season in three starts with a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. One positive for Davies is that he has 18 strikeouts in 16 innings. Opponents are hitting .302 right now off of Davies, including 2.25 HR/9.
The bullpen continued their strong season, on Friday Dan Jennings, Oliver Drake, and Jacob Barnes threw 3.2 innings. Jennings gave up one hit, one walk and one run in his 0.2 innings. Drake and Barnes put up zeros in three combined innings, striking out five Mets.
Saturday-Brewers 5, Mets 1
The Milwaukee bats continued to stay hot Saturday night in New York, scoring five runs in back to back games. The offense was led by Villar, Shaw, and Bandy. Villar hit his 1st HR of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning off of Matt Harvey. While Shaw and Bandy lead the way with two hits apiece. Bandy also hit his first HR of the season off of Matt Harvey in the 4th inning to give the Crew a 4-0 lead. Orlando Arcia hit his first home run of the season, this one came in the 9th inning off of Hansel Robles to extend the Brewers lead to 5-1.
The real heroes of Saturday’s game were the pitchers, both Chase Anderson and the bullpen dominated all game long. Chase pitched an excellent 6.1 innings, only allowing two hits and striking out five Mets. He earned his third quality start of the season, and also picked up his first win of the year. Anderson has carried this Brewers starting pitching this season, they have four quality starts so far this year, and three of them belong to Chase. This start was huge for the Brewers regarding bullpen usage. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers starting pitchers have pitched 70 innings this season, and the Brewers relievers have pitched 60 innings.
Josh Hader earned his first career MLB save last night, pitching 2.0 shutdown innings, striking out five Mets in those two innings. Hader became the first pitcher since 1908 to strike out at least three batters in six consecutive appearances while not pitching more than two innings in those appearances. Hader has been the MVP out of the bullpen in this young season, in 9.2 IP he has 22 strikeouts! Along with a 1.86 ERA and 0.52 WHIP. Hader is 5th overall (starters and relievers) in strikeouts this season.
*Image taken from Brewers game notes.
Ryan Braun tweaked his back Saturday night. Apparently, Braun was not 100% going into Saturday’s game, and then his back flared up in the 5th inning. There is no update on the severity yet.
Sunday-Mets 3, Brewers 2
It was a miserable 42 degrees for first pitch Today in New York. Throughout the league, everyone was wearing number 42 to honor a great legend of the game, Jackie Robinson. The Brewers had Jhoulys Chacin on the mound taking on Noah Syndergaard and the Mets. Villar was red-hot entering today’s game and was rewarded by earning the lead-off spot against Syndergaard. The Brewers had a good first inning against him, they had no hits but were able to run his pitch count up to 28. That 28 was huge for the Brewers as they were able to knock Syndergaard out of the game in the 6th inning with 101 pitches and 11 strikeouts. Once he was out of the game, the Brewers were able to score two runs off of an Ahmed Rosario throwing error to first base, taking a 2-1 lead. Williams had the lead shortly before giving up a solo home run to Brandon Nimmo in the bottom of the 6th.
The Brewers bats have shown they are still dominant against average pitching, but struggle big time against those hard-throwing big strikeout guys, like Syndergaard. The Brewers are a dream matchup for guys like Syndergaard, Scherzer, or Kershaw because they strike out at such a high rate.
Chacin had his fourth start of the season, and he has yet to make it to the 6th inning. Today against the Mets, he pitched 4.0 innings surrendering five hits, three walks, one run, and four strikeouts. While the numbers, were not bad, he still isn’t getting the swing and miss that he needs to be successful, his pitch counts are too high.
The Brewers bullpen held strong until the 9th inning today, giving up a walk-off home run to Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 9th inning. Flores hit his bomb of off fill-in closer, Matt Albers. The offense needs to do better no matter who they are facing on the mound, it is going to be hard to win games this season striking out 16 times. The bats were also 1-10 today with RISP with 9 LOB. The pitching staff pitched well enough today to earn a win.
Eric Thames left the game in the third innings with a mild hip strain. They will be assessing Thames on Monday. I wouldn’t expect to see him in the lineup tomorrow against the Reds.
The Brewers return home on Monday with their first meeting against the Reds this season. Monday, the matchup will be Luis Castillo vs. Brent Suter, Tuesday, we have Sal Romano vs. Guerra, and Wednesday, Tyler Mahle vs. Zach Davies. This series and the weekend series against the Marlins will be two big series for the Brewers, giving them a chance to beat up on a couple of the bottom feeders in the National League.
*Image taken from Flickr, originally posted by Minda Haas Kuhlmann