The Brewers Mid-Week Stretch

The Brewers started a mini two-game series in Kansas City with Zach Davies toeing the rubber last night. Followed by Chacin facing the Royals tonight. The Brewers bats got going early on Tuesday after Braun had an RBI single in the top of the 3rd, followed by a three-run home run from Travis Shaw.

Lorenzo Cain made his return to Kansas City last night after leaving for Milwaukee in free agency this offseason. Cain did not disappoint in his first game back. He had two hits, two walks and a big 7th inning HR that extended the lead back to three.

The Lorenzo Cain signing seems to be paying big dividends for the Brewers offense in the first 24 games of the season, he has given them a .316 avg out of the leadoff spot with a .421 OBP. He is doing exactly what the Brewers offense needs, now the Brewers need to work on timely hitting with runners in scoring position.

This short series is going to be a big one for the Brewers going into the weekend. It is important to remain hot going into Wrigley Field for a four-game series against the Cubs. Now I realize that the division isn’t going to be won in April, but games against division rivals always carry some extra importance.

The Bullpen

Through the first 23 games of this season, we continue to see dominance from the Brewers bullpen. From middle relief through the end of the game these guys continue to pitch very well, and Counsell seems to be figuring out the best combinations for continued dominance.

*As of 4/24/18

  • Hader-Josh has shown best reliever in baseball type of stuff so far this season, dominating in just about every appearance he has made in the 2018 season.
    • 14.2 IP 1.23 ERA 0.55 WHIP 29 SO
  • Barnes
    • 14.2 IP 1.38 ERA 1.00 WHIP 15 SO
  • Jeffress
    • 13.0 IP 0.68 ERA 0.83 WHIP 11 SO
  • Albers
    • 12.2 IP 1.42 ERA 0.95 WHIP 11 SO
  • Jennings
    • 11.2 IP 1.54 ERA 0.77 WHIP 8 SO
  • Williams
    • 6.1 IP 2.84 ERA 1.74 WHIP 12 SO

The Starters

The Starting pitching has turned their season around from the disaster that was the first two weeks of the season. Chase Anderson is continuing to pitch at a high level this season with a 3.25 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 27.2 innings. Junior Guerra has been great since being recalled from AAA in early April. He has made three very good starts giving up one earned run over those three starts. Counsell has had a quick hook with Junior in his three starts, he hasn’t made it through six innings yet. Guerra’s go-to pitch is his splitter. His fastball and splitter VELO are back up, if not better than his 2016 numbers. His fastball is hitting 94 MPH consistently, and his splitter is at 87 MPH, up three miles per hour from last season.

Eric Thames

Thames went on the disabled list this morning after tearing the UCL in his thumb. This is an unfortunate injury for April Thames who was off to another hot start in the power department. Thames was leading the Brewers in home runs with seven big flies. Aguilar seems to get the biggest bump from this injury. He will most likely be splitting time with Braun at first now.

 

*Featured image taken from Lorenzo Cain Wikipedia, originally posted on Flickr by Arturo Pardavila III

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