BrewCap: Brewers Bats Stay Hot in Cincy
After a rough weekend in Chicago, Milwaukee is finding themselves again on offense in Cincinnati. In the last two games, Milwaukee scored 13 runs. The bats continued to stay warm, and they rolled to their second straight win. This almost makes the Cubs weekend more frustrating as the Crew have a bizarre 10-4 record in their last 14 games with all four losses being to Chicago.
Jeremy Jeffress shut shit down again – While there has been all of this bluster about Josh Hader, people are forgetting how good Jeremy Jeffress has been this season. He currently has a ERA under one and pitched magnifically with runners on. He did it again on Tuesday with 1.2 innings getting out of a jam in the 8th and kept Cincinnati off the basepaths in the 9th. Cincinnati kept coming at the Brewers all game long, and the team did just enough to win. Jeffress played a large role for the win yesterday.
Orlando Arcia starts to heat up – It’s just one game, but it’s good to see Orlando Arica have himself a three hit game. If the Brewers could get Arcia going, this becomes a much different team. More runners on for guys like Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich will lead to more opportunities for runs driven in. It’s encouraging to see the likes of Arcia and Domingo Santana start to hit a little bit more as we get into May.
So long Oliver Drake – With Wade Miley coming up to pitch tonight, Oliver Drake is DFA’d. If he clears waivers, Drake will head to Colorado Springs. This isn’t really surprising. The Brewers needed to clear a 40-man spot, and they went with Drake over Eric Sogard. I find that interesting with Brett Phillips currently up in the big leagues. My assumption is that Sogard is the next on the hot seat especially with Maurcio Dubon raking in the minor leagues. Dubon currently has a 17-game hit streak for Colorado Springs.
Brewers will send the aforementioned Miley to the mound. I’m very curious to watch him pitch as Miley was great in Spring Training and in the minors yet this is a different environment with Cincinnati being one of the toughest parks to pitch in. Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall both kill left-handed pitchers so Miley will have to avoid both. Reds sent Luis Castillo to the hill. Only the Brewers seem to struggle with him this season. He had major issues in his last two starts but both against tough offenses in Minnesota/St. Louis.