BrewCap: Brewers Offense Sputters & Wastes Good Woodruff Outing
Milwaukee Brewers are very frustrating. They’re not a good team right now. Missing Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun from this order make Milwaukee look very mediocre. Brewers have multiple guys on their team that cannot buy a hit including Brewers superstar Christian Yelich. For the second straight night, Milwaukee lost a lead as Chicago scores three unanswered to beat Milwaukee, 3-2. Brewers wasted another good night from Brandon Woodruff who is getting barely any run support. Even though Brewers are 3-5, this is their first losing streak of the season.
Player of the Game: Eloy Jimenez – If you want a bright spot from Brewers’ loss, Eloy Jimenez should be starting for the Chicago Cubs. Instead, he is playing for the White Sox as Jimenez was part of the Jose Quintana deal. Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a towering home run that tied up the game at two. He is one of the many young White Sox players that make this team one to watch for years to come.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Woodruff – As mentioned, the guy continues to look like an ace pitcher out there. Woodruff did not show any sign of rust yesterday. Woodruff went six innings, six strikeouts, and only walking one batter. He did give up eight hits, but many of them were infield dribblers. He is the ace of this Brewers’ staff and it’s not even close.
One Thing To Think About: Brewers need to have everyday guys – I riffed about this on the podcast today, but it bears repeating. Milwaukee needs to establish their lineup a little bit. I get feeling things out for the first 10 games or so, but the time is now to start making some real decisions. Orlando Arica, Ben Gamel, and Eric Sogard should all be playing every day at this point. Arcia and Gamel are hitting the ball well while Sogard getting on base at an impressive rate. Obviously, Sogard and Gamel could be replaced with left-handed pitchers. Here’s what my lineup would look like…
RF: Ben Gamel
2B: Keston Hiura
LF: Christian Yelich
CF: Avisail Garcia
1B: Justin Smoak
SS: Orlando Arcia
C: Omar Narvaez
DH: Healy, Gyroko, Morrison, Holt (Take your pick)
3B: Eric Sogard.
Next up: Brewers head back on the road to Chicago to play the final two games of this series. Adrian Houser gets the ball for Milwaukee. He was impressive in his start at Pittsburgh and hopefully will not show any signs of rust. Dallas Keuchel goes for Chicago. He struggled versus the Crew last season, but Brewers do not have the guys against left-handers like they used to with the absences of Braun and Cain.