BrewCap: Brewers Solve Cardinals Curse (For Now)
Milwaukee Brewers had not won a series against St. Louis Cardinals since April 2014. They were 0-15-2 since they beat Cardinals in 2014. That’s incredible streak of futility by Brewers. It ended on Thursday night as they took two of three from St. Louis with Ryan Braun only having one single at-bat in three games. Milwaukee solved the Adam Wainwright spell with a big performance. Hopefully, this is curse stays away for quite some time.
Player of the Game: Keon Broxton (Brewers) – I know Jesus Aguliar had the big home run to put Milwaukee over the top, but Keon had a night. He continues to be a thorn in Wainwright side. Broxton went 4-for-5 with a triple away from the cycle. He had a big home run to tie up the game in the fifth along with a few other big hits. With the Brewers centerfielder heating up, you wonder if Milwaukee makes a move to put him in the leadoff, and move Jonathan Villar down to the sixth spot. Or if Braun goes on the disabled list, hit Eric Thames third and see what happens.
(Not) Player of the Game: Jett Bandy (Brewers) – Rough night for Brewers catcher. He ended going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and he left three runners in scoring position as well. Not one of his best as a Brewer, but Bandy has been a shining star for the team thus far so we’re not going to get on him too much.
Player of the Game: Aledyms Diaz (Cardinals) – Aledyms Diaz moved down in the order, but he played a big role into tonight’s game for Cardinals. Diaz went three-for-five with a run. He also made a play happen with hustling down to first on a comebacker late when Carlos Torres mishandled the ball leading to Diaz being on third with two outs.
Positive: Road Warriors – Not only did Milwaukee do it without Braun, they continue to be a solid road team. Currently, 8-4 on the road to begin the year, and they really seem fearless. This is a good quality for a team to have early on in the season. We’ll see if things change when Milwaukee leaves the NL Central area.
Negative: Chase needs to go longer – Like we said with Zach Davies a couple days ago, Chase Anderson could stand to go longer in the game. Brewers starters need more like six inning starts versus not making it out of the fifth.
Next up: Brewers might play against Pittsburgh on Friday night. There is a bunch of rain in the forecast so it might be problematic. If it does happen, Jimmy Nelson heads to the mound looking for a bounceback start while Chad Kuhl goes for Pittsburgh. Brewers did work on Kuhl last year at Miller Park.