BrewCap: Inconsistent Offense Dooms Brewers Yet Again
Milwaukee Brewers refuse to string together multiple offensive outings. It is impossible for them to do it. After Thursday’s eight-run outburst, Milwaukee followed it up with scoring three and one run in the next two games. On Sunday, they added nine runs but followed it up last night with a putrid two runs. Milwaukee fell to Minnesota, 4-2, which was one bad pitch from Adrian Houser to Eddie Rosario who went deep for a grand slam. Brewers have lost three of their last four and drop the series opener for the third straight series.
Player of the Game: Freddy Peralta – Apparently, Freddy Peralta is on his ‘Anything you can do, I can do better’ game. Freddy Peralta came in for Houser in the fifth inning, and he finished the game off similar to what Corbin Burnes did on Saturday. Peralta struck out eight batters through four innings. How do the Brewers’ work with Peralta and Burnes to translate their bullpen game into starting pitching? To me, that should be one of the biggest goals of this shortened season.
Honorable Mention: Eddie Rosario – If not for Rosario’s big knock, Minnesota loses their game 2-0. We’re talking about pitching performances from Houser, Peralta, and Josh Hader likely. It is frustrating for the Brewers that is one pitch that led to a loss. It was a good knock from Rosario too. Houser did not make a bad pitch, rather, Rosario saw it and drove it deep.
One thing to watch: Luis Urias finally joins the team – After a long bout with getting cleared from COVID-19, Luis Urias is back with the Brewers. Urias played second base while Keston Hiura assumed the DH position. Orlando Arcia is playing solid baseball, so, this is likely what the Brewers will do moving forward with Urias at second, Arcia at shortstop. Hiura still needs time to develop at second base, but you can hide his defense at the DH position. When Ryan Braun returns which should be any day then you have a good problem on your hands.
Next up: Brewers and Twins get going again tonight. It is my father’s birthday and he’s a diehard Brewers fan. You cannot lose on his birthday, that’s the rules. Earlier start time for all those due to being on FS1. Brewers send Eric Lauer to the hill as he hopes to be better than his last start against Cincinnati while Twins go with Kenta Maeda. The former Dodgers pitcher struggled versus Pittsburgh last week which is consistent with his career as he has bad road splits. Maeda hasn’t faced the Crew since 2018.