BrewCap: New Year, Same Problems For Brewers
Welcome one and all to the BrewCap. It’s fitting that this is later than I wanted it to be because there’s a great unpredictability with these teams. I do my best to watch every game, but sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Same for timeliness where I could knocked out this blog post right after Brewers lost this game, 7-5, to the Colorado Rockies, but life got in the way. It’s going to be rough with Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks playing at the same time yet that’s what makes it more fun.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Travis Shaw – Once again, Travis Shaw is off to a good start for a season. He went with two doubles in this game driving in one run. Shaw came up with the timely double to put Milwaukee ahead of Colorado for that time being. Don’t be surprised if Shaw has a monster star tot the season. He started hot last year and wouldn’t be surprised if he does the same thing here.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers): Johnathan Villar – He ended up having a nice day at the plate going 2-for-4 driving in a run, but he struggled mightily in his first game at his new everyday position, second base. Villar bobbled an exchange with Orlando Arcia that may have ended the inning to prevent Colorado from tying the game. On the very next play, Villar didn’t feel Jett Bandy’s throw down to second base allowing a runner to score from third. Brewers fans will wonder what if had Villar made those two plays.
Player of the Game (Rockies): Mark Reynolds – He banged the first home run out of Miller Park early on in this game and didn’t stop from there. Reynolds finished with two hits, three runs batted in and two runs scored in a full stat line at his old home venue. Reynolds continues to be a nice fit for Rockies.
Positive: Brewers new guys weren’t scared of the moment – As mentioned, Shaw had a big day as well as Eric Thames came up with a big hit along with Bandy and Arica all looked good out there. Milwaukee’s offense is going to be a beast, but the question is can their pitchers do enough on their end of the bargain?
Negative: Junior Guerra goes to the DL – I will try to have a separate post around this topic, but yeah, this isn’t the way you wanted to start the season with your ‘ace.’
Next up: Same two teams tonight with an early 6:40 start if you’re going to the game. Fun fact these two pitchers, Zach Davies and Tyler Anderson, faced off against each other last season. Davies won that one going six strong only giving up one run and striking out eight. Anderson struck out 10 Brewers batters in five innings. It should be a fun one tonight.