BrewCap: Pitching Proves Lackluster Again For Milwaukee
Milwaukee Brewers are not fast starters. They’ve started under .500 after the first three games of the season for the last seven years. The last time Milwaukee was 3-0 or 2-1 to begin the year, it was 2010. Even the famed 2011 saw Milwaukee lost their first four games of the season, therefore, people shouldn’t push the panic button yet. Things haven’t looked great thus far as Milwaukee loses to the upstart Colorado Rockies again, 6-5, although the bats are working amid the strikeouts, they just need a little more from their pitching staff.
Player of the Game: Brent Suter (Brewers) – We could give it to Travis Shaw again, but that’s no fun. Let’s shine some light on the middle reliever Brent Suter who goes two scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out two. He looked good at the end of last season, and it continues in 2017 as Brewers called him up after Junior Guerra injury. For anyone who might have stirred the pot about ‘Why not Tyler Cravy?’, Suter shut them up quickly.
(Not) Player of the Game: Zach Davies (Brewers) – Man, a rough way to start 2017 for the young pitcher as Zach Davies goes only 4.1 innings with six earned runs on six hits with four walks and one strikeout. He didn’t have it tonight. It’s shame too because Milwaukee gave him plenty of chances with their offense providing him some much-need support.
Player of the Game: Gerardo Parra (Rockies) – Another day, another ex-Brewer killing the team as Gerardo Parra enjoys a massive day at the dish with three hits in four at-bats driving in three runs with a base-clearing double in the third inning to give Colorado its first and only lead. Parra is enjoying his return to Miller Park with two big games thus far.
Positive: Five runs off a lefty and righty starter – The early returns is the Brewers offense will put up some runs and big innings when need be. They’ve shown that the last two games. An encouraging sign is they’ve done it against both a hard-throwing righty and lefty. They usually struggle with the guys who can’t get up to 95 so we’ll see what happens when they come across one of those.
Negative: Too many looking strikeouts – I really don’t give a shit if Brewers strike out a bunch. It’s part of the game, and it’s going to happen when team already showed a lack of plate discipline last year. But it’s more frustrating to see them look at pitches on a regular basis. It’s like they’re trying to work the count, but instead, they end up with the back on their shoulder with strike three being called. They need to swing more freely.
Next up: Milwaukee faces Colorado for the third game of this fourth game set. The newly improved Wily Peralta takes the stage against Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies pitcher is pretty damn good away from Coors Field, and he had a strong Spring Training.