BrewCap Weekend Wrap: Cubs Bats Eat Up Brewers Pitching
Milwaukee Brewers have fallen on rough times for the last two seasons while Chicago Cubs steadily rose through MLB’s great teams. That said, Brewers had limited success against Cubs especially last season. They had won five of the last six before their series at Miller Park this weekend. Milwaukee scored a win on Friday night when their pitching went to complete hell over the weekend giving up a combined 18 runs as Chicago’s offense wakes up to take the series. Here are a few quick thoughts from series.
Ryan f’n Braun
Even though he took Saturday off, Ryan Braun had a great series against Chicago like he has for his whole career. Braun started the Friday night winner with a base hit then he took Jake Arrieta deep with a three-run homer that helped Milwaukee back a little bit before bullpen gave up more runs. Braun also made a great diving catch on Sunday night. The rest stuff is a little odd, but I can get used to it if Milwaukee doesn’t want to overwork Braun.
Milone and Davies were puke
I don’t know how much Tommy Milone I can watch this season. Holy fuck that was bad on Saturday from all reports as I missed it being out and about. Milone couldn’t handle Cubs rotation, and I shudder to think what he’ll do on a regular basis. There are better pitchers available here. I’m not ready to push panic button on Zach Davies. He’s had blowup innings versus bad performances if that makes sense, and even with his last season struggles added, I’m not worried.
Johnathan Villar’s rough start
Curious to know what Craig Counsell’s move will be Johnathan Villar. He struck out 15 times already in his 30 at-bats. Before the 2016 season, Villar’s big issue was strikeouts, and they’ve come back again. Will a move in the order be made from Brewers? I don’t think yet. Milwaukee probably gives him another week to figure it out before they have to reassess their lineup.
Jared Hughes is an animal
I haven’t really picked out my favorite Brewer of the season thus far. It’s far too early. But I love Jared Hughes for the most part. The guy runs in from the bullpen then he talks to himself on the mound and does all sorts of other wacky shit. Brewers need more of these guys. Let’s get fucking weird with this team.
Two game set with Toronto Blue Jays where they open their season starting on Tuesday evening. Blue Jays are nails at home with a raucous crowd, and with all other Toronto sports hitting the playoffs, this thing will be at all-time high. Milwaukee will be lucky to get one game here.