Brewers Star Ratings: Burnes Stays Hot & Shuts Down Another Rival
Corbin Burnes is pitching out of his mind to start the season. We highlighted it earlier today that Burnes is doing something that has not been done since 1906. After Milwaukee lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night, they responded on Wednesday afternoon with an uppercut that included Burnes’ big pitching performance plus a bunch of timely hitting. This is the third straight series won by the Brewers. They’re 7-5 on the year and 6-3 against the National League Central.
Corbin Burnes – This is an obvious one. We’ve talked a lot about him, so, there is no need to keep banging this drum. I commented on Burnes in a Reddit community I frequent and the amount of salt from Cubs fans about Burnes was great. Three different comments about ‘Do it against someone other than this offense.’ That is more of a comment to Freddy Peralta honestly than Burnes who has only faced Chicago once and is still doing elite-level shit.
Travis Shaw – The Mayor of Ding Dong City continues to look like his 2017 or 2018 self. He is playing great baseball for the Brewers. Shaw drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single then he extended their 2-0 lead by hitting a home run. The home run was a simple poke out to the left-center field that results in a 3-0 advantage. Shaw is leading the league thus far in RBIs and hitting .297 for Milwaukee.
Jackie Bradley Jr. – I appreciate JBJ getting things started in the first inning with a double. But after that, it was pretty ugly for the Brewers’ centerfielder. He struck out four times in the next four at-bats. Bradley Jr. is not entirely known for his bat, more so, his defense, but Milwaukee can’t have their leadoff hitter strike out four times. I know this lineup was a bit different because both leadoff hitters are out with injuries, Lorenzo Cain and Kolton Wong. But Bradley Jr doesn’t feel like the answer there.
Josh Lindblom – Over the weekend, I was hard on Josh Lindblom on Twitter. I had a nice discussion about how Lindbloom can’t be moved due to money. He pitched well yesterday with two innings of scoreless work allowing only a hit. That’s what we like to see. Lindblom being able to come in during mop-up time and eat some innings is vital to Milwaukee protecting their bullpen.
Milwaukee gets today off then they’ll welcome Pittsburgh on Friday. The Pirates are supposed to be very bad, but they’ve been frisky to start the year winning series against San Diego and Chicago. Their best pitcher thus far J.T. Brubaker will go on Friday against Adrian Houser. Brubaker faced the Crew twice last year with moderate success. Houser will try to replicate what did versus St. Louis. He had similar moderate success against the Buccos last year.