How Many Injuries Are Too Many Injuries for the Brewers?
Milwaukee Brewers suffered their second-straight home series loss to the Miami Marlins yesterday. With Zack Godley on the mound, my thoughts were this could get ugly. Godley was a guy that I’ve won some money on throughout the last few years because he’s a complete gas can and addicted to walking people. He went down with an injury as well. This makes the Brewers have three ‘starters’ on the IL. Brett Anderson, Josh Lindbloom, Zack Godley. Milwaukee will now trot out Eric Lauer on Thursday to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Like Godley, Lauer has been a gas can in the past. With the offense banged up, the starting pitching also being banged up sounds like a recipe for disaster.
The thing to preach here is the Brewers need to win the games where their big guns are on the mound. Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta. You’re not winning every single one, yet, it’s more important than it was a few weeks ago. Adrian Houser is a crapshoot. Lauer has not shown the ability to relied on. If he comes through and looks like a big swinging dick in the cracker factory, okay, that would be a positive sign. Let’s look at how played well and who didn’t yesterday.
Kolton Wong – No one really earned a three-star yesterday. We’ll give some love to Kolton Wong who hit a two-run blast to tie up the game. After Marty Foster’s terrible decision at first, Wong socked a two-run shot. He continues his hot streak here of late. The sample size is still small due to his injury, but Wong is batting .325 to start the season.
Peter Weigel – Do you want the good news or the bad news here? The good is that Weigel struck out four batters in two innings. The bad is that he also walked three guys and needed 40 pitches for two innings. There might be something there, but the control is an issue.
Zack Godley – Look I feel bad he got hurt, but he’s not a starting pitcher in baseball any longer. He walks way too many guys for him to be deemed successful. Godley having a line yesterday of allowing only one hit, but giving up three runs and five walks say it all. I know some of his runs are attributed to Eric Yardley giving up a homer to Jesus Aguilar, but still, it wasn’t a good day.
Milwaukee welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers to town. We’ll see if they can get over their early series blues. They’re 2-5 in the first game in the series this season. As mentioned, Lauer gets the ball for the Crew. He might be trash against the rest of the league, but he owns the Dodgers. He is 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA. Lauer will take on Trevor Bauer who shoved against the Brewers last season. Let’s hope they have a better book on him.