BrewCap: Brewers Bats Support Burnes & Break Skid
Corbin Burnes would like to have a word with the baseball gods. After being a dominant bullpen pitcher last year, he moved to the rotation. A move that Burnes cherished and wanted in his life as he is a starting pitcher first. Burnes is a top prospect for the Brewers, and some thought he could be a breakout star in 2019. He still could be but the gods of baseball dealt him a bad hand to start his starting pitching career. The first three games he faced three of the best offenses in baseball and will face them again in his fourth start. This April gauntlet is not easy on the Brewers, but they’re somehow thriving at 9-5. Brewers break their three-game losing streak with an impressive 8-5 victory.
Player of the Game: Yasmani Grandal – How about a little revenge narrative? Grandal continues to punish the baseball. With the Travis Shaw injury, he moved up to hitting fifth in the order behind Jesus Aguilar. Grandal had three hits including a big two run blast that put the Brewers ahead 6-5 and they did not look back from there. Yasmani is currently hitting .385 with four home runs and an OPS of .444. Do you think the Dodgers have a tinge of regret?
Honorable Mention: Jesus Aguilar – Hey, Zeus! The podcast curse works in his favor. After Mitch and I expressed our concerns on Tapping The Keg podcast earlier on Friday, Aguilar comes through with his first big day of the season. Aggy had a huge double in the seventh inning driving in Christian Yelich to put the Brewers up 7-5 and give them a much-needed cushion. Hopefully, this is the game that springboards Aguilar’s season.
Thing I liked: Offense helped out Burnes – I’m not in the locker room, I just sit on my couch and see, but it has to feel good for a young pitcher to get supported by the offense like the Brewers did tonight. Basically, it is the collective ‘We got your back.’ To me, Burnes will go out in the next start and not feel the need to press out there. Run support is a great thing, and the Brewers definitely helped out in this one.
Thing I didn’t like: No, Burnes is not going back to the bullpen – Some are already saying the bullpen needs his arm there, but that’s ridiculous and shortsighted. Again, the offenses he faced already are some of the best in the league, and this is not easy for him at all. Any young pitcher would struggle and the advanced metrics show how unlucky he has been with this fly balls. If he continues to struggle, it is more likely he gets sent down versus the bullpen.
3 out of 6 fly balls off Corbin Burnes have left the yard tonight. And that’s dropped his HR/FB on the season.
It’s probably true that he’s got a bit of a homer problem and that he’s been ridiculously unlucky.
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) April 13, 2019
Highlight of the Night: Yazzy goes yard and adds a nice pose with this one.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 13, 2019
Next up: Brewers will take on the Dodgers bullpen. The team says it will be a bullpen game. Brewers did well against them last night getting two additional runs including one off Kenley Jensen. Dodgers will face Zach Davies who is off to a fast start this season. Davies has been very good against the Dodgers and at this stadium for his career.