BrewCap: Brewers Continue to Live Dangerously
If the Milwaukee Brewers season were a movie character, it might be Austin Powers. “I, too, like to live dangerously.’ Milwaukee continues to put themselves in these tight ball games, and some worked out while others did not. This one is the former with the Brewers coming away victorious against the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, to earn the series win, and the Brewers’ ownership of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium continues on. They haven’t lost a series here since early July 2016. That’s incredible given how poorly it’s been for Milwaukee through the years.
Eric Thames and April are a beautiful relationship
He’s doing it again. Eric Thames is hitting a hot bat to start the year as he’s taking advantage of Christian Yelich’s absence by playing every day and mashing home runs. Thames has five home runs already, and he’s hit 4 in his last 5 games. Now, Harrison Bader could have brought this ball back, and the game is completely different yet he didn’t. It’s good to see Thames come back to life in April. When he’s hot, there might not be a more fun player to watch on this baseball team.
Bullpen structure showing itself?
If you recall yesterday, I wrote how I think it would help Milwaukee to have more of a traditional bullpen structure compared to a free-flowing one which Craig Counsell had since the Corey Knebel injury. What we saw yesterday was Josh Hader get the eighth plus two batters then Matt Albers the rest of the way. If the plan is to have Hader for the eighth and Albers for the ninth, sign me the fuck up. That could be nasty to finish off a game.
Jonathan Villar moves to leadoff
With Lorenzo Cain and Yelich being both off, Jonathan Villar moved up to the number one spot in the order yesterday. He’s hitting the ball well and did get a productive ground out for an RBI. After an 0-for-4 game, Villar sits at .310 in this early season. It’s been a pretty solid start for him and good to see him get rewarded with hitting at leadoff. I doubt we’ll see that if Cain returns tomorrow, but he made a case for being the backup leadoff hitter when needed.
Milwaukee heads to New York for a three-game boogie with the best team in baseball. New York is 10-1 to begin the young season as they just swept Miami. Zach Davies heads to hill for Milwaukee whilst the Mets bring Steven Matz. Brewers get fortunate this weekend and only have to face Thor on Sunday afternoon.