BrewCap: Brewers Make Their Wild Card Push
Milwaukee Brewers looked like they were on their last gasp after Thursday night. Brewers were beat handily by the Cubs after playing well against Houston a couple of days prior. Maybe, it was the wake-up call that Milwaukee needed because they rattled off three straight wins. Brewers are suddenly two games back from the Wild Card and have people believing again in this baseball team. Milwaukee has guys stepping up all over their expanded roster from Christian Yelich on Saturday night to Tyler Austin on Sunday. It is starting to feel like the team from last season.
Player of the Game: Tyler Austin – There has been a lot of moments for me this last week where I’m thinking ‘How in the world is Tyler Austin a thing in Milwaukee down the stretch.’ It is fucking crazy. Part of it is due to injuries. With Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain all banged up plus Keston Hiura on the DL, Brewers are forced to play guys like Austin. It’s not a problem so far as he belted a three-run homer to cap a six-inning fourth for Milwaukee.
Honorable Mention: Brent Suter – What a story for the Brewers left-hander. Suter went out last year with Tommy John Surgery. It’s usually an injury that you keeps you out for the full next season. Not Suter. He started to rehab in July and August then became ready to go when rosters expanded. He’s pitched great for Milwaukee. Suter went two scoreless bridging the gap to the bullpen arms. There is a part of me that thinks he’s a contender for a starting spot next year.
The Thing I Like: Everyone stepped up – Brewers did not have one single offensive player with more than one hit. But the team still got themselves eight runs. That is a sign of a group that knows when it is their time to contribute to the team. Besides Austin’s three-run jack, Milwaukee had RBIs from four different players.
The Thing I Didn’t Like: Jimmy Nelson is still scuffling – Milwaukee gave Nelson an opportunity to work through some stuff up five runs in the ninth inning. Nelson did not deliver for the team. He got one out but also gave up a two-run home run to Jason Heyward to force Craig Counsell to use Josh Hader in the ninth. Nelson might be unpitchable until he can show some success in blowouts.
Next up: Brewers head to Miami to play the Marlins tonight. I’ve very nervous for this series and tonight’s game specifically. Why? It feels like the perfect situation for Milwaukee to stub their toe after their great weekend. Jordan Lyles will try to continue his hot streak as a Brewers pitcher. Lyles has yet to face the Fish this year. Robert Duggar goes for Miami. He’s had three starts total in the big leagues and they’ve been all over the place, so, we’ll see tonight.