BrewCap: Brewers Still Have a Playoffs Pulse
Christian Yelich knows the Milwaukee Brewers’ backs are against the wall. He said as much after the Brewers’ 7-1 yesterday. He told the media per Adam McCalvy, “It’s no secret we have a lot of ground to make up, and we’re running out of time to do it and we don’t have any more head-to-head matchups [with the Cubs after this weekend]. So these games are extremely important, and the guys played well tonight.” Yelich knows what’s ahead of him. So do the Brewers. They got a great win yesterday, but they’re going to need to string a few together before any of us can believe in this team.
Player of the Game: Christian Yelich – Big games call for big players. Yelich came through in the clutch last night. Chicago had a 1-0 lead on a Nick Castellanos home run when Yelich stood at the plate with two runners on versus Cole Hamels. Yeli did not miss a chance to change the game. He sent it out to right-center field and gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead. They never looked back from there. Yelich has 44 home runs on the year, and there’s a very real chance that he breaks the Brewers’ home run record.
Honorable Mention: Brewers pitching – After a rough night on Thursday night, Milwaukee’s pitching staff bounced back in a major way. Zach Davies had a nice start with five innings, three hits allowed and four strikeouts. Brewers bullpen of Brent Suter, Junior Guerra, and Ray Black did not allow a single hit. They only put three baserunners on in the final four innings of the game. Good to see Milwaukee get back to their strong pitching ways.
Things that make me go… ugh – This tweet from McClavy (He’s getting a lot of love today) says it all. Brewers are a very average team hence why I commented on the podcast last week that I will not buy back into the Brewers until they win four straight or win five of seven versus the Cubs. Right now, they’re at three of five.
The Brewers are…
5-5 last 10g
10-10 last 20g
15-15 last 30g
20-20 last 40g
25-25 last 50g
30-30 last 60g
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 7, 2019
The Thing I Don’t Like: Brewers are banged up – Milwaukee is picking the wrong time to be injured on offense. Here’s the list of guys who are hurt right now from what we know from the media: Lorenzo Cain (Knee), Mike Moustakas (Wrist, not playing), Ryan Braun (Left the game on Friday with a back issue), Manny Pina (Concussion), and we can add Yelich’s on-again, off-again back issues.
Next up: Brewers need a win tonight. This is a must-win. If Milwaukee wants to make an impact on their run for the playoffs, it has to be now. Gio Gonzalez will try to continue his success against the Cubs while Yu Darvish returns to the pitching staff to face the Crew. Yu has been dominant in the second half and looks like the ace that the Cubs paid for last Spring.