Brewcap: Guerra’s 2016 Dream Is 2017 Nightmare
Junior Guerra was one of the best, if not the best, story of the 2016 Brewers. A journeyman right-hander delivered with an amazing season earning him Opening Day starter honors in 2017. Guerra suffered a calf injury derailing most of the first two months of the season, and now, he’s off the rails as his pitches are falling fall. Reds absolutely hammered him with four home runs leading to their 8-6 victory. Brewers losing three of their last four against Atlanta and now Cincinnati is less than ideal.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Orlando Arcia – We probably need to have a conversation about Orlando Arcia moving up in the order. He continues to be an impressive bat in Brewers’ order. I get the importance of the eighth hitter with the pitcher up next, but Arcia’s bat might be needed at the two hole with Eric Thames hitting either sixth or seventh. Arcia finishes the game with a homer, RBI single and another hit to go along with it.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers): Junior Guerra – Enough has been said about Guerra in this post already, but Craig Counsell needs to truly evaluate this pitching staff come All-Star Break. Chase Anderson-Jimmy Nelson are pretty good to alright, Zach Davies is inconsistent with the best of them and Guerra/Matt Garza are real problems.
Player of the Game (Reds): Adam Duvall – With Guerra’s ball not having any movement, Adam Duvall absolutely ate him up. Duvall hit a two-run homer as well as added another hit in which he scored due to a Devin Meseraco’s sac fly. Duvall is one of the many power bats in Cincinnati’s lineup.
Positive: Brewers brought their bats out again – After two mediocre games in Atlanta, Brewers hitting squad is starting to mash again with 13 runs in their last two games. The exciting thing is Ryan Braun came back and fit perfectly with a double and nearly another one in the top of the ninth. Travis Shaw pulverizing baseballs at a rapid rate along with Keon Broxton, Arcia and others.
Negative: Why did Stephen Vogt get the call in eighth? – I’m all about a cool story. Stephen Vogt joined Brewers today and had his chance with the bases loaded in the eighth yet he lightly flew out to left. Jesus Aguliar has been excellent pinch hitter this year, and this could have been a huge moment for him. Vogt being an AL-only player and catcher doesn’t pinch hit often.This felt like an odd move by Craig Counsell.
Next up: Chase Anderson goes to the mound on Wednesday with a new catcher. We’ll see how that works out for him. Luis Castillo goes for Cincinnati who had a decent debut against Washington over the weekend.