BrewCap: Milwaukee’s Pitching Continues Its Hot Streak
Milwaukee Brewers have been an up and down team all season. In fact, Milwaukee showed themselves to be so up and down that they were 25-25 through their last 50 games a couple of weeks ago. It said everything that you needed to know about this ballclub. In the last week, Brewers’ stock has been trending upwards. Part of that reason is they have found some starting pitching for the first time all year. Brewers’ pitching has been near dominant for the last week or so. That continues on Tuesday night as they stifled the American League-leading Houston Astros, 4-2. Milwaukee took a much-needed split from this series.
Player of the Game: Jordan Lyles – I mean, what the fuck? No one expected Lyles to be this good coming back to the Brewers. He struggled in the last few starts with Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee decided to take a chance on him again. He feels comfortable here, and it appears that he received good coaching whilst here. This is Lyles’ third straight dominating start. He is part of the reason the Brewers pitching has been so good. Lyles finished with six and a third innings with six hits allowed, two strikeouts and two runs.
One Thing I Like: Drew Pomeranz is making us all look stupid – Remember when we ripped David Stearns for Drew Pomeranz? Remember when we did that? Well, that doesn’t look like a good idea. Granted, I don’t think this is Stearns’ best year. It is somewhere in the B to B- in my opinion. But he deserves some love for Pomeranz. He’s been awesome out of the bullpen. In his last 15 days, Pomeranz hasn’t allowed a run in eight innings of work, struck out 15 and only gave up four hits total.
Wild Card Update: If you missed it yesterday, we’re adding a Wild Card section to keep things updated each day in case you’re not paying that not close of attention. New York Mets might be toast. They lost last night by giving up six runs in the ninth inning and are now five back. Diamondbacks and Phillies both won again. Same for the Chicago Cubs. Not an ideal day for the Crew. With the Cubs and Brewers both off, every other team will have a chance to make some small noise.
Next up: Here we go. Brewers have the Cubs at Miller Park to decide the season. In 2017, I watched Milwaukee’s year ended with Chicago winning two games late and essentially knocking Milwaukee out of contention. In 2018, Brewers beat Cubs two of three at Wrigley and helped propel a hot streak all the way to the MLB Playoffs. What happens this year? I’m unsure but I’m ready for it.