BrewCap Part 2: Milwaukee Squandered Any & All Chances for a Sweep
Yesterday on my podcast, The Daily Tap, I said that the Brewers are who we thought they were. The famous Denny Green quote from years ago holds through with the Milwaukee Brewers. Everything we know about Milwaukee is true. They’re not very good. The offense stinks. The bullpen is decent to good. The starting pitching is decent with some promise worked into it. They don’t go on winning streaks that are greater than two games. This is all the Brewers are. Nothing they’re going to do in the next couple of weeks will be surprising. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they lost the second half of the doubleheader blowing a lead late then failing to the Cardinals, 3-2 in extras.
Player of the Game: Corbin Burnes – Man, Corb is that dude yet again. Corbin Burnes strikes out 10 Cardinals batters through 4.2 innings last night. What a complete stud. Burnes seems unstoppable on the mound. What was crazy about the 10 strikeout performance against St. Louis that they were making him work for everything and it did not matter at all. Burnes shut them down quickly. The Brewers young right-hander could be an ace in the making. What a difference a year makes.
Honorable Mention: Drew Rasmussen – Can someone explain to me why Drew Rasmussen didn’t get used before Eric Yardley? More on that later. But anyway, he came in after Yardley struggled to close this game and was lights out. Rasmussen struck out three batters through two innings and looked damn near unhittable with 18 of 25 pitches going for strikes as well. There is a lot of promise with him and thinking about Milwaukee next year. Rasmussen plus Devin Williams is a helluva way to end a game if you trade Josh Hader this winter.
One thing to remember: Yardley was chosen by Craig Counsell – Brewers bats missed more opportunities than I did trying to close with a soft six in college, but let’s not forget about the Yardley piece. For some reason, Counsell thought Yardley could close this game. He doesn’t have closer stuff at all. That made no sense and probably cost Milwaukee the game.
Next up: Brewers will play their third of five against St. Louis. This is a borderline must-win game for Milwaukee. Brett Anderson, bad hip and all, will go for Milwaukee. The Cardinals have been very good against lefties this year ranking fifth in OPS. Jack Flaherty goes for St. Louis. After being great against Milwaukee in 2018, the Brewers jumped all over him last year. He did not do well at Miller Park. Maybe, we could get a lot of offense tonight at the ballpark.