BrewCap: St. Louis Is Milwaukee’s Daddy Again
What a bad weekend for Milwaukee Brewers. After a successful Thursday night, Brewers dropped three straight games to St. Louis Cardinals. All of the sudden, Cards are hot, and Brewers are struggling. There are still some encouraging things about the team heading into a series against Cincinnati. Today, St. Louis showed off their trademark patience drawing eight walks from Brewers pitching paving the way to Cardinals 6-4 victory.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Jonathan Villar – All of the sudden, we’re seeing some heat from Johnny Villar (Keon Broxton is also starting to show sings of life) with the bat. He talked about taking more pitches at the plate. It’s paying off for him. Villar found himself on base three times with two walks then an RBI single in the ninth inning. Villar might be in for a hot streak this week with Cincinnati and Atlanta coming to town.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers): Jimmy Nelson – Man, it’s been an interesting month for Jimmy Nelson. In every start, he seemed to have it together for a little while then in the last two against Chicago and St. Louis, he lost it in one inning or another. The walks were an issue today which is the first time that’s happened this season. Here’s the good news for Nelson – He’s only allowed three home runs, and two of them happened with the wind blowing out in Wrigley. I think he’s actually doing well for his first month of the 2017 campaign.
Player of the Game: Mike Leake (Cardinals) Once again, Brewers gave up RBI hits to the fucking pitcher. Leake drove the two runs that would ultimately put Cardinals up for good in this game. That’s an infuriating trend with Brewers currently. He also pitched well with six innings, striking out six batters only allowing three hits.
Positive: Late-inning rallies are good – For the first time in what felt like forever, Brewers put some offense together late in the game. Manny Pina started it with a home run, and then Brewers became to cook with runners on all over the place. Eric Thames and Ryan Braun both had a chance to be the heroes and did not live up to it. That said, it’s nice to see something together late in this one.
Negative: Home Sour Home – So far, Miller Park has not been kind to Brewers. Like we did with Nelson, this is a spin zone situation. They played Rockies who are a hot team to begin the season at 13-6, World Series champions Chicago Cubs and a St. Louis team that owns their asses. If this next week is an ugly one, we can have a discussion on how Brewers are playing at home.
Next Up: Brewers welcome Cincinnati, a familiar foe, as Milwaukee played them eight days ago. It was a successful weekend for Brewers winning three of four. Reds will send young phenom Amir Garrett to Miller Park. This is a good challenge for Garrett. He’s a left-hander facing a team who eats up lefties for breakfast. Matt Garza returns to the hill, and we’ll see how that experience goes. It could be a big one for Billy Hamilton.