BrewCap: The Brandon Woodruff We’ve Been Waiting For Shows Up
Brandon Woodruff started the year as the ‘ace’ of the Brewers pitching staff. Woodruff developed himself into a strong pitcher for Milwaukee. But the last month or so, things haven’t been working out well for him. He seemed to hit a wall at some point in his outing. Last night, it wasn’t the case. After Corbin Burnes showed some of his best stuff of the season, Woodruff came out with his best as well. Woodruff went seven innings with one-hit ball and 12 strikeouts. The dude was complete filthy last night. Thankfully, the Brewers found offense against the Cubs’ bullpen and walked it off with a Ryan Braun sac fly winning 1-0 in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Brandon Woodruff – I already said a lot about Woodruff, but Curt Hogg wondered if Woodruff is already one of the best big-game pitchers for the Brewers. It is fair to say that. Let’s also remember that Woody said ‘I’m going to fix what I’ve been doing of late’ then fucking did it. This dude has balls and is not afraid of a big moment. Having Woodruff and Burnes as a 1-2 punch is damn good. Like Braun said, “I wouldn’t want to face these guys in the playoffs.”
Honorable Mention: Devin Williams – I’ve been calling him ‘Big Dick Devin’ on Twitter. Is it weird? Kinda. Do I think he just Lyndon B. Johnson’d dudes when he’s on the mound and drops his dick on everyone? Yeah, no doubt. Williams had two outs in the eighth with a strikeout then made his first mistake in forever and Kris Bryant nearly took him out. Thankfully, it stayed in the ballpark and ended up as a triple. But that meant Anthony Rizzo to follow. Williams did his usual thing and struck him out with a nasty changeup. The dude is my favorite Brewer of the season.
One thing to ponder – Is this the start of Craigtember? – You guys know that Brewers Twitter and Reddit like to comment Craigtember as the Brewers have been fantastic in September. They’re 4-4 for the month thus far. Last year, Craigtember kicked into full gear when Milwaukee walked it off against Chicago. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
Next up: Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs tonight. He is a Brewer killer to the highest degree. Hendricks hasn’t been that good on the road for the last two years, so, maybe the Brewers can get on him early. Milwaukee sends Brett Anderson to the mound. He has been alright through the last month or so. Cubs are pretty good against lefties this season ranking 8th in OPS against the left-handedness.