Brewers’ 3-3 Road Trip Should Be Seen as a Success
One thing about sports fans is they can be fickle. Too fickle at times. Some might look at the Brewers dropping two out of three to the New York Mets as a failure. Wrong. Mets are the best team in the National League, and the Brewers were able to get three wins away from Miller Park. .500 road trips will likely result in a playoff appearance if you play .750 ball at home. It all has to even out. Brewers did lose on Sunday, but it’s not one I think many expected to win. Brewers hung tough in each of the three games this weekend and continued to play towards their brand this season.
Josh Hader is a god – The legend of Josh Hader is growing with every appearance. Hader dominated the Mets bats in the eighth and ninth inning of Saturday’s game. Hader finished with five strikeouts in the two innings he pitched. He’s currently in the top 10 in strikeouts as a fucking reliever. That’s absurd. Also absurd is Hader had the same amount of strikeouts in two innings as Chase Anderson did in 6.1 innings. That’s something else. The dude is locked in to begin the season.
Chase Anderson continues his return to form – The Chase Anderson ‘regression’ crowd might need to find a new angle. Anderson looks like the 2017 version again with a strong performance going 6.1 innings with five strikeouts and only 87 pitches. Anderson could have easily finished the seventh and possibly part of the eighth. Craig Counsell appears hellbent on making sure his starters do not go past 25 batters this season. We’ll see if that changes as the weather gets warmer, but that’s the standard for now.
Brewers can’t deliver the big hit – They could have won yesterday’s game. Noah Syndergaard was an absolute machine and probably the best pitcher Milwaukee will face in the next 10 days or so. That said, Milwaukee still could have won this game. They left nine runners on in scoring position. Brewers did not get the clutch hit they’ve been used to this season. You hope this doesn’t become a trend as it has in years past. To be fair, this isn’t the top lineup in there for Milwaukee.
Brewers will head home to snowy Miller Park where they’ll be nice and warm inside to face the Cincinnati Reds. They see a similar hard thrower like Syndergaard with Luis Castillo. He’s had some issues with the longball early on this year with four given up on the year in three starts. Brent Suter goes for the Brewers. Joey Votto is always a concern, but the lefty doesn’t have Eugenio Saurez to deal with which helps his cause.