The Milwaukee Brewers are off to the best start in baseball with a 17-6 record, but are they for real? The teams strength this season has been the pitching. Milwaukee is 2nd in the league with a solid 2.50 ERA, and 10th with an average 4.91 runs per game.
Last season the Brewers finished with a 74-88 record ranking 4th in there division, unable to make the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year, but the team also suffered a great loss this off season when right fielder Cory Hart signed with the Seattle Mariners. Soon after the Brewers traded speedy Japanese out fielder Nori Aoki to the Kansas city Royals for 24 year old reliever Will Smith, who pitched with a 3.24 ERA in 33 innings pitched last season. The 6’5 power lefty has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings, striking out 13. After freeing up some cap space the Brewers were able to sign starting pitcher Matt Garza and Mark Reynolds, a power hitting first basemen but with the tendency to strike out allot.
Yes, the Brewers have a good of chance at making the postseason.
If you look at Milwaukee’s line up from top to bottom you see power, leadership, speed and youth. The Brewers have many weapons to get you, with 2011 MVP Ryan Braun, all star center fielder Carlos Gomez who can hit for power and average, speedy short stop Jean Segura, elite catcher Jonathan Lucroy, up and coming second basemen Scooter Gennet and most importantly veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez. The two time all star has consistently put up power numbers each and every year and brings allot of leadership to a very young team, being in the playoffs 3 times with the Cubs.
Brewers pitching staff is the key to wining
With the resigning of 4 time all star closer Francisco Rodriguez and signing Matt Garza this off season the Brewers pitching staff looked average to most teams. Milwaukee’s staff consists of 2010 all star Yovani Gallardo, 16 game winner Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, young Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada. If all these pitchers live up to there potential then there will be no reason to doubt the Milwaukee Brewers.
My final reason to not doubt the Milwaukee Brewers this season is Zach Duke. In 2004 Duke was ranked the number 4 best prospect according to Baseball America. This season the 2009 all star is pitching with a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched, playing in the Brewers long relief position as he used to be a starter. In order for the Brewers to win, Zack Duke is the key to success.
The Brewers will look to extend the wining streak to 3 games tonight against Chicago Cubs as Marco Estrada will take the hill.
Dante DeCaria, All day sportz