MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Milwaukee Brewers
Few teams if any have regressed as much as the Milwaukee Brewers from last season where they barely missed the playoffs with 83 wins. This season the Brewers 52-67 and battling the Chicago Cubs to stay out of the cellar of the NL Central.
The Brewers rotation is far from deep with Tom Gorzelanny possibly having the best year so far after being thrown into the rotation. Gorzelanny is 3-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 71 innings pitched this season. Kyle Lohse has tossed the most innings for Milwaukee this year with a 8-7 record and 3.26 ERA in 146 innings.
After Gorzelanny and Lohse the rotation gets muddy with Wily Peralta (8-12, 4.30 ERA), Marco Estrada (5-4, 4.71 ERA), and Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.91 ERA). However they did have two prospects that have shown promise when given some innings this year with Tyler Thomburg who posted a 1.72 ERA in 31 innings, and Jim Henderson who sports a 1.83 ERA over 44 innings.
Francisco Rodriguez was closing games in excellent fashion for the Brewers going perfect in his 10 save opportunities, but he was traded recently to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico. Jim Henderson has been closing out games for the Brewers very well this season going 17 out of 20 save opportunities and posting a 1.83 ERA in 44 innings this season.
There are a couple really good hitters on the Brewers squad including shortstop Jean Segura who leads the team in average at .312 with 12 home runs, 43 RBI’s, and leads the team with 35 stolen bags. Center fielder Carlos Gomez is leading the team with 18 home runs helping him knock in 55 RBI’s on his way to a 20+ homerun and steal season as he already has 30 stolen bases this year. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is having a good year hitting .281 with 16 home runs and leading the team with 61 runs knocked in.
The Milwaukee Brewers are a far more talented team in the hitting department than with pitching as their rotation is weak. They do have some promising prospects that will hopefully fill out for them, in the meantime they need to find themselves a reliable ace to pair with Lohse. If Lohse could get back to weaving the magic he did in St. Louis before coming to Milwaukee then the Brewers would simply need a number two man and a few role players for depth.
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