yzerman1
Brewers begin a 10 game home stand with four games against the Rockies.  The last road trip highlighted what I think is their biggest problem right now, starting pitchers not going deep enough into games.  Not one starter on that road trip was able to get to the 6th inning.  Because of that they are forced to use four or five relievers to finish out the game.   That's a lot of innings to cover which later on in the year is going to lead to an over worked bullpen.  The biggest problem in  forcing the bullpen to get four innings a night is that you need all your relievers to be spot on that night.  That's asking a lot from Alex Wilson, Jacob Barnes, Alex Claudio, and Matt Albers and more often than not, that volatility leads to problems.  29 games into the season and the starting pitching is still averaging less than 5 innings a start and only three times has a starter recorded an out in the 7th inning.  Probably no Christian Yelich tonight, so it's a three man bench.

Game 1:  Zach Davies (2-0, 1.65)  vs.  LHP  Kyle Freeland (2-3, 4.23)  6:40pm
Game 2:  Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 6.35)  vs.  RHP  German Marquez (3-1, 2.54)  6:40pm
Game 3:  Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.20)  vs.  RHP  Anthony Senzatela (2-1, 3.93)  6:40pm
Game 4:  Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.17)  vs.  RHP  Jon Gray (2-3, 3.65)  12;10pm
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thecrackerjack
Brewers take 3/4 in to kick-off the home stand starting with a Zach Davies W tonight. 
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yzerman1 wrote:
Brewers begin a 10 game home stand with four games against the Rockies.  The last road trip highlighted what I think is their biggest problem right now, starting pitchers not going deep enough into games.  Not one starter on that road trip was able to get to the 6th inning.  Because of that they are forced to use four or five relievers to finish out the game.   That's a lot of innings to cover which later on in the year is going to lead to an over worked bullpen.  The biggest problem in  forcing the bullpen to get four innings a night is that you need all your relievers to be spot on that night.  That's asking a lot from Alex Wilson, Jacob Barnes, Alex Claudio, and Matt Albers and more often than not, that volatility leads to problems.  29 games into the season and the starting pitching is still averaging less than 5 innings a start and only three times has a starter recorded an out in the 7th inning.  Probably no Christian Yelich tonight, so it's a three man bench.

Game 1:  Zach Davies (2-0, 1.65)  vs.  LHP  Kyle Freeland (2-3, 4.23)  6:40pm
Game 2:  Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 6.35)  vs.  RHP  German Marquez (3-1, 2.54)  6:40pm
Game 3:  Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.20)  vs.  RHP  Anthony Senzatela (2-1, 3.93)  6:40pm
Game 4:  Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.17)  vs.  RHP  Jon Gray (2-3, 3.65)  12;10pm


I'd argue the biggest issue with the bullpen is that they've lost 2 all-star relievers. I know Jeffress is back, but he isn't the same guy yet. 
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I'd argue the biggest issue with the bullpen is that they've lost 2 all-star relievers. I know Jeffress is back, but he isn't the same guy yet. 


If you can pitch deep into the game, you can eliminate the need to use those "crummy" pitchers.  Just look at Saturday's game against the Mets.  Woodruff only goes 5 innings before the bullpen takes over.  Guerra starts out great in the 6th inning.  However, in the 7th inning Wilson, Claudio, and Jeffress implode before Hader has to come in and take control of the game.  If Woodruff could have went deeper, it would have eliminated all those other pitchers before the ball got to Guerra who in turn hands it off to Hader and the game is over.
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db11
Aguilar hitting cleanup tonight for some reason.
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db11 wrote:
Aguilar hitting cleanup tonight for some reason.


He's due??

For the most part and over the course of a season, you can't rely on guys that you are picking up off the scrap heap. They are there for a reason. Lightning in a bottle just isn't that common.

Alex Wilson (a DFA pick up) was.... DFA'd today go figure.  Jay Jackson coming up.  He was playing in Japan for the last 3 years.  Maybe the California Penal League has a diamond in the rough?
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Wilkerson to the DL.  Alex Wilson DFA.  Donnie Hart recalled and Jay Jackson brought up from San Antonio.  Wilson had to go.  Not a shocker to see Jackson get his shot.  Honestly though, anyone was better than Wilson.
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db11 wrote:
Aguilar hitting cleanup tonight for some reason.


...and he hits a three-run shot in the first as the Brewers bat around.

Shows what I know.
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...and he hits a three-run shot in the first as the Brewers bat around.

Shows what I know.


Solo shot in the third.
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Jesus Aguilar comes alive with 3 hits (2 HR, 4 RBI) and Zach Davies goes 5+ giving up just 1 unearned run. Alex Claudio, Jay Jackson and Donnie Hart combine for 3 2/3 scoreless (and walkless!) out of the pen as the Brewers take Game 1, 5-1.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rockies-vs-brewers/2019/04/29/567566#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567566
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yzerman1 wrote:


If you can pitch deep into the game, you can eliminate the need to use those "crummy" pitchers.  Just look at Saturday's game against the Mets.  Woodruff only goes 5 innings before the bullpen takes over.  Guerra starts out great in the 6th inning.  However, in the 7th inning Wilson, Claudio, and Jeffress implode before Hader has to come in and take control of the game.  If Woodruff could have went deeper, it would have eliminated all those other pitchers before the ball got to Guerra who in turn hands it off to Hader and the game is over.


Is it any different than last year except you don't have All Star level Jeffress and Knebel eating up this middle innings?
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Could anyone tell me what the Brewers record was on this date last season?

RK
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roadkill1 wrote:
Could anyone tell me what the Brewers record was on this date last season?

RK


17-13.

Well, they survived March/April. That's big. Hopefully the pitching situation starts to sort itself out. Chacin had a real good start last night. Aguilar has awoken a bit, hopefully that continues.

Always a good sign when you're eventually able to get to a guy who set down the first 15 hitters he faced yesterday.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rockies-vs-brewers/2019/04/30/567567#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567567
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db11 wrote:


17-13.

Well, they survived March/April. That's big. Hopefully the pitching situation starts to sort itself out. Chacin had a real good start last night. Aguilar has awoken a bit, hopefully that continues.

Always a good sign when you're eventually able to get to a guy who set down the first 15 hitters he faced yesterday.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rockies-vs-brewers/2019/04/30/567567#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567567


His 3 HRs in the last 2 games were to center and right. That is a GREAT sign for him to continue to swing a hot bat. The starts from Davies and Chacin were very good. Can Anderson continue that trend?
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Anyone else concerned about Hader giving up dingers lately?  They need someone else to step up so Hader does not burn out too soon.
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