A nine game winning streak. A 10-2 overall record. The best pitching ERA in baseball. The fifth-best team batting average in the league.
Oh yes, the Milwaukee Brewers are red hot.
The 10-2 record the Brewers currently hold is the best in baseball, and the second best start to a season in franchise history, behind the 13-0 start to 1987. Of course, the winning streak is bound to end at some point, but since no baseball experts saw this start coming for the Brewers, the question persists: are these guys for real? Will this current playoff-caliber performance persist throughout the year and actually land Milwaukee a spot in October?
Let me respond with this: Duh.
Of course, this pitching performance is unprecedented: I mean, who saw them posting a 1.80 team ERA, throwing two shutouts, and holding opposing offenses to a .199 batting average? That is simply staggering. I will say, though, that the pitching success itself is not a surprise; how incredibly dominating their pitching has been serves as the surprise.
It’s easy to forget what the Brewers’ starters did last year because the team was out of contention. But the way they finished last year gave me hope for this year, and once Matt Garza was signed, I got even more excited.
The bullpen is full of young talent with some nice veteran leadership. Brandon Kintzler, once he returns form the DL, will continue to be a solid late inning guy. Jim Henderson knows how to close, K-Rod certainly knows how to close, and Will Smith is showing Milwaukee fans a lot already, as well.
And with Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez back in the lineup, the offense has what it takes to make it to the postseason. They’re already off to great starts, as are Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy. Jean Segura is off to a slow start but he will improve. Khris Davis had a great road trip and is justifying why Nori Aoki was traded (though Davis’s baserunning needs improvement). And when all these guys are on point, as we have seen thus far, this is a dangerous lineup to face. They are already seventh in the league in runs, after all.
Barring catastrophic injuries, which seems to be the case every year for the Brewers, this year’s club definitely has what it takes to climb atop the ultra-competitive NL Central and make it to the postseason. The red hot start to the season is indicative of what this team is capable of, and I believe this success is going to continue.