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Brewer’s Week In Review: 3 Up 3 Down

Brewers Week in Review: Three Up and Three Down

Record: 3-3

Opponents for the week: Home with Giants and Astros

Three Up:

ScooterGennettScooter Gennett: The Brewers second baseman transferred a hot hitting spring training into a hot hitting opening week of the season. He clubbed three home runs in the opening six games. He started five of the first six games of the season and recorded at least one hit in all of his starts for the week. The home runs were impressive as Genett has struggled throughout his career to hit left handed pitching but he smacked a home run off the Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner who is one of the best left handed starting pitchers in the national league.

Jimmy Nelson: Nelson started the second and sixth game of the season against the Giants and JimmyNelsonAstros respectively, some of the most talented and deepest line-ups in baseball and Nelson more then held his own. Nelson pitched 13.1 innings between the two starts and pitched into the seventh inning in each start. He allowed two earned runs in each start while striking out a total of 13. Everyone in this fan base understands that this is a rebuilding year for the Brewers but in order for the Brewers future to be on track Nelson among other young pitchers on this staff need to be regulars in this portion of this weekly article.

Jeremy Jeffress: Recently installed as the Brewers closer in part because of trades and injuries in the bullpen Jeffress has been a bright spot in the Brewers bullpen over the first week. Jeffress appeared in four games and recorded saves in each of the Brewers three victories. With the other alternatives to close either traded over the winter or currently on the disabled list the job of closer is that of Jeffress for the foreseeable future and this week’s performance is a positive start to his season.jeremyJeffress

Thumbs Down:

Clutch/Situational Hitting: In the season opener the Brewers were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base. In the second game the Brewers were 0 for 4 with four runners left on base. In game three the Brewers were 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position with 10 runners left on base. In game four the Brewers were 1 for 4 with runners in scoring position with three runners left on base. Game five saw the Brewers go 1 for 7 with six runners left on base. Game six would see the Brewers go 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position and nine men left on base. This offense has significant limits on it but they will need to be better in these categories if this offense hopes to score runs on any kind of a consistent basis.

Photo by: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Ariel Pena: Pena turned a moderately respectable 7-3 opening day score into a 12-3 rout leading toa mass Miller Park exodus once he was done in the 8th inning. The Giants became the first team to hit back to back to back home runs on opening day since the 1997 San Diego Padres Pena for his part, became the first pitcher in big league history to give up back to back to back opening day jacks. He would be optioned to AAA Colorado Springs a few days after his Monday performance.

Willy Peralta: Peralta was given the ball against two good offenses in the first week and the results were worrisome to say the least. He could not clear the 5th inning in either start. He allowed 13 hits and 11 runs over his first two starts. Ten of those runs were earned. The biggest difference between the two starts is that in the first start he allowed no home runs while he allowed three in second start. With the offensive limitations in place on this roster as I referenced earlier starting pitching efforts like the two Peralta offered in week one are crippling to

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

AP Photo/Jim Prischingthis teams efforts to win games.

Bottom line for the week: All things considered, things could be a whole lot worse then 3-3 at the end of the first home stand. Considering the competition the Brewers faced, 3-3 is certainly a passable opening week.

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