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Brewers Week in Review: 3 Up 3 Down

Opponents for the Week: @ Cardinals @ Pirates

Record: 2-4

Three up:

SantanaBrewersDomingo Santana: Santana delivered a clutch tie breaking two run home run to give the Brewers their only victory of the week in St. Louis. Santana was acquired in the Carolos Gomez trade last July. He is a young player who has a large amount of potential to show huge growth both in this season and in the future. Santana should gain some confidence out of this home run as he delivered the home run in the ninth inning off the Cardinals closer.

Offensive Patience: In the early stages of this season the Brewers offense appears to have undergone a transformation on a certain level. The offense is still striking out way to much as a whole and leaving to many people on base but the offense appears to be demonstrating more collective patience. The Brewers drew 10 walks as a team in Friday night win over the Pirates. While the ten walks in a single game is tangible evidence, this offense seems to be doing less pitch chasing in the early weeks of the season. They are not getting themselves out on bad pitches as much and making pitchers make pitches in order to get them out. That is a subtle but significant difference to followers of this team over the last few years.

BraunRyan Braun: The highest paid player on this roster stepped up big in Friday night’s win over the Pirates. Braun smacked two home runs Friday. His second of the season extending the Brewers lead in the game to 5-0. His second home run of the game reestablished momentum after a shaky combination of Brewers defense and pitching suddenly turned the game into a 5-4 contest. Braun is working with a different line-up than any year dating back to his rookie season. His leadership with this offense is essential this season.


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Three Down:

Reds Brewers BaseballWilly Peralta: Peralta was again hammered in his only start of the week allowing five runs in five innings. He has faced tough competition in his three starts but his numbers through three starts are glaring: 0-3 with an ERA of 10.13. It will be interesting to see how long his leash in the rotation is or if he could be sent to the minors if his bad performance continues.

Taylor Jungmann: Jungmann made two starts in the week against two of the three class teams in the division and he got shelled in both starts. He allowed more runs in the two starts (12) then he pitched innings (8). The first start of the week was really bad as he did not get an out in the third inning. This was an awful week for him but this is all part of growing and developing a young pitcher who has under a year of big league experience.jungmann

Defense: Regardless of if they were scored as errors or not this was a bad week for the Brewers defensively. A 5-0 lead Friday turned into a 5-4 lead keyed around an error. The defense again played a big role in a huge game changing inning on Sunday. The Pirates scored five runs in the third inning as again the defense committed an error and had another mental mistake in the inning. This pitching staff cannot absorb poor defense and sadly, poor defense was a big story line this week.

Bottom line for the week: this figured to be a rough week and it was with a 2-4 record. The numbers on a deeper level are maybe more ugly then the record. In the losses this week the Crew was outscored 17-1 by the Cardinals and 14-3 by the Pirates. This is a young team and this is going to be roller coaster season. Things can and will improve if the defense tightens up in order to assist the pitching staff.


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