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Brewers Week In Review: Three Up Three Down

Record for the Week: 4-3

Opponents for the Week: VS Angels @ Reds

Three Up:

(Summary): The Crew continued to demonstrate a resilient mind set this week. In all four wins this week the Brewers got behind as the opponents scored first. Even when down they keep coming and find a way to work themselves off the deck and back into most games.

AAronHillBrewersAaron Hill: Hill had 10 hits in 25 at bats for a batting average of 400 for the week. Splitting time between second and third this week his offense has come to life following a slow start to the season. Hill’s highlight of the week came in Saturday night’s come from behind victory over the Reds. Hill tied the club record for homers in a game (3) and RBI’s in a game (7). One of those home runs and four of those RBI’s came by way of a grand slam.

Jonathan Lucroy: Lucroy had his best overall week of the season. Hitting his first three home runs of the season while posting a .417 batting average. All three home runs had an impact on the result of games and swung momentum to the Brewers. His home run Sunday provided the winning run and his throw leading to a caught stealing of one of baseball’s fastest runners provided the final defensive out that was needed in Sundays split securing win over the Reds.

Chris Carter: When Carter was signed in the off season many Brewers fans were rightfully worried about his high strike out rate. Those fears were well documented based on his earlier career performance. But those fears have not remotely shown thus far. Carter is instead proving to be one of the bigger run producers this offense has and he has turned Miller Park into his personal launching pad. Carter wacked three more home runs. He is proving to be the Brewers best source of power at first base since Prince Fielder departed the scene following the 2011 season.

Three Down:

Summary (It was another fairly rough week for the starting rotation)

Allowing the long ball: The pitching staff again struggled in one of baseball’s more hitter friendly parks in Great American Ballpark. The Brewers allowed three homers Thursday followed by two more Friday, two more Saturday and one more Sunday. This ballpark is one of the highest in baseball for home runs on a yearly basis but with that being said allowing eight home runs in four games is on the excessive side of things.

Slow starts to games: In the four games against the Reds, over the first three innings of the games, the Brewers were outscored by a score of 19-1. The fact that the Brewers were able to get a split behind that statistic speaks well to the offense and speaks poorly once again to the pitching staff. The Brewers spent the majority of the weekend playing catch up and working themselves back into games. There is an easier way to do this and it would really be nice if this rotation would get on board with those efforts and allow the offense to play games from even or in front for a change.

 

chase-andersonBrewersChase Anderson: The biggest offender in the rotations issues this week is Anderson. Anderson pitched well in his first couple starts but his last three to four have been downright awful. Anderson allowed seven runs including two homers in the first two innings of his start Thursday against the Reds. Anderson is example number one of what is wrong with this team right now. Digging huge holes and asking the bullpen and offense to respectively hold the line and dig out. That formula may work to defeat teams like the Reds but it is not going to work when facing the better competition that is coming.

Bottom Line: A 4-3 record for the week is certainly acceptable as a rematch series with the Marlins and a trip home for the Padres awaits. The competition of the next week should again be somewhat friendly but the mindset of the Brewers needs to shift to how are we winning as opposed to are we winning. Winning through the pitching staff will be the only way to win when things get tougher from a competition standpoint from Memorial Day to the 4th of July.

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