Brewers 'just not pitching well enough', rare 620WTMJ Mike Hegan audio and baseball's best uni's?
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws during the first inning of their game against the Colorado Rockies in the regular season opener Monday, April 1, 2013 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman
PITTSBURGH - Anyone who saw the Cincinnati Reds pummel Milwaukee Brewers' pitchers this past weekend can understand what beat writer and 620WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt said Monday about the hurlers on this team.
But further numbers bear out Haudricourt's point when he said, "they're just not pitching well enough."
In the last 11 games, the Brewers as a team have a 6.54 ERA.
That won't win may games, particularly when they're in a stretch of 19 consecutive games against winning teams and 10 of 11 games against starting pitchers with ERA under 3.00.
"Their starting rotation has the highest ERA in the National League. That's not going to cut it. Their bullpen has been up and down, but not as bad as the starting rotation consistently," said Haudricourt.
"If they don't get good starting pitching, it's going to be a struggle. The teams that have been beating them have had good starting pitching for the most part."
Milwaukee lost all three games against the Reds and have lost nine of their last 10 games.
"They knew they were playing the teams ahead of them in the NL Central. They knew it was in their power to make up ground. Instead, they start by losing all three in Cincinnati. Not a good start to the road trip.," explained Haudricourt.
"You hate to say that series are super-important in early May, but they sorely need to dig a foothold here soon. Just start winning games against teams ahead of them in the division."
Other Brewers news of note:
Some of you have even taken part in "Take Your Polish To Work Day!" Check out your photos.
- You can vote for the Brewers as the best uniform in baseball. Click here to take part. (No, the ball-and-glove version is not an option.)
- 39 years ago today was Mike Hegan's move to Milwaukee.
He didn't just play with the Brewers, but broadcast for them. Here's an example of his work on 620WTMJ:
- Major League Baseball commissioner and former Brewers owner Bud Selig talked with St. Norbert's College. The Green Bay Press Gazette reviews his speech.
And finally, a random sampling of Brewers-related tweets:
If only batting average = wins. #brewers— Tony Kraus (@tonythundr) May 13, 2013