Haudricourt: Brewers starters must pitch deep into games
Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. GAME BLOG Image by Mark Hoffman
MILWAUKEE - As the Milwaukee Brewers enter their four-game, two-city series with interleague rival Minnesota, one of their beat writers explains a necessity for the team's starting pitching to last a few more innings than they have.
"They need their starting pitching to go deep into games to let their bullpen catch their breath," said Journal Sentinel reporter and Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"Marco Estrada has been the only pitcher recently who's turned in a lengthy outing. It's the kind of thing that chews into your bullpen up over time."
In the previous four games which Estrada has not started, the Brewers' starting pitchers have lasted 3.1, 1.2, four and four innings.
"The bullpen has been very good at recent weeks, but you can't continue to ask them to cover 4, 5, 6 innings on a regular basis, particularly because they're in a stretch now of 20 games in 20 days."
Bob Uecker and Joe Block come on your radio at 12:35 p.m. for the first game of the series as the Brewers host the Twins on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.