Three Four Up
1. Miguel Montero had a very nice day, with a basket homer and two other singles. Nice to see him heat up after a relatively cold start to the season. I'm not opposed to him getting 55 starts or so this year, just to help preserve Contreras.
2. Jason Heyward is still routinely crushing the ball. Last year, there were times where you'd say that but follow it up with (0-4, strikeout). This time, he still went 2-4; it's not "consolation power." Heyward looks very good this year, though…
3… Kyle Schwarber is the best hitter on the team. It's sort of incredible how good Schwarber is already. He sees SO MANY PITCHES that everyone after him gets almost the whole book on the opposing pitcher. I don't think he'll keep up the 36.1% K rate, either – he's very choosy with his swing selection, and as he swings earlier in counts, he'll put more balls in play. Even if he has a 30% strikeout rate, that's livable if Schwarber gets on base 35% of the time and slugs .500 or better – the former is almost certain and I'd bet on the latter as well. Today, Schwarber eviscerated a ball and had another single and walk. He also saw 22 pitches in his 5 plate appearances.
4. Jon Jay had the high WPA play of the day, ripping a triple to tie the game. Jay is faster than he seems, and he flew down the basepaths.
1. Brian Duensing is a horrible pitcher. Who woul d have thought that a league average reliever who was injured in 2016 and struck out 4.44 per 9 the year before that wouldn't have worked out? I'd just as soon see what Rob Zastryzny can do than trot this guy out. Cut the bait, already.
2. Looks like Brett Anderson is cooked again. Again, not a huge surprised. He was getting smoked early and often, and Almora wasn't precisely located to save him this time. If anything keeps this team from the playoffs, it's going to be the pitching, which is much, much shakier than it was last year. If Anderson isn't injured, he'd better rebound quickly. The cavalry at the moment is Mike Montgomery (who I'm high on, but has a great chance of being a AAAA starter), Eddie Butler (who isn't going to strike anyone out and will be something akin to Chris Rusin, and Alec Mills (an actual intriguing option at the back of the rotation, but a huge open question mark who is himself nursing a sore ankle).
3. Ben Zobrist had a rough day, going 0-5 for 2 strikeouts. I'm also extremely sick of his walkup music and am not looking forward to hearing it 6 times tomorrow (the Cubs are scoring 11 runs).
This game in LOL
The Brewers struck out 12 times and walked once.
Wednesday, 1:20 PM CST start
Tommy "Organizational Filler" Milone (4.36 career FIP, 699.1 innings) vs. Cyle Hendricks (3.31 career FIP, 461.1 career innings)