Welcome to Episode 011 of the Brew Crew Fever Podcast. This week, we look at the Red Sox and Mets series, the latest injury news, the team’s first inning successes, and the pitching woes. I profile Eric Thames and I take a question from one of my listeners.
The Brewers took the first 2 of a 3-game series against the Red Sox at Miller Park to start the week. Keon Broxton hit .500 in that series with a home run, 4 RBI, and 5 runs scored. He is currently on a 7-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .270.
The Mets came to town over the weekend and the Brewers were rather rude hosts. They trailed 7-1 on Sunday after taking the first 2 games of the series, but came back for an 11-9 win. Manny Pina channeled his inner Bill Hall in the 8th inning, hitting a 3-run home run to give the Brewers the lead.
Ryan Braun was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. He came out of the game on Thursday when Jonathan Villar came in to pinch run for him. He does not expect to need more than 10 days to recover.
Junior Guerra is making his first rehab start with the Biloxi Shuckers on Monday. He is expected to make 2 rehab starts before rejoining the starting rotation.
The Brewers lead all of baseball with 37 first inning runs, and they have given up the fewest with just 12. This has given them the lead and has helped them get to 4 games over .500 and into second place in the NL Central.
The starting pitchers have had trouble pitching deep into games. They are averaging just over 5 innings per start, and that has been taxing the bullpen
This week I start a new Player Profile segment, and the first player to be profiled is first baseman Eric Thames.