The Brewers finished August with just 10 wins and a .333 winning percentage, their lowest of this season. Considering the fact that they traded Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress, and Will Smith, it is not much of a surprise.
The Brewers are 57-76 on the season, 28.5 games behind the Cubs. They are ahead of the Reds by 1.5 games, so they are not holding down last place.
So let’s take a look at how they did in August.
Starting Pitching: D-
The Brewer starters were 8-13 with a 5.13 ERA. The ERA was a huge drop off from the 3.34 ERA they posted in July. This could be due in part to the loss of Lucroy, as the Ranger starters dropped their ERA from 6.05 to 3.89 from July to August. The Brewer starters also gave up 26 home runs, more than twice the number they gave up in July.
Wily Peralta and Matt Garza improved in August. Peralta went 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, by far his best month of the season. He was sent down and came back up with a determination that was missing early in the season. Garza went 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA in August, a far cry from his 1-4, 6.61 July.
Relief Pitching: B-
The Brewer relievers compiled a 2-7 record in August, but they did this with a 3.72 ERA. They lost their backend relievers in Smith and Jeffress, but Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg stepped up to fill the void.
The area that the Brewer relievers need to improve on is extra-inning games. The Brewers were 0-4 in extras in August. They also lost one in the 9th inning, but that was more due to an error allowing the winning run to score.
Thornburg only gave up 1 unearned run while going 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA in August. He has definitely stepped forward and claimed the closer’s role.
Overall Pitching: C-
The Brewers went 10-20 in August, but that was not all on the pitchers. Their staff ERA of 4.54 in the month was not awful. They did give up 38 home runs, though, and their 2.09 strikeouts per walk was the lowest since April.
Their 5 saves for the month were the lowest this season, even lower than their 8-win April (6 saves). Their walks increased from 83 to 105, putting way too many runners on base.
Power Hitting: A
The Brewers hit a home run in 17 straight games, including the first 16 games of August. They hit a total of 40 in 30 games, with at least one home run in 25 of those games. On top of that, the Brewers hit 53 doubles and drove in 121 runs, the best month for both of those stats.
Ryan Braun led the way with 10 home runs and 28 RBI while slugging .636. Braun had 3 multi-home run games in August. Five of his 10 August home runs came with runners on base. Hernan Perez got into the act with 6 home runs and 15 RBI while Chris Carter added 6 home runs and 12 RBI.
Hitting for Average: D
The Brewers hit just .234 in August. One of their problems is that they struck out 288 times. Carter had several occasions where there was a runner on third with less than 2 outs and he struck out.
The Brewers walked 129 times, which brought their on-base percentage up to .325. They had 411 total bases, which was the most for a single month so far this season.
Jonathan Villar (.302) and Braun (.283) led the way for the Brewers as far as average goes. Villar’s 35 hits were the most by an Brewer in August.
Overall Hitting: C
The Brewers had trouble getting on base, but they did hit for power. They also scored runs, 125 of them to be exact, or 4.2 runs per game. If only they could get on base more often, their power hitters could drive them in at a better rate. However, the Brewers have been having a hard time all season driving in runners in scoring position.
Base Running: A
The Brewers stole 42 bases while only getting caught 9 times, good for 82% for the month of August. Villar led the Brewers with 12 stolen bases. Keon Broxton had 11 stolen bases and Perez added 8 more.
The Brewers have the worst fielding team in the National League. They are the only team that has more than 100 errors, and they have 111, which naturally leads to a league worst .978 fielding percentage.
Villar had the roughest month, committing 8 errors in August. Part of it is the fact that he moved from shortstop to third base, where he committed all of his August errors. However, Villar has committed the most errors this season, with 25.
The Brewers struggled in August, winning just 10 games. They had two 6-game losing streaks, which accounted for more losses than they had wins in the month. They are rebuilding and they shipped some valuable pieces at the deadline, but they still have underperformed.
Their schedule is only going to get tougher in September. Their next 23 games are against division opponents, and their last 6 games are on the road, with 3 games against Lucroy and the Rangers before ending the season in Colorado.
They are currently on pace to win 69-70 games, but they will have to do better in September than they did in August.