Last season, the Brewers’ offense struggled all season long. Stars like Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura were mired in season-long slumps. Players who have been good hitters throughout their careers like Omar Narvaez and Avisail Garcia also struggled. However, the Brewers were able to make the playoffs on the arms of their pitching. Corbin Burnes erupted onto the scene to finish seventh in the Cy Young vote. Brandon Woodruff was solid and Brett Anderson proved to be a reliable starter. This season, the Brewers’ pitching staff has picked up where it left off and is showing that they have what it takes to be a World Series winning rotation. Led by their young starters, Woodruff, Burnes, and Freddy Peralta, the Brewers staff is off to a historic start this season.
Brewers’ Ace: Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff’s season did not get off to the best start. He struggled on Opening Day, he pitched just four innings, gave up three runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out five. However, the Brewers’ ace attributed the struggle to nerves and was every part of his ace-like self in his next start. Against the Cubs, Woody pitched seven innings, allowed just one hit, and struck out eight. Unfortunately, the Brewers’ offense could not muster him any runs of support, though the team did end up winning 4-2.
Brewers’ Second Ace: Corbin Burnes
Corbin Burnes is good enough to be an ace on most teams in Major League Baseball. He proved that last season to the tune of a 2.11 ERA and is even better this season. In his very first start of the season, Burnes took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a solo home run. The Brewers’ offense, again, could not get going and they lost the game. In his next start, Burnes gave up a leadoff triple against the Cardinals before retiring every other hitter he faced. He allowed no runs and struck out nine.
The Unlikely Fifth Starter: Freddy Peralta
There was a time that Freddy Peralta was considered a lock in the Brewers’ starting rotation. However, he struggled early in games and regulated to bullpen duty. He thrived as a relief pitcher last season, but was named the fifth starter in 2021 ahead of Josh Lindblom. On Opening Day, Peralta did appear in relief of Woodruff, and pitched two scoreless innings. He walked three, but struck out six. In his first start of the season, he threw five innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and struck out eight.
Making Their Marks In Brewers’ & MLB History
The Brewers trio of starters are flying under the radar, mostly due to the lack of run support they have received. However, what they are doing is nothing short of historic. In addition, despite the offense’s inconcistency, the Brewers have been winning their starts more often than not.
The Brewers’ record in these games: 2-1. Not only are these performances going to lead to many more wins this season, the Brewers made this little bit of history:
Corbin Burnes, especially, has been making history by himself in his starts. In his first start, he and Jose Berrios of the Twins each pitched six innings of no-hit ball while striking out 11. How many times has that happened in modern baseball? Once.
After throwing six more innings of one-hit ball in his next start, Burnes joined some exclusive company:
To put it plainly, the Brewers’ rotation is phenomenally good. What is most encouraging for Brewers’ fans is that they have each of these starters under club control of a long time. Pitching wins championships, and perhaps they will bring Milwaukee their first World Series since 1957.
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