Injuries, sloppy play plague Brewers’ mediocre start

Greg Bintz, Sports editor

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“Ryan Braun sends it to left-center and deep! Get up, get up, get outta here and GOOONE for Ryan Braun! He just hit a walk-off on outta here!”

Bob Uecker’s voice became raspy following a walk-off home run by Ryan Braun to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 comeback win against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3. Braun’s homer came just one pitch after newcomer Christian Yelich hit a game-tying shot when the Crew was down to their final strike.

Ever since that win, which put Milwaukee’s record at 4-1, the Brewers have lost five out of their last seven and sit at 6-5.

When it comes to injuries, the Brewers put closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) and Yelich (oblique) on the 10-day DL. No Yelich is a big blow for the Brewers, as he made a start in left or right field every day, and he currently leads the Brew Crew in runs with 6. Keep in mind that he also hasn’t played since last Wednesday.

Knebel’s injury came in a time where he shouldn’t have been pitching. After not pitching for three days, manager Craig Counsell put him in when the Brewers were down 6-0 and had no shot of winning. I get that he may have needed to pitch a little since he rested for three consecutive days, but when you’re down 6-0 it makes zero sense to waste one of the best arms in the bullpen. I should also mention Knebel gave up two runs when Jason Heyward homered with one out in the ninth inning.

Just 11 games into the season, the Brewers have committed 14 errors – most in the MLB – and scored just seven runs in the four game series against the Cubs. They had seven errors in the Cubs series alone.

On April 9 versus the Cardinals, Jhoulys Chacin made his third start, finally showing a subpar game where he gave up three earned runs in four and two-thirds innings. Matt Albers blew a save in the ninth but the Crew managed to get the win after Greg Holland walked four batters (three in a row) in the 10th, and Albers slammed the door shut.

It’s a rough start, but the Brewers aren’t even close to healthy. Stephen Vogt, Yelich, Knebel, Jimmy Nelson, and Boone Logan are all major players missing because of injuries.

For now, patience might just pay off a few months from now. After all, some of the greatest teams in sports have gone through slumps.

 

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Injuries, sloppy play plague Brewers’ mediocre start