The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers will be at Miller Park for the second of a three-game series in Milwaukee tonight. The Brewers recorded a textbook 6-2 win over the Pirates last night. They received a very nice performance from Eric Lauer, but what else is new for this Brewers’ pitching staff? The Brewers continued to churn out brilliant pitching performances. Lauer allowed 3 hits and no earned runs in 5 innings.
Recent acquisition John Axford was responsible for 2 hits and 2 earned runs in the 9th inning, but it was otherwise a strong performance for the rest of the pitching staff. Take Axford out of the equation, and the Brewers allowed just 4 hits and no runs as a team through 8 innings. The Jays traded Axford for a return of $1.00. No, really. This was his first action in a game since 2018, and he got hit, then left with an injury. So much for that. It looks like the Blue Jays and their $1.00 might have won the trade.
The win sent the Brewers to 64-43 on the season, and a 7.5-game cushion between them and the Cincinnati Reds. With a comfortable lead early in August, it’s going to be difficult for the Reds to catch up at this point. Maybe if the Brewers had an erratic pitching staff and prone to being inconsistent, but that isn’t the case.
While the media may not give the Brewers much credit for a World Series run, this is a team that is certainly built to go deep in the postseason. The Kansas City Royals rode a hot pitching staff all the way to a World Series in 2015, while the media didn’t give them much of a chance. Their rotation and bullpen both have the talent for a successful campaign in October.
The Brewers deal for Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks largely went unnoticed, but the trade most certainly makes the Brewers a better team. It’s a trade that went under the radar that may prove to pay off big time in the fall. The Brewers are expected to go with Adrian Houser on the bump. Rookie Max Kranick is expected to open for the Bucs. Head below for our free Pirates vs. Brewers pick on August 3, 2021.
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Adrian Houser is yet another one of the underrated pitchers in the Brewers’ rotation. None of these guys get the credit that they deserve, but they don’t need attention to win games. Houser has been steady with an ERA of 3.69 and a 1.36 WHIP. He is coming off two flawless appearances, with no runs allowed through his previous 7 innings on the bump. Houser has conceded 1 or no earned runs in four of his previous five attempts.
In three of his last four appearances, Houser hasn’t allowed a run. In his most recent outing, he shutdown the Pirates with just 2 hits and no runs allowed in a 7-3 win. Houser has been lights out against the Bucs in his career. They are hitting only .147 with a measly .181 OBP in 87 at-bats.
If the Pirates hit like they did last night, Houser is going to turn in another productive performance against Pittsburgh. When Houser has appeared in a contest, the Brewers have won nine straight games. They’ve gone 10-4, 7-2, 5-3, 11-6, 7-1, and 7-3 in their last six games in a Houser game.
Rookie Max Kranick hasn’t been having a fun time in the major leagues so far. Through four starts, he’s been having some issues settling in after an impressive debut. Kranick went 5 innings with no hits allowed against the Cardinals in a 7-2 win. The wheels fell off, though, as Kranick goes into tonight with an ERA of 7.31 and 1.63 WHIP.
Following the nice outing in his first start in the majors, Kranick posted an ERA of 10.64 and a 2.46 WHIP. He’s coming off a miserable performance against the Brewers, allowing 10 hits and 6 runs in a 7-3 loss on July 28. The Brewers are hitting .417 with a .450 OBP through 26 at-bats. Give me the Brewers to follow up with another multi-run win at Miller Park.