Having a successful season is almost completely about winning series. This season I will recap each series as a whole and make those type of observations. The brewers dropped the first series of the season 1-2 and looked pretty bad doing it. Good timing by the offense bailed them out from suffering a terrible opening sweep.
The Crew was outscored 19-12 in the three games and outhit 41-26. The truth is the Brewers were dominated in this series.
Most disappointing part was the starting pitching. The three starters, Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta accumulated only 15.1 innings. Early in the season that is somewhat expected but the performance was poor in that short time. (no quality starts)
John Axford had a rough series blowing the opener and getting hammered in game three. His three HR allowed is alarming but it is just too early to get all that excited about it.
I do not think RP Mike Gonzalez is all that good and I view him as the weak part of the pen. That said, his meltdown in game two is not of particular concern. They were all soft hits and mostly in the infield. In short, he was extremely unlucky.
Offensively Richard Weeks had a tremendous series. He hit .545 with an OPS of 1.552 adding a HR, 2 BB, 1 SB and scored 5.
Young SS Jean Segura hit .455 with an OPS of .955. (all singles) I do think he is going to show some power this season and in the future. He also played really good defense having a hand in three double plays.
Ryan Braun hit .400 with a HR and 4 RBI and made an awesome throw to the plate late in game three to keep them close.
The Brewers played really excellent defense as a team. They committed just one error. (Aramis Ramirez) Alex Gonzalez looked awkward at 1B but he should as he has no experience there. He will be adequate defensively in short order. Carlos Gomez simply is the best defensive CF in the game. I do not think a smart person would try to debate that. The robbery of Cargo’s would be HR in game three was perfect and astonishing.
It is easy to find a bright spot from a pitching standpoint. RP Alfredo Figaro was awesome in two appearances out of the pen. He pitched 3.1 innings in the series and dominated. He allowed 2 hits and no runs while striking out 4. His fastball reached 97 MPH and he mixed in the softer stuff easily. Although he is mostly new to the big leagues he is pretty decent experience as he had a successful run in Japan’s pro league. He is the only non roster spring training invite to make this years squad. I think GMDM did it again with this dude.
It did not take long to get sick of watching the Rockies pound the crap out of the rest of the Milwaukee pitchers. I would like to make just one observation about them. Remember this guy, C Wilin Rosario is a star in the making. The 24 year old seems to be not well known outside of the baseball nerds but he is pretty awesome. In the series he hit .556 with a HR and 2 RBI (2 GS) He should not be relatively unknown very long as he hit 28 bombs as a rookie last season.