Quick! Name the only team with three starting pitchers in the top 15 of baseball references pitching WAR. If you said the Brewers, then you're either an ardent fan or you saw the title of this post and you're capable of using clear context clues. Yes, Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta all find themselves in the early NL Cy Young conversation. This puts the Brewers fourth in WAR for starting pitchers. The exact opposite can be said of the offense, the non-pitching positions have a cumulative WAR of -3.0, the third worst in the National League.
All of this to say that what you're seeing with your eyes is being confirmed by the advanced analytics. The offense is brutal and the starting pitching is excellent. To address this the Brewers traded for Willy Adames and just today called up Keston Hiura from Triple-A Nashville in the midst of a hot stretch at the plate. The early results have been positive, the Brewers are averaging 6 runs per game in their mini three game winning streak, substantially better than the 3.78 runs per game they were averaging before the series. Adames is getting on-base at a .500 clip and has scored three runs in his three games played. Hiura had a base hit and a run scored in last night's first game since his call up.
Last night's 5-3 win came on the back of Brandon Woodruff, as he held the San Diego Padres, the hottest team in baseball and previous winners of nine straight, to no runs on three hits over seven innings. The win brings the Brewers to 4-0 over the 2021 edition of the Friars and 7-1 against the NL West this season.
Angel Perdomo gave up a two run bomb to Tommy Pham in the ninth inning, forcing Hader to save a game that felt out of reach for the Padres in the first eight innings. This spot, clean-up duty for the 8th and 9th of an out of reach game, was the Drew Rasmussen spot, who was sent to Tampa Bay in the Adames deal. Alec Bettinger saw work in a familiar spot against the Reds and gave up two runs in two innings of work. The high leverage guys continue to be Williams and Hader, but in shipping off J.P. Feyereisen to Tampa, they lost a key piece of the bullpen.