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The Brewers are off to their best start since 1987

Apr 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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Get a load of this Brew Crew.

Behind seven strong innings from right-hander Wily Peralta and home runs from Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds, the Brewers topped the Pirates 4-2 last night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. They have now won seven straight games and sit at 8-2 on the young season, giving them the best record in the majors. This is their best start since they began the 1987 season at 13-0.

The Brewers have simply been hitting on all cylinders thus far. While they have the third-fewest walks in the majors, they rank third in batting average and slugging percentage and fifth in OPS thanks to hot starts from the likes of Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, and Jonathan Lucroy. The pitching has been even better, putting up a major league best 1.86 ERA. Their starters have gone at least six innings in seven out of 10 games, with Yovani Gallardo showing signs of a rebound with 12 2/3 scoreless innings to begin the year. Their relievers, highlighted by the trio of Francisco Rodriguez, Will Smith, and Tyler Thornburg, have allowed just four runs in 29 2/3 innings for a 0.91 ERA.

There are obviously reasons to be skeptical here, especially with the questions surrounding Ryan Braun‘s thumb and the injury histories of Ramirez and Matt Garza, but this team could surprise if things break right. The Cardinals deserve to be considered the favorites in the National League Central, but the Wild Card race has the potential to be wide open this year.

  1. kevjones75 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    It’s Hank the Dog!

  2. onbucky96 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Stop it, don’t mention Brewers and injuries. Only team hurt more often than the Brewers are the Packers. Must be the water…

  3. phillysports1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Gomez , segura , Ramirez those guys are on fire !!

  4. The Almighty Cabbage - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    The best thing about it is that none of them are playing completely over their heads. This isn’t like a short-lived Yuni B. hot streak, but more like almost all of these guys are playing up to their actual potential, albeit at the high end of their respective potentials. Braun is just starting to come around. Once he’s hitting on all cylinders this could be an epic year. I know they won’t all stay this hot for an entire season, but they could stay close to it… maybe.

    And yes, I am most definitely an eternally overoptimistic homer and I’m good with that.

  5. baseballlifestyle101 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Lifestyle101 and commented:
    Brew crew

  6. florida76 - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Milwaukee has so much to prove as a baseball franchise it’s unbelievable. They are approaching a half century of existence with a single pennant to their Brewers’ name, an incredible run of futility. To put the Brewer struggles in the proper context, newer franchises like Arizona have already won baseball’s ultimate prize.

    If history has taught us anything, the Brewers will find a way to screw things up later in the year.

    • tonyc920 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Geez, Thanks for the kind words ! NOT.
      If history has taught anyone anything in MLB, it’s the fact that starting pitching needs to be good at least 3-4 deep and you need some decent bullpen pitching.

      In the Selig era Bud didn’t have the cash to spend, but then again free agency was nothing like it is today. They depended on the farm system and added a player here and there.

      Atanascio has learned his lesson about pitching. He is now open to spending some cash for FA’s.

      So Mr Florida, just keep your positive comments for the pages of your favorite team. Otherwise I’ll consider the fact that you’re a pessimistic troll with no life and you find it pleasurable.
      Have a nice day !

    • johnnysoda - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1982_WS.shtml

  7. shaggytoodle - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Brewers are tough… if they can do well against the division teams that have been giving grief like the Cards and Reds. Then Ill feel a lot more confident.

  8. musketmaniac - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    no bullpen, but they do make the central tough. could challenge the reds for third.

    • shaggytoodle - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      The Brewers Pen gave up 3 runs this season so far, about 30 innings of pitching. Most baseball fans are more educated than other places i have read when they comment on here

    • tonyc920 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Whadda ya mean, no bullpen ? RP ERA is 0.92 and opposing bat avg is .171. What games are you watching ??

  9. mikhelb - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    And as in 1987, their pitching staff being lead by a mexican pitcher, this time is Gallardo instead of Teodoro Higuera (had the chance to talk a bit with him in 2013, he has fond memories of the fans in Milwaukee).

    Was it… Cooper or Danilo the big hitter in that year? I remember the others (Yount, etc.) but can not recall if Danilo or Cecil were there (or both).

    • tonyc920 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Cooper was in his last year as a reserve DH that year, Not sure who Danilo is. Never heard of that name. Big hitters that year were Molitor (.350) and Yount (.312), BJ Surhoff and Greg Brock had solid years too.

    • leroysbutler - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:57 AM

      There was no Danilo.

  10. greymares - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    If your a Brewer fan you have to love that schedule maker.

    • shaggytoodle - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      16 of first 19 against 94 win teams last year isn’t a favorable schedule.

      • tonyc920 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Yup, the 1st 6 weeks are mostly against 2013 playoff teams. My hopes prior to the opening day was to come through the first 40 games something around .500. That would be encouraging, but the pitching has been so good so far and the batting avg with RISP which was just plain ugly last year, has been impressive so far. There’s a long way to go, but surprisingly really good so far. Go Brew Crew !! Stay on the gas.

  11. musketmaniac - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    162 game season. if you want to celebrate an 8-2 start, who are we to stop you.

    • tonyc920 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      That’s true musketmaniac, but I think we are allowed to feel good about the nice start and excellent pitching. Right ?
      If you want to rain on our parade, be my guest, but I don’t think too many experts were factoring this kind of play from Milw. I’ll assume you have a favorite team but not the Brew Crew ?

  12. musketmaniac - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    actually, I thought your season last year was a fluke or a down year. And I would love to see ahead of the reds. But as a Pirate fan I’ve learned a little of not getting ahead of yourself. It’s a long season, if your bullpen holds you might be a wild card. we will see.

  13. shaggytoodle - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    No one is saying the Brewers are going to win 150 games.

    Brewers fans are just excited about the start. There is nothing wrong with that most fans know that in a long season it can go south any time especially for the Brewers its usually two weeks after the All-Star break…

    Don’t hold it against people that their favorite team has the best record in baseball and are off to a great start. There is a 162 games and the ones in April count the same as ones in September.

  14. musketmaniac - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    my initial post was for the writer not the fans.

  15. bigmeechy74 - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    small sample size

    • The Almighty Cabbage - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Yeah, but it’s a lot nicer on this side of the small sample.

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