After today’s 6-3 victory, the Milwaukee Brewers have just one more tuneup before opening day on Monday. Although the numbers mean nothing their are plenty of things to takeaway from these games. Here is a look at five takeaways from today’s game:
1. Adam Lind is Going to be a Major Upgrade
The trade for Lind has been downplayed all offseason. There was no excitement when the Brewers acquired him and his early spring injury made things even worse. Since he has been on the field he has been on fire, pushing his average around the .400 mark. Today he added his second home run.
Last season they got power from first base, but not much more as Mark Reynolds batted under .200. Lind will be better than most expect and a huge difference maker in the middle of the lineup. He will start batting in the fifth spot, but I see him in the cleanup spot at some point this season.
2. Wily Peralta Will Face Similar Match-up on Wednesday
On Wednesday Wily Peralta will face a ton of left handers in the Colorado Rockies lineup. Today he got a taste of a similar lineup, facing eight left handed Indian batters. While he had trouble in the second, he settled in nicely and was able to get through 4.2 innings, allowing only one base runner after the second inning. He looks fully ready for his start on Wednesday.
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3. Jean Segura is Ready to Rebound
Last season was a nightmare for Segura both on and off the field, but this spring he has shown that he is ready to get back to the player he showed he was in the early part of 2013 when he made the all-star team. Today he went 2-3 with a single up the middle and a double that he drove into the right centerfield gap. He showed flashes of this gap power in 2013, so it is a good sign seeing that type of swing again.
4. Tyler Thornburg Will Have Big 2015 Role
The biggest key for Thornburg this spring was getting to opening day healthy. While is ERA is a bit high (4.24 after today’s outing) he has pitched much better. Today he threw another scoreless outing and I expect him to have a huge role on this team. He may eventually start due to injury, but I think that he could be a huge piece to the team’s 2015 bullpen just as he was at the start of the 2014 season.
5. This Team Will Hit
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco entered today’s start with a 2.70 ERA in his two spring outings, but he was hammered today. The Brewers were able to knock him out today after just 2.1 innings after he allowed six runs (five earned) and eight baserunners raising his spring ERA to an even seven. Late last season this team slumped, don’t expect that again.