One of the biggest bright spots of the past few weeks for the Milwaukee Brewers has been Taylor Jungmann. Though he didn’t put up the greatest numbers in Colorado Springs, he has looked much more like the pitcher he was in 2014. With a chance for the first sweep of the season and the first home sweep in nearly a calender year, all eyes will be on Jungmann again this afternoon.
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While Jungmann will face the weakest major league lineup of his career today, his match-up again will not be easy. While the Mets’ lineup lacks thump, facing Jacob deGrom, who already silenced the Brewers’ bats once this season, will be a very difficult task. Aside from his match-up in Colorado, Jungmann has already taken on the likes of all-star pitchers, Francisco Liriano and Max Scherzer, yet he has been undaunted.
Currently through these three starts, he is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA. The biggest key to his year so far has been his declining walk rate. As a pitcher that relies on his command and ground-ball outs, Jungmann has walked just four batters as a major leaguer (an average of just two walks per nine innings). If he can continue to control the strike zone, he should be able to continue to roll and stamp his role as a middle of the rotation starter in the future.
Mike Vassallo tweeted earlier in the day that the Brewers’ have not had a home sweep since last July against the Reds and with the Mets slumping badly, there would not be a better time that now to finally get one.