Yesterday, in a confusing move the Milwaukee Brewers called-up starting pitcher, Tyler Cravy and it is now clear why that happened. With the announcement today that Matt Garza will head to the disabled list, it makes sense that Cravy will take his spot in the rotation. While he will only probably get one start before Garza returns due to the all-star break, Cravy will get a chance to prove himself yet again.
After a dazzling debut in which he went seven strong against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cravy continued to show that he was ready for a longer role in the big leagues. Though he did have a one rough outing in Colorado Springs in which he allowed six runs over four innings, Cravy has done well to continually lower his AAA ERA that now sits at 3.79. Throughout the month of June, Cravy went two and one with a 3.38 ERA.
He has pitched seven years of minor league ball with nothing left to prove in the system. Through these seven years, Cravy has gone 35-27 with a 3.69 lifetime ERA. Cravy has also proven not only to be a ground-ball machine, but he has also held opposing hitters to just a .236 batting average against.
This time up with the big club may be short again, but Cravy is set up to succeed. Facing a pitcher who will be making his big league debut tomorrow, Cravy will be the wily veteran on the mound making his second start. Looking toward the future, it will be important for him to show that he has what it takes to be successful at the major league level. With young pitchers scattered throughout the teams current rotation, this is another chance for Cravy to show he deserves a shot at a rotation spot in the future.