In the month of July, the Milwaukee Brewers had plenty of great individual pitching performances. Taylor Jungmann continued to be excellent, Francisco Rodriguez was a perfect six for six in save opportunities and Matt Garza had his best month of the season as he returned from the disabled list. But all of these pitchers do not compare with what Jimmy Nelson did. Here is a look at why Jimmy Nelson earned our July pitcher of the month (he was also the recipient of our April award).
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In Nelson’s five starts, he was completely incredible. He went three and one with a 1.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP for the month and he has begun to show exactly why the organization had so much faith in him this off-season. Nelson also showed his great command of the zone by striking out 32 hitters while walking only 12 and was able to hold his opponents to a .213 batting average.
Throughout this month Nelson showed amazing growth. While he suffered his only loss facing the Los Angeles Dodgers right before the all-star break, Nelson may have made his best start of the month there. He not only took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but lost only because of three unearned runs in the seventh.
Another start that showed his growth was his game against Pittsburgh on July 18th. The game started with some poor defense behind him in the first inning, but Nelson limited the damage to three runs and kept the Pirates at bay the rest of the game.
Nelson has grown up a lot this year and each time out he is proving to be a better pitcher than many give him credit for being. With two months left to go in the season and an offensive lineup that will most likely be challenged the rest of the way out, watching Nelson pitch every five days will be something to look forward to each week.