After a tough stretch in which the Brewers lost six straight they are rolling again heading toward the weekend. With the St. Louis Cardinals, baseball’s best team heading to town this weekend, here are some things to watch.
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Tyler Cravy Returns to the Rotation
It appears that the Brewers are finally ready to pull the plug on Kyle Lohse as he has been regulated to the bullpen and Cravy will take his spot in the rotation for the time being starting on Friday night. He debuted against the St. Louis Cardinals back in on June 2nd when he held them to just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. With another opportunity, Cravy who has posted a 3.97 ERA in Colorado Springs will get a chance to prove he deserves a look in the 2016 rotation, too.
Wily Peralta Looks to Rebound
In his last outing, Peralta was hit around the yard as he allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings of work, but on Saturday night he will look to prove that it was just a fluke. If he can get back to last season’s form, the Brewers may really have a solid core in the rotation heading into next season.
Jimmy Nelson‘s Next Test
Nelson has been excellent over his last three starts as he has not allowed an earned run in his last 20.2 innings of work. Since early July he has not only matured as a pitcher, but he has looked like a new man. With a big test in front of him again Sunday, don’t expect Nelson to back down.
Ryan Braun‘s Shot at Home Run Record
With one more home run this season, Braun will eclipse last year’s season total and with two more, Braun ties a franchise high. Batting .273 with 19 home runs, Braun has quietly had a solid season. With the team set to head to Chicago after the weekend, it would be nice to see him push closer to the record at home.
Khris Davis Khrushing It
Davis may be the streakiest hitter on the team and he is on fire as of late. He is five for his last nine, including a three hit and two home run performance on Thursday afternoon. If he can stay hot heading into the series against the tough Cardinals pitching staff, the Brewers have a good chance at making some noise.