Fresh off of a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers appeared lifeless tonight in a 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. With game two ahead and Tyler Cravy taking the hill, a strong start is a must for his future. Heading into next year there are plenty of candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation and Cravy is one of them, but with others putting the pressure on him like Zach Davies, Tyler Wagner, Josh Hader and Jorge Lopez, it is time for Cravy to show his worth.
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So far Cravy has appeared in five games (four starts) and posted a 5.92 ERA. While he was excellent his first time out against the St. Louis Cardinals back in June, his ERA has grown with each outing since as he has failed to produce a quality start since that first time out.
Three of his four starts so far have been against the fiercest competition as he has faced the Cardinals twice and the red-hot Chicago Cubs in his last outing, but taking on the lowly Miami Marlins, Cravy needs to be better. In his last outing, control really hurt him as he was only able to last 4.1 innings in a loss to the Cubs after walking four.
In his Tuesday match-up Cravy will take on the Marlins, Adam Conley, who is a pitcher that is in a similar spot as him. Though the wins and losses don’t mean much any more in Milwaukee this season, a strong outing is critical for Cravy’s future. Many players on this roster are playing to earn roles into next season and a quality start would be a big step in the right direction for Cravy. If he continues to show that he cannot step in and compete, someone else will get the next shot.