In the final month of the season with the team going nowhere, September is a chance to get a glimpse of the future for the Milwaukee Brewers. With Zach Davies back on the hill this afternoon, there is not a better chance to see the future than today. As a hopeful member of the Brewers’ rotation in 2016, there is not a better time than now for him to get his first major league win.
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Today, Davies takes on the struggling Miami Marlins lineup that remains without the slugging outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton. Though they have moved up in the standings as of late, the 57-win team is a good match-up for Davies and his dazzling change-up.
In his first start, while he did give up four earned runs and wasn’t able to make it through the fifth inning, he was quite impressive. He struck out Pedro Alvarez on three straight change-ups and did not allow a hit the first time through the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup.
Davies has a minor league track record of success, and I fully believe that his success will transfer over to the major leagues. Though many point out that he is undersized (he is listed at 6’0”, 160 by baseball reference) he could have a big future at the backend of the Brewers’ rotation. Just as Mike Fiers was successful in the minors and carried it over to the major leagues, a strong final month from Davies could help to cement his spot in the rotation going forward.