Less than a month ago the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation had the worst ERA in all of Major League Baseball, but since May 10 they’ve posted the second lowest ERA collectively.
Before May 10th, there wasn’t a worse starting rotation in Major League Baseball than the Milwaukee Brewers. All you had to do was look at the numbers and look at Twitter. There were those who questioned why Wily Peralta was still in the starting rotation. It was even fair to wonder why Craig Counsell chose to keep Peralta in the starting rotation.
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Despite the absence of Will Smith in the last 19 games the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen has posted a 1.52 ERA in the last 19 games, a league-leading mark per Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
The difference between the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff of May and the pitching staff of April deserves our attention.
First, there’s the introduction of Junior Guerra.
The Milwaukee Brewers claimed the 31-year old off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox. At the start of the season, Guerra went to Triple-A Colorado Springs to play. On May 1, the Milwaukee Brewers called up Guerra, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Junior may not be a viable long-term solution for the Milwaukee Brewers, but when the trade deadline rolls around he could become a hot commodity and a good trading piece for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Another big factor in the Milwaukee Brewers string of success has been Jimmy Nelson, who has been pacing the starting rotation all season long.
Over ten starts he’s posting a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, a 2.08 K/BB ratio. The Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation looked bad in April; they looked bad before that. Jimmy was the lone bright spot in the rotation. But, since May 10, they’ve been keeping pace with the likes of the Mets, and behind solid pitching swept the Braves for the first time on the road.