Milwaukee Brewers: Offense Looks Good On Paper Despite Close Losses

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DENVER, CO - MAY 11: Manny Pena #9 and Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate Pina's 2 RBI home run to tie the game in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 11: Manny Pena #9 and Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate Pina's 2 RBI home run to tie the game in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers news cycle has been a hurricane through the first six weeks of the 2018 baseball season. The bullpen is a major highlight, offering an ERA below 2.00, while the bats haven’t shown up at all seven times already.

The Offense Is NOT That Bad

Fans follow the Milwaukee Brewers through losing streaks. They stay loyal and are always hopeful for a turn around. In the first six weeks, the Brewers have been shut out seven times, but in four of them they only allowed three or fewer runs.

Trust me, to a fan, a shutout is a shutout. However, if you look at the numbers, the bats are performing. Lorenzo Cain has 36 hits and is hitting .283. Christian Yelich has a .297 batting average and 17 runs scored.

When games are late and close, the team is batting .257 with a league leading .366 OBP.

Even Ryan Braun is coming around with a .233 batting average. He has 13 runs scored, and let’s not forget that awesome walk-off home run against St. Louis last month.

Brewers Need to Find Balance

Getting out on social media to find information about your favorite team is easy. The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of great prospects. Fans are taking to social media with hopes they can persuade management to call them up.

If the game is late and close, the bullpen has been stellar with an ERA of only 2.28 with 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. They are ranked 4th in the league for both. At the same time, if the team can keep from getting skunked for nine innings, there is a great chance they stay near the top.

Overall, the Milwaukee Brewers team pitching is great with a 3.40 ERA. That’s good for 4th in the league. The team also ranks fourth with 12 saves, and has given up the fifth fewest earned runs through six weeks of baseball.

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For years, the Brewers pitching and batting has not been balanced. However, as a lifelong fan, the balance that seems so hard to find is closer this season compared to others.

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