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Milwaukee Brewers: Pitchers’ Bats Are Heating Up

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 17: Aaron Wilkerson #56 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on April 17, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 17: Aaron Wilkerson #56 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on April 17, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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It’s obvious that the Milwaukee Brewers have some star power when it comes to offense. But with a performance out of no where, one of the best hitters on this Brewers team…are their pitchers.

After the possible rule of the designated hitter position coming to Major League Baseball in a couple of years, the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching staff is making a case that pitchers can just as well as anyone.

How Good Have The Hits Been?

The hits have been very clutch in key situations.  It all started on Opening Day when Jhoulys Chacin took a ball deep to left field and collected his first home run of the year. Not only is Chacin swinging a heavy bat, but teammate and number two starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff made an obvious case that he could be considered a threat when at the plate. For example, his home run off of Clayton Kershaw in Game One of the NLCS last season.

But back to this year; Woodruff is sporting a .714 average, including two runs batted in. Those two runs came from a two-run double on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Woodruff also through solid 5 2/3 innings of work with six punch outs and only giving up two runs on seven hits.

Now although Corbin Burnes isn’t having much luck on the mound, he is doing a pretty good job with the bat as he is batting a .333 average.

Can Relievers Hit, Too?

Normally when a bullpen pitcher’s spot is up to bat, a pinch hitter will be called upon to take his place and hopefully get a hit and get into scoring position. That wasn’t the case for recent call up, Aaron Wilkerson. Wednesday afternoon saw a rough outing by Burnes who only lasted four innings with the Brewers down 5-0 to St. Louis and being made a fool by opposing pitcher, Michael Wacha, who had never beaten Milwaukee.

With Orlando Arcia getting on base in the bottom of the fifth inning and two outs, manager Craig Counsell decided to let Wilkerson go ahead and get an at-bat in for the 2019 season.  Not knowing what would happen next, Wilkerson took a 1-1 pitch deep to left field into the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen notching his first career home run as a Major Leaguer.  Sadly, that wouldn’t be enough as Milwaukee went on to lose the game, 6-3.

With Round Two against the Dodgers this time at Miller Park, the Brewers have another series win up for grabs as they will take on Hollywood’s favorite baseball team in a four-game set.

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Zach Davies who–statistically–is the Milwaukee Brewers’ top pitcher takes the mound tonight at 7:10 against Julio Urias. Will we see more nine-hole magic this series? We shall see!

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