The number one thing on Brandon Woodruff’s wish list this year is run support from his offense. There is no reason that he should’ve had a losing record in 2020 with the numbers that he put up. While the Brewers offense was relatively quiet for all of the starters, it was very evident with Woodruff. Out of all pitchers that started at least five games, Woodruff had the fourth least amount of run support with an average of 2.5 per game.
Woodruff lowered his ERA to 3.05 last season, good enough for 16th best in all of the MLB. He was also one of the most worked starters in the majors last season having started 13 games, so he was that reliable guy for the Crew. He also was top 10 in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.1. We can talk about Josh Hader, Devin Williams and Corbin Burnes because all three of those guys deserve recognition, but don’t forget the contributions that Woody provides for this team.
Brandon Woodruff only allowed four or more runs ONCE in 13 starts in 2020 and that was a game against the Pirates on August 30. I’ll give you a guess at how many runs the Brewers scored in that game. Done thinking? Well if you guessed one you’d be correct.
To reiterate the broken record that is Brewers media, the offense stunk last year and it needs to be resurrected this year. When you are the fifth worst offense in the MLB in terms of batting average, you’re not doing your starters and relievers any favors.
Oh and Saint Nick, don’t tell Daniel Vogelbach, but Brandon Woodruff wouldn’t mind the DH leaving the NL. As Woodruff told Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, “I get it for this year, but I hope it doesn’t continue.”
Stocking stuffers: More sliders called by his catcher, new batting gloves, candy canes
We all know these four players were on santa’s nice list, so these wish list items should all be under the tree, right? If they are, it would just make this quartet happy, but plenty of Brewers fans as well.