Under David Stearns the Milwaukee Brewers have been assembling one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Not everything came together at once but in 2021 everything seems to be coming into fruition as they continue to make history.
The big three in the starting rotation includes Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta. Burnes made history earlier this year in numerous ways but the most recognized accomplishment was that he issued 58 strikeouts before his first walk of the season.
As a trio, all three pitchers are among the MLBs best in ERA among qualified pitchers. To see something like this at this point in the season is a rarity.
As a pitching staff, the Brewers excel at striking batters out. Swing and miss ability in pitchers is a trait that Stearns and company have done a great job in acquiring. They have done such a great job that they made history as a pitching staff!
The 2021 Milwaukee Brewers are the first NL team to record 1,000 strikeouts by their pitching staff before playing 100 games in the regular season.
While it takes a team effort to accomplish this, Burnes leads the team in strikeouts at 146. This is second in the MLB behind only Gerrit Cole (166) and Zack Wheeler (160). Had Burnes not missed two starts earlier in the year due to a stint on the IL, he could be the MLB leader right now.
On the Brewers, Peralta comes in second at 140 strikeouts and Woodruff third at 137. In the bullpen, Josh Hader and Devin Williams are among the highest at 64 and 52 strikeouts each. Hader currently owns an impressive 15.4 K:9!
Jake Cousins has also done an impressive job striking batters out! In his 12 innings of work he has recorded 20 strikeouts with 19 of them coming via his devastating slider. Lastly, lets not forget that former Brewers Drew Rasmussen and J.P. Feyereisen were strikeout machines as well and helped contribute to the teams strikeout totals.
Because of the contributions from all these guys on the staff, Milwaukee was able to strike out 1,000 batters in just their 99th game of the season.
This is a great accomplishment for the Brewers. Upon arriving here David Stearns wanted the Brewers to be known for developing great pitching and this new record is evidence that he is accomplishing this.
The Brewers have had lights out pitching all season long. It’s the strength of the team, and this record just shows it even more.
Typically Stearns had been known for putting together great bullpens. The last three NL Reliver of the Year Awards have gone to Brewers pitchers. Next up is for a Brewers pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, which is a real possibility this year!