Brewers: 4 Predictions for Rest of Regular Season
By John Egan
3. One Of The Big 3 Win Cy Young
Going into the 2021 season, you knew the Brewers starting rotation was going to be solid. Not everyone expected their top three pitchers to be this amazing and elevate their game all at the same time. Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta are the pitchers at the top of the rotation fans have been waiting for. Even with Burnes going on the Covid IL earlier in the year and Peralta recently joining the 10 Day IL, it hasn’t stopped this team or rotation.
The Brewers are still winning, and the past month has had all three pitchers not even throwing their best games. All three pitchers were selected to this year’s All-Star game. Article after article is comparing them to the days of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz from their Braves years.
Currently, all three are in the top 10 of the MLB ERA leaders. Burnes is second in the NL with a 2.30 ERA. Peralta is fifth at 2.45, and Woodruff is right behind him with 2.48. The trio reached 500 strikeouts even before Woodruff made his last start on Thursday. They have 19 games between them where they have pitched six innings or more and only allowed two hits. Just incredible stuff.
Brandon Woodruff is sitting at a record of 7-7 over 24 starts and 167 strikeouts. His record should be a lot higher, but has not gotten the run support this year that he should be getting. Corbin Burnes has a 8-4 record with 175 Ks over 21 games. Freddy Peralta’s record is 9-3 and has 164 strikeouts. If they continue at this pace, one should win an NL Cy Young. The only problem is that all three are so great, that the league might have a hard time picking one and end up selecting someone else like Walker Buehler, Kevin Gausman, or Zach Wheeler. They shouldn’t, but it’s possible.