September is an exciting time on the baseball calendar. Between rosters expanding and playoff races heating up, there is a lot to pay attention to, especially regarding the Brewers.
In this article we are going to look at three individual player statistics from the Milwaukee Brewers that are worth monitoring in the final month of the season.
1) Avisail Garcia’s Home Run Count
After a disappointing 2020, Garcia has bounced back in a big way this year. He is coming off a great month of August that was fueled by generating a lot of contact. Additionally he has already set a career high in home runs which currently stands at 24.
Garcia is the Brewers leader in home runs and has a legit shot at surpassing the 30 home run benchmark. For a player who has a $12MM contract option for next year, he certainly is showing that he would be worth every penny should that option be exercised.
2) Brent Suter’s Win Total
Baseball is a strange game sometimes. Brent Suter currently has 12 wins on the season as a relief pitcher. For a while, it seemed like every time he took the mound he would collect a win!
The MLB record for wins by a relief pitcher is 18. Roy Face set this in 1959 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most recently, Ryan Yarbrough of the Tampa Bay Rays collected 14 wins in 2018. It certainly is a long shot for Suter to break Face’s record, but a few more wins should get people talking about it more!
3) Woodruff, Burnes, and Peralta Battling It Out For the ERA Title
Of qualified pitchers, both Woodruff and Burnes rank in the MLB’s top five in terms of lowest ERA. Burnes slots in at second at 2.27 and Woodruff third at 2.35. Currently, Freddy Peralta does not have enough innings to qualify. His most recent stint on the IL may end up costing him a shot at the ERA title.
The Brewers have never had a starting pitcher win an ERA title before. Corbin Burnes fell one out short of qualifying last year and Jeff D’Amico was the next closest in 2000. The fact they have three legit candidates with opportunities to win the ERA title and possibly a Cy Young is incredible.
It should be a very fun and exciting final month of the regular season!