Milwaukee Brewers: Grading the Crew's Starting Pitchers in the 2023 Season

Once again, the Brewers had one of the best rotations in the league in 2023.
Wild Card Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game One
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RHP Colin Rea: B+

Colin Rea entered this season with modest expectations, perhaps anticipating the chance for a lone spot start if luck favored him. However, with the starting rotation nursing injuries, Rea found himself appearing in 26 games, making 22 starts. Over this stretch, he posted a 4.55 ERA (4.90 FIP) and a 1.187 WHIP.

Manager Craig Counsell often limited Rea's outings to prevent facing the batting order three times, but regardless, Rea consistently gave the Brewers a fighting chance to win. The team boasted a 15-11 record in games where Rea took the mound. While not every performance was flawless, Rea's ability to keep the Brewers in the game earned him more starts as the season progressed.

In essence, Rea's contributions became a lifeline for the team amid the challenges posed by injuries to key starters. Without his steady performances, Milwaukee might have found themselves on the outside looking in when it came to the playoffs. Overall, it was a solid season for Rea, showcasing his reliability and impact in critical moments.

RHP Julio Teheran: B

Julio Teheran, brought in by the Brewers as a midseason addition to bolster the pitching staff amidst injuries, proved to be a shrewd signing. Over the course of the season, Teheran made 14 appearances, including 11 starts, posting a 4.40 ERA (4.93 FIP), and a solid 1.130 WHIP.

Teheran's arrival in a Brewers uniform saw a blazing start with his first six outings. However, the journey became a bit more uneven as the season progressed. Milwaukee ended with a 5-9 record in games where Teheran took the mound.

While the overall season performance may be described as pedestrian, Teheran's noteworthy six-start run was for the Brewers. His contributions were instrumental in filling innings during a challenging period for the team, and he managed to do a respectable job overall.