It’s no secret Matt Bush has struggled since the Brewers traded for him at the 2022 deadline. The veteran has good stuff, but he hasn’t been able to give the Brewers quality innings since the trade. Despite his poor production, the Brewers remained confident and gave Bush the setup man job to start this season.
However, Bush has not improved since the start of this season. In six appearances the right-hander has posted a 4.76 ERA and has already prolonged a game after giving up a tying home run to send what would have been a win to extra innings.
Is Matt Bush The Brewers’ Answer At Setup Man?
Despite the Brewers not having the best talent in their bullpen, they still are in the upper half of the league in bullpen ERA. Yet, an important thing to note is that the Brewers’ bullpen is in the bottom half of the league in innings pitched. Meaning the lack of innings has likely played a part in their ERA, and it’s unlikely to last.
On Sunday against the Padres, the Brewers did actually try out a different reliever in this spot. In the 8th inning of a one-run game, the Brewers called on Peter Strzelecki rather than Matt Bush. Strzelecki retired the side in under 10 pitches.
Strzelecki posted a 2.83 ERA last season and hasn’t given up any runs in his first eight appearances this season. There is no doubt he has earned a high-leverage role.
With Matt Bush struggling and Strezlecki off to another solid start, this is a no-brainer for the Brewers. Matt Bush could still potentially get high-leverage innings, but it’s been made clear that Strezlecki and Williams are the best relievers. It will be interesting to see if/when the Brewers make this change and how that affects other bullpen members.
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