The Milwaukee Brewers are in a tight division race and in large part because of their pitching. Their starting rotation has kept them in games despite dealing with injuries to multiple starters. Their bullpen has also been lights out led by Devin Williams, Joel Payamps and Elvis Peguero. Mark DeRosa ranked the Milwaukee Brewers atop a list of rotations teams do not want to face in the NL Wild Card Series.
What other teams cracked the list?
Mark DeRosa outlined five rotations that would give opponents serious trouble in the NLWCS.
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Philadelphia Phillies
- San Francisco Giants
- San Diego Padres
- Chicago Cubs
The Cubs rotation is the only other NL Central team to make the list. Currently, the Cubs sit 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the division race. Neither team has claimed the season series yet. The Phillies come in right behind the Brewers with a rotation of Zach Wheeler, Aaron Nola and, recently acquired, Michael Lorenzen. The Giants and Padres both also have strong rotations led by veteran pitchers like Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Logan Webb and Alex Cobb. However, none of those rotations stack up to the three-headed monster of Corbin Burnes, Bandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta.
What did DeRosa say about the Milwaukee Brewers?
“Freddy Peralta is punching tickets left and right and he might be your game three starter when it’s all said and done. This is why, the Milwaukee Brewers, you don’t want to face them. Corbin Burnes is one of the best pitchers in the game, Brandon Woodruff just came back, Christian Yelich is doing his thing, Sal Frelick went off last night, but it comes down to the guys on the mound, and I would put the Brewers as the team, if I’m driving to the yard, I don’t think I want that.”
The Milwaukee Brewers were without Brandon Woodruff for a majority of the season, but in his return, he struck out 9 batters and allowed just two runs. Corbin Burnes is a Cy Young Award winner and would pitch in game one of an NLWCS. Peralta has been locked in since the All-Star break and is looking like himself again. He just matched his career high with 13 strikeouts in his last start against the Rockies. DeRosa is completely right to rank the Milwaukee Brewers’ rotation ahead of other NL teams.
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