The Milwaukee Brewers have some ground to make up in order to make the Playoffs for he fifth year in a row. Despite a serious slide after the Josh Hader Trade, the Brewers have won seven of their last nine games. This includes going 3-1 in their last four against the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees. Last night, Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff tossed eight innings of one-run ball while striking out 10. After the game, a 4-1 Brewers win, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had high praise for the two-time All-Star.
Aaron Judge on Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff went eight innings, allowed five hits, a run, one walk, and struck out 10. After the game, Aaron Judge said that it is difficult to find a good pitch to hit against the Brewers’ pitcher:
Aaron Judge on Brandon Woodruff: "He’s got an electric fastball. … When you are a guy that can run it up to 98 mph with a two-seam, four-seam combo, mixing in a curveball, a slider, I saw a changeup there, it makes for a tough day trying to pick your poison."
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 18, 2022
This is high praise for Woodruff indeed! Judge is currently hitting .312/.415/.687 with 57 home runs and 123 RBI. In the Brewers’ 4-1 in the second game of the series against the Yankees, Judge was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Woodruff’s lone run given up was on a solo home run to Josh Donaldson. The two-time All-Star is now 11-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.01 WHIP on the season.
Willy Adames Breaks a Record that Was Held by Robin Yount for 40 Years
In 1982, the Milwaukee Brewers made their first and only trip to the World Series. Robin Yount was the AL MVP that year after hitting .331/.379/.578 with 29 home runs and 114 RBI. He also led the league in hits (210) and doubles (46). The 29 home runs that he hit that season were the most by a shortstop in Brewers history. It was a mark that stood for almost 40 seasons.
That is, until last night, when Willy Adames launched a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead. It was Adames’ 30th home run of the season, breaking Yount’s record. Adames had tied the record on Friday night with another three-run bomb.
Willy Adames is now hitting .237/.301/.475 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI. Earlier this month, Rowdy Tellez hit his 30th home run of the season. Believe it or not, the Brewers are the first team in the National League this season to have two players with 30+ home runs.
Who was the first NL team to have two players with 30-home runs this season?
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 18, 2022
Tellez is hitting .224/.311/.461 with 30 home runs and 82 RBI this season. As noted here, the Brewers will look very different next season regardless of whether or not they make the playoffs. However, these two should/will be on the team along with Christian Yelich and Hunter Renfroe. That doesn’t seem like such a bad core to have.