Cardinals take a series against the Brewers as voodoo magic returns at Busch, injury woes continue for the Crew
Sometimes the villains win
We knew in our hearts that the St. Louis Cardinals would turn around their subpar season, but now we’ve seen it with our eyes. It was not a fun start to the road trip for our beloved Milwaukee Brewers.
The series started with an 18-1 drubbing. What followed was a 3-2 win that was marred by an injury to Wade Miley and a 3-0 loss that saw the offense sputter once again.
Thursday’s off day is most welcome considering the work the bullpen was forced into due to Miley’s injury. Next up on the agenda is a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Master Brewer Leaderboard (through 43 games)
(The Master Brewer Leaderboard is a season-long leaderboard tracking and ranking exceptional performances from Brewers players in the form of Master Brew Points 🍺, which at the end of the season will tally up to crown our Crewsing for a Brewsing Player of the Year.)
Devin Williams has been locked in this season, but he truly outdid himself on Tuesday night. With runners on first and third in the 8th inning, Williams entered the game to try and protect Milwaukee’s one run lead. He proceeded to get out of the jam and pitch a scoreless 9th inning to pick up a five out save.
Elvis Peguero 🍺
Elvis Peguero was called into early duty on Tuesday after the injury to Wade Miley. He did his job, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings to keep things moving along. Peguero’s ERA is down to 1.42 across 12.2 innings. Janson Junk was thought to be the prize of the Hunter Renfroe deal, but so far it’s been Elvis.
Joel Payamps 🍺
Similarly, Joel Payamps was part of the package that brought William Contreras to Milwaukee, and what a piece he has been. He’s thrown the second most innings out of the bullpen on this team and has a 2.57 ERA after throwing 1.2 scoreless innings during the unplanned bullpen day.
It’s a welcome to Milwaukee beer for Trevor Megill. During his first Brewers appearance, he tossed a clean inning with a pair of strikeouts. The hard throwing right-hander should get an opportunity to stick around if that becomes a regular ocurrence.
Owen Miller’s hot stretch keeps getting hotter. He finished this series 6-for-10 with a walk and two doubles. Can he keep this up? Who knows, but the Brewers will take offensive production anywhere they can find it.
A few tough moments with the glove (or more accurately deciding not to throw) stood out for Rowdy in this series, but once again he got on base reliably. Rowdy ended his series 2-for-5 with a pair of walks.
The jury is still out on whether Jesse Winker can to return to being the type of impact hitter he was with the Reds, but like Rowdy he got on base with regularity against the Cardinals. Winker went 3-for-6 in the series with an RBI and a walk.
Leaderboard through 43 games
Devin Williams: 🍺x10
Peter Strzelecki: 🍺x8
Rowdy Tellez, Christian Yelich, Brian Anderson: 🍺x7
Willy Adames, Bryse Wilson, Joel Payamps: 🍺x6
William Contreras, Corbin Burnes, Hoby Milner, Freddy Peralta, Joey Wiemer, Wade Miley, Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell: 🍺x5
Owen Miller, Elvis Peguero: 🍺x4
Jesse Winker, Victor Caratini, Eric Lauer: 🍺x3
Brandon Woodruff, Gus Varland, Javy Guerra, Colin Rea, Jake Cousins, Tyrone Taylor: 🍺x2
Mike Brosseau, Luke Voit, Matt Bush, Tyson Miller, Trevor Megill: 🍺