At least it’s just spring training, right?
Yesterday, the Brewers pitching staff was stellar. Today, it was a much different story.
Matt Garza took the mound today and it was a tough day for him. He only made it through 2 1⁄3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk, with just three strikeouts. It’s hard to take too much from this start, but Matt Garza hasn’t had a good spring at all. He has not had a clean appearance this spring after his first one, and his ERA has jumped up to 8.59. Of course, it’s a small sample size, so you can’t take a lot from that. That being said, it’s the “worst” of the starting pitchers. If that means anything is still to be decided.
Meanwhile, the bullpen pitchers didn’t fare much better. Tim Dillard pitched an inning and allowed three runs on three hits. Jhan Mariñez pitched 1 2⁄3 innings and allowed a run in that. Corey Knebel got some work in as well, allowing two runs on two hits. The only two pitchers that didn’t allow runs were Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann, and both still allowed hits in their appearances.
On offense, the team did get a run off Ryan Braun’s second home run of the spring. That was the only run the Brewers managed in the game. Hernan Perez had a two-hit game, but no other Brewer recorded more than one hit.
The Brewers are now 14-15 in the spring with two games to go in the Cactus League season. They have a day off tomorrow before a game against the Indians on Tuesday. First pitch is at 3:05 pm.
He’s a 25 year old catcher.
With spring training winding down, we have seen several cuts and releases made by the Milwaukee Brewers in the last few days, both on the major league side and minor league side of camp. In a bit of a surprise departure from that sort of transaction, the Brewers announced earlier today via Twitter that they had brought a new player into the organization:
C Tyler Heineman has been acquired from Houston in exchange for a player to be named or cash. Heineman will report to minor-league camp.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 26, 2017
Today’s game will be available on the Brewers Radio Network.
2017-03-25T14:00:04-05:0033 players remain in big league camp. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Opening Day roster continues to take shape, as the club has announced a series of roster updates over the past few days. First off, catcher Manny Pina and righty Jhan Marinez have been informed that they will make the team and head to Milwaukee when camp breaks. Earlier today, the club also notified the masses via Twitter that right-hander Hiram Burgos was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving 33 players (16 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders, and 4 outfielders) still in the running for the final 25 man roster. Both Pina and Marinez are out of minor league options, meaning that they would have been exposed to waivers if they hadn’t made the team out of spring training. That likely made it an easier call for a Brewers’ team that is looking to keep as much talent in the organization as possible, though both players have certainly performed admirably this spring. Pina, who posted a .740 OPS in 33 games for Milwaukee last season, has hit .419/.432/.814 with 4 homers and 5 doubles in 43 at-bats during camp and has begun to distinguish himself among the other competitors in Milwaukee’s three-way catching battle. Pina’s mother started crying when he told her that he’d made his first Opening Day roster after spending 12 seasons in the minor leagues. If he is tabbed to catch for Junior Guerra on April 3rd, he and Guerra (who are friends and both hail from town of Barquisimeto, Venezuela) would be the first Venezuelan-born battery to start an Opening Day game together in the National League. The final catching spot will now come down either Jett Bandy or Andrew Susac, neither of whom have performed all that well this spring. Bandy has struggled a bit at the plate though has looked good in the field, while Susac struck out 15 times in his first 26 at-bats before going down with a trapezius injury. Fortunately Susac was found to have no structural damage, though the nearly two weeks he missed will certainly make it tough for him to get back into the swing of things before final cuts. This will also be the first Opening Day roster for Jhan Marinez, who was acquired for cash last May after being DFA’d by the Tampa Bay Rays. Jhan worked his way into being a valuable member of last year’s bullpen, appearing in 43 games and tossing 58.2 innings with a 3.22 ERA/3.98 DRA, 47:21 K/BB ratio, and 52% ground ball rate. So far this spring, Jhan has worked 8.0 innings while allowing just one run on six hits, one walk, and with four strikeouts. As for Burgos, he’ll head back to minor league camp and figures to begin the season in the AAA starting rotation, where he has spent the better part of the last five seasons. The right-hander was with the silver medal winning Puerto Rican team for most of the spring, but allowed 9 earned runs in the 4.2 innings he pitched while wearing a Brewers’ uniform. The 29 year old made six big league starts back in 2013 before injuries began to take their toll, though while finally healthy last season he posted a 4.40 ERA/3.35 DRA in 143.1 for the AAA Sky Sox. Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and Baseball Prospectus [...]