The Milwaukee Brewers have named starter Marco Estrada the pitcher of the month for September/October.
In six starts in September, Estrada posted a 3-2 record with a 2.63 earned run average, 39 strikeouts, six walks, two home runs allowed, and an opponent batting average of .219 in 37 2/3 innings. He was the only Brewer to have three wins in September despite five other pitchers starting at least five games.
Estrada started the 2012 season in the bullpen, and did not get his first start until April 21 after Chris Narveson went down with a season-ending injury. The 29-year-old pitcher did not record his first win until Sept. 11, in which he went 0-5 over a course of 13 starts. Part of the reason for this was due to Milwaukee’s horrendous bullpen constantly blowing saves, while the other part was Estrada struggling mightily with his command at times.
Estrada pitches well in almost every start, but he is notorious for his inability to avoid the one bad inning. If there was ever a way he could figure out how to pitch seven solid innings without the bad inning, he would be one of the top starters in the league.
It will be interesting to see if Estrada remains in the starting rotation next season, or if he will return to the bullpen. Personally, I believe if the Brewers can acquire another veteran starting pitcher, then Estrada will begin the season in the bullpen and will only start if there is another injury. Even though Estrada wants to be a full-time starter, Milwaukee is actually very lucky to have a player of his caliber to pitch in relief.
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