Marco Estrada last night and Wily Peralta tonight have shown the inexperience of a young pitching staff. That’s why the Milwaukee Brewers signed Kyle Lohse. For Peralta, this was only his seventh start in Major League Baseball. Lohse has started 331 games. The Brewers need their young pitchers to become seasoned quickly.
The Colorado Rockies took full advantage of the Brewers immature pitching. The Rockies had 12 hits in game one, 14 hits in game two, and 15 hits in game three. This demonstrates how ineffective the Brewers’ pitching really is at the beginning of this year. Both the starters and the bullpen enabled the Rockies to score19 runs and have 8 home runs in the three games in Milwaukee.
Even the closer John Axford couldn’t fulfill his role. He gave up 2 home runs and three base hits in the top of the ninth, before being yanked. What can the Brewers hope to do with ineffective pitching? They certainly can’t compete in the division like this, and the Brewers have to believe Lohse can turn the tide on Friday in his first start.
You have to also tip your hat to the bats of Rockies. They are absolutely crushing the ball. Manager Walt Weiss has ignited his team’s desire to put the ball in play. Every position player got a hit in game three except the pitchers. That is a remarkable accomplishment, and was topped off by the Rockies batting around in the top of the ninth.
Weiss was signed in the off-season, and if he can keep the Rockies hitting like this it will be a great year in Colorado.
The Brewers have to find a way to turn this around. Their pitching has to improve or they may find themselves in the basement in the National League Central.