If the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff gets an extra moment, they should send John Axford a thank-you card. You see, Axford has been so dreadful that he has been the target of fan’s anger. When in fairness, the focus of their jeers should probably be the starters on the staff.
Both Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada have earned run averages of 6.00 as of Monday. Estrada has allowed the most gopher ball in the majors with 11 and his last two outings have been the two worst of his season.
The biggest concern has to be reserved for Yovani Gallardo, who is supposed to be the staff ace. His ERA is almost a run higher than is was last year and his strikeouts are way down.
The Brewers offense has been pretty solid so far this year, especially since Aramis Ramirez missed the whole first month of the season. Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura have had surprisingly hot starts, but they have kind of gone to waste since the Brewers stand a couple of games below .500.
Milwaukee will face a huge test starting on Friday as they start a 10-games-in-10-days road trip. They will face all three teams that are in front of them in the National League Central. The team starts off with a three game set against the Cincinnati Reds, then four games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and finish off the trip with three against the St. Louis Cardinals. It is imperative that the starters pitch well and go deep into ballgames during this stretch or the Brewers might just see their season slip away.