Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Marco Eatsrada has three of the team’s five wins in the month of May, but even with him on the mound on Wednesday night, the Brewers lost their fifth straight ballgame. The Minnesota Twins put up a three-spot in the first inning and that was enough for them to cruise to a 4-1 victory.
May has been a cruel month for the Brew Crew. In April, they had a record of 14-11, including a nine-game winning streak, and were in second place in the National League Central. So far in May, they are 5-21 and now are in the basement of the division.
There is plenty of blame to go around. Starting pitcher Wily Peralta is 1-5 with an ERA of 7.71 in May. The staff’s supposed ace, Yovani Gallardo, is 0-4 in May with a 5.54 ERA. I could go on, but let’s shift to the offensive side of the ball.
Yuniesky Betancourt is hitting .165 and has scored just two runs all month long. He has also been playing a lot of first base, so you are getting no production at defensive position that is not a premium.
All those horrible numbers are nothing when compared to those of second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks was dreadful in April and somehow got worse in May. He has one run batted in in 77 at-bats, and has a batting average of .169 for the month. He just needs to be dealt or cut loose at this point because he is doing the Brewers absolutely no good.
It will be a long season in Milwaukee if this keeps up, and it may be time to deal some pieces that won’t play a role in the team’s future.