With the pressure on, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada proved his worth. Not only that, he showed the Brewers they have at least one guaranteed starting pitcher for next season. It was no secret that Estrada’s performance on Wednesday was going to determine his fate on the team. It was a test that he passed with flying colors.
The 30-year-old returned from the disabled list after a two month absence due to a hamstring strain. He knew he was playing for his job against the San Francisco Giants, which has to give the team confidence considering how well he responded.
“At first I felt a little weird out there,” Estrada told Brewers.com, “and as I kept going I felt a little more comfortable. … I tried not to show too many emotions out there, especially when I first got in. I tried to keep it relaxed. Obviously, I was very excited. It was great to be out there again. It’s been a long time.”
Estrada went five strong innings in which he gave up just one hit and struck out six batters. He responded after the lone hit by retiring the final 14 hitters he faced. It was certainly an impressive performance for someone who has missed a lot of time and has been shaky throughout the season.
At this point, the Brewers will look to see if Estrada can repeat the performance in his next outing. It is great that he did so well in his return, but one solid start simply will not cut it. Milwaukee is looking for consistency from their pitchers.