There are several players on the Milwaukee Brewers that are posting the best season of their career during the 2013 MLB season. Relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler is one of them. It is certainly a shame to watch Kintzler have a career year during one of Milwaukee’s worst seasons in recent memory. On the other hand, it is encouraging to watch him pitch so well.
Once the left-hander pitches five more innings, he will have a new career high in innings pitched at any level. Also, with 59 current appearances on the season he needs just one more to set a career high in that statistical category as well.
Kintzler’s numbers this season blow away anything he has done in the majors the past three years. The fact that there is a good chance he will set a career high in earned run average is impressive considering the most innings he ever pitched in the big leagues in a single season was 16 2/3, which occurred in 2012.
The 29-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 21 holds in 65 1/3 innings. Even though he has outdone his workload from previous years, Kintzler is not ready to be put on the shelf.
“I’ve made a lot of appearances, but a lot of them have been low pitch counts, not that stressful,” Kintzler said, according to Brewers.com. “I’ve been recovering fine. … If you want to be a successful seventh- or eighth-inning reliever, these are things you’re going to have to do. Say we’re in the playoff chase next year, these kinds of things are going to prepare you.”
Not only should fans be impressed with the way he has gone about his business in 2013, but they also have to love his optimism. The Brewers certainly deserve to be in a playoff race next year after everything they had to endure this season.
Even though the season is over for Milwaukee as far as clinching a postseason berth is concerned, fans still have to admire the way some of the players continue to play at the highest level of their career thus far.