The Milwaukee Brewers are playing on a higher level than most teams in the majors so far this season. Even though it has only been seven games, Milwaukee is proving they can hang with the best of them. It’s scary to think that the Brewers will become even more dangerous with slugger Ryan Braun heating up at the plate.
Braun entered Tuesday’s game batting .150 with no home runs or runs batted in. A mixture of boos and the fact that Braun has historically played well against the Philadelphia Phillies is all it took to get him out of his funk. The 30-year-old hit three home runs and knocked in a career-high seven RBI, which tied a Brewers franchise single-game record.
Over the course of Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak, the Brewers have 27 runs on 55 hits, including 10 runs and 15 hits in the 10-4 win over the Phillies. A majority of that was without Braun doing anything on offense. It just goes to show that Milwaukee has the firepower to get the job done without their biggest offensive threat. However, it clearly makes them a lot tougher when Braun is stressing out opposing pitchers.
The biggest concern has to be if Braun can sustain his success. The hope is that his performance during Philadelphia’s home opener puts him back on the right track. Unfortunately, his thumb injury will continue to weigh heavily on his mind. He did state after the game that there’s more padding in his glove and he did less movement with leg in his batting stance. Only time will tell if the physical adjustments will be enough to overcome a thumb that could become a liability at any moment.
Either way, the Brewers are red hot out of the gate this season, which is enough for fans to be excited. The sky is the limit for the 2014 squad, especially if the pitching and offensive statistics stay atop the National League.