The Brewers are currently on a seven-game win streak and own an 8-2 record, which is one game better than the Washington Nationals for the best record in the big leagues. Just because the Brewers received zero respect from the media prior to the start of the season, it doesn’t mean they think any less of themselves. They know they have a great group of men who are ready to take the team to new heights.
How exactly good are the Brewers?
Milwaukee currently has a .277 batting average, which ranks third in the majors. They just came off a perfect road trip in which they swept the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. It was the second-best road trip in franchise history. Over those six games, the Brewers set a club record by recording a hit in 22 consecutive innings. What makes the offense even more impressive is that the Brewers are putting up runs without Ryan Braun doing much of anything, with the exception of his three home run game earlier in the week.
Milwaukee’s offense has been impressive, but’s the pitching that makes them dangerous. The Brewers have a 1.86 earned run average, which is by far the best in baseball. On top of that, the bullpen has posted a 0.91 ERA. That proves that even if the starters struggle, all Milwaukee needs is the lead entering the later innings.
Friday night was a good example of what the Brewers are capable of in 2014. Milwaukee’s fifth starter, Wily Peralta, went about against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace, Francisco Liriano. Even though Liriano had his good stuff going, the Brewers hung in there and eventually made him pay for two mistakes. Peralta was nearly perfect and the bullpen was lights out. If Milwaukee’s fifth starter can beat one of the best No. 1 starters in baseball, then there’s truly no stopping them this year.
It might be early. However, many so-called experts better re-think their stance on where the Brewers will end up in the NL Central standings.