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Ranking Milwaukee Brewers’ Starting Pitchers Through First 11 Games of 2014

Ranking Milwaukee Brewers’ Starting Pitchers Through First 11 Games of 2014

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The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in Major League Baseball through the first 11 games of the 2014 season. Even though the offense has been very successful, it’s the pitching that has been dominant. Milwaukee has their starting rotation set in place and it’s a good one at that. However, here’s a look at what a more efficient rotation would look like if the five pitchers were ranked in order of performance.

5. Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse
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5. Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse
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Kyle Lohse is No. 2 in the rotation. Unfortunately, the veteran has got off to a bit of a slow start. The right-hander has given up six earned runs in 12 innings. He also has a .255 opponent batting average and he has allowed seven walks. Both statistics are the worst among the five starters on the team.

4. Matt Garza

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4. Matt Garza

Matt Garza
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Milwaukee’s newest addition to the rotation pitched very well in his first start as he had a no-hit bid through seven innings. Matt Garza struggled a bit in his second outing when he gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. Among the five starters, he has the best opponent batting average (.196) and he has proven to be the most durable. It proves just how good Milwaukee’s rotation is when Garza ranks fourth.

3. Marco Estrada

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3. Marco Estrada

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I predicted a career year for Marco Estrada in 2014. So far, the right-hander has proven me right, as he has got off to a terrific start. Estrada’s 12 strikeouts and .220 opponent batting average in 11 2/3 innings shows that he can win a lot of games as the No. 4 starter. As long as he keeps his home run numbers down, he should be just fine.

2. Wily Peralta

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2. Wily Peralta

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Wily Peralta has the talent and potential to be an ace for the Brewers in the near future. He’s backed up that claim with his outstanding performance in two starts. Peralta has allowed seven runs, which is the most on the team, but only three of them are earned. He’s done a good job of keeping runners off the bases as he has only surrendered nine hits in 12 innings, the least amount among the five starters.

1. Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo
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1. Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo
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Yovani Gallardo is pitching as if he’s determined to win the NL Cy Young Award this year. The ace of the rotation is certainly playing like it as evidence of his incredible 0.96 ERA, 2-0 record and 13 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. The right-hander has done a terrific job of setting the tone for the rest of the rotation, which should allow the Brewers to have plenty of success in 2014.