Believe it or not, it’s already been 15 days since Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler was placed on the disabled list. The right-hander is set to join the team on Thursday, assuming he passes a medical examination, which has to have the Brewers very excited.
Milwaukee’s pitching staff has been lights out in 2014. In fact, it’s the main reason why they have a MLB-best 16-6 record. To say the starting rotation or bullpen has been better than the other would be ludicrous because it has been the combined effort that has given the Brewers the hot start.
The bullpen has continued exactly where they left off last year. Milwaukee’s relievers finished the 2013 season with a 3.19 earned run average, which was good for third best in the National League. Fast forward to this season and the Brewers’ bullpen is at it again. They rank fourth in the NL in ERA (2.42), second in wins (6), first in saves (10), fourth in strikeouts (77) and second in opponent’s batting average (.203).
Kintzler has been a huge part of the early-season success, which is why it was very disappointing when he went down with a strained rotator cuff. The good news is Milwaukee didn’t miss a beat without him as Rob Wooten and Alfredo Figaro held their own. It shows just how deep the organization can go to rely upon quality pitchers to step in and get the job done when given the chance.
The 29-year-old Kintzler is 1-0 with two strikeouts and has yet to surrender a run in five innings. Figaro has already been sent back down to Triple-A in order to make room for Kintzler on the roster.