Garza, Suter lead continually improving Brewers' starting rotation
Even after losing perhaps their best starting pitcher due to injury, the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation keeps improving.
Chase Anderson, who leads the team with a 2.89 ERA, was placed on the disabled list June 29. But that hasn't slowed down the Brewers. In fact, July has been the best month of the season for Milwaukee's staff.
The ERA of Milwaukee's starters has improved every month this season. From 4.66 in April to 4.14 in May to 3.89 in June (which was third-best in the National League) to a 3.54 thus far in July. Only three other clubs have a better ERA in the month, which has seen the league average a 4.41 ERA in that span.
While four-fifth of the Brewers' rotation is below the league average ERA for July, Matt Garza and Brent Suter have really excelled.
The veteran Garza has found his footing, allowing two runs or less in each of his last four starts.
After making a spot start in mid-June, Suter entered the rotation in July and, like Garza, hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his four starts, all of which have occurred this month.
BREWERS STARTERS IN JULY
-- Travis Shaw has 70 RBI in his first 88 games with the Brewers. Only four players have more RBI in their first 90 games of their Milwaukee careers: Carlos Lee (77 in 2005), Larry Hisle (77, 1978), Ryan Braun (73, 2007) and Richie Sexson (72, 2000-01).
-- In two career starts against Washington, Davies is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA with no home runs allowed.
-- Davies is has a 7.47 run-support average this season.
-- Washington's Edwin Jackson has allowed 13 homers in his career vs. Milwaukee, the second-most he's served up to any team.
-- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak.
Statistics courtesy STATS and baseball-reference.com