Resurgent pitching staff fuels Brewers’ playoff push
A resurgent pitching staff has already powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a second consecutive playoff appearance. Now they’re chasing an improbable division title.
The Brewers enter Friday’s action just a game behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals heading into their final series of the regular season, a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies.
Milwaukee’s pitching staff has a combined 2.75 ERA in 24 games this month after posting a 4.58 ERA from March-August. The group hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a single contest since Sept. 15, a string of 10 straight games.
Only three teams since 1950 have orchestrated more dramatic September turnarounds. The 2010 Brewers pulled off a similar transformation but went just 14-13 in September, missing the playoffs.
|2010||San Francisco Giants||3.68||1.78||-1.90|
Zach Davies, the Brewers’ starter for Friday’s series opener, has a 1.96 ERA over his past five starts after posting a 9.41 ERA in five starts prior.
Davies’ opponent batting average has fallen to .190 over his last five, but the Rockies will test that number.
Arenado has a career .710 slugging percentage in 146 plate appearances against the Brewers, which ranks third all-time amongst players with at least 125 plate appearances against Milwaukee.
— The Brewers are 7-3 at Coors Field since 2016 and have averaged 5.2 runs per game over that span.
— Opposing lefties have a .413 on-base percentage against Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela this season, tops in the majors.
— Trent Grisham has a .369 on-base percentage as the Brewers’ leadoff hitter, third-highest ever for a rookie with at least 100 plate appearances in that spot.
Statistics courtesy of Sportradar