It’s a glorious holiday on today’s date. Today, we celebrate the beauty of our great country. We celebrate the red, white and blue. For that, this is going to be a brief yet joyous power rankings piece. However, we are applauding another tremendous occasion on today’s date. We also are commemorating yet another brilliant start from Junior Guerra.
Here are my comments to ESPN in this week’s Power Rankings. The Brewers have now paved their way to No. 21, up two spots from last week’s position of No. 23, an area in which they were setting up home for a few weeks.
While the Brewers have had trouble against the Dodgers andCardinals, Junior Guerra has been nothing but lights-out as of late. He won his third straight outing Wednesday night, tossing eight scoreless innings of two-hit baseball against Los Angeles and boosting his record to 5-1. — Gabe Stoltz (@Stoltzy3), Disciples of Uecker
As I am typing this, Junior Guerra is being replaced after a star that has proudly become routine for him – 7 1/3 innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball while striking out seven. As I tweeted out earlier today, look up the word dominant in the dictionary. You’ll find a pitcher of Junior right next to it.
How impressive is this? Take a look at this heat map that details opposing batting averages against the right-hander since June 22:
Wow. Just wow. Guerra is proving himself more and more and solidifying his true status of the Brewers’ ace. Just think – a 31 year-old starter is the headlining act to this Brewers rotation. Who would have ever thought that? Rebuilding times cause for great storylines and this is one of them.
Over his last seven games, Guerra is now 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 46 innings pitched. His overall ERA on the year has now dipped below 3.00 on the year. It now has me itching to find a No. 41 jersey the next time at Miller Park, considering the fact that I do not have a jersey of a single player currently on the Brewers (I still am unable to wear Braun).
It should also be noted that the Brewers continue to contend with the teams that are vying for a spot in the playoffs. Well, besides the Cardinals and Dodgers, of course. But nonetheless, taking three out of four from a well-seasoned Nationals team is no easy task. Who knows, maybe the Brewers will crack the top 20 in next week’s Power Rankings.
Have a happy and joyous Fourth of July, everyone. Go Brewers.