Tuesday: Wily Peralta (31.1 IP, 4.88 ERA, 7.76 K/9) v. Drew Pomeranz (27.0 IP, 4.00 ERA, 11.33 K/9)
Drew Pomeranz is pretty good, and he’s been vicitimized a bit by a higher-than-normal 18.5% HR/FB rate. He’s striking out a ton of guys and maintaining an average walk rate, and should spend the duration of the season in the sub-4.00 ERA club, though hopefully his induction is delayed for just one more start.
Wednesday: Chase Anderson (34.2 IP, 2.86 ERA, 7.79 K/9) v. Kyle Kendrick (4.0 IP, 13.50 ERA, 2.25 K/9)
First of all, let’s talk about who isn’t here: Chris Sale pitched on Sunday, and will miss this series with Milwaukee. That’s a bad thing if you’re a baseball fan in Milwaukee who wants to see the game’s brightest stars, but it’s a great thing if you’re invested in the Brewers win-loss record. Sale has been dominant this season, averaging over seven innings per start and recording double digits in every start except his first.
By that measure, boy, it sure is nice to see Kyle Kendrick again. Another reason it’s nice to see him is the opportunity for the Brewers to extract a measure of revenge for one of the darkest days in Wisconsin sports history. Kendrick shut out the Brewers over seven innings on Opening Day of 2015 as the Colorado Rockies stomped all over Milwaukee, 10-0. Later that evening, the Wisconsin Badgers dropped a heartbreaking national championship game to D*ke. May this game serve to exorcise some of those demons.
Chase Anderson has been mostly bad since I wrote about how good he was about two weeks ago. I will never write anything else ever again, except for this and additionally all the other things I ever write.
Thursday: Jimmy Nelson (31.2 IP, 4.83 ERA, 7.11 K/9) v. Eduardo Rodriguez (29.1 IP, 3.07 ERA, 11.35 K/9)
The 24-year-old Rodriguez has impressed thus far in his third year in the bigs. He’s a fly ball pitcher who succeeds in keeping the ball in the park, which is not an easy thing to do in the cramped comfines of Fenway Park.
2017: First meeting
All-Time: 188-218 (100-100 in Milwaukee)
The Red Sox have not visited Milwaukee since taking two of three in 2003, when Miller Park was a toddler, Donald Trump was developing a reality television show and David Ortiz was debuting with Boston. The 2003 Brewers pitching staff was the team’s worst this century, and ranks 519th out of 540 in ERA among all seasons since 2000. The team’s best pitcher in 2003 was Brooks Kieschnick, who led the team with a 3.86 FIP (min. 50 IP). The team’s best hitter was Brooks Kieschnick, who led the team with a 148 wRC+. The Brewers finished that season with 68 wins which is good and correct; such a season does not deserve to ever be called nice.
Are the Red Sox good?
Man, yeah. Kind of.
Who is the most handsome Red Sox player?
The most handsome Red Sock is Xander Bogaerts, which is a very silly name for such a nice young man.
Old friends, new enemies
Travis Shaw, 3B: Noted good name haver and the Mayor of Ding Dong City has delighted his new constituents so far this season, hitting .263/.303/.544 with seven dingers and a team-high 24 RBI. The Red Sox, meanwhile, sit dead last in combined fWAR from their third basemen this season, which is mostly Pablo Sandoval’s lair. Prior to this season, the Red Sox had Shaw as a bridge to the arrival of super-prospect Yoan Moncada, who is nearing his MLB debut. Now, both those players are gone, with Shaw traded to Milwaukee and Moncada the centerpiece in the deal that netted Sale in the space of 24 hours. Neither trade looks bad in a vaccuum, but both of them together seem to signal that the Red Sox either forgot that they were required to start someone at the hot corner, or they were confident in the return of Sandoval. Neither conclusion makes the team look very good.
Tyler Thornburg, RHP: The man Milwaukee sent to Boston in exchange for Shaw, Thornburg has yet to appear for his new team, having his potential return to action delayed over and over since Spring Training to the point where he was placed on the 60-day DL last week. He still has no timetable for a return to action.
Milwaukee Broadcast Information:
Tuesday: 6:40 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Wednesday: 7:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Thursday: 12:10 pm on FS Wisconsin/MLB Network and 620 WTMJ