On Tuesday night, the Brewers fell behind starter Jimmy Nelson 4-1 to the Padres. This time, though, the topic of discussion won’t be the ongoing debate regarding Nelson, Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada, and the impending return of Matt Garza; rather, let’s take a look at the other side of the ball and how Padres starter Tyson Ross baffled Brewers batters.
Ross brought his slider of death to the park on Tuesday, giving up one run run on 4 hits in 6.1 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2 while picking up his 13th consecutive quality start. More so than “exposing the flaws” in the Brewers offense (I mean, they did just score 10 runs a night before), Ross’s start may have been more along the lines of a team running into a dominant performance from a good starter.
The Brewers struggled most with Ross consistently attacking right-handed batters outside, predominantly with his slider.
Here’s Ross’s pitch frequency chart to Milwaukee’s right-handed batters:
As you can see, Ross worked the majority of the time on the edge and even off the outside corner of the plate to righties. A further look shows the Brewers swing rate, most notably at pitches outside the zone. Ross baffled Brewers hitters all night, taking advantage of a lapse in plate discipline.
Even beyond that, here are the Brewers right-handed batters’ swing rate against the Ross slider of death. The Brewers swung at nearly all sliders off the outside edge, which was one of Ross’s biggest keys on Tuesday.
It wouldn’t be logical to look at one game against one of the game’s top sliders and declare a major problem for Brewers batters. Baseball teams lose games and lose a lot of them. It, however, may be something of worth to note as the Brewers prepare for the September stretch run.