QUICK HIT: No-names Dominate
Clearly the blueprint has been established for defeating the Milwaukee Brewers. Simply call up a pitcher from the minors and have him make his major league debut against Milwaukee. The Brewers are 0-4 against such pitchers this season. And it doesn’t matter if the pitcher is a highly touted prospect like the Atlanta Braves Tommy Hanson, or a short term fill-in like Minnesota’s Anthony Swarczak. If the Brewers haven’t faced him before, they don’t have a clue.
The latest ‘Cy Young candidate’ to beat the Brewers was Ryan Sadowski of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Sadowski came to the team with a 4.11 Earned Run Average at Triple-A Fresno. In fact, he had yet to throw a shutout in 6 minor league seasons, yet he was able to put up 6 scoreless innings against the Crew.
For some reason, the Brewers find a way to fail where other teams manage to succeed. It’s getting to the point where the scouting report of upcoming opponents will include a list of minor league pitchers to call up just to play against them.