The 0–162 Dream Stays Alive; Positives and Negatives from Brewers’ Game Two
Well, look on the bright side, Brewers fans; the 0–162 dream is still alive for our mighty Crew.
The Brewers fell once again to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday by a score of 6 to 5. Brewers’ starter Zach Davies was credited with the loss as Rockies’ starter Tyler Anderson picked up his first win of the 2017 campaign.
Though it’s never fun to lose, especially the first two games of the year, there were some positive outcomes for the Brewers as they continue to (hopefully) mesh as a a cohesive starting unit.
Just call him Aramis Ramirez?
The most impactful must be starting third baseman Travis Shaw, who has looked absolutely unstoppable through his first two regualr season games in a Brewers uniform. Shaw has doubled four times in two games for the Crew after adding two more, plus an RBI, on Tuesday.
The Mayor of Ding Dong City (the nickname Shaw picked up in Boston) has benefited from the smaller sizes of the Miller Park outfield as he continues to hit baseballs into the gaps.
The Mayor has yet to homer for the Brewers, but if he keeps hitting the cover off the ball the long balls will come; for now, I am sure Craig Counsell will be pleased with mere doubles.
The Struggle of Jhan Reliever and Another Second Baseman
Out of all of the Brewers to struggle to open the season, two have stood out as shining examples above the rest; Jhan Marinez and Jonathan Villar.
Marinez, who was, as Brewers announcer Bill Schroeder continues to say, “lights out” last year for the Crew has looked disturbingly hittable through his first two appearances.
In his two appearances thus far, the Rockies lineup has absolutely battered the reliever to a point that the author believes that Jacob Barnes should be tasked with the 7th inning in close games.
Has Marinez pitched poorly so far? Not necessarily. So far, at least, it has been a case of batters hitting the ball in the right places, whether that be at the corners or shallow in the outfield.
Can luck change? Sure. Will it? Let’s not find out in a crucial situation.
Meanwhile, the roller-coaster ride that is Jonathan Villar continues to shoot up and down at an unforgiving pace.
Villar continued to struggle at his new position, second base, on Tuesday, making, or not making, plays which would allow the Rockies to build up an early lead.
In the third, with the Crew leading 1–0 with a man on first with one out, Charlie Blackmon blooped a softly hit ball towards second base.
Villar rushed in and attempted to make a diving catch; as he landed, however, the ball popped out, allowing both runners to reach base safely.
If Villar makes the play he should have been capable of, the Crew turn the double play and they lead heading to the bottom of the inning.
That isn’t what happened.
Allowing Blackmon to reach gave the Rockies lineup an excuse to tee off on Zach Davies, who struggled with command throughout the night. With the bases loaded and only one down, former Brewers outfielder (YES, another one) Gerardo Parra doubled and brought in all three runs.
Instead of leading 1–0, the Brewrers were down 5–1 going to the fifth inning, once again as a result of Villar’s mistakes at second base.
When the move from shortstop to second was announced, I assumed that Villar would be taught the finer points of the position.
Somehow, it seems that I was very wrong.
Villar will never be taken out of the lineup, so the best we can hope for now is that he improves enough to be serviceable on the defensive side and that the waiving of Scooter Gennett doesn’t come back to bite us in the you-know-what.
The Brewers will attempt to win their first on the year tomorrow as they play at 12:40 PM once again against the Rockies. Wily Peralta will take the mound for the Crew.