Lets take stock of last weeks column. Apparently I should never write about Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich ever again as both ended up hurt this past week. Yelich to the 10 day DL with oblique tightness and Cain out two games with a quad strain. So the final verdict hear is that I cursed them.
Onto the pitchers and their uncanny ability to give up homeruns. On the season they have given up 14 dingers. But as I pointed out last week the starting rotation is in flux and most likely will be for most of the season.
Junior Guerra was called up from Triple-A and a quality outing of 5.1 innings, only allowing four hits and one run to go along with four strikeouts. But the staff is still giving up over one homer a game. So we will have to check back frequently.
As for Shaw leading the league in doubles, he has been in a bit of a slump this past week only garnering two more double for a total of six. Right now that puts him tied with about ten other players for eighth place in the National League.
Now to this week.
The Cardiac Crew will drive balding and graying of hair rates to record highs
The Brewers have won eight games and lost eight games. Of the eight wins, five have been by a mere run, with another won by two run thanks to a Ryan Braun ninth inning homerun.
Looking to the loses, three have come during the opponents final at bats. This brings us to a whooping total of nine intense baseball games. As a baseball fan, this should make me ecstatic as clutch homeruns, a one run save opportunities are what make baseball great.
But it also can lead to stress and anxiety which can lead to accelerating hair loss and graying of the hair atop my head. When I got my hair cut earlier this week, I noticed not one, not two but FIVE gray hairs.
I will expecting reimbursements for my Touch of Grey and Rogane Foam purchases, Bernie Brewer.
There is recent president for a team who is of playoff talent that pushes projections and run differentials to the wayside. And that is the 2016 Texas Rangers who only posted a +8 run differential.
Despite that, they won 28 more times then they lost and won the AL West Division.
So far, in small sample size, the Cardiac Crew (name due to possible cardiac arrest a viewer may suffer if watching them) has a -13 run differential. But again, small sample size.
One thing that we can take from this short season thus far, is that the bullpen is good enough (if our defense can decide to not throw balls into the stands) to win a lot of one or two run games.
So I’m giving this statement a under-reaction as my hair won’t turn gray, my entire head might explode due to the oncoming stress from this season.
Josh Hader is the best reliever in baseball
The hair. The herky-jerky wind-up and release. The way he makes future hall of famers look like fools at the plate. There isn’t much not to love about relief pitch Josh Hader.
In 2017 he came onto the scene pitching 47.2 innings. Hader regularly dominated in his appearances posting 68 strikeouts, only allowing 25 hits and 11 runs.
Through five appearances this season, he has posted 9.2 innings, 22 strikeouts and only walked three batters. In the small sample size he is averaging 20 strikeouts per nine innings. In fact, he is the only National League relief pitcher in the top 10 for strikeouts.
He has also only given up two hits, although one was a homerun in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Other bullpen arms vying to be the top relief arm are Kenley Janson, who has given up four runs in 5.2 innings of work, Zach Britton, who is on the 60-day DL, and Andrew Miller, who is doing normal Miller things with 6.0 innings of work giving up zero runs but five hits.
For Hader, I just don’t see him claiming the top spot. I’m giving this an over-reaction. Not because Hader won’t be great, he will, but because he will be one of a few elite relief pitchers. And most of the company he will be in will be much more experienced.