The old saying goes, you shouldn’t look at the leaderboard until Memorial Day – so here we are. The Brewers are now just 2 games away from first place in the badly flawed NL Central after sweeping the Nationals in Washington and splitting a four-game streak with the Padres last week.
From this week on, the schedule starts to look a little easier, starting with a two-game set that begins this afternoon with the Detroit Tigers.
Detroit comes in this week at 22-31 overall, fourth in an equally flawed AL Central. But they’ve actually been a decent team last month, going from an April 8-19 to 14-12 so far in May, while the Brewers are 12-15. The Tigers also come in on a. a little hot streak, having just swept the New York Yankees and winning 4 of their last 5 games.
If you’re wondering where the Brewers would be without their outstanding starting pitcher, the Tigers would be a good place to start looking. While the offense is down for all baseball teams in the first two months, the Tigers are one of the few teams that have legitimately been as bad as the Brewers with Bats. They’ve actually scored fewer points than the Brewers – their 192 points are 27th in the majors, compared to the Brewers’ 200 points which tie them at 24th. Their batting average of .224 is better than the Brewers ‘.211, but their OBP of .296 and slugging percentage of .356 roughly matches the Brewers’ team totals.
Jeimer Candelario has been the closest thing to a consistent attacking player for Detroit, hitting .281 / .355 / .406 this year, but he was largely only double the power. Robbie Grossman leads the team in points and is tied with Wilson Ramos for the team lead in circuits with 6, but his .247 / .371 / .418 line outside the very good OBP is not going to attract attention. , Is.
Rookie Akil Baddoo burst onto the scene with a few hot weeks and is the only regular Tigers with an OPS above 0.800, but has since cooled off and arrives this week hitting 0.233 / 0.325 / 0.485 for the season.
Old friend Jonathan Schoop struggled in his first 50 games of the season as well, hitting just .237 / .291 / .349 with 5 homers and 17 points, but 48 strikeouts in 186 batting.
Corbin Burnes will have the opportunity to match Brandon Woodruff’s incredible performance in Washington by collecting the ball this afternoon. As Woodruff faced Max Scherzer, Burnes will face a Tigers box game as former Marlin Jose Urena misses a start here with injury. Lefty Tyler Alexander will be the first Tiger to come out of the bullpen today. Alexander has a 4.35 ERA with an FIP of 4.52 across 13 appearances this year, with an average of 97 ERA + slightly below average. He may be making the start to try to neutralize Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich in their early at-bats, as he’s held lefties to a .231 / .250 / .462 line this year – as opposed to to .288 / .333 / .441 right-handed.
Monday morning, the starters of both teams for Tuesday night’s game are still to be determined.