The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in baseball right now and a win on Saturday night puts them at 9-2 in a very early baseball season.
The team won 3-2 Saturday night at home against Pittsburgh and was led by a leadoff home run from outfielder Carlos Gomez. Friday night the brew-crew beat the Pirates 4-2, but that night they were led by the offensive charge of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who blasted a two run homer. Early on in the season, Ramirez is batting .727 (8-for-11) with runners in scoring position.
“I would say that’s part of job — I’m a cleanup hitter driving in runs, so I have to concentrate a little harder when I have guys in scoring position,” Ramirez said.
The return of Ryan Braun has certainly helped the team’s early success, but it’s more about the entire team playing well together than their former MVP stealing the show.
“Everything’s clicking. We’ll continue to grind this thing out as best as we can, but we’re doing a lot of good things,” manager Ron Roenicke said.
The team started the season by dropping two games to Atlanta, but then they swept the Red Sox in Boston and the Phillies in Philadelphia, where they batted .320 for the series. Pitching has also been key to the Brewers success as they entered Fridays game with a league leading 1.95 ERA. Over the first 11 games, Milwaukee starters have a 2.44 ERA and the bullpen has posted a very impressive 0.98.
Now the Brewers face their first real test of the season as they will play 11 straight games without an off-day. This long haul includes a home series against division rivals St. Louis and then hitting the road to Pittsburgh. By the time the team faces the Cubs on the 25th this month, they will have played over 20 games on the season and we will see what the Brewers really have to offer.