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How are the Brewers still in first?

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That’s right, the Brewers won another series against the St. Louis Cardinals, AND they’re still in first place. It’s the middle of June, officially, and this is still a thing. How exactly? Well,¬†on a basic level, the offense has been good and the pitching has been better than expected.

Here’s Tommy Stokke from FanRag Sports:

In the last month, Guerra has a 2.45 ERA in five starts after beginning the year on the DL. Anderson has a 2.83 ERA in 13 starts with 71 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. The other pitcher the D-backs saw, Zach Davies, has a 3.21 ERA in his last five starts as he continues to round back after battling early with his mechanics. Jimmy Nelson (3.45 ERA) has been solid and Matt Garza, when healthy, has so far been better than expected.

If you look a bit at advanced metrics, the Brewers have six regulars with an OPS+ above the league average of 100. Eric Thames leads the way at 154, while Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana are all at 120 or higher. Throw in Manny Pina, Keon Broxton and Hernan Perez that are right around that league average mark, and you have a line-up on any given night that has very few holes. That has lead to consistent output, and a winning record in the process.


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