The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t lose to the Washington Nationals in the National League Wild Card Game because of their starting rotation. But if they’re ever going to win the NL pennant, they need to add two top-of-the-rotation starting pitchers.
After winning the NL Central and taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to seven games in the NL Championship Series, the Brewers finished the 2019 regular season 89-73 which warranted second place in their division and the second NL Wild Card seeding. As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, they lost to the Nationals in the one-game playoff.
While blowing a two-run eighth inning lead with Josh Hader on the hill is going to sting for a while, it was remarkable that Craig Counsell‘s club even made the playoffs after 2018 NL Most Valuable Player Award recipient Christian Yelich went down for the year due to a knee cap injury. Meanwhile, their offense underperformed through August.
This team needs starting pitching. Yes, Brandon Woodruff had an impressive first season as a full-time starter, and Zach Davies had a plausible bounce-back season. At the same time, Counsell didn’t trust Woodruff to pitch past the fourth inning in the NL Wild…