If I told you that the Brewers and Cubs had virtually the same record almost a quarter of the way into the season. I’m guessing you would assume it was because the Brewers were playing out of their mind and the Cubs were really struggling. Although everything seems to be clicking for this Brewers team, they aren’t dominating as much as you would think and inspite of having a rough start the Cubs are really hanging in their as both teams are only about a couple of games out of first place.
The strength for the Crew has been a somewhat unsuspected power surge from a rag-tag group of hitters which was assembled through free agency and trades over the last year or so. Bandy was one of the players acquired through trade and has proven to be a very solid bat for Milwaukee during this early season explosion.
The pitching was considered to be a major weakness coming into the season but the staff seems to quickly be finding some chemistry as the Brewers begin to hit their stride. Matt Garza only gave up two runs while throwing six innings of five hit ball to start the game. The bullpen was also fairly solid until Jacob Barnes gave up two runs in the ninth to give the Mets a slight chance. Jerad Hughes put an end to the threat when he came in, got the next two batters out and slammed the door shut on New York.
The Brewers who would move into a tie for first place in the NL Central if Cincinnati loses tonight, will play two more games at home against the Mets before heading to San Diego for a four game series and then coming back to play three against the Cubs at Wrigley.