Because we know Brewers fans are filled with secret desires to know how Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Jake Odorizzi are doing...
|2011 - Zack Greinke
Greinke's numbers have been solid but not spectacular this season, outside of the shiny W-L record. However his numbers are a little bloated thanks to his semi-rough first three starts. In his last five outings, his ERA is 3.82. He's Ked 40 hitters in his last 33 innings, against just five walks.
The Brewers are widely believed to have a pretty horrible defense, which has also inflated Greinke's numbers. His FIP (2.52) and xFIP (2.04) are both excellent and forecast a strong performance going forward. Greinke's K rate of 11.25 per 9 is outstanding and his walk numbers are even lower than in his Cy Young year. Yes, he's in the National League, but he has quietly been very good.
Part of the reason why Greinke's allowed a fair number of hits and runs is that Yuniesky Betancourt is his shortstop.
|2011 - Yuniesky Betancourt
As Devil Fingers wrote yesterday, Betancourt has been terrible for the Brewers, who should really look at fielding anyone, anyone else if they want to stay near the top of the NL Central. Betancourt has been nearly as bad as Escobar at the plate (a .253 OBP? yikes) while also being one of the worst shortstops in the game. Even if you want to believe Yuni is an average SS ("I see plus hands and plus hands") the total package would still be awful.
I was not a huge fan of the Grienke trade (didn't hate it, just didn't love it) but the fact that the Royals got rid of Yuni, who most years is going to be a net negative was a unheralded benefit. If the Brewers are still playing him on July 4th, we can officially add them to the list of teams that have no idea what they are doing.