NEW YORK — Twenty-two year-old Mike Morgan may have entered today’s game 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA, but he is the Brewers’ cryptonite. And actually, his last start was also against the Brewers. He is 3-4 with a 4.45 ERA against non-Brewers teams.
Considering how hot the Brewers are, this is significant. Since Harvey Kuenn took over on June 2, the Brewers are hitting .296 with 45 home runs and 175 runs, averaging 6.7 runs per game. Ted Simmons‘ home run today tied a Major League Baseball record of 27 team home runs over a span of 13 games. Of their last 15 games, the Brewers have lost three times. Two of those losses were at the hands of Mike Morgan.
And considering the Brewers lambasted Ron Guidry and Tommy John in the first two games of this series (both pitchers had ERA’s of close to 3.00 entering their respective starts), it’s a bit puzzling that they can’t handle a pitcher like Morgan.
But they can’t. The Brewers have scored fewer than seven runs only twice during the past eight games. Each time, you guessed it, was against Morgan.
Meanwhile Brewers starter Moose Haas couldn’t get two outs in the first inning before allowing five runs. Of his last five starts, four have been disasters. While nearly everything seems to be going right at the moment, Haas is not.
But we’ll move on. It’s one game. We need to be realistic. On the road in New York, we can’t expect a sweep.
Meanwhile, the first place Red Sox lost to the Tigers today and remain two games up on the Brewers. Guess who is coming to Milwaukee tomorrow? That’s right, the Red Sox.
The biggest series of the season to this point is about to begin. Buckle up!
Game Notes: Jim Gantner, who has been nursing a sore shoulder, will attempt to throw tomorrow.