The Brewers newest bullpen ace hit 100 mph in recording the four last outs of the game, three via strikeout, to give Zach Davies his seventh win and keep Milwaukee in first place in front of the Cubs in the NL Central.
The bullpen has been the biggest frustration for fans of the Crew this year. Some of them are hoping the front office will find a way to flip star outfielder Ryan Braun for a true closer, yet others are enjoying watching Knebel work his magic. Others would argue that the only reason the Brewers keep winning is because a different hitter in their lineup gets hot at the right time in almost every game.
It’s kind of hard to argue that Milwaukee is currently an offensive explosion waiting to happen, especially when six different Brewers had at least 1 RBI in an 8-6 game. It’s no secret that David Stearns has an eye for offense but if you look closer you will see that quite a few of his pitchers are dominant as well. It’s the fact that the Brewers bats seem to cool down as the game draws on, coupled with a few struggling relievers, that tends to pour cold water on an otherwise scorching hot team.
It’s hard to complain though when you remember this team just had a major firesale and are supposed to be in a rebuilding year in 2017. Not bad when you are over .500 and in front of the defending champs for first place in your division. It also doesn’t hurt that Milwaukee has found yet another diamond in the rough.
Knebel doesn’t always make it look easy though, even though it usually is. Sometimes he can get a bit wild, even in the midst of dominating and right about the time opposing hitters see light at the end of the tunnel, he extinguishes it with a scorching hot, high fastball.
If they continue their winning ways, this season could go from a surprise to a postseason adventure, and from a dream to a reality for Brewers fans. If Knebel keeps dominating and the rest of the bullpen steps up, this Brewers team could be something very special yet this season.