The Milwaukee Brewers didn't score this season until the eighth inning of their second game. Nevertheless, they are now 1-1 after defeating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Saturday. Starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff, who spun six innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight, was all smiles after the game, per Adam McCalvy.
Brandon Woodruff on the jolt of energy from the Brewers’ rookies: “I’m pitching today but I’m watching Joey and you can just tell the nerves are there. I’m kind of right there with him. It’s like we’re in it together.” pic.twitter.com/m7zT9z9wxV
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 1, 2023
“Not that I'm an old guy by any means, but just having a few years under my belt and just seen the excitement, kind of how their day goes,” Woodruff said of the Brewers' young players. “I'm pitching today but I’m watching Joey (Wiemer) and you can just tell the nerves are there. I’m kind of right there with him. It’s like we’re in it together.”
Milwaukee has a number of young players on their roster. There is bound to be some rough patches amid their plethora of youth, but the Brewers are hoping their veteran presences, such as Woodruff, can help to keep them afloat.
The Brewers have been successful for the most part over the past few years. They missed the playoffs last season, however, after crumbling during the second-half of the year. Milwaukee's 2023 outlook is difficult to predict. The Brewers still feature enough pitching, but the question is whether or not they will receive enough offense.
So far, despite the three runs scored on Saturday, their offense has underperformed. But there is plenty of time to turn things around.
The Brewers will look to make it two wins in a row on Sunday in Chicago at 2:20 PM EST.