It’s getting uglier and uglier for the Brew Crew.
On a night the Cardinals may have lost their ace to a torn Achilles the Brewers still couldn’t manage a victory, falling 5-3 to visiting St. Louis on Saturday at Miller Park. Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in the top of the second and Matt Holliday belted a three-run bomb in the seventh as the Cardinals moved to 12-4 on the young season with a +28 run differential.
Milwaukee fell to 3-15 with a -50 run differential.
Both marks are the worst in the majors — by far.
Ryan Braun, who’s still owed $113 million, is batting just .230/.277/.279 through 65 plate appearances. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday night’s loss. Milwaukee will try to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday. If the Brewers do get swept, you’d have to wonder if manager Ron Roenicke is going to be on the team flight to Cincinnati afterward.
Your box scores from Saturday …
Indians 1, Tigers 4
Nationals 0, Marlins 8
Astros 9, Athletics 3
Mets 8, Yankees 2
Braves 5, Phillies 2
Blue Jays 2, Rays 4
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Red Sox 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
Rangers 1, Angels 4
Dodgers 11, Padres 8
Twins 8, Mariners 5
Giants 5, Rockies 4 (11 innings)
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.