September 28, 2021

Brandon Woodruff has taken the next step as the Brewers’ rotation stalwart (Brew Crew Ball)


Those outside of Milwaukee may not realize it, but Brandon Woodruff has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for nearly three years. According to the FanGraphs version of the metric, Woodruff ranks 10th among all pitchers with 8.8 Wins Above Replacement since the start of the 2019 season. Injuries and a pandemic-shortened season limited him to 35 starts over 2019 and 2020 combined, but Woodruff posted a strong 3.41 ERA, 3.08 FIP, and 3.49 SIERA over that stretch.

This year, Woodruff has ascended to a new level of dominance. In 20 starts, he has notched a pristine 2.14 ERA, 2.61 FIP, 3.22 SIERA, and 2.93 DRA. His evolution spans beyond those excellent figures. The big right-hander has taken the next step to emerge as the durable cornerstone of the Brewers’ starting rotation that the club was hoping he could be.

Even in today’s game, one that features progressively fewer innings from starters and heavier bullpen workloads, every team will tell you that they would prefer to have a true horse atop their rotation, one who can pitch deep into games with great results nearly every time he takes the ball. In 2019 and 2020, Woodruff was the closest thing the Brewers had to…

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