Jimmy Nelson might want to take a permanent marker to the calendars around the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse and change all of the months to say May. After struggling through April with a 5.34 ERA, .301 opponent batting average and 1.53 WHIP, Nelson has turned things around this month, posting a 1.15 ERA, .193 OBA and 1.02 WHIP while also striking out 10.34 batters per nine innings. Nelson's May began when he tossed three no-hit innings at Pittsburgh only to be removed following a long rain delay. This should really come as no surprise as Nelson has typically started slow and picked things up in May. In fact, May is Nelson's best month statistically -- in every major category -- over his career.
Brett Anderson had been the only player on the 25-man Opening Day roster without a World Series ring or the equity built up from being part of last year’s championship team. The Cubs viewed him as a relatively low-risk, high-reward gamble at the back of their rotation. Anderson got booed off the Wrigley Field mound in the first inning his last time out, walking away from a blowout loss to the New York Yankees on May 6 that spiked his ERA to 8.18 and put him on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his lower back. “I still have confidence in myself that when everything’s healthy, and when everything’s right, I can get people out,” Anderson said. “I just got to get there.” A significant step
On December 17, 2015, the Pirates traded outfielder Keon Broxton and right-hander Trey Supak to Milwaukee for Jason Rogers. (I’m focusing on hitters here, so Supak isn’t going to enter into the discussion.) Broxton was an extremely toolsy player with great speed, athleticism and defensive ability, and also solid power, but with major swing-and-miss problems. Rogers was a corner player with little athleticism or defensive skill, but with a line-drive bat, good contact ability and strike zone judgment, and good gap and some over-the-fence power. He’d also had some success already in the majors. The trade should have worked out. The Pirates aren’t exactly quick to share their strategic thinking