Game 31 Thoughts: Narveson Continues to Impress

FanGraphs Win Probability

W: Chris Narveson (3-0)
L: Ian Kennedy (2-2)

ARI HR: None
MIL HR: Gregg Zaun (2), Prince Fielder (4), Casey McGehee (6)

I have to say, I’m becoming a fan of Narveson.

When he was moved to the rotation, I was upset that he was getting the call instead of Manny Parra. Parra was better out of the bullpen than Narveson was, so it seemed like he was getting screwed out of a rotation spot again.

Narveson has proved me wrong since moving into the rotation, though, and today’s start was just incredibly fun to watch. He struck out 8 in 5.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, only one of which was hit out of the infield. He even helped his own cause, driving in Corey Hart after Hart hit a two-out triple in the 5th. He’s looked unspectacular at times, but he’s certainly getting the job done.  I’ve even been impressed with him at times, but that just might be because my expectations were so low to begin with.

The game remained tight until the 8th inning, when McGehee and Zaun blasted back-to-back home runs — the first time that’s happened for the Brewers this year — to put the Brewers up 6-1. Jeff Suppan entered in the 9th inning, I joked that perhaps this should count as a save situation for Soup, and he proceeded to almost make it a save situation. He loaded the bases with one out, but managed to draw a game-ending double play to end the threat.

The sweep of the Diamondbacks puts the Brewers at 15-16, closing a road trip everyone thought would be a disaster at 6-4. They’re off to a 6-2 start in May, and now go home to face another struggling team in Atlanta. Who knew we’d be feeling this good last week when the Brewers were getting shut out of 3 games in San Diego?

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