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When it comes to name recognition, Milwaukee's top three starters, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse, have plenty of it.
But after the trio had varying degrees of success during the spring—Gallardo was solid, Lohse was shaky and Garza just awful—questions lingered about whether the Brewers could count on the trio to keep the team in games once the regular season began.
After MLB's opening week, the answer to that question has been a resounding yes.
Gallardo has thrown 12.2 innings of scoreless baseball, while Garza allowed only one run and two hits over eight innings of work in his first start of the season. Lohse, unfortunately, has pitched to the highest ERA on the team—a more than respectable 3.86, surrendering three runs over seven innings of work.
But it's not just that trio that finds the Brewers—yes, the Brewers—sitting with baseball's lowest ERA (1.45), second-lowest WHIP (0.93) and third-lowest opponent's batting average (.191).
The team's bullpen has been stellar, with four of the six relievers that the Brewers have used yet to allow a run, while the rest of the team's starting rotation—Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta—have pitched to a combined 2.53 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.
If Milwaukee's pitching staff can continue to perform at such a high level, the race for the NL Central—already crowded with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis expected to be in the mix—could become that much more crowded.