Grading the Miami Marlins: Swept in Milwaukee
Lewis Brinson +.191
Brinson only totaled three hits for the Miami Marlins in the series against the Brewers, and struck out six times. Still, his WPA margin leads the team, nearly double the next player on the list.
Brinson came into the series with a .131/.185/.131 slashline, going 8-for-61 with 20 strikeouts. Half of those eight hits came in Miami’s 17-inning, 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on March 30th. Coming into the series opener, he was mired in a 1-for-36 slump.
In Thursday’s game, the series opener, Brinson batted eighth in the lineup and led off the third with his first homer of the season to tie the score at one (+.108). In his second at bat, with a man on and nobody out in the fifth, he cranked his second (+.216) to take a 3-2 lead. Brinson later struck out with no outs and a man on second, down by nine runs in the seventh (-.002). The Marlins eventually lost, 12-3.
The next day, in Miami’s 8-0 loss, Brinson had moved up to seventh in the order. He struck out for the first out of the second, down 1-0 with a man on first (-.037). Again with a man on first in the fourth, and down by a run, he struck out to end the inning (-.030).
In Saturday’s game, Brinson hit a three-run homer with nobody out in the second to give the Marlins a 4-0 lead (+.153). He struck out while up by three runs to lead off the fourth (-.014). In the sixth, he struck out while up by one run for the second out of the inning (-.019). He struck out again to lead off the ninth, tied at five (-.062).
On Sunday, Brinson drew first by way of HBP to lead off the second, up 1-0 (+.033). He grounded out, 1-3 to end the fourth (-.012). In the sixth, he struck out to end the inning with the bases loaded and down by a run (-.119). He suffered his sixth strikeout of the series for the second out of the ninth, down by a 4-2 score (-.026).