April is a time for surprises, at least in baseball.
Each year a team gets out of the box quickly, defying expectations.
Take the Milwaukee Brewers, who are atop the NL Central, which produced three playoff teams a year ago in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The Brewers raced to the top thanks in large part to three-game sweeps at Philadelphia and Boston.
“We’re not surprised by our start,” Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer told reporters. “We know how good we are.
“We are so confident in ourselves and our abilities and what we have in the clubhouse, that what other people are saying around the baseball world doesn’t really affect us. We’re playing the game the right way and having fun doing it, and putting ‘W’s’ on the board.”
Milwaukee entered Friday’s games with the best ERA in baseball at 1.95. The Brewers made a splash during the offseason by signing Matt Garza to bolster a rotation that includes Yovani Gallardo — who is unscored upon after two starts — and Kyle Lohse.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez is batting .390 with three home runs, which is tied for the team lead with outfielder Ryan Braun, who last year was suspended 65 games.
“We don’t care what anybody outside thinks, to be honest with you,” Lohse told MLB.com. “We knew coming into camp we were deep in the rotation, we were deep in the lineup. It was time to turn the page on last year.
“We don’t care what anybody thinks. We come here every day and forget about the last one and try to get the job done. It’s a fun group to play with. We try to keep it simple like that.”