The Milwaukee Brewers are cruising at 15-8 and looking to win their second straight NL Central division title. To no surprise, Milwaukee is leaning heavily on a starting rotation that competes with the best in baseball.
There's a new name in that group, at least a new name dominating opposing lineups in Eric Lauer. Lauer is off to an absurd career-best 1.93 ERA and 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings. That's almost 4+ strikeouts better than his previous career high, and a lot stems from his uptick in velocity.
Lauer recently revealed an unusual way he added velocity to his fastball and a whole lot of strikeouts to his repertoire.
Eric Lauer Brewers
Four of five of Lauer's pitches (fastball, cutter, changeup, slider) have recorded career-high marks in velocity this season and it all traces back to a bullpen session in 2021.
Lauer spoke to Will Sammon of The Athletic about this breakthrough moment. He hadn't broken into a full-time role with the Brewers yet and was struggling with his low-90s mph fastball. According to Sammon, Lauer told now-Brewers’ bullpen coach Jim Henderson that he wanted to try a few things.
Without any direction from his coaches, Lauer begin imitating different pitching mechanics from current and former aces. This group included New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and former San Francisco Giants stud Tim Lincecum.
Lauer saw immediate results, jumping closer to 95 mph with his fastball and similar upticks across the board.
The 26-year-old lefty finally put it all together to kick off his 2022 campaign. It started with a solid performance last year, pitching to a then career-best 3.19 ERA. But Lauer's 1.93 ERA in 2022 is now one of the best in the game and his 13.1 strikeout rate is by far the best of his career.
The Brewers are excited about their newest ace, and head into the month of May with +1300 odds (sixth) to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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