Brothers allowed two runs on four walks while retiring just one batter in Saturday's loss to the Giants. Brothers got the eighth inning with the Cubs already down 12-3, and the lefty didn't help the cause by walking the first two batters he faced. He retired LaMonte Wade on a flyout but then walked two more hitters before getting the hook. Brothers struggled with command in 2020, albeit in just a three-game sample, and has struggled again this year. He's now walked 32 hitters in just 49.1 innings of work, which explains why his ERA sits at 5.29 despite an impressive 74 strikeouts.
Brothers (3-2) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two, earning the win Saturday versus Arizona. The 33-year-old worked the eighth inning, and he became the pitcher of record when the Cubs pulled ahead in the ninth. Brothers has put together 4.2 scoreless innings in his last four outings after a rocky stretch when the calendar flipped from June to July. The veteran reliever has a 3.48 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 55:18 K:BB through 33.2 innings. He's added eight holds and a save in 36 appearances as part of the bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.
Brothers (2-2) took the loss Monday versus Philadelphia. He allowed two runs on a hit and a walk while recording only one out (via strikeout). After allowing multiple runs just once in his first 30 outings of the year, the southpaw has given up five runs in 1.2 innings across his last two appearances. Brothers gave up an RBI double to Andrew McCutchen after walking Bryce Harper in Monday's game, and reliever Keegan Thompson allowed the inherited runner to score. With his recent struggles, Brothers' ERA is now at 4.03 with a 1.24 WHIP and 50:17 K:BB through 29 innings.
Brothers (2-1) allowed three runs on two hits across 1.1 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Brewers. He walked two and struck out two. The Cubs got a short start from Jake Arrieta, so they needed Brothers in the third inning, and the lefty struggled. He had allowed just two runs all month coming into Wednesday, but the rough appearance raised his ERA from 2.63 to 3.45. Brothers should still remain an important part of the Chicago bullpen, though it'd be encouraging to see him right the ship his next time out.
Brothers (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief and earned the win Wednesday against the Padres. He struck out two. Brothers pitched the sixth inning of a 1-1 game, then grabbed the win when the Cubs moved ahead in the top of the seventh. The lefty has been solid with a 3.05 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 20.2 innings this season, though his middle-relief role doesn't always lend itself to a ton of fantasy value.
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