July 3, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada (41) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Marco Estrada has done a lot of things really well this season, but many of his strengths are dampened or negated by one simple fact: He's allowed eleven home runs in 48 innings, or 2.06 per nine. Yovani Gallardo (with 12) is the only Brewer to allow more long balls than Estrada this season, and he's pitched over twice as many innings.
This is a relatively new problem for Estrada: He only allowed eleven homers in 92.2 innings over all of last season. If he stays on his current pace, he'll become just the second Brewer pitcher ever to pitch over 90 innings while allowing more than two homers per nine innings. Here's the current leaderboard:
Jeff D'Amico holds the Brewer franchise record for most home runs allowed in under 100 innings, giving up 21 in 86 frames (2.20 per nine) in 1996.
Of course, the homer Estrada allowed today seems like no big deal now that the Brewer bullpen allowed several more after his departure.