Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Brewer Stuggle Mightily Against Nationals

The Milwaukee Brewers are playing their worst baseball of the '09 season. So bad in fact that the lowly Washington Nationals (30-68 before coming to town) are bashing their brains in, scoring 22 runs in the first two games of a critical four game series.

It's been extremely difficult to watch. So difficult in fact that I couldn't bring myself to go out to Miller Park last night...even though it was my birthday and it was a beautiful night for baseball.

The Brewers are now 4-8 since the All-Star Break and 7-16 their last 23 games. They are hitting below .190 with runners in scoring position during this stretch and my calculator starts smoking when I try to figure out what their starters ERA is.

I sure hope the Brewers Brass doesn't give up too much for any one player in the hope of turning things around. This team has a lot of holes, folks.

Don't get me wrong. There is still a lot of baseball left, 62 games, but I can't say I feel too good about their chances.

I guess we'll have to see what Doug Melvin and company can put together this week.

Good Luck!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Critical Time For Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers first 14 games after the All-Star Break are against teams with records below .500. After splitting four games in Cincinnati, it's hyper critical that the Brewers get some wins against the Pirates, Braves and Nationals. In my opinion, the Crew must go at least 6-4 their next 10 games against these three teams. It would be awesome if they could go 7-3.

The Crew has owned the Pirates the last couple of years and it's imperative that they step on their throats tonight. You know the Pirates have an axe to grind with the Brew after losing 17 in a row to Milwaukee. Let's hope the Brewers can get it rolling in Pittsburgh.

After the Pittsburgh series, The Brewers are back in Milwaukee and face the Atlanta Braves for three games and the Washington Nationals for four. If the Brewers are going to be taken seriously, they have to get Series wins against both opponents. I think it would do wonders for their confidence if they can rattle off three straight winning series'.

What do you say, folks? Can the Crew get it rolling?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Key Milwaukee Brewers Series Against St. Louis

Yovani Gallardo had one bad inning, and that was all it took for St. Louis to win the first game of this crucial series. It looked like Adam Wainwright was not suffering from his previous outing. In the prior game, he threw over 120 pitches. Wainwright had his wicked curve ball dialed in perfectly last night. Brewers batters could not lay off that pitch.

With the bases loaded in the second inning, Mike Cameron was hit by the ball as Kendall's lofty chopper drifted towards the St. Louis shortstop. That play could have scored a run for Milwaukee, but it was not to be.

The Milwaukee Brewers didn't get any help from the umpire in last night's contest. Dale Sveum and Willie Randolph were both ejected by the third inning. Bill Hohn called Gallardo's check swing a strike, and Pujol's check swing a ball. When looking at the reply, the only difference between swings was that Gallardo had a slower recoil when compared to Pujols. Miller Park fans were justifiably angry with Hohn.

Game two will feature Jeff Suppan for Milwaukee and Wellenmeyer for St. Louis. Suppan needs a to turn his performance around in short order. He has not had a win since June 12th, and continues to struggle on the mound.