Sunday, September 7, 2008

Time to Get Serious, Milwaukee.

No matter how you try to spin it, this was not a good series for the Brewers. The Padres came into Miller Park with the worst record in baseball, and left Milwaukee with two victories from a four game set. That's one, maybe two games too many to give the Padres if you're contending for your first playoff appearance since 1982.

You see that line a lot. Their first playoff appearance since 1982. It's been 26 years since the Brewers have ever tasted the postseason, and they should be doing everything possible to make sure that happens again. They've been doing that for the most part. Spending the money, making some trades, bringing in Sabathia. But after this last week where the Brewers went 2-5 at home, and nearly allowed a Chris Young perfect game, Milwaukee needs to get their act in gear.

Does Milwaukee want to be a team that is content with a winning record? Or does Milwaukee truly want to be considered one of the elite teams in Major League Baseball? This is something that has to be figured out right now.

Allowing the Padres to beat you 10-1 at home as they did Sunday afternoon is unacceptable at this point. Not this late in the season, where every game becomes that much more important as the schedule gets smaller and smaller. I'm still keeping my hands off that panic button, but others have already pressed it.

The Brewers have a huge road trip coming up now which will likely decide where they end up in October. There's a three game set in Cincinnati, which the Brewers need to take 2 out of 3 in. Then it's a four game trip to Philly, which is absolutely huge. Following that is a potentially earth-shatteringly monster gigantic series in Chicago, as the Brewers try to catch the Cubs for the NL Central crown.

So as the season winds down, it's now that the Brewers need to decide just exactly how things are going to end up. Are we going to be content with our season, which has been very successful and exciting in many ways? Or are we ready to give it our all, and ride this thing into the playoffs?

The time is now, Milwaukee.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Gabe Kapler. His home run saved this from being that much more of an embarrassment.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)


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