Monday, July 27, 2009

Nationals Prove Why Brewers Aren't Playoff Contenders

The title of this post wasn't easy to write, but I feel that it's the unfortunate truth. This was supposed to be the time of the year where the Brewers really put it together against some of their weaker opponents, but so far that hasn't been the case. Even with our struggles against Pittsburgh and Atlanta, you still would have thought that redemption could have been found against the Washington Nationals, but clearly that's incorrect as well. The Nationals flat out embarrassed Milwaukee tonight, pounding them at Miller Park by the score of 14-6.

Nationally, the story will be how Josh Willingham hit Grand Slams in consecutive at-bats, and deservedly so. But locally, Brewers fans will be talking about how this season is starting to get away from us, if it ever really was even going to be something special to begin with.

Yesterday I tried to tell myself that I wasn't going to worry just yet, but after Monday night's game it's hard not to call this season for dead. Our pitching staff is in shambles, evidenced by the fact that the Nats scored ten freaking runs off of Jeff Suppan, and also the fact the Carlos Villanueva is being forced to start tomorrow. The bullpen is it's same old inconsistent self, and tonight it was just brutal. Doug Melvin can log all the minutes he wants to on the phone for the next couple of days, but you and I both know that Milwaukee isn't going to get a pitcher that can help them make the playoffs. Not for what teams are asking, and not for how mediocre we are this season.

Offensively, we scored six runs, which should always be enough to beat Washington, but of course the pitching staff screwed it up. Still, our offense hasn't been anything special all year. Outside of Braun and Fielder, maybe it's the Brewers that have a bunch of Quadruple A guys on the roster (as I've been saying the Cardinals do up until I realized otherwise).

Kendall sucks to the point where it makes me angry, Counsell is playing too much, the fact that Hall is on a major league roster is a tragedy, Corey Hart and J.J. Hardy peaked already, and Jody Gerut is playing like the Monstars from Space Jam sucked out all of his talent.

As you can see, I'm to the point that is beyond frustration with this team. I hesitate to call this season officially dead just in case we make a run, but unless the Brewers win and win now, maybe we should become sellers. Maybe we should start thinking about the future. Forgive me if I am overreacting to one loss, but a 14-6 loss against the Nationals that puts you back under .500 will do that to me.

I just can't believe I'm going to pay to watch this shit tomorrow.

Player of the Game: Ryan Braun (Jeff Suppan loses one for being the worst pitcher in Brewers history, pout all you want on that bench Jeffy, I do not feel sorry for you).

Um...I don't really need your help, I just wanted to let you know that I'm gonna win the million dollars... because the U.S. President that appeared on 'Laugh-In' is Richard Nixon and that's my final answer.


Unknown said...

the first winner of "who wants to be a millionaire": John Carpenter

Arnold Darkshner said...

You are right. They are done. Yesterday was sickining. Did you read where Macha said, "our people belive villenueva gives us the best chance to win". Not,I think. What is going one with this team? Have fun at the game. Hopefully prince and braun put on a show.

Anonymous said...

as much as I like the guy, trade cameron while he still has value and stock up for the future. just call this year a bust.

Wegs said...

I'm not saying that you're totally off base here, but I would say, wait until the end of this series and the Padres series before throwing this season away.

I was at last night's game and the most significant play was the Nats' sac bunt in the 6th. If someone yells 'Tag!' to Hardy and that double play is completed the Nats have nobody on with 2 out and that rally probably doesn't happen. Willingham doesn't hit Grand Slam #2 and the Crew is down 1 heading into the bottom of the 6th with momentum on their side. But nobody yelled and the rest is history.

Now you can look at that one of two ways, 1. the Brewers got a bad break and they'll get 'em tomorrow or 2. Every team gets bad breaks and good teams overcome them. Are the Brewers a World Series contender? No. But most people didn't think they would be at the beginning of the year either. And given that the team is performing much like they did last year in the 2nd half, let's stop looking at Yost (last year), Melvin, and Macha and start looking at the players.

Corey Hart should be benched for his lack of hustle in the last month. On the ground rule double last night, he didn't break for the ball until it was out of the infield! Between Cameron, Kendall, Fielder, and Braun, somebody has to get up on a chair in that locker room and tell everyone to quit making excuses about the front office, the shadows at Miller Park during day games, or the fact that there wasn't enough ketchup at the post-game buffet and start hustling and winning baseball games!

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