Thursday, April 22, 2010

Milwaukee Keeps On Rolling

This is the kind of baseball that I could get used to. The Brewers are doing it all right now, dominating offensively and finally getting decent performances out of their starting pitchers, and that was on display Wednesday night as Milwaukee cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Pirates.

By adding eight runs on Wednesday, the Brewers have now scored 27 times over their last three games. My favorite part of this is that they aren't just doing it one single way. Sure, they are still using the long ball, as Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, and Jody Gerut all scored that way on Wednesday. But they are also using small ball to score runs too, especially thanks to the speed of Alcides Escobar and Carlos Gomez as those two continue to turn routine outs into base hits. It really has been the perfect blend of offense over the last few days, and that's good to see.

You can say that Ryan Braun has been the leader of that offensive charge, and he continued his recent outburst on Wednesday night going 3-for-4 with that aforementioned home run. But as far as a player of the game nominee, we're going to suggest Alcides Escobar. Eski did something I don't recall ever seeing before by hitting two triples in the same game, and he turned both of those triples into runs (although if you're paying close enough attention, it is true that both of his triples were cashed in via the long ball). In addition to the offense though, he had one of his sharpest defensive games to date, and for that I'll bestow him the honor.

On any other day the POTG would have gone to Yovani Gallardo, who finally had the line we've been paying him to have. Yovani got his first win of the season, giving up just three hits along the way, while also striking out seven. But Gallardo did only go five innings, and I'm going to hold that against him, at least as far as the POTG standings go. But seriously, who gives a damn about by nonsensical player of the game awards if Gallardo is tossing ten strikeouts per game. Ah, screw it. I've changed my mind. Gallardo gets the POTG.

Still, I'd much rather debate who our player of the game is because multiple guys had great games, instead of the alternative. And with the way Milwaukee is playing, that's a trend that hopes to continue. The Pirates have actually been playing decent ball this season, but Milwaukee just seems to have their number recently. For that reason, this series couldn't have come at a better time as it seems the Pirates are helping us find out what kind of team we have, one that right now looks like it could put up a pretty impressive campaign.

I'm sorry I said you were a fudge packer and that you had Seaman on your back.


Winks said...

Nice article, Gweeds!

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