Monday, April 12, 2010

SOS - Save Our Staff

I'm beginning to think that the days of Milwaukee having a quality pitching staff are over (if there even ever were such days). Quite honestly, I was very optimistic about the signings of Randy Wolf and Doug Davis, because I thought that those two guys coupled with Yovani Gallardo would make a very formidable front line of the starting rotation. So far, that hasn't been the case. Doug Davis proved this as much with his 3 1/3 inning, six earned runs performance in the Brewers 9-5 loss to the Cubs on Monday.

Davis got into some trouble in the first two innings but was able to prevent the Cubs from crossing the plate, but then the wheels fell off in the third. Xavier "Luck Be a" Nady hit a three run shot, his first homer since late 2008, and the Cubs were up 3-0. Two batters later, Jeff Baker allowed a two run shot to Jeff Baker. It's not like Davis went out there and gave up bombs to Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, he let the Xavier Nady's and Jeff Baker's of the world take him deep. Awesome.

Ramirez actually did homer a couple of innings later and the Cubs ended up with nine runs, which is too much to come back from even for an offense like Milwaukee's. And actually, outside of Ryan Braun, the Brewers offense didn't do too much to help. Braun finished with a 3-run shot and an RBI single, which will obviously net him Monday's Brewers Player of the Game. It's the first POTG for either Braun or Prince Fielder this season, which tells you how slow of a start it's been for them. Braun has now homered in back-to-back games though, which is a good sign.

The Brewers will get a day off on Tuesday before they trot Dave Bush out against Randy Wells. Hopefully Bush can finally give the Brewers starting pitching staff a good name for once, because things are getting so bad around here that we might actually be looking forward to a start from Jeff Suppan later in the week. I stress the word "might" in that sentence.


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