Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Things Are Somehow Getting Worse

While driving home from lunch on Tuesday I was happily riding along jamming out to the emo-type songs I have on my iPod. I parked the car in the parking lot, headed up to the apartment, and turned on the television. I scrolled through the guide for a bit before I came across MLB Baseball on FSN Wisconsin, and realized that a Brewers baseball game was already about 2/3rds of the way completed. When a self-proclaimed die-hard Brewers fan like me forgets that their is a Brewers game, you know that's a sign of how bad the season is going.

Sure, I was pretty busy at work today but still, I always at least have Gamecast up on the computer, but on Tuesday afternoon I completely forgot. When I did finally remember that the Brewers were playing, and I saw Marco Estrada on the hill for Milwaukee, I began to wonder just how many games it was that I did miss. Little did I know but earlier that morning, Estrada was called up as Jim Edmonds was placed on the Disabled List.

Estrada sure did make the most of his appearance though. Coming in after a decent four innings from Manny Parra, Estrada held the Reds scoreless through his first three innings of work. Joey Votto did crush one off of him in the 8th inning but I was impressed with his performance nonetheless. And Estrada did the one thing the bullpen hasn't been able to do lately, and that is to keep the team in ballgames.

The offense really hasn't been the problem during this losing streak, and they did muster up four runs on Tuesday. Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee were really the catalysts for the offense, as Braun homered and scored on a wild pitch while McGehee had two RBI. You really can't say enough about how both of these guys have been playing this season, especially with the man between them in the batting order, Prince Fielder, often struggling.

But with Parra, Estrada, and the offense, the Brewers were handing a 4-2 lead to the all-time leader in saves, Trevor Hoffman. FSN's Brian Anderson suggested keeping Estrada in the game and picking up the save because of how well he had been pitching, but Rock was adamant that Hoffman should enter the game. Hoffman is the closer, he's the guy, and he gets the call. Well, after Tuesday, that may no longer be the case.

Hoffman looked worse on Tuesday than he did during any point of the season, as he faced five batters in the bottom of the ninth and picked up zero outs. He gave up a 2-run shot to Scott Rolen to tie the game, and then gave up a deep single to Votto to give the Reds the walk-off victory. I have wanted to take the stance that we let Hoffman work out his kinks as the closer, but enough is enough. Hell, eight is enough, remember? Hoffman can no longer be our closer, as closer's do not have 13.15 ERA's. I don't know who it should be, a lot of people like Zach Braddock in Nashville, and I don't think our closer for the rest of the season is currently wearing a Brewers uniform. Pitiful.

Where do you go from here though? I thought that the six game homestand was rock bottom, but what then do you call this? Losing two games to the Reds isn't the worst thing in the world, as they are playing well this season. But losing to them to extend the losing streak to eight, to lose in this sort of fashion, to have the job of your closer and your manager be as much on the line as they have been under Macha's tenure, this just can't be acceptable much longer.

So what now? Well, the one time this Brewers season was awesome this year was when Milwaukee took it to Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh. That's where they will be on Wednesday, looking to stop this thing before it gets any worse. If that's even possible.


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