Thursday, May 20, 2010

Unhappy Birthday

Wednesday night I was celebrating turning another year closer to 30, and I was enjoying myself in the company of good friends and family. I received plenty of well wishes and some thoughtful gifts (although my Mom did buy me socks), but what I really wanted for my birthday was something only the Brewers could provide. I wanted a Milwaukee victory, and I wanted the losing streak snapped.

Too much to ask for I guess.

What I should have wished for instead was to see a scene from Little Big League recreated in the major leagues, because that's basically what happened to Ryan Braun that night. With Milwaukee down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers had three outs to spare, and Braun on first and Prince Fielder at the plate. When Prince took a very questionable hack at a ball that wasn't even close to the strike zone, Braun used the opportunity to steal second. Somehow, the Pirates confused Braun to think that the ball had gotten into the outfield, and when Braun headed for third, he was tagged out right away. It wasn't the play that cost Milwaukee the game, but it was the play that best summed up just how bad this stretch of losses have been.

You would have hoped that the Pirates of all teams would have been our slumpbuster if you will, since we've been beating them up pretty good as of as late. But the fact that we can't even score with our slumpbuster shows just how bad of a streak we are in. Nine games, with nine losses. No matter how much the Brewers might struggle through the rest of the season, it's never going to be as bad as it is right now. And sadly, that's the only reason to be optimistic right now, because it really can't get worse than this. That's the reason why MLB Network's Harold Reynolds still thinks we are going to win the Wild Card. To that I say, one game at a time Harold.

At this point what more can we really say. The losses aren't just happening, they are now starting to happen in the most comical of ways. Of course, shotty pitching doesn't help much either, as this time it was in the form of Randy Wolf giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Tonight Chris Narveson will get his chance to not suck, we'll see.

POTG: Casey McGehee


Nick said...

I didn't think Wolf pitched too badly in the 7th. His numbers show otherwise but a lot of those balls were very close to being routine groundouts. Same goes for the hits Coffey gave up.

As for the top of the 9th - could the Prince AB gone any worse? Don't get me wrong I really love the guy and love what he's done for the Crew, but every once in a while he gets into "I'll swing at anything" mode. Some of those pitches were terrible and you could tell Octavio was probably not going to throw him a strike. What Braun did was pretty stupid, but it was a chance (in his mind) to make a heads-up play, so its good to know he's prepared to take action on something like that, but in this case you have to be 100% sure you're going to make it...does being on 3rd instead of 2nd really make a difference at all? Barf.

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