Thursday, June 24, 2010

Is Milwaukee Putting a Run Together?

Amidst all the excitement of the World Cup, a little closer to home we having something pretty remarkable going on as well - the Brewers are winning games. With a 5-3 victory over the Twins on Wednesday, the Brewers have now won three straight. And this season, it seems like anytime this team wins even back-to-back games we get all excited about it and think that we'll be in the playoffs. That probably won't be the case, although we do have a chance to really turn it around in the next couple of weeks.

A few weeks ago I hoped that the Brewers could get back to .500 by the All-Star break, but that seems highly, highly unlikely at this point. Still, Brewers Bar notes that these next 20 games are going to be crucial for Milwaukee if they are still going to put a run together. After trying to go for the sweep today, Milwaukee will face the Mariners (but not Felix or Cliff Lee), the Astros, the Cards, the Giants, and the Pirates. Other than the St. Louis series, all of these games will be played in the toy box that is Miller Park, although the Brewers really haven't learned the meaning of home-field advantage yet this year. But still, it'll be nice to be home.

At the beginning of the season I figured this was a team that would likely be able to make the playoffs did they did a few things right, but as the season went on my opinions started to change. Whether it was bad luck or just poor play, the Brewers haven't got off to the most fancied of starts. Even though it would seem as if they still have a run in them, or that they are a better team than they have showed, I can't become too optimistic. Sometimes when things are over you just know it, and that's how I feel about the Crew.

Although, perhaps the Crew can find some of that Landon Donovan mojo and take us back to the playoffs. I've seen stranger things happen this week.

POTG: Rickie Weeks


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