Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This is Our Last Chance

My little crusade this week for the Brewers to win six of their seven games against the Pirates and Nationals isn't just some cute little thing I'm doing to get more readership to the blog (because trust me, that's not working), it's more or less an actuality that if this club is going to be competitive they have to start performing. As we get deeper into the season here, it truly looks like a two horse race between the Reds and the Cardinals for the NL Central, and if we want to stake a claim in that race we have to produce. And in a week where wins are an absolute necessity, it's always a thrill to see your beloved Brewers go down by nine runs in the first inning of a ballgame.

Dave Bush was having a good couple of weeks for the Brewers, but his off night along with a multitude of errors from the Brewers infield put Milwaukee in a huge hole after the first inning. I'm not sure if I agree that we should "cut the asshole", as Quevedo at the Buffet suggests, but I also don't agree with keeping a pitcher in the game when he's given up nine runs either. But Macha needed a sacrificial lamb, and kept Bushie out there even though he did settle down. Personally, I would have liked to have seen Bush pinch hit for as the Brewers were starting to put a couple of runs together, because what use does a pop-out bunt really provide if you're going to yank him after four innings anyway?

The one positive for the Brewers in this game was that they were able to put up nine runs of their own, although the Pirates did plate a couple of more to win the game 11-9. It was a valiant effort by the Crew, but good losses don't show up in the win column. The Brewers need to figure out a way to win their next five games, otherwise it's sell time. Three out of five won't do, four out of five won't do either. The Brewers needed to win six out of seven games this week and they've already lost one. Time to do the impossible, Milwaukee, otherwise start learning how to say goodbye to some of your favorite players.

POTG: Jim Edmonds, even though he can't run.


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