Thursday, July 8, 2010

Where Do We Go From Here?

It's easy to agree that we all know that this season is a lost cause for the Milwaukee Brewers. Anyone who still believes that Doug Melvin doesn't know whether this team will be buyers or sellers is just fooling themselves. Not only do the Brewers not really have any semblance of a shot at returning to the postseason, it would be a miracle at this point if the Brewers were to reach the .500 mark. These are really the only conclusions that can be made at this point, especially after watching the Brewers get dismantled by the Giants by a score of 15-2 in front of their home crowd.

Everything that could go wrong for the Brewers did go wrong on Wednesday night, right from the first batter. Andres Torres took Chris Narveson deep right away in the first inning, as did Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey for that matter. For a guy that has been known to struggle in the first inning, it's incredible he hasn't been able to resolve his issues. All season long it's been going this way for Narveson, and as good as he can be at times, putting your team down four runs in the first inning isn't acceptable.

But Narveson isn't the reason we lost this game. And he's not the reason we've so far been outscored 27-4 by the Giants in this series, a stat which makes it unthinkable that this is still the same season in which we beat the Pirates by twenty runs in a single game. We lost this game and we're losing these games because the Brewers just aren't very good. Not only that, but it seems as if they don't care about that fact either. Ryan Braun has been non-existent for the last month, the one good pitcher we have is injured, and Alcides Escobar is an error machine. This team is in disarray, and they are embarrassing us as we root for them in the process.

Normally this would be an overreaction to a game in which you allow 15 runs, but the sentiment is out there that this game was not an aberration. This performance is typical of our team, and the time is now to start selling. I wouldn't suggest going into a full rebuilding mode, but we definitely have to disregard any expectations we had this season and starting playing for next year, at the very least.

Some other reading:

This team is toast - Tom Haudricourt, JSOnline Brewers Blog
Time For a Change, Milwaukee - Jim Breen, Bernies Crew

POTG: John Axford. Weeks should have earned it for the HR, but he struck out three times. This is more of a monthly award for Axford than anything.


Anonymous said...

The Sentinel!! And it has been hard to watch the crew all season. Start selling boys.

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