Sunday, August 22, 2010

Parra Can't Complete Sweep Against Padres

Despite the fact that their are still another six weeks left in the regular season, as well as the fact that we still have another October to get through, it already seems to me that baseball is over. The Packers have started up again, my fantasy baseball teams have collapses even harder than usual, and of course our beloved Brewers are nowhere near contention. That doesn't mean that they are going to stop playing games however, as they actually just won four straight against the Cardinals and Padres before losing one to San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

If nothing else this season, the Brewers can pride themselves on playing the role of spoiler for the remainder of the season and also they can use this time to see just which parts of their 25-man roster should stick around for the future. Kind of a very extended Spring Training, if you will. We're learning in these last final weeks that Lorenzo Cain is a hell of a lot more reliable than Carlos Gomez ever was, but on Sunday we were also reminded that maybe Manny Parra just isn't going to be the guy we ever thought he would.

In his start on Sunday, Parra went six innings giving up seven earned, lowering his record to 3-10 on the season. Bob Uecker liked to call former Brewers prospect Ben Hendrickson a "Quadruple-A" player, because even though he was clearly too good for the minor leagues he just never had the stuff to make it in the bigs. This Manny Parra experiment has been going on for about four years now, and everytime it looks like he's going to turn it around he reverts back to his old form. Some people have it, some people don't. Parra might be one of the people that just don't. The silver lining for him is that this season is pretty much irrelevant at this point, so he has ample time to work out the kinks.

Other than that this San Diego series was a pretty decent showing of affairs for the Milwaukee Brewers ballclub. It was one of those series though where I happened to watch zero pitches, by way of other endeavors but mostly because my interest in this season severely waning, which I have not made any secrets of. Things are in fact so bad for me that when I checked out the scores for the weekend on Sunday, I had no idea who Mike McClendon, and he was the guy who pitched three innings to pick up a victory on Sunday. News I would normally be posting in the beginning of the season is now a throwaway line in a Brewers weekend post. Man, I just like it a lot better when these games actually mean something.

POTGs: Chris Capuano (Friday), Mike McClendon (Saturday), Ryan Braun (Sunday)

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