Sunday, May 1, 2011

How the Hell are We Below .500?

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are hitting about as well as they ever have been. Shaun Marcum is dealing, and guys like Randy Wolf and Marco Estrada are pitching out of their minds. Ron Roenicke's aggressive style of baseball seems to be working on both offense and defense. So how the hell is this team under .500?

The Brewers lost to the Astros again on Sunday, getting shutout 5-0 largely due in part to the fact that we just couldn't figure out Bud Norris. Milwaukee's offense really couldn't figure out any of the Houston staff after Friday night, as the Brewers scored just one run in the last two days. I guess when you think about it, not only are Braun and Fielder hot right now but they are basically our entire offense. Rickie Weeks is still a beast, and Casey McGehee will show up every now and then, but for the most part the rest of the hitters are non-existent. A two to three man offense is definitely an ingredient of a sub-.500 team, and the Brewers are just that now at 13-14.

Win or lose, my biggest concern with this game was how Chris Narveson would do after his rough outing earlier this week against the Reds. Narveson actually pitched quite well through five and some innings, but one bad pitch to Carlos Lee all but ended this game.

The good thing for this squad is that the rest of the NL Central is floating around the .500 mark as well, with the Cardinals leading the pack at 16-12. Greinke will be back this week, Hart will be playing more as he continues to get back into the swing of things, and we'll finally have the team we've been waiting for out on the field.

Offense disappears
Only so much Narv can do
Crew looking awful

POTG: Zach Braddock pitched one inning, struck out the side. There you go, Zach.


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