Thursday, May 5, 2011

Swept Under the Rug

You don't need to read this article to know that things are not going well for the Milwaukee Brewers. With their current six-game losing streak, this team is being buried faster than bin Laden (too soon? too lame?). The team is now 13-18, viciously falling behind in the race for the NL Central crown. I know it's still early, I feel like you have to say that this time of the year, but I still think that we're going to look back at this six-game losing streak, or however long it gets, and think that this was either the moment that the team turned it around and overcame adversity or the moment that sunk this team for good. Seriously, it's hard to say something like that in baseball in the first week of May, but every game is as important as the rest of them. You have to win games all throughout the year to become a playoff team. Losing games early counts just as much as losing them late.

Sadly, at no point tonight did I think the Brewers were going to win this ballgame, and ultimately they didn't losing to Atlanta 2-1. It's not that I'm a pessimist - I think my blind optimism during the Packers push to the Super Bowl proves otherwise - but rather you can just get the feel that this isn't the time where things are going to go the Brewers way right now. Shaun Marcum pitched another gem on Thursday, but when your offense is working on six runs in five days you're not going to get too many wins as a pitcher. Nyjer Morgan, just days after coming off of the DL will be placed back on with a fractured left middle finger (silver lining - it could keep Brandon Boggs as a member of this ballclub and their affiliates). This team just isn't clicking right now, and when you're in baseball's largest division (six teams), you don't have a lot of room to wiggle while you're figuring it out.

By no means is this a Chicken Little post, but it's just a statement that this club is vastly underperforming right now. This is gut check time for Milwaukee. Do they continue this road trip by limping into St. Louis and getting embarrassed by the Cardinals? Or do they figure it out a bit and win two, maybe even sweep the series and somewhat salvage this road trip. Again, it's early, but I think we're going to find out what kind of team we have this year in the next couple of days, and more importantly, I think we're going to find out what kind of manager we have in Ron Roenicke over the weekend as well.

Best of luck.

POTG: Shaun Marcum

Marcum throws beauty
Season spiraling away?
Rally those boys, Ron


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