Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What the Hell Just Happened?

Please help me out here. If I'm not mistaken, I thought that the Brewers were a terrible road team. Yet, on their latest road trip, they just finished 5-3, which included a 4-0 mark against the Marlins in their home stadium. Yes, even though the Marlins can't draw for crap at their home digs, it's still been a place where the Brewers have historically struggled. But something changed on this recent road trip. The Brewers won a game in Cincinnati, which was enough of a miracle, and then they managed to somehow sweep the Marlins in their backyard. Like I said earlier, what the hell just happened?

Not only did the Brewers sweep the Marlins, but they did it in a way that has to make you feel good about this team. They won their first three games by one run a piece, which proved that this team can win close games on the road, even when they had to come from behind (usually after blowing leads) to do it. And once that was completed, they poured it on the Marlins by beating them 7-2 in the final game of this series, showing Florida they can stick it to teams as well.

This latest game on Monday was over as soon as Prince Fielder hit a three run homer in the third inning, and for that effort (four total RBI) he will get the Player of the Game award. Even though Zach Greinke is a viable candidate with a seven inning performance in which he gave up just two runs, and perhaps his best game of the season, Prince won this game and should be recognized for it.

I can't express the fact that I really don't know what to say about the Brewers and their recent success in Florida. Actually, I can't really express how my feelings about how well the Brewers have been playing of late. Ryan Braun is an all-star shoe-in, sure, but he hasn't been playing the greatest as of late. Corey Hart is always hurt, Casey McGehee is non-existent, and Yuniesky Betancourt is still terrible on defense. Yet, here the Brewers are, at 34-26, just 1 1/2 games out of the NL Central lead. They are the Wild Card leaders at this point, and I don't think they've been playing anywhere close to their best baseball. At this point, every game is just as exiting to watch as the last, and I look forward to each and every contest. This fun continues on Tuesday, when the Brewers return back home to take on the Mets.

Going for the sweep
On the road? Impossible!
Yet, it happens. Nice.


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