Its too bad that it has come down to this. The Milwaukee Brewers are pressed into 'must win' games on this nine game road trip. First of all ,no team should be saddled with a nine game road trip to finish out most of the season. Yes, the MLB schedule maker screwed the Brewers here. I know they just got done with a 11 game homestand but that shouldnt have happened either in September, How about some balance?.
I would have guessed two months ago that the Brewers would be looking to clinch the NL Central title on this road trip. Now they are looking to just stay above water and possibly get a wild card spot. Honestly, it sucks that the Brewers are in this position after a mostly awesome summer. But it seems like Brewer history is. whenever they have a shot at the playoffs, they are in 'must win' situations in September,playing from behind like this and ultimately come up short.
They need to be within a game and half of Pittsburgh going into the series with the Pirates this weekend.Anymore larger than that might be the end.
The Brewers are playing handball with a curb these days.. Its been a horrible stretch and now we are relegated to actually glancing at the Wild Card Standings and monitoring how the Braves are doing. I've conceded the NL Central race to St Louis.. Horrible that after one week the Brewers went from first place and legit contenders in the NL to being written off.
Maybe this team really wasn't that good to begin with. I still think, if they can get into the postseason, that they can beat any one of those teams in the National League. Even St Louis..
Who's going to put the team's on their back? The pitching staff has been bad during this recent stretch excpet for Mike Fiers but the staff has carried the load all season and the offense needs to pick up the pitching right now.. It has to turn around tonight and the Brewers desperately need to get on a roll of more than one game before this turns out to be one of the biggest disapppointments in team history.
I wrote a week ago that I was worried about the upcoming West Coast road trip for the Milwaukee Brewers. I have seen it before, where teams will ruin a season late in the year with a road trip out West. Six straight losses later, the Brewers find themselves looking up to St Louis in the NL Central and the "Firing Roenicke" squad is out. To make this quick, firing Roenicke isnt even on the Brewers radar and to blame him for the recent slide is absurd. The firing of Ned Yost in Sept 2008, unfortunately, set a horrible precedent.Relieving Roenicke at this point would be a knee jerk reaction and it isn't happening.
There have been contending teams that have gone out West in the season's final weeks and have come back buried.. Its where pennant hopes sometimes die. I remember one of my first year's covering the Brewers, in 1983, they left in late August, a half game out of first place,lost nearly every game on the trip. They were an afterthought when they returned to Milwaukee..
The Brewers start a nine game road trip tonight in San Diego. They cannot afford any 2 and 7 trip by the time they return home on September 4. They seem like a resilient team and have been able to fend off any challengers. They have survived injuries and a mid season seven game losing skid to find themselves still in control of the division. In some ways, they have been surprising that they haven't relinguished the lead yet.. Im hoping it stays that way thru these next nine games..
If the Brewers are going to go on and win the NL Central,they might be able to look back at the quality starts they received from Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers. Neither was counted on this year but the Marco Estrada switch to Nelson and Fiers for the injured Matt Garza have proven to be huge for the team. Both Fiers and Nelson were putting up big numbers at Triple A and thus far,they have been a boost to an already solid starting rotation.
We will see Fiers again tonight against Toronto at Miller Park. Im not hanging my hat on the Fiers train just yet and don't expect him to pitch at the extreme level that he is at,but his two outings thus far,could be two wins the Brewers could look back on, if they win the division. Just hoping Fiers is able to keep holding the fort down if and when Garza returns.
My co-host Mike Wickett and I will probably never agree on Ryan Braun's season. Its been a subject we are both at odds over with no end in sight. I expect so much more from Braun because of his talent level. Braun is having a subpar season by his standards. No longer is he driving the ball with authority and most times looks ordinary at the plate. His plate discipline seems to have slipped too. Again ,he maybe bothered by multiple injuries,then if thats the case, he's doing his best to be a productive player. But if he is healthy, hopefully, for the Brewers sake, this isnt the Ryan Braun we will see for years to come. That simply will be wasted big time money by the Brewers ,on his contract extention, which pays him like a bonafide All Star.
As I went to get my mail yesterday afternoon, my phone buzzed with a news alert Usually they are sports related. I was sad to reach into my pocket only to see the breaking news that Robin Williams had died at the age of 63. Only to find further the cause of death. I was standing in the street stunned by the news.
Obviously,I don't know Robin at all but a little piece of me sunk at the news. I hated hearing the news. Im not "movie guy" but Good Morning Vietnam is one that I could never get tired of watching.. He was much more than that movie but it was a movie that all radio people can relate to. Anyone in their 40s or older,can relate to the comedians of our time, Richard Pryor,Steve Martin, and Robin, the stand up greats of the late 70's..He had more to give to the entertainment buisness its just sad he couldnt be helped.
Just finished our four hour morning show, and I would say more than half of the callers,were critical of Ron Roenicke and his managerial skills. This amazes me. How Roenicke takes this much heat,more so than last year, when the Brewers were out of any contention by Memorial Day. They are in first place,and have thus far,held off the three teams that are breathing heavily on them.
Roenicke would be the "National League Manager of the Year" , if the season were to end today. This was a big year for Roenicke and he has responded with a likely winning season despite injuries and having to mix and match his lineups nearly daily in the last several weeks. Every coach or manager in every sport makes bad decisions. Roenicke isnt deserving any of the major criticism he attracts this season.
Im glad this whole drama is over. What took so long? Why so many calls between the Packers and Brett Favre to get his jersey retired.....and his wife getting involved.. Really? Favre buried alot of myths yesterday even if he fully didnt believe everything he said. Favre said all the politically correct things and fully realized his legacy to one of the country's iconic franchises. He brought many great moments and pleasure to many of us on Sunday afternoons. Buisness was buisness in 2008 and I understood both sides. The connection between the Packers and Favre,at least on the surface, has been reconnected.Its finally time to move forward.
I told Mike Wickett this morning that it feels like the walls are caving in. The Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are closing in on the Milwaukee Brewers,who are battling injuries to their middle infielders, a few starters and a bullpen that is leaking in the middle relief. It gets no easier having to face the likes of Lincecum, Beckett, Greinke and Kershaw in the next week at Miller Park.
If Matt Garza has to miss a start, or worse,go on the disabled list, it would be the team's biggest blow. Garza has been "vintage 2008". Argubly,their best starter among a group that has been outstanding.
The three teams behind them in them in standings have been bearing down heavily in last month,hopefully the Brewers can find a few things to keep fending them off..