The Seeker

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Something’s (definitely) Brewing, pt. 6

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Despite what some commenters on The Seeker might be thinking, the Brewers are kicking some serious ass.  Since the All-Star break, they’ve opened up a 5-game lead in the Central, pulled 19 games above .500, compiled the 2nd-best overall record in the league, gone 10-6 on the road, and 21-8 overall.  Perhaps most remarkable of all is that they’ve done most of this without world-class leadoff man Rickie Weeks, who suffered a significant ankle injury and will be out another 3-4 weeks.  The last month alone they’ve addressed what I saw to be the major concerns with the club and their potential to whoop some ass come September and October–they’ve improved their road mentality and picked up Francisco Rodriguez to shore up their late innings before The Ax drops on the opponent.  I smile when I think about what is going to happen when Weeks comes back and is at full strength.

Still, there is cause for concern.  There are 41 games yet to play, 19 of which will be on the road.  St. Louis will have a lot to say about what unfolds over the next 6 weeks, and they’ll get a chance to speak their piece 6 more times by the middle of September.  I think there will be blood in the upcoming series in Milwaukee, and I have a funny feeling that Yadier Molina will be at the center of it.  There is also a four-game homestand against Philadelphia in the middle of September that will likely be the most accurate measuring stick to gauge how good The Crew really is.  I’m pretty confident at this point, though, that I’ll be adding to this serial in October.  The team is having too much fun, and they’re doing a great job at finding ways to win games that they should probably lose.  Last weekend is an excellent example.  They made 1 run stand up Saturday night behind a pitcher making a spot start out of the bullpen; Sunday they found a way to manufacture runs in the 8th and 10th innings to win a game they most certainly should have lost.  And what do they say across all sports about great teams?  They find ways to win games that they should have lost.

Written by seeker70

August 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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  1. I never thought I’d find myself cheering for a Milwaukee team (it makes me shudder thinking about it), but I like their ability to scrap together W’s. Any other year, I’d probably not be cheering for them, but anytime there are behemoths like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies in the mix, I’ll take the grassroot-type teams like the Brews.

    Stranger Danger

    August 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    • Good point you make there, Sarge. Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Yovanni Gallardo, Prince Fielder, Jonathan Lucroy, John Axford, Cory Hart… the foundations of the team– are all homegrown. They came up through the Brewers farm system.


      August 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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