The Seeker

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Something’s Brewing pt. 11

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Way back on July 10,  I mentioned how much I love team speed and how assured I felt that the Brewers have no less than 4 guys who can kick up dust on the base paths, Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez amongst them.  Despite Earl Weaver’s preference to score runs by getting those “big (expletive)(expletive) that can hit the (expletive) ball out of the ballpark,” team speed wins critical grind-it-out games.  The actual quote from part 5 on July 10 was, “There’s a saying in baseball that speed never slumps, and there will be times late in the season and during the playoffs when a manufactured run will be crucial… .” If my insight was a authentic rather than a baseball truism, I would brag right now about how precient it was.

The Brewers won the division series last night in large part because of team speed.  They tied the game on an exceptionally shallow sacrifice fly that was  barely deep enough to allow Nyjer Morgan to zip across home plate from third base.  Morgan wasn’t done, though.  He erased his 1 for 11 batting slump throughout the night by going 2 for 5, including a base poke up the middle in the bottom of the tenth that allowed Carlos Gomez to score from second base–something a lot of other players don’t have had the speed to do.

What’s really happening here is that manager Ron Roenicke is both Nostradamus and Einstein.  He knows what playoff baseball looks like, and has had the foresight to gear his team to be ready for it.  It’s not been just personnel, either–most teams have a lot of what the Brewers have.  It’s also been the style of play.  They’ve played the grind-it-out games throughout the year, so it’s no surprise they are able to adapt to it when the bats aren’t crushing the ball and they have little more to cling to than pitching.

The action starts anew tomorrow afternoon.  I’m not sure who I would rather have The Crew playing, Philadelphia or St. Louis, but it doesn’t matter now that St. Louis settled that score.  Regardless, Milwaukee has to find a way to get through them.  It worries me that St. Louis is so familiar with Milwaukee, and that Tony LaRussa is such a damn good manager.  The teams split their 18 games this year, so even that is no indication.

I’m nervous!

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Written by seeker70

October 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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  1. Everyone likes to bring up that the Brewers split the series with the Cardinals. I feel this only tells half the story, as the Brewers dominated the Cardinals in latter-season play. Most of those Cards’ wins against the Brew Crew came when Milwaukee looked almost as bad as the Cubbies at the beginning/early-middle of the season. Don’t be surprised when the Brewers go to the World Series via sweep.

    Stranger Danger

    October 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    • Check your facts, Sarge… the Cardinals swept a 4-game series at Miller Park late in the season, which accounts for almost half of their 9 wins.

      seeker70

      October 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      • Ah, so it appears you’re right. And it’s showing in the series right now.

        Stranger Danger

        October 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm


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