Posted by Steve
But I’ll come up with something anyway. I really don’t have much to say about the Brewers right now, except for that they’ve completely fallen apart. It’s easy to say the season’s not over (they’re technically still alone in first in this embarrassment of a division) but after considering the way they look right now, you have to think the .500 mark is in jeopardy.
I keep going back to one guy: Ben Sheets. At the beginning of the season many (including myself) said the team would go as far as Sheets could take them, and that they wouldn’t make the playoffs if he missed any significant amount of time. It looks like that’s proving to be correct. Sheets is back soon, which is the only reason I haven’t lost all hope, but he’s already missed several starts. If the Brewers miss the playoffs, we’ll know that’s why.
Losing Sheets doesn’t account for players like Chris Capuano and Bill Hall underperforming, the offense falling asleep or the hideous team defense. But it probably accounts for some of the bullpen woes. Sheets was a threat to go nine innings any time he pitched and you knew the bullpen would get a rest. Instead, the pen has to go three or more innings every friggin night.
Still, there’s no reason the Brewers should be a bad team without Sheets, which is exactly what they’ve been. They’re awful in every aspect at the moment: offense, defense, starting pitching, bullpen.
Dave Bush is the only starter I have confidence in, and after that it’s probably Suppan. Yo was great, but after two terrible starts I’m wondering if they’re just a couple bad starts or if his arm is reaching it’s limit. Capuano can’t throw strikes to save his life right now, and Vargas is a human home run allowed.
Meanwhile, Yost just recently got rid of his 13th pitcher and finally gave himself a full bench. Gabe Gross should have been back weeks ago, as the Brewers are hurting badly for a high OBP guy.
And during this entire time, the Cubs have been struggling almost as much… Which has left the door open for the Cardinals, of course, who all of a sudden are acting like they’re a halfway decent team. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d almost prefer the Cubs win the division over the Cardinals, because I actually believe the Cubs are a halfway decent team. The Cardinals are a bad team outside of Pujols. Notice I said “almost” though. I’d never want the Cubs to win anything over anybody.
By the way, this seems as good a place as any to slip in this paragraph. This goes back to the Tony La Russa discussion a few posts ago. I have a perfect example of why I can’t stand him. Here’s the scenario: Saturday. Cardinals lead 8-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Two outs, nobody on base. Naturally, La Russa makes a double-switch.
So anyways, I’m not sure there’s anything more that can be said at this point. Either they wake up, or things continue going south, they finish in third place and below .500 and Yost is probably fired.