Brewers 1-Reds 6
Last night was gut wrenching. The lack of offense and pitching made me want to rip my F****** hair out.
Manny Parra (0-2, 6.97) threw a pretty decent game allowing only 3 hits in 6 1-3 innings. However, one of those hits was a two-run homer that broke a 1-1 tie.
Bronson Arroyo also pitched 6 1-3 innings, but looked like a damn all-star. Brewers mustered 4 hits and one run on the wanna-be Mexican rightie.
JJ Hardy continued his strong home stand, hitting his second homerun of the season
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder had plenty of opportunities to drive in runs with runner on first, second, and a few times on third. Prince popped up a couple of times and Braun just couldn't get the timely hits.
One major concern (other than pitching) is the lack of timely hitting...yet again. Milwaukee is a homerun-type team who relies too heavily on it. I mean FSWisconsin's Brian Anderson couldn't shut up about it, nor could ESPN's crew last Sunday. I do agree with to a degree. But wait until the big 5 get hot at the same time, which will happen when they start to find their grove. Cam, Hardy, Fielder, Hart, and Braun will ignite by late May.
Ryan Braun is 2-18 on the home stand
I must say, I didn't agree with Macha pinch hitting Rickie Weeks instead of Brad Nelson. Especially since Weeks historically sucks against Arroyo (wanna-be Mexican).
In no way am I agreeing with this thought....but I will throw it out there.....
How long of a leash will Ken Macha have this season? With Dale Sveum and Willie Randolph waiting patiently for another shot at managing, do you suppose that Melvin and Antanasio will be a little too quick to pull the trigger on him? I realize that even mentioning the words "fire" in week two are far fetched. But also knowing that ticket sales WILL slump if the Brewers don't start performing by late May is a reality that the ownership doesn't want to deal with. If you look at last years team, they didn't get fired up until their series in Boston (where they were swept).
Milwaukee was 14-12 last April, 13-15 in May, and 5-3 in their first 8 games of the 2008 season. We're behind the 8-ball here, yes, but it's minimal people...don't freak out.
Tom Haudricourt asks if Ryan Braun is healthy?
Everyone in the MLB will donn the #42 jersey today to honor Jackie Robinson.
Braden Looper takes to the mound tonight against Micah Owings, who has yet to pitch this season. Milwaukee WILL WIN this game. Money on it.