How ironic, the last time Milwaukee won a playoff series was in 1982 when they came back from being down 2-0 and beat the California Angels. They would later lose to the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series in a closely contested series. Now it's time for revenge. Revenge from those days when the '82 boys couldn't seal the deal, revenge from 2007 when Milwaukee and St Louis got in a beam ball battle in September, and this season when tensions flared from both sides.
The Cardinals fell to the Brewers hard in the early season series' but then came storming back in August and September to even it up, 9-9. Both sides have similar ERA, batting averages, and other statistical areas. Granted, they're not as close of a team as the Diamondbacks were. But this will be a series that will be played and won with some small ball, some power, and most importantly--its pitchig.
Jamie Garcia takes to the mound against Zack Greinke in todays Game 1 at 3:00pm.
Let the trash talking BEGIN.
It's obvious both sides respect each other's game, but they hate each other personally. From Carp's distasteful tactics of yelling at batters and mad dogging them, to Tony Plushs' habit of cocking of pitchers with his (I hate using this word) swagger.
Tony Larussa hates the Brewers, that's a no-brainer really. I think he fuels a lot of this,dating back to 2007. When Zack Greinke told the press Friday night that the Crew doesn't like Carp, we all knew that. I mean, Milwaukee doesn't like Carp. So when Greinke said that, what's the big deal? Well, Tony Laruss didn't seem to care for it.
Nice summary of the upcoming series by NY Times.