Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brewers After 8 Games

   Well there isn't too much we can be excited about at this point.  I would argue the only things we can feel good about is one solid start by Jimmy Nelson and the play of Jean Segura (offensively) and Adam Lind. The latter of course is the new addition from this off-season that is hitting a whopping .345, 1 HR, 5 RBI thus far.  Segura meanwhile, who has struggled mightily on defense, is continuing his torrid September of last season into his 2015 campaign by hitting .333 with 3 RBI and a dinger. Outside of those two players, the Brewers offense has been terrible.  Right now the Crew's top hitters are hitting .261 or lower.

  Not listed on this beautiful collage I made in my arts and crafts room is Aramis Ramirez, who is hitting .194 and Khris Davis with .259.  Sure, Braun and Davis aren't awful right now, but lets point out the fact that only 1 one of those pictured above (Gomez) have one home run.  On the flip side of that Gomez does have 4 doubles already (tied for club lead with Lind), but it should also be noted that Lucroy has no extra base hits.  Keep that in mind, considering his impressive season last year when had 53 doubles and was one of the league leaders. 

  Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Ed Sedar (coach) was on the Bill Michael's Show on Tuesday saying this low level of hitting will not continue for much longer.  All signs point to them snapping out of this funk because 3 of the 4 pictured here are perennial solid hitters.  What is alarming is the high rate of strike outs that Scooter Gennett already has on the season (9).  He's almost striking out every other at-bat.  We could chalk this up to him being stashed at the bottom of the line up, which is a huge mental challenge considering he was hitting at the top of the order last season.  That's a tough pill to swallow for someone that is young and still learning the game at the Big League level. 

  With Ron Roenicke's butt on the burner I would not hesitate to think that he would flip Hector Gomez (.429, 3 doubles) at 2B while Scooter figures things out.  In fact, I could see this happening by the end of April if things continue this way.  Because let's face it, this season could snow ball out of control if they don't get a handle on things before the middle of May; April brought the Crew 22 divisional games while May has them facing Major League's toughest division....the AL Central.  In May the Crew has to play the White Sox & Tigers as well as the Dodgers, Braves, and Giants.  Milwaukee's offense has to snap out of this horrible start before the end of the weekend when they return home from their first road trip (Pittsburgh is next this weekend).  

Lastly, the Wily Peralta was bad last night, but Pitching Coach Rick Kranitz was even worse.  Willis threw only 70-some odd pitches last night and the Cardinals just tore his ass a new one.  They were jumping at his pitches and most of their hitters only had 3 pitches to them before jumping on the ball.  That has to stop.  How the Brewers didn't make adjustments is beyond me.  

Brewers lost 4-2 to the Cardinals in the second game of the series.  Carlos Gomez is out of the line up for the rubber match today due to leaving the game in the 9th inning with a hamstring injury.  When it rains it pours, Milwaukee. 

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