The Brewers had their seven-game winning streak snapped last night against the Astros. For the last month, no team in baseball has been better than the Brewers, and this year is already starting to feel better than last.
Despite the loss, the Brewers have still won 21 of their last 27 games and sport the second best record in the National League. They have a two-game lead on the Cardinals and are up three on the Cubs.
Great starting pitching, timely hitting, and solid defense has been the formula for the team's success thus far. It also helps having Trevor Hoffman at the end of their bullpen pitching better than ever.
Usually when a team is experiencing a hot streak, it's due to several individuals having several moments of greatness.
Jason Kendall recorded his 2,000th career hit on Monday. Kendall has turned around his horrible start to the year and is once again a playing a special role on this team. He has been getting timely hits and taking care of the starters and getting them deep into games.
Mat Gamel finally got his long-awaited call to the majors. In his first career start on Monday, he had a magnificent game. He gave everyone a glimpse into the future of what it may be like with him at third base in the coming years.
Gamel hit his first career home run, made a spectacular diving stop to his left and a bullet throw to first, and also committed his first error of the season. For me, the home run and great defensive play offset his throwing error. He continued his hot swinging ways last night with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth against the Astros.
The starting pitchers also deserve special recognition. For a team's starting staff to throw a quality start nearly every single day saves countless amount of innings on your bullpen that will only benefit the team in the second half of the season.
We are all still waiting for Trevor Hoffman to give up his first run of the season. He's converted all 10 of his save opportunities and has still given up only three hits in 11 innings.
It hasn't all been rosy in Brewerland, however. Rickie Weeks has been lost for the season with a wrist injury. It's a tough loss for the Brewers as Weeks had finally seemed to have turned the corner and was on his way to becoming an All-Star player.
Things have been going very well for this team but fans should keep an open mind if the team begins to slip into a bit of a slump. Baseball is a six-month roller-coaster ride, and fans need to better adjust to taking the bad with the good.
Whatever slump this team goes into, I wouldn't expect it to last very long. Despite popular belief, this team isn't as young and inexperienced as everyone seems to think.
The Brewers have the perfect mix of baseball experience while still being young in terms of time on Earth. It's a dangerous combination for all those that will play the Brewers.
Anyone thinking that this team can't succeed without Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia doesn't know squat about baseball. The Brewers have been built for success more than just last year. If you don't believe that, we'll see who is playing in the playoffs and who isn't.
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