Brewers Weekly: Struggles Continue

Boris YovchevCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

Welcome to the first edition of Brewers Weekly, a weekly dive into the world of the Milwaukee Brewers.

It has been one sad week for the Brew Crew and their hopes of making the playoffs for a second straight season.

As if it wasn't enough that the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday from Oakland, and that the Cubs started showing signs of life, the Brewers continued their struggles and have now played 21 games since the last time they were able to take two wins in a row.

Their record over that period is a whopping 7-14.

And while everyone is talking about who the Brewers should go after to strengthen the starting rotation, the team is working hard to leave Doug Melvin with no option but to stay put this season.

Braun, Fielder and company are diligently working on getting themselves out of contention early enough that a trade of any magnitude will not necessarily make a difference.

But my task at hand here is to review the team's performance over the past week, so I will focus on that and leave any other topics for a later column.  

Well the raw numbers over the past seven days look like this:

  • Games Played: 6
  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 4
  • Total at-bats: 207
  • Total hits: 59
  • Batting Average: 0.285
  • OBP: 0.339
  • Slugging: 0.435
  • Runs scored: 24
  • Extra base hits: 13
  • Homeruns: 5
  • Total Innings Pitched: 52
  • Hits: 61
  • Earned Runs Allowed: 32
  • ERA: 5.54
  • WHIP: 1.74
  • Saves: 1 (Hoffman - 1)
  • Double Plays: 10
  • Stolen Bases: 2
  • Fielding Errors: 4

Not exactly what the Brewers were hoping for considering how important it is for the team to perform well until the month of September, when the majority of the remaining divisional match-ups will take place.  

Prince Fielder had a very bad week, Braun is still pressing, and Lopez, Cameron, Hart and Hardy all missed playing time for various reasons or as a result of coaching decisions.

Pitching has not helped either and the holes in the starting rotation, as well as in the pen, are visible even to people who do not follow statistics very much.

Tim Dillard has been promoted to the majors after Seth McClung landed on the DL, but Macha has not yet named his starter for the game on Tuesday, which if no trades occur is supposed to be Dillard himself.

The hesitation of Macha to schedule Dillard for that start immediately following his promotion to the majors leads to speculations that there may be a trade brewing in the background.   

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel makes a mention of Seattle's starter Jarred Washburn, a Wisconsin native, as his start for Seattle, which coincidentally is supposed to happen on Tuesday, also has not been announced.

We can only wait and see what happens but with former Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencick as their General Manager, the Mariners are sure to know who to ask for in a trade like this.

By the time I write my next edition of Brewers Weekly we will have all the answers.

I wish the Brewers and you, the fans, a successful week in the meantime.