Brewers Weekly: Spelling Collapse
Only a few weeks ago the Brewers were leading the NL Central and appeared poised to stay in the hunt for a postseason spot until the very end of the season.
Things have been different ever since. Offense, defense, pitching, bullpen, and even coaching have been under scrutiny due to a lowly performance.
The worst, however, probably came over the course of last week as the Brewers recorded embarrassing losses against arguably the two worst franchises in baseball this year. A split of a four game series with the Nationals followed by losing two of three against the Padres has to be the low mark of the Brewers in 2009.
In previous years and stretches of different seasons the Brewers may have posted worse records in terms of wins and losses, but I doubt that many people can show me another week when the Brewers played this bad.
Add to that the unforeseen appendix surgery Corey Hart is scheduled to undergo, an intervention that will likely sideline him until mid-September, and things look very dim.
Last week we also talked about whether Doug Melvin had a hidden trade up his sleeve. The only move that transpired was the reacquisition of former Brewer Claudio Vargas from the LA Dodgers.
This way, the calls of fans for another big trade, after the one that brought CC Sabathia in Milwaukee in 2008, remained unanswered.
While a handful of teams have been stockpiling talent, a large portion of the franchises have chosen to stay pat and neither sell nor buy. The Brewers did make an effort earlier in the season to improve by acquiring Lopez but with the pitching that has been for the Crew a team would likely need two more sluggers like Braun and Fielder to stay in games.
So as usual let us get to the numbers so you can make up your own mind about the week that was for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Games Played: 7
- Wins: 3
- Losses: 4
- Total at-bats: 234
- Total hits: 58
- Batting Average: 0.248
- OBP: 0.311
- Slugging: 0.444
- Runs scored: 38
- Extra base hits: 17
- Homeruns: 9
- Total Innings Pitched: 61
- Hits: 75
- Earned Runs Allowed: 46
- ERA: 6.79
- WHIP: 1.77
- Saves: 1 (Hoffman - 1)
- Double Plays: 8
- Stolen Bases: 3
- Fielding Errors: 2
I wish everyone a great start to the new week and hope you will be back for more next Monday.
Boris Yovchev is a Milwaukee Brewers Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report and a supporter of the children's story "A Glove of Their Own."
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