As I was watching the Brewers face the Astros tonight I could not help but think how exciting the formation the Brewers put out on the field in this game was compared to what we witnessed just a few nights ago.
The five batters at the bottom of the Brewers order all picked up hits, which tremendously helped the offense by not allowing the opposing pitchers any comfort after Fielder took an at-bat.
There were no guaranteed punch outs for the Astros near the bottom of the order, something the Brewers have been notorious for all season.
At the same time the power seems to have returned to Miller Park as the Brewers have been taking the ball out of the yard with consistency over the last few games. It may take getting away from playing the fundamental baseball this team has been trying to play all season but it brought success last year and it may keep the Brewers in the postseason race until September.
Of course, pitching is still the achilles heel of the Brewers but if this team is able to balance things out on offense Milwaukee will not take itself out of many games in which the pitching is actually holding up and all it needs is run support.
All in all, if you are a Brewers fan you have to like what you are seeing. The players recently promoted to the majors are bringing excitement to the table. Defense is not compromised, the offense will likely become much less streaky, and the young players who constitute the future of the Brewers are getting used to baseball in the majors.
The game at this level requires a different mindset and a different approach. And with the Brewers hoping to return to contention next season, all the while keeping themselves in the pennant until the month of September this year, the added experience for players such as Escobar, Iribarren and Bourgeois is a much needed bonus.
Mat Gamel also received some seasoning earlier in the season and is likely poised to return to big leagues action when the rosters expand in September. The young players everywhere are always thirsty to get to the top as soon as possible, and an early taste of the majors will only prove beneficial in the long run.
The football season is approaching quickly as the Green Bay Packers are getting ready for their first preseason game against Cleveland. But it is too early to give up on the Brewers. While the NFL and college football season are still not blooming strong, fans can expect exciting outings from the newly energized Milwaukee roster.
I like seeing little wins on the field and those are aplenty at present for the Brewers.
Stay thirsty my friends!