with a mere 19 games to go
The Brewers need only ten wins to reach 81 on the season. If any professional organization needs to have the faith restored immediately, its the Brewers. If all goes according to plan, we'll pass the torch on to the pittsburgh pirates as the band of bumbling fools in professional sports. Their organizational management mirrored the Brewers' own in abysmal-ocity over the last dozen years or so. What is it, then, that Milwaukee needs to do to get over .500? why is that so important? Well, I'll start by addressing the importance of .500. we had a home series this weekend with a legend of the game on the mound and a legitimate cy young cantidate and neither game drew over 20,000. Of course, there was a packers game sunday, and I'm sure gas prices had some effect, but milwaukee needs to remain a big draw in the area if they have any hopes of being financially competitive over the long haul. a .500 season isn't going to be some magic cure for this problem (although more acl injuries may help . . .), but it will (should) remind people that our baseball team plays games after september 1, and they're not even that bad. playing games after October 1 will be the real cure for sluggish late season attendance, but metinks that may be a couple years away, especially if we reach atlanta/oakland levels of 23 year olds on the major league roster. Now, how will they reach this .500 stepping stone? I have no goddamn idea. there has to be productivity from the bottom of the lineup, because this team is still getting on base below league average, and it becomes difficult to score runs with weeks hurting and Swinglos Lee not walking ever. Also, we can't have any more pitchers go santos on us because, especially with sheets out, we have nowhere left to turn. if ohka or helling melts down, we can really only turn to a triple-platoon of sarfate/santos/o'mueller/whoever broke down as we can't afford to put a lot of strain on young arms this late in the season, lest we become the Cubs . . . or the Brewers minor league system. I am confident that the Maddux/Dauer combination will keep us in games on the RA side, they just need some run support. If Guice Jenkins and Juice J. Hardy can maintain second half improvements, look for the brewers to at least flirt with .500.
*Editors note: If this analysis sucks, I apologize. I haven't had as much time to watch games and do extra reading due to work, and football season. my message board and article reading has nearly tripled, but my brewers reading has declined, to say the least. I promise a better effort in a few days.