Brewers (Ohka) vs. Braves (Hudson) 7:00
It's amazing that the Brewers are 10-10 considering how atrocious the team's defense has been this year. When looking at defense, you have to look deeper than the box score. The Brewers have made a ton of errors, but the problems go well beyond this. The team's range is bad, it cannot turn a double play, and it blows almost every chance it can to force an out on the basepaths. It doesn't get errors for those plays, but I ensure you that the Brewers defense is the worst in the league defensively, challenged only by the Reds for that distinction. You had to see the game yesterday to know what I'm talking about. Clark and Hardy both missed opportunities to make average-to-good plays when Giles scored. Fielder and Weeks blew a pickoff rundown. Weeks failed to turn a double play. Weeks made a throw to Fielder that was awful, as was Fielder's inability to come down with the ball. Growing pains folks. Growing pains.
I'd like to expand these gameday post comments to include comments made on Baseball Tonight. I usually don't watch the show, but every episode is good for AT LEAST 30 knee-jerking, hilarious comments. The "analysts" treat every day of baseball as if what happened that day defines a player, team, and baseball in general. Here are the highlights from yesterday:
The Rockies are an amazing road baseball team. They have a TON of talent. If they can just find a way to win at Coors Field, they will be a force in the NL.
Jacque Jones and Corey Patterson have been struggling because pitchers are making good pitches on them. Because Jones can hit a ball to left field, he is an insanely talented player that could carry the Cubs through Derrek Lee's injury. Both Jones and Patterson have been swinging at bad pitches because they are pressing. After the home run yesterday, Jones will not be pressing any more.
Also, the team on BT, when talking about Todd Walker getting robbed by 3 web gems, failed to make note that Walker would have reached base all three times by hitting a home run or walking.
These comments and those from Rick Sutcliffe during broadcasts are something we should all share and laugh at. It will be fun to see how quickly their opinions on Jones and the Rockies change.