Just as we expected, the Brewers cleaned the Cubs’ clock this weekend, sweeping its second consecutive home series against Chicago.
None of the three games were as close as the scoreboard indicated–2-5, 4-6 & 3-2–with a few late runs on the board keeping it respectable for Chicago.
The Brewers, however, have outscored the Cubs by a wide margin this year–48-26–while leading the season series 9-4 with eight of those victories coming at Miller Park.
Not exactly the kind of beer shower we were hoping for this season.
Three more games are on tap against Milwaukee during late September at Wrigley Field. I can hardly wait.
Could be an ugly weekend for the Cubs as they’re set to face the red-hot Brewers in Milwaukee.
The Brewers own the best home winning-percentage in the majors (.746) thanks to a 47-16 record at Miller Park…which includes an 18-3 mark over its last 21 home games, and 16-4-0 series record overall.
It’s also been the driving force behind Milwaukee’s ascension to the top of the NL Central over the past four weeks as they’ve gone 18-5 during the month of August.
The Brewers’ trade for Zach Greinke is big-time. You win with strong starting pitching, and Milwaukee’s 1-2-3 punch of Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and Greinke is awfully strong.
The Brewers, of course, gave up its young talent to land a true ace and Cy Young Award winner. But in a single move they’re right back in the hunt for the NL Central.
So what if Milwaukee gave up its future to compete now. I’d make the same trade in a split second.
The Giants, remember, won the World Series with barely any regular season offense. The Brew Crew, however, has plenty of offense to go with its revamped rotation.
Milwaukee finished fourth in the NL in runs scored, batting average and RBI. And, finished second in the league in home runs (182). That’s enough offense to win with in Milwaukee.
As far as the Cubs, the move turns up the offseason heat on Jim Hendry. No way the Cubs keep up with Cincy, St. Louis, and now Milwaukee, without adding another strong-arm to its rotation.
Signing Brandon Webb is a must, but hardly counters Milwaukee’s move of Greinke. Trading Carlos Zambrano for a starter is a no brainer, but also seems unlikely. Is Matt Garza the answer or is it time the Cubs part with some younger talent for a true ace?
The Cubs have lost a season high six-games while falling 14 games under .500 and into fifth place in the Central. They trail Cincinnati by 13.5 games.
Monday night’s 18-1 drubbing against the Brewers is the worst collective effort we’ve seen to date. No focus, no fight and no heart.
Here’s the embarrassing recap of the Cubs’ skid–a stretch in which they’ve been outscored 62-17.
- @Hou L 6-1
- @Hou L 8-1
- @Col L 17-2
- @Col L 6-5
- @Col L 8-7
- Milw L 18-1
Jim Edmonds made Milwaukee’s 40-man roster this week.
Pretty cool for a 39-year-old, especially one who sat out last season.
Smart move for the Brew Crew, too. Young buck, Carlos Gomez, could use a mentor…Edmonds wants a last dance…and the Brewers, frankly, don’t have much to lose.
It’s easy to get caught up in baseball’s numbers, to forget just how talented major league players are — even those .230 hitters off the bench.
It’s easy to forget the human side of the game, the importance of leadership, the need for team chemistry.
It’s easy to forget that statistics tell us only part of the story, not the whole.
It’s easy to see how sabermetrics, zone ratings and slugging percentages can mislead teams like the Cubs to sign a Milton Bradley vs. a Mark DeRosa.
And, of course, it’s easy to laugh at the notion that a 40-year-old Jim Edmonds can still pick’it in center field or hit home runs better than that 24-year-old prospect can.
Let me guess, this time he really means it.
How many times has Bradley read this same apology…three, four, fives times?
It’s another lame joke buried in the latest chapter of baseball’s version of the T.O. Show.
For certain, the only thing sorry here is Bradley himself.
And in the words of Bugs Bunny, ‘What a maroon.’
We’ve seen guys like Tyler Colvin before.
Lots of hype, lots of money, and always lots of potential.
Colvin is that can’t-miss prospect. A guy who has the right look, has the right numbers and, has his shot to make the big club.
Too often, unfortunately, we soon discover how so many of the can’t-miss guys simply can’t-play big league ball.
I love eating avocados.
Whether that’s in guacamole, on sandwiches or whatever, I could eat one everyday.
The problem with avocados, however, is they’re entirely too hard to keep fresh.
You either buy one, eat one, and to do so in a timely fashion, like immediately, or you’re left with a mushy brown mess and two bucks lighter in the back pocket.
If the Cubs’ season were an avocado, it would already be in the waste can: its tasty talent disappointing far too long for enjoyment.