Friday, April 11, 2008

First Series Loss...

Two weeks into the season and it looks like the Central might be a lot better than most people thought. Could it be a 4 team race now? Can St. Louis be for real? I don't know. It's still too early. Another month and I'll do a runs scored vs runs allowed analysis when the stats aren't as inflated. I've got a feeling the Cards will taper off...just a hunch.

The Crew was lucky to get 1 win out of that Cincinnati series. That first game could have easily went either way. Cincy is tough. I've got a feeling all the games this year are going to be like the first & third games of the series. Tough pitching battles where the first mistake/bad luck usually will cost you the game. That's what happened to Carlos yesterday. Guy was cruising through 6...makes 1 bad pitch and the Brewers are down 2. With Harang pitching to Cordero the game was essentially over at that point.

I was on the verge of making the argument that the Brewers offense was struggling (only 8 runs scored in the Reds' series) but I've decided against it. Still too early and it's only 1 series against tough pitching. Take a look at the team stats so far.

BA is up there but OBP (most important stat) is lagging. Take a look at the walk total. DEAD LAST in the NL. Will this change? Hopefully.

Individually, Kendall & Kapler are playing out of their minds right now. Dick & JJ aren't doing anything. Prince & Hart are both kind of "Meh." Braun & Hall are leading the way with the power so far, but have a combined 19 strikeouts against 1 walk. Come on fellas, take a few pitches.

All in all, am I concerned? No. Team is 6-3 and pitching has been great for the most part. It'd just be nice for some of the regulars to get it going and really open up a division lead early on.

3 comments:

brad said...

A start tonight against former stain Nelson Figeroa should be just what the Dr ordered. He hasn't started a game since 2004 for shits sake. Lets start this difficult roadie with a W.

matt said...

Figueroa is just the kind of guy who baffles the Brewers. Kind of like Josh f'ing Fogg.

AP said...

Absolutely Matt. I'd rather the Crew faces Santana than Figeroa....