Here's a few tidbits to keep in mind as the Brewers enter the "Most important series of the year," which could probably be said about every series now until the magic number is 0.
K bye Laynce Nix!!! The former roid user was DFA'd to make room for newly acquired...wait for it...Todd Coffey! With Riske apparently hurt and Gagne basically forgotten about (we hope anyway), this guy could end up playing a significant role down the stretch. He has the stuff...but ummm...hasn't had it in two years. So we'll see how this turns out.
The freaking Astros man...are you kidding me? 4 games back?! 9-1 over there last 10? They've got 1 more win today against the Pirates but then they play the Cubs. With the Brewers hoping for a split in Philly, let's hope the Cubs can knock down the Astros a little bit. Otherwise, after this series we could be looking at Houston in the rear view mirror 1 or 2 games back. THAT...would suck.
Gabe Kapler is apparently hurt. Kapler being hurt = more TGJ time = NOT GOOD.
Everybody knock on wood right now...ok now do it again...because Guillermo Mota is on fire and back on his soul owning regimen. Check out his splits...take a look at the ERA for the last 28 days...how is 0 to your liking huh?? I guess he's on something like a 15 consecutive scoreless outing streak. With as streaky as he has been his whole career (and this year), now is the time to ride him. When he's hot...he's hot.
So for bullpen purposes, this is who needs to be on call from here on out when games are on the line (up or down 2 runs):
5-6 innings: McClung first, perhaps Coffey or Defilice 2nd option
7th inning: Carlos...(Shouse in situational settings)
8th inning: Mota...(Shouse in situational)
9th inning: Torres
This is it. I don't want to see Riske or Gagne anymore in any high leverage situations. Time to pull out all the stops and go with who's proven and who's hot. These are the hot & proven guys.
All we need is a split in Philly.