Don’t get me wrong, I like the Brewers and they are my favorite MLB team, but it is hard to be a fan sometimes. The ups and downs are amazing with baseball as a whole, but the ups and downs with the Brewers are a one of a kind trip. Watching the Brewers for so long, I look back and wonder if I would like to be the fan of a team that always wins, or always gets to the playoffs. I always answer “nope, unless it’s the Brewers”.
Watching the last 20 games or so, it was evident they Brewers are not consistent and I am not sure they can be right now. With such a young group of pitchers and a powerful group of hitters, logic says the balance should be way off. Of course, that does not include the random base running miscues (looking at you Braun, McGehee, Kottaras), errors on the field and occasional wild pitch (or four, yeah you Parra).
Over the last 20 games the Brewers are 11-9, with 24 home runs, 81 RBI’s and an average of .257. Those stats are not that bad, especially for a team that might not even hit .500 this year. But, we cannot forget things like the 156 men left on base, or the 166 strikeouts they had over the same time period. Stats speak volumes and right now these look like they should for a team that should have a better record than the Brewers.
Getting swept by the Giants hurt and I think that every single Brewer fan was about to hang up the entire season based on those 4 games alone. But the Brewers always come back, it’s like the NBA playoffs in a way, at least to me. The NBA finals take forever to get to, always go to 7 games and the drama just keeps building. The Brewers are playing in a similar fashion this year. They are playing well and winning games, all of a sudden, their record takes a nose dive and they are just about to lose some fans when…BOOM!…they are back alive and looking like a team that has already played 88 games together this year.
We get to see slides like Ryan Braun who went 0 for 19 before he finally getting out of that slump with a couple of home runs and a game winning base hit over the last week. As fans we also get to see things like Carlos Gomez bunt for a base hit and slide head first into first base, how exciting is that? The Brewers are no doubt an exciting team to watch, but as a fan, you are also obligated to “get through” the tough ones.