Does that title sound a bit over the top for a game with a final score of 3-2? If it is, then only a little. How does a team seem to dominate while only winning by 1 run? Well it was the defense, then the defense again and still more defense. Very few outfielders make the play Peter Bourjos does in the late innings on Logan Schafer's deep fly out to center field. Throw in a couple of stellar catches by Jon Jay, one coming in and the other over the shoulder, and the Cardinals kept squashing what appeared to be promising innings by the Brewers.
On the other side it was a missed opportunity to advance a runner on a bunt play by the Brewers with no one out that helped seal their fate. Maybe that is just how things go when your trying to break up an 8 game losing streak that is now extended to 9 games. I kept thinking that Roenicke might put on the butcher boy play and let Maldy swing away. Maldonado is a decent hitter, .258 BA with some power, .433 SLG with 4 homers in only 97 at bats. Once he popped the bunt up, one could sense the Brewers would not bring a run across. They have now averaged 2 runs per game over the last 9 games. Scoring more than 2 runs only 1 time over that span.
Post by cardinalnation on Sept 6, 2014 4:13:16 GMT -6
The Brewers finally won last night. That was only the second loss by the Cardinals since they got Molina back. The Cards have played steady all year though. Weve player over .500 ball every month. The Brewers, they are too streaky to really sustain anything. They have heart, I give them that. They are not disciplined at the plate, maybe its from trying too hard to be the hero. The Cards players trust the guy behind them to drive them in, so they are content to take a walk. I thought Holliday was going to do something the time he came up with 2 runners on. He usually kills you guys.
Yea the Cardinals look to be on top of their game right now. I don't think the Brewers have anything left. Braun has been ineffective for the last month. His nerve issue in his them makes him a much more defensive hitter and as a result, he has chased a lot more pitches out of the strike zone.
Other Brewer hitters have gone cold as well. All at the same time it appears. Even there defense has dropped off dramatically. Playing poor defense is often more of a mental lapse or lack of focus. They don't have any energy, or it appears that they just are not hungry. Appear is reality sometimes. Its frustrating to watch because in a 2 week span, the entire season is all but lost. Its like none of what they did for the first 120 games even matters now.
As a Brewer fan, I'd like to see Braun get traded. It would be better for both parties to get a fresh start but nothing I can do about it. It has to be hard for him to be a team leader when he threw people under the bus so to speak. Like yesterday after the Brewers lost their 11th game out of the last 12, they finally had a players meeting. It was said to only last 10-15 minutes and 6 of the veterans said something. That would mean that no one was able to talk more than 2 minutes about their current situation. If they were serious about turning things around I would feel like they would have a 1 hour meeting.
I know there is more to life than baseball and they want to get home to their families. I won't see anymore as I am an outsider and don't know all that goes on. I can say for sure, that as a Brewer fan, watching your lead the division all year only to collapse in the final month is extremely frustrating. IN another week my topic may be about the biggest collapses in baseball history and where the 2014 Brewers fit in.