Laboring Days

It might be time for the Brewers to call on Hank The Dog for help.

“Heading out to San Francisco, for the Labor Day weekend show…” -Jimmy Buffet.

Wow, what a show that was, the San Francisco Giants destroyed Milwaukee in a Labor Day weekend 3 game set; 13-2, 3-1 (near no-hitter for Jake Peavey) and a 15-5 laugher on Sunday that saw manager Ron Roenicke use five relievers to no avail out of the beleaguered bullpen. That left the Brew-Ha’s 1-5 on their current road trip, heading into Wrigley today for three more with the suddenly surging Cubbies.

Yes, this is the same team that has led the NL Comedy Central since April 15th for 150 straight days, it’s zenith at one point a 51-32 record and a 7 1/2 game lead. No more. The Cardinals (73-63) drew even yesterday as the Brewers losing skid reached five games (they trail the Cubs as of this writing, 3-2 in the eighth), and the Pirates are just 2 games back.

Baseball pundits say it’s only important to be in 1st place after 162 games, however, and the Blewers are proving the wisdom of that theory. The bats have been quieted, the starting pitching has become inconsistent, and the bullpen has reverted to it’s gas can carrying glory days. The trading deadline acquisition of middle reliever Jonathan Broxton from Cincinnati added more than just another 300 pounds to test the bullpen benches, it gives Milwaukee a better chance of surviving in close games, now that it has become apparent that Will Smitm, Marco Estrada and Brandon Kintzler have hit the wall.

With 22 of the remaining 26 games featuring matchups against NL Central foes, it is officially scoreboard watching time in Milwaukee and around the state of Wisconsin as the football season has arrived. With the Badgers choking in their season opener against LSU and the Packers likely facing a similar embarrassment against Seattle on Thursday night, the Brewers have somehow still remained relevant.

A six game losing streak, however, or worse, and a signature September tailspin after leading the division for most of the season, and the Brewers will disappear faster than you can say Hank The Dog.

Hank The Dog, remember him? The promotional centerpiece of Spring Training, a stray dog “discovered” in Maryvale, Arizona? Well, it just might be time to take Hank, clearly an insurance policy created by the marketing geniuses in Brew Town just in case the Brewers tanked again this season, out for a walk.

And For What

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