Just one week ago the Scewers were sitting at 2-8, and as I was blogging about their inability to scratch out a single run in the last 32 innings, they inexplicably woke up on the road against the Cardinals and left St. Louis with an extra inning 4-3 victory last Sunday.
It has been nothing but “W’s” since, after a sweep of the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants, the Blew-Ha’s have been blessed with the arrival of the Chicago Cubs to close out the current home stand at $8.50 Miller Park. When it’s all added up, the Screwers have managed to extricate themselves from the NL Comedy Central basement in the process, evened their record at 8-8, and ironically find themselves just 1 1/2 half out of first.
All of this after the miserable start, highlighted by the ineptitude of the offense in St. Louis, pathetic starting pitching, and a general malaise that was prevalent throughout the entire lineup. All it took, apparently, to kick start the season, was a DUI collected by none other than starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Maybe Gallardo’s declaration that too many beers led to his .22 blood alcohol content (nearly three times the legal limit in Wisconsin), rang true with his teammates and the fans, who invariably were feeling the same way. After starting 2-8, drinking a half barrel to forget maybe wasn’t such a bad idea, just hire a driver or catch a cab next time, Yovani.
Suddenly the Blewers are back to banging HR’s, getting decent starting pitching and even acceptable relief efforts from the guys in the Kingsford Bullpen. John Axford seems to be setlting down in the role as a set up guy, so you know what? Leave him there. Let Henderson run it up there in the ninth as long as that’s what’s working, at least for now. Kudos for whoever decided to send Fiers back to Nashville, and a tip of the cap to Burgos for his fine performance yesterday, albeit against the lowly Cubs.
Yes, it appears through my blurry eyesight that the Screwers are once again are up to their old tricks, including some historical base running escapades from Jean Segura Friday night that were simply legendary. They are back to their streaking selves, already putting their fan base through one losing week and now riding another, more entertaining, six game winning streak, and it’s not even the end of April.
So after 16 games, they have managed to shorten the season to 136 contests, leaving me the hope they can still finish 87-75, or 79- 67 the rest of the way. In a division as watered down as the NL Comedy Central, that might just result in a divisional pennant.
Stranger things have happened. Streak on, Brewers, streak on!
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