Friday, September 5, 2008
When do we start to panic?
4 games in September. 4 losses in September. Fortunately enough the Cubs do what the Cubs tend to do and stumble down the stretch by losing 5 in a row and completely opening the door for us. Yet here we remain 5 back of the Cubs after averaging a paltry 2.5 runs per game over that 4 game stretch. At the same time, the St. Louis red birds have finally come back to earth and remain an unfeasible 10 games back of Chicago and 5 back from Milwaukee........so again, we're pretty fortunate thus far. All looks good from an NL central standpoint, but when I look at our NL brethren to the east, I see what looks to be our true playoff competition. Assuming that we are competing for the wild card, I have noticed that the Mets and Phills are sneaking up behind us (~ 2 games back) and have both gotten quite hot of late. With our series with the Phills about a week away, I am starting to worry how the Brewers are going to finish this season and that series in particular looks to be of great importance. If we happen to face Hamels, I will chalk that one up as a loss considering we can't even hit guys in their major league debuts these days (what else is new I guess). I don't have a major point to this piece other than after last years 2 month debacle, and our brutal 4 game start to september I am starting to get real worried. CC can only pitch once every 5 days, and the mentalities of Sheets, Parra, Bush, and even Suppan don't impress me enough to have confidence in their starts when we absolutely need a great performance. Combine that with our inability to hit with risp and I am beginning to lose confidence in their ability to close out the season while maintaining the wild card. It's not that we aren't hitting......of late we have had as many runners as our opponent yet we still manage to lose by a number of runs. So I don't know what's going to happen or how they are going to resolve their problems. Never mind, I know. Ned Yost's approach is, well, there isn't an approach. He just lets things work themselves out. I sure hope he knows what he is doing (actually I already know that he doesn't know what he is doing). It's a good thing we play cincy a couple times to boost our confidence.