Going through some of the game notes courtesy of the Brewers media relations, I have found some eyesore stats about the Crew this year...
-The Brewers are 14-20 when the opponent scores first.
-The Crew are 9-21 with they are out-hit by the opposition.
Ah, good. Numbers. I love talkin' numbers in sports -- probably not as much as my wayward pal Moongoose loves midget frottage pr0n, but I love it, nonetheless. But here's the thing: when you're talkin' numbers in sports, you've gotta give those numbers some context, or else they're just ... numbers -- meaningless little 3's & 7's.
Here's a good example:
The Brewers are not exactly the comeback kids either...
-When trailing after seven innings, the Brewers are 4-28. The Brewers are not much of a ninth-inning comeback team either. The Crew is 3-30 when trailing after eight innings.Ripped from any context whatsoever, those numbers look like shit. But consider:
The untucked-shirt-hatin' St. Louis Cardinals -- the first place team in the division -- are 1-26 when trailing after seven innings. And they're 0-28 when they're trailing after eight.
The third-place, supremely-douchetastic Cubs -- currently nipping at the Brewers' heels in the standings -- are 4-26 when trailing after seven. They're 2-26 when trailing after eight.
How 'bout the fourth-place Reds, you say? They're 1-30 when trailing after seven, and 1-31 when trailing after the eighth inning.
And, since nobody gives a flying poop about the 'Stros or Pirates, let's toss out the numbers for the juggernaut out West, the L.A. Dodgers: 4-17 when trailing after seven innings, and 2-23 when trailing after eight.
The Brewers are 8-15 when they do not hit a home run.
The obligatory small ball lover's stat. I have said it before, and I will say it again: the only thing a stat like this tells you is that hitting home runs is a good thing and helps your team win baseball games.
In 70 games (37-33 overall record), the Brewers have just 19 come-from-behind wins.
Cardinals: 11 come-from-behind wins (in 40 wins total).
Cubs: 15 come-from-behind wins (in 34 wins total).
Reds: 13 come-from-behind wins (in 34 wins total).
Dodgers: 21 come-from-behind wins (in 47 wins total).
The Brewers have only blown 18 leads so it is not like they are giving games away in their 33 losses.
In sum: every stat that the Llama thinks is remarkably bad is remarkably average (if not impressive -- the 19 come-from-behind wins are very good), while the stat that the Llama thinks is remarkably good is actually pretty bad. As per usual, up is down, black is white, and a shit sandwich is Gummy Bears for Toddles.