Monday, August 10, 2009

Mental Weakness vs. 'Shit Happens.'

Yesterday, the Brewers got shut out in a day game. This marks the third time the Brewers have been held scoreless during a day game this season, and runs the Crew's record to 13-23 in day games (including 13 losses in the last 16 day games).

At some point, it seems to me, this adds up to more than coincidence, more than just "shit happens." In fact, the Brewers seem to hit a road block like this every year:

In 2007, the Crew was superb at home (51-30) but couldn't buy a win on the road (32-49). The '07 Brewers also spiraled out of control in August, face-planting with two 5-game losing streaks and a 4-game losing streak in the month. (It hurt just to type that. Bad times.)

Last year's team got over the August hump, but then forgot how to win in September, starting the month with four straight losses (and then losing five in a row in the middle of the month) before finishing 6-1 over the final seven games.

And now, this year, come the Day Game Blues.

I just don't get it. Is this evidence of mental weakness? Is it possible for an entire team to be mentally weak? What the hell does that phrase ("mental weakness") even mean? Does it even apply here? Do other teams have annual bugaboos like this, too? Can the Twins not hit lefties? Do the White Sox struggle whenever Danks starts? (Please note: these are hypotheticals I'm pulling out of my ass; I've done no research whatsoever. That said: if the Twins and Sox have a problem ala the Brewers' day game malaise, I'd like to hear about it.)

I have no answers this morning, only questions.

1 comment:

EMoney said...

Regarding "day game blues", my personal opinion is that it correlates directly to the kind of hitters they are in general. The majority of the starters aren't exactly "hit to contact" guys, rather they're free swingers. Put them at the plate during the day, when it's more difficult to see the ball (especially in the shadows at Miller Park) and they are at the mercy of the pitcher. Plain and simple.