Well, Rubie is out of town and has left the blog in our hands. Hopefully it doesn't blow up in that time.
I have some things I want to say about the Brewers.
1. Does anyone really realize how big of a year Prince is having? I mean, good lord! He is going to shatter the old RBI record. He is absolutely crushing the ball. It has gotten to the point where he has turned our fans into Cubs' fans when he gets up. Every ball he hits gets a big reaction. I guess when you hit two balls WELL over 400 feet off of the scoreboard that'll happen. I guess we don't have to wonder about the home run derby ruining his swing.
I know that we all realize how big of a year he is having, but is the national media recognizing that? I haven't had a chance to watch much MLB Network (a sin, I know), Baseball Tonight or Sportscenter. Are they talking about him? Is Pujols taking all the attention? It doesn't help that the Brewers have taken an extreme nosedive.
2. Is anyone else a little concerned about Gallardo? I flat out love the guy. He is probably my favorite current Brewer not on the disabled list, but I'm a bit concerned. I know this is his first full season, but this pitch count stuff needs to be examined. He is a strike out type pitcher and obviously they will have some higher pitch counts since you have to make at least 3 pitches to every batter in order to strike him out, but having 100 or more pitches by the fifth isn't going to cut it for our "ace". This has been the story too often lately. I know we don't want him to be a (here is a term Rubie and others hate) contact pitcher like Suppan, but there has got to be a way to cut down the pitch count. Less walks would help. Otherwise he has been a great 5 innings pitcher. How about getting him some run support?
3. We all thought it would happen. It was the perfect storm. Suppan making his second start since coming off the DL. It was also the Suppan bobblehead day. Recent past shows that players suck and usually end up ruining their season with a bobblehead (see Turnbow, Derrick). For some reason though (it could be that we were playing the AAA Pirates) Suppan went out there and pitched a very solid game. He got in some trouble in a couple spots, but he got out of them with a couple double plays and some nice "contact pitching".
All in all, the season is done and it sucks. Oh well. I can't wait to see what happens this offseason.
Hardy is probably gone.
Hart has a chance at being dealt.
Cameron, Kendall, Counsell all are probably gone.
McGeehee. Do we keep him?
SBTG's boy Bourgeois. Is he our next Podsednik?
Gamel. Can he do it in the bigs?
Many more questions.
Oh, and big props to FPMKE for the Reel Big Fish lyric usage in his Bill Hall post. I forgot to give him props until today.