Something strange is brewing in Milwaukee. July through August the Milwaukee Brewers were going through some horrible troubles. The bullpen stunk. The starting pitcher would pitch a strong game and as soon as the bullpen came in they would easily blow the game. Our “go to guys”, John Axford and K-Rod couldn’t close a game. The Ax-man had 8 blown saves and lost his job as closer for a while. The Crew traded away Zack Greinke, a sign that we threw in the towel. Everbody was saying it’s just one of those years, but now…………….
On August 6th they found themselves 13 games back of the second Wild Card spot. Now today they are 2 1/2 games back and are on fire. The Brew Crew are the hottest team in baseball and no one can stop them. The bullpen is back and holding the lead, shutting down hitters. John Axford has finally found his “game” with 33 saves and looks like his old self. The starting pitching has been absolutely dominant. Yovani Gallardo has won his last 8 decision and lowered his ERA a ton-maybe it’s the hair. The rookie starters have been great including, Mike Fiers and Wily Peralta. Ryan Braun is making serious contender for MVP and Aramis Ramirez is just unstoppable. Newly aquired shortstop, Jean Segura, has found his stroke at the plate, and Rickie Weeks is absolutely out of his slump. THIS IS FOR REAL! – POST SEASON TICKETS WENT ON SALE TODAY!!!!
I recently read about Zack Greinke missing his next start to “recharge his batteries.” Roenicke said that Greinke’s routine is out of wack and that he is pretty worn out after starting 3 games in a row. Sounds reasonable on the surface…. I do get the part about the routine change having an impact that can make you “out of wack. ” On start 1 of 3 against the Astros he pitched 4 pitches and was ejected in the first inning. Start 2 he only pitched 66 pitches. After his second start Greinke had the whole All Star break to recover from his last 2 starts. I think that he could easily be fine by then. Tyler Thornburg is set to start for Zack.
Fact or Fishy?
Fact: Maybe Zack is just a little fatigued from three starts and just doesn’t feel right. Roenicke, Melvin, and Greinke did agree about him needing to just recharge. Zack will have ten days of rest to get straightened out. He has been having a rough July with an ERA of 9.00
Fishy: Could Greinke actually get traded in the very near future? I know that Melvin came out and told the press that this had nothing to do with trading. I think that he may be traded soon and a possible deal has been going on behind the scenes. Remember, he wanted to be on a “Series” contending team. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s the Brewers this year. Also, in a T.V. interview with Yovani Gallardo, the reporter asked him about Zack. Yovani all of a sudden got very nervous, like he wasn’t supposed to say anything.