Yeah I know, it's early, and once again Skipper Ron of The Good Ship Roenicke has the injury card to trump all the naysayers. Aramis Ramirez sits on the 15 day DL, Jean Segura missed a couple of games, Chris Narveson in on the DL, Alex Gonzalez missed a couple of games, Braun has, and is a pain in the neck so far, and Corey Hart, the "quick healer", is now on the 60 day DL and not scheduled to return until June.
So for the few players that are healthy, no one is producing, with maybe the exception of Nori Aoki. The Screwers have unloaded a grand total of 5 home runs in 10 games. St. Louis has blanked them in the last two games, and today they drew another doughnut in the first inning. Your RBI leader is Braun with 6, so apparently he is off the PED's for now. Rickie Weeks, jammed into the cleanup role out of necessity, has been pathetic at the plate. As has just about everyone else, including the newly crowned savior named Carlos Gomez, proud owner of the huge contract gift from Doug Melvin and company.
The pitching, which everyone knew would be suspect anyway, has been just that. John Axford has been a total bust, contributing a blown save and basically unable to deliver anything to the plate resembling a major league pitch. The lone starting off season acquisition, Kyle Lohse, has been more than solid in his two outings but has received no run support at all. Gallardo is his typical All-Star for five innings and then Nashville for one horrendous inning, certainly not performing at the caliber of the so-called "Ace" of your staff. Estrada has been serviceable, as has Peralta, but it appears Fiers was a mistake to be included in the starting lineup. As for the bullpen relief, Gonzalez has yet to get anybody out, especially left handers, and Gorzellany, is well, an ex-Cub. Figaro, Badenhop, Henderson and KIntzler, come on, no explanation needed.
Add to that more suspect base running escapades plus a shoddy defense littered with players playing out of position, and you have all the necessary ingredients for a 2-8 start. So where will it end? The World Champion San Francisco Giants come to $8.50 Miller Park next week followed by another series with the Cubbies, who will certainly turn the venue into Wrigley North once again.
As I blog this nonsense, the Screwers are now 21 straight scoreless innings into St. Louis, 28 straight going back to Tuesday in Chicago, thus I would imagine a 2-9 record is not too far away. They say baseball championships can't be lost in April, but with this kind of start and with the lack of depth being exposed with all their injuries, it would appear the biggest Fool's in April are the Brewer faithful themselves.
Here's hoping for everyone involved they can turn it around, but until that happens, there is absolutely no reason to watch this mess, resulting in just another convincing argument to turn on your local Wisconsin radio affiliate and listen to Bob Uecker describe it all to you instead. At least his jokes are funny.
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