GUEST COMMENTARY BY: Adam Rygg
(for the record, this is being started at 10:37am on Sunday, September 3rd)
Ladies and gentlemen of the Brewer Nation, you’ve been had! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Run amok! We didn’t land on inconsistency…inconsistency landed on us!
Let’s get this out of the way…….season low 11 games below .500 at 62-73….season long losing streak now standing at 9 games (and counting?)
I know that it’s been a LONG time since I have posted to this weblog. For that, I shouldn’t be the one apologizing, but I will. Kind of a long story behind it all.
Regardless, I attended last night’s Brewers/Marlins game and felt compelled to post again. It’s the first game that I’ve attended since late July (against the Reds…the one where Turnbow actually saved the game), and I’ve got to tell you that the Brewer faithful is beginning to get restless.
They were quick to boo those that deserved it (Jose Capellan for example) but still showed love and support to anybody until they proved they deserved otherwise. While not nearly as loud as it used to be, the fans even still cheered when Turnbow came out to pitch.
What I didn’t understand, however, were some of the moves that Yost made in this game. For instance, he brought in Francisco Cordero when the game was tied in the 8th inning….the 8TH!! I understand the desire to keep it tied if at all possible, but why not save him in case we get ahead in the bottom of the 8th, and/or to pitch the ninth to keep the Marlins in check at that point?
And what I also don’t get is Yost’s managerial style the past few games. Bringing in your best bullpen pitcher early is one thing, but pulling a pitcher mid-AB because he went 2-0 on a guy? Makes sense if you’re trying to win ballgames, but we were 10 under (now 11). Where was this type of urgency out of Yost 50 games ago? 15 games ago? Even 8 games ago when we were 3 games under .500 at 62-65 and only 4.5 out of the wild card?
Do you all realize that had we swept the Marlins in Florida that long weekend, that we would have been right at the top of the wild card standings by the end of that series? The Reds got swept by San Francisco that same weekend.
For too long, it has felt like Yost is only trying not to lose ballgames and hope something happens by accident that allows for the win. That kind of attitude isn’t going to accomplish what should be his goal of reaching the post season.
Anybody got thoughts on that one?
Here’s another thing for you all to leave your opinions about….here’s what would be my opening day lineup next season (assuming everybody gets healthy during the off season which begins for the Brewers promptly on October 2nd):
1. Tony Gwynn Jr. – CF
2. J.J. Hardy – SS
3. Rickie Weeks – 2B
4. Prince Fielder – 1B
5. Bill Hall – 3B
6. Corey Hart – RF
7. PREFERABLY A FREE AGENT PICKUP – LF – But if not, then Gabe Gross
8. C (I don’t know if Damian has another productive year in him…I sure hope so, but I’m being realistic. I think Rivera could be our main catcher next year and that would be okay)
9. Ben Sheets – P
My bench is: Laynce Nix, Jeff Cirillo , Corey Koskie, a backup non-Moeller catcher, Vinny Rottino
Starting rotation: Sheets, Chris Capuano, Carlos Villanueva, Tomo Ohka (if they can resign him for reasonable money), a non-Davis pitcher who steps it up (Zach Jackson? Dave Bush?)
Bullpen: Francisco Cordero, Jose Capellan, Derrick Turnbow, Matt Wise, which ever starter doesn’t make the rotation to pitch long relief and spot start, new face, new face
Anybody else have ideas? I’ll post again toward the end of the season about this (when I have time to do proper research) about upcoming free agents and who I’d like to see the Brewers persue.
As always, your thoughts and comments are appreciated.