BrewCap: Brewers Hit Rock Bottom As Pirates Sweep The Crew
Milwaukee Brewers found rock bottom on Sunday afternoon. They led by two runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates late in Sunday’s game. If the Brewers won that game, they’re .500 for their long 10-game road trip, and they salvage one game in Pittsburgh. But as the saying goes, ‘Weird shit happens in Pittsburgh’, the Brewers gave up a go-ahead homer to Gregory Polanco to put a cherry on this shit sundae of a weekend for the Brewers. They lose 5-4 and get swept by the worst team in baseball. What should have been a good bounceback weekend for Milwaukee turned into a disaster.
Player of the Game: Justin Smoak – Good day for Smoak who had a nice day at the plate. He had two hits that both ended up scoring runs for the Brew Crew. Smoak hit an RBI double to kick off the scoring for Milwaukee. Then he added a homer in the later iinnings to ptu Milwaukee ahead in this one. Smoak is trying to find himself at the plate this season. He is up to a .225 average on the year. The good news too is that he didn’t strike out in his four at-bats.
Honorable Mention: Omar Narvaez – It is hard to be positive about the Brewers, but one is that Omar Narvaez had a two-hit game. He has been trash most of the season and essentially lost his starter spot to Manny Pina. Narvaez had two hits for Milwaukee yesterday afternoon. Maybe that will get him going for the season. But Pina still feels like the better option to me at this time. It could change, but it is hard to make a case against Pina.
One thing I would like: Andy Haines should be looking for jobs today – I know it’s 25 games, but it is hard to see Andy Haines being a coach for this team. Brewers did not light the world on fire last year offensively either. Brewers’ general manager David Stearns talks about sample size, but the Brewers had this same hitting staff last season too. Brewers were 12th in OPS last year. They were 10th in May, and 21st in August. This year, they rank 28th.
While Stearns can cite a short season, it is apparent that this Brewers’ offense is nowhere near what 2019 was for Milwaukee. Do the departures of Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain equal being 16 teams worse than last year’s average?
Next up: Milwaukee heads home to face Cincinnati for four critcal games. This decides whether the Brewers will be sellers or not for the trade deadline. Good news for Milwaukee is that eight teams are under .500 that all have shots at the playoff race. The NL Wild Card hunt is begging for someone to get hot here. Trevor Bauer will not be easy, but maybe, just maybe, Milwaukee can switch their approach and do something special early in this game.