At the beginning of the season, the Brewers were picked to contend for the NL Central title. I can’t think of one person who felt that this team didn’t have a chance. Now, after the bullpen has blown 18 games this season, everyone wants to jump on Doug Melvin’s back and claim that he didn’t do anything to make this team better after the loss of Prince Fielder.
Not one…NOT ONE of you called, texted, emailed, facebooked or tweeted me saying that the Brewers had NO SHOT at being competitive this season.
This season has been one of timing….period. Last year, the Brewers had timely hitting, good starting pitching, a bullpen that was lights out and a lot of good luck. This year, the bullpen has stunk, the offense took way too long to get going, the starting pitching at times has been erratic and injuries, while not devastating, have been pesky.
The montra going in to the season was, get a lead after 7 innings and turn it over to KRod and the AX Man; they’re a “lock” right? Who knew that they would be this bad?
Stop it…no you didn’t! Melvin did the best he could with the money he had and, quite frankly, on paper did a terrific job of reloading for the 2012 season. Who knew that the timing would just be bad. There isn’t a real rhyme or reason as to why things specifically happen, sometimes it just does. One or two guys not hitting, that’s understandable but for an entire team, barring Braun, to go cold early on….who knew? One or two guys in the bullpen struggle, that’s normal; but for the key back end to blow up….who saw that coming?
The season’s a wash. Hope the Brewers show some fight, get near .500 and reload for next season. Chalk this one up to bad timing and the old adage, “it’s just not meant to be”.