The Brewers have reached the unofficial half way point of their season. To no one’s joy, they have looked inept in almost every category at one point or another. To call them a contender at this point is merely wishful thinking BUT…..
If you’re one who believes the glass is half full, then here you go:
* Aramis Ramirez Is batting .323 (50-155, 7hr, 27rbi) over his last 39 games, raising his overall batting average from .218 to .273.
* Ricky Weeks, after a horrific start to the season offensively has watched his batting average rise from .153 to .192 in the last 3 weeks and looks to be getting his stroke back.
* Jonathan Lucroy, and his .345 batting average will soon be coming off of the DL.
* Ryan Braun is once again putting up MVP like numbers.
* Corey Hart has found his home at first base defensively and hit .429 over the final 3 games of the first half.
* Aoki, hitting .301, is on a 14-game hitting streak (22-55, .400, 2hr, 8rbi) and has been a terrific batter atop the line-up.
It seems the offensively terrible Brewers are starting to come around. Now, if you can get the back end of the bullpen (9 blown saves between KRod and Axford) to live up to their end of the bargain, the Brewers will be able to mount a surge and possibly press some NL Central teams in the second half of the season.
The starting pitching has certainly lived up to their end of the deal. Despite a few hiccups and Randy Wolf’s 5.80 era, the Brewers other 4 main starters (Gallardo, Greinke, Marcum and Fiers) all have an ERA under 4.0. And did I mention that Marcum will come off the DL soon…hopefully.
So you see Brewers fans, overcoming an 8 game deficit (behind the PITTSBURGH PIRATES…..yup, I siad the PITTSBURGH PIRATES) doesn’t seem so daunting does it.