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Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:18 pm
ST. LOUIS -- Are the Brewers now in as large a hole as the Tigers? No, they are not.

It only seems like it.

Following Wednesday's 4-3 Game 3 loss to the Cardinals, Milwaukee, still very much in this series, trails St. Louis only two games to one. But given the way the rest of their rotation is bumbling around, the Brewers are wounded badly when Yovani Gallardo starts and they don't win.

Starting pitchers named neither "Yovani" nor "Gallardo" in this postseason have compiled a 11.52 ERA while going 1-3 in five postseason starts.

Being that Milwaukee's Game 4 starter contains the names "Randy" and "Wolf, the Brewers can only hope that trend changes.

Gallardo, now 1-8 career against the Cardinals, did not pitch like the ace Milwaukee thinks he is. He was lit up for four runs in the first inning before calming down.

Part of that wasn't completely his fault: Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke gambled and lost by starting veteran Mark Kotsay, 35, in center field. He liked Kotsay's numbers against Chris Carpenter (4 for 11, .364 batting average). But Kotsay could not get to a fly ball smacked into the left-center gap two batters into the bottom of the first, a play that Carlos Gomez certainly would have made. That helped fuel St. Louis' early rally.

But Kotsay had nothing to do with Gallardo's back-to-back walks of Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman later in the inning. Those were critical, too.

Bottom line is, this series still should have a very long way to go. Milwaukee is facing nothing like its Midwestern (across Lake Michigan) neighbor. Detroit is down three games to one and on the verge of extinction for 2011.

The Brewers are just one win from evening things up against St. Louis. But with Wolf, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum rolling up next in the rotation, it sure looks as if the Cardinals were licking their beaks, er, chops as they left Busch Stadium late Wednesday night.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:13 pm

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

Of the 4 remaining teams...the Brewers and Rangers are the most overrated and most dysfunctional. Controversy follow them wherever they go. The same cannot be said of the Cardinals and the Tigers. Did you know that Jim Leyland of the Tigers is a mentor of Tony LaRussa of the Cardinals. That would be a great opposed to Ron Roenicke and Ron Washington..two guys who have proven to be totally clueless when managing in the playoffs.

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:19 am

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

Cardinals had the 6th best attendance in baseball this year.  One spot better than the Brewers and 9 better than the Braves.  Do some research before your start shooting you mouth.  Learn a lesson from your players and keep the yap shut.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:39 am

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

MJ....I hope you enjoy watching the Packers play the Rams Sunday also.

Especially since it is the only professional sports team from Wisconsin that will be playing on Sunday.  Bring on the Rangers....GO CARDS !!!

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:54 am

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

MJ, I would expect the fan of a team that's only relevent once every 30 years to understand what it means to have the best fans in baseball. St. Louis is "touted" as the best baseball city, their fans the best baseball fans by current and former players from OTHER TEAMS, and by beseball media, and has been "touted" as such for many, many years. None of us cares about the opinion of a jealous, whiney fan of an irrelevent franchise. Milwaukee fans like yourself (and some of your class-act players) are really giving the Brewers a bad name. You might want to start worrying about your own team, rather than ours. If your team doesn't respond pretty quickly, we might not hear from you for another 30 years.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:38 am

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

Typical classless Cardinal fan response. I love how St. Louis is touted as having "the best fans in baseball"...they obviously don't read the trash they post online, nor have they seen the empty seats when their beloved Cardinals were sucking hind t!t in the middle of the season. Braves fans are less fair weather and at least respectable.

Go Crew...and it will also be fun watching the Pack dismantle the Lambs at Lambeau Sunday.  

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:15 am

Brewers need pitching, quick, in NLCS

Notice how quickly we're talking about not one, but two center fielders that will presumably start ahead of Turd Ferguson, I mean Tony Plush.  The little douche in the Brewers army helmet is having quite an impact.  I'm sure "Alberta" is worried about what might happen if he decides to get in da ring with Plush.  While it would be great for the Cards to shut the door on the Brewers' season in St. Louis, it might be even better to see that happen in front of their home crowd, a bunch of dispondent numbnuts holding "beast mode" signs.

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