Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 9/21/11
The Milwaukee Brewers return home from their final road trip of the regular season, sporting a 4-2 record and a season total of 39-42 away from Miller Park. The final score against the Cubs: 7-1, Chicago.
That final road record is a huge improvement from the early portion of the year when the Brewers were widely criticized for their away performance. The starting rotation maintained a 3.87 ERA in road games and 3.13 since the All-Star break. The biggest disappointment came from trips to Boston, New York and Minneapolis during interleague, a disappointing 2-7 stretch.
Chicago hasn’t generally been a fun place to play for Milwaukee, and this week was no exception. Shaun Marcum’s start yesterday was the only good one of the bunch. Randy Wolf was a complete mess today, getting routed for 6 runs on 10 total hits. He’s been on quite a stretch of up and down performances, matching every good or great outing with an equal number of tough games. Over the last 10 starts for each player, Wolf has thrown the worst. Hopefully it’s something he can shake in the next 10 days.
It’s hard to choose what might be more alarming: the Brewers only putting up 1 run on Chicago, or allowing the Cubs to score 7 on them. Certainly no offense to the division rivals, but it’s been a tough year for them. But the Crew is done with it, time to move on. With St. Louis winning at home late in their game, the magic number stays 3 as Milwaukee rests for a day, then opens a series against the Florida Marlins. Yovani Gallardo is slated to start.
For the off day tomorrow, I’ll find time to post as many possible random pitching stats as I can. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter ( @MilwaukeeBrian ) and don’t miss the Brewers’ “A Simple Kind of Fan” each Tuesday from Pocket Doppler’s Brew Town Boozer.