Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stars Aligned

The Brewers have won 12 of their last 16 games. They've got their ace on the mound today, then head home for a 9-game home stand against three AL teams who will be playing in very unfamiliar territory without their DHs. Albert Pujols is out for three weeks as the Cardinals head into a 3-game series with the first place Phillies. Alfonso Soriano is out for six weeks as the Cubs head out for a 6-game road trip to AL cities where they will need an extra hitter. If there was ever a time for the Brewers to get back in contention in the NL Central, it's now.

The Brewers' record right now (34-31) is only one game worse than it was after the same number of games last year (35-30). The difference of course is that last year they had a 5-1/2 game lead in the Central Division and this year they are 7-1/2 games back. Last year everyone was saying that the team was playing great and overachieving. This year everyone says they're underachieving. It's all a matter of context. The reality is that this year they are playing just about equally as well as last. What's changed is the competition. With the injuries to Pujols and Soriano, hopefully the competition has just changed again.

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