Tuesday, May 01, 2007

One Month Down, Five To Go

*** In a deviation from the norm, here is the inaugural baseball post as promised. ***

With the first month of baseball in the books, things are looking up for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. They enter the month of May with a National League leading 16-9 record (tied for best with the Atlanta Braves) and a promising 8-5 road record. The Brew Crew now finds itself in the midst of a 10 game homestand with series against St Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington. The best, albeit unfortunate, thing about their success in April is that it came without Ben Sheets on his A-game following an opening-day gem.

The Brewers are sixth in the NL in hitting and eighth in pitching due to several blowouts and a number of one-run wins. The bright spots in the organization come in the form of starting pitching and the outfield's offensive production. Jeff Suppan and Chris Capuano are both tied for third in the league with four wins in April and both are in the top 25 in the league in ERA. The left field platoon of Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench has combined for six HRs and 21 RBIs with a combined .338 BA. The team has carried a streak of games with a double through the entire month to a current franchise record of 25 games in a row.

MLB.com had this to say of the Crew's April Success:
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost piloted the Brewers to one of the best records in
baseball despite Ben Sheets' groin strain and batting slumps from regulars Bill
Hall, Rickie Weeks and Craig Counsell. Makes you wonder what Yost's team will do
when they start hitting.
If April's success is any indication of future performance, the plethora of preseason predictions that the Brewers would top the NL Central division may indeed turn out to be accurate. I, for one, am holding out until the end of this month to make any firm judgments either way.

1 comment:

Brandon Henak said...

Great stuff Jeremy, now I just need a bullet point weekly update so I so I don't fall behind at the office water cooler :-)