Ryan Braun is not happy with the way the season has been going. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Braun Is Not Happy

With the way the season has been going for the Milwaukee Brewers, it’s not astonishing that many players aren’t happy – specifically Ryan Braun. Out of everyone, Braun has voiced the most frustration and demonstrated his limited patience with losing. He’s even called out the starting pitchers, begging them to pitch more than five innings. If a player like Braun, who rarely shares his gripes, starts openly complaining about the lack of competiveness his team is showing, it’s obvious team is in shambles.

While Braun’s numbers have once again been impressive this season, his frustrations have commenced at the plate. He’s striking out more than ever (22.6%) but has also been the victim of some “what in the world are you looking at, ump?” called-third strikes. He was ejected against the Chicago Cubs on April 21 for flinging his bat in the air after striking out on a questionable pitch. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Since then, whenever he goes down looking, you can expect his bat to be somewhere in the air. His anger isn’t only aimed at the umpire but also his team. He’s sick of losing and disgusted by the way the Brewers have been playing of late. While I understand his motives, there are better ways to handle disappointment than to launch your bat with 30,000 eyes staring down at you.

After the series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers’ left fielder finally gave the media something to write about. Here’s what Braun had to say following the loss:

It hasn’t been good. We’re just barely even competitive. It’s been horrendous. Terrible. We have to do everything better. Coming into the year, we expected to be able to compete for a postseason spot, to have an opportunity to win our division, and we’re not doing anything well enough to even belong in that conversation. We’ve been terrible. Horrible. Without many signs of doing anything better. It just hasn’t been good.

That’s not exactly music to the manager’s ears. If your All-Star is dropping words like “horrendous” and “terrible”, your seat is probably a little warm.

Ryan Braun and the Brewers have plenty of time to turn things around, even if they are 12.5 games back in the NL Central. The way back to fruition starts today against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are in rebuilding mode with a bunch of young players receiving playing time. Losing the series to the Twins is the worst thing that can happen to Milwaukee. Braun’s frustration flame will get hotter and tempers will grow.

Do you think Ryan Braun is justified for being peeved?


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  • Sue Zielke

    Hell yes!!! Why is it lately they only win when Rickie Weeks IS NOT in the lineup?

    • Justin Schultz

      I think it has a lot more to do with the starting rotation than Rickie Weeks. I mean, he does have hits in his last three games.

      • Sue Zielke

        You are right. The starting pitching has been horrible. Braun is right they have to pitch more than 5 innings. Remember the good old days when starters were expected to give you at least 7 good innings? How many complete games do the Brewers starters have in the last 7 years?

        • Justin Schultz

          They’ve only had one complete game since 2011.

          • Sue Zielke

            Would that rank dead last among all MLB teams?

          • Justin Schultz

            Yes. Since 2011, the Brewers have the least amount of complete games with one. Every other team has at least four.

          • Sue Zielke

            And this would add to the overworked bullpen. Making both starters and relievers ineffective.

          • Justin Schultz

            Exactly. Roenicke doesn’t let his pitchers go over 100 pitches. He relies on the bullpen far too much.