Brewers Stay Hot as Wolf Dominates Cardinals
By Lou Olsen
Your Milwaukee Brewers have won 13 of their last 14 games. Just thought that I would start this article with a bang.
As recently as last week, the Brewers were considered one of the worst road teams in all of baseball. Let’s fast forward to this morning. After 5 straight road wins (6 straight wins overall), the Brewers appear to have found “it”. Last night Randy Wolf dismantled the St. Louis Cardinals potent offense. The Wolf threw 8 innings of one run ball and improved his record to 9-8 on the season.
When you sit down and look at why Randy was so successful last night, it does not jump off the page at you. The Cardinals scattered five hits over Wolf’s 8 innings of work, but were unable to manufacture any runs. It helped that Wolf did not walk a single batter ( a rare occurrence for him), but in hindsight he only struck out one batter (Pujols). Certainly nothing dominating about his performance in the stat sheet, but as I watched the game it felt like he was in absolute control of the Cardinals from start to finish. Especially, Albert Pujols.
The highlight of the game was watching Tony LaRussa get tossed again. Now, the call that he argued was certainly worth arguing. And if you ask me, he was in the right. Josh Wilson was absolutely out at first base, but for whatever reason the first base umpire saw it differently. That lead to LaRussa doing his thing. What really struck me as odd was that LaRussa did not seem to be doing anything that really warranted getting tossed from the game. Then again, he is not my favorite person right now…so I enjoyed it.
Prince Fielder has been nothing short of spectacular this season. Last night he finished 1-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice, a double, and 2 RBI’s. Corey Hart also continues to impress me as the lead-off batter. In last night’s game he drove in two runs and collected two walks in 5 AB’s. The offense seems to be N’SYNC right now and Prince is clearly the Justin Timberlake of the group. Imagine what will happen when we plug Rickie Weeks back into this offense. It is going to be awesome.
Yesterday I wrote an article about Chris Narveson’s scissor incident. Turns out it is not very funny. Narveson was placed on the DL yesterday and is expected to miss AT LEAST his next 3 starts. The Brewers purchased the contract of Triple-A pitcher Frankie De La Cruz to fill the void. It is not clear whether or not De La Cruz will take over Narveson’s spot in the rotation, or if Marco Estrada will fill in (like he did for Greinke to start the season).
Tonight the Brewers look to sweep the Cardinals, in St. Louis. Yovani Gallardo will be facing Chris Carpenter. Worst case scenario, the Brewers leave St. Louis and head home tonight with a 4 game division lead. This team picked the perfect time to put it all together. I can honestly not remember the last time it was this much fun to watch them play. That is either really sad, or super-amazing. I am going to side with the latter.