Last night’s game was painful to watch. To see our offense go from highly potent to lifeless was not as troubling as Shaun Marcum’s performance. I can not put my finger on it, but he has been awful the last few weeks. He claims that he feels fine, so it is not an injury. Marcum’s delivery has not changed, at least from what I can tell. So, that leaves me scratching my head about last night’s game. Luckily for me, in the playoffs it is easy to have a short-term memory.
One moment I want to touch on about last night, before we collectively put it behind us, is the Grand Slam. The moment the ball left his hand, I cried “NO!!!”. My wife was in the kitchen and she came running in just in time to see the ball sail over Corey Hart’s head. As Marcum’s glove flew through the air, he must have been thinking the same thing I was. “NOT DOWN THE MIDDLE!!!” 87 mph heat down the middle…it might as well be on a tee. Shaun tossing his glove in the air told me everything I needed to know about that pitch; bad location, weak velocity, wrong batter to give that too. My friend Brian from Washington D.C. (also a Wisconsin native) sent me a text before the ball had left the yard, it said Saw that coming. As did I Brian, as did I.
Ok, let’s talk about tonight. Randy Wolf has been a little shaky lately, but he has had a healthy dose of off time. On the other side of the coin, Joe Saunders has been owned by the Brewers in the past. Saunders also does not have a very good track record in the post-season. Last night, I could just sense that it was not going to be our night. But, when I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be a good day. Got good news from my boss before I even made it into work, it was a sign. Today is the day.
Ryan Braun went 0 for 3 last night, which is ok. That is going to happen. The good news for Brauny is that he is 2 for 6 against Saunders in his career, both hits were of the home-run variety. Randy Wolf is 7-1 in his career, pitching at Chase Field. All we have to do is execute and play our game. If we let those pesky snakes hang around until Friday, things could get a little tense. So, let’s just close it out tonight boys.
The game tonight will start again at 8:30pm CST on either TNT or TBS. Another late night, but I believe that if you stay up tonight it could be worth it. If nothing else, we can hopefully watch the Cardinals and Tony LaRussa be escorted from the post season.
One final note, let’s all do our friend John Axford a favor and follow this link to the American Mustache Institutes ‘ 2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year’ nominee page. Fill it out and nominate our boy for mustache of the year. He deserves it damn it!!!
Hopefully for the last time this work week, Go Brewers!!!!