Yes. I'm starting a somewhat daily diary on BCB.
No. It's not going to be all about Benny.
Yes. I'm going to keep it short, sweet, and simple.
No. I'm not going to back myself up with stats.
Yes. It will sometimes be pointless.
No. It won't always have anything to do with the game or even the Brewers.
Yes. I hope you enjoy.
Volume 2: The Saviors Mirage
So, did you hear something? A rumble in the jungle? A bang from the orangatan? A blast from the past? Did you hear that there's this kid who's a decent thirdbaseman? He played on some triple-A team in Nashvile and now he's going to be starting for the Brewers tonight?
They say he's a "savior." They call him "the messiah." They say he's going to "turn this team's woes around."
And then you think about it. Is he really? Are we lacking so much in offensive output that his and his bat alone will "win the brewers a world championship?" Do we not have two of the top HR and RBI guys in the national league? The team is currently 15th in the ML in average, 3rd in slugging in the ML, and 10th in runs scored. Is offense really our issue?
Now, I can't say I'm the 1st one to say this (not by any means), but I do 100% agree. YOVANNI GALLARDO IS THE REAL SAVIOR. Sheets is down (as usual), Cappy is getting is offspeed pitches knocked around like he's throwing a softball, the groundball pitching Suppan is has more flyouts than groundouts, and Bush... Don't get me started on Bush. Gallardo has the skills to pay the bills and just needs the starts to show us the sparks. Bringing Gallardo in will only serve to tighten whats been a pretty good rotation this year. By moving Bush to long relief with Villanueva, we could be fielding a rotation where the opposition is not only worried about matching up with 1, 2, and 3, but also 4, and 5. Gallardo will be "that guy."
Now, I'm not saying I don't like Braun. I do. But power hitting isn't our problem this year. Our problems this year are getting hits consistently (how many LOB this year?) and pitching.
So, I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade. I'm happy Braun is up. I hope he does well, but in my mind, he's far from being a savior. With Braun being the last everyday starter to finally be up (now fielding homegrowns Hall, Jenkins, Gwynn, Fielder, Weeks, Hardy, and now Braun), I prefer to call Braun the MISSING LINK... While Gallardo will be OUR SAVIOR.