Just before the All-Star break General Manager Doug Melvin said the one he's change about the Brewers' play in the first half was their inconsistency. I beg to differ: The Crew has been consistent. They win at home and play like a last-place club on the road.
I'm sure there are good reasons the Brewers don't like to talk about the dichotomy in the media. Bringing it ups, I imagine, would just add to the pressure the players probably already feel. But ignoring it hasn't helped. And something needs to be done.
I know through the years teams and players have tried psychologists, hypnotists and other ways to break a slump or improve bad play. The Philadelphia Phillies in the '70s tried to change their luck by having a "backwards" night. The scoreboard started with the ninth inning, the team's batting order was reversed and other adjustments were made.
The Brewers aren't that desperate. But the Crew can't keep denying the obvious: They are not the same team on the road as at home. Maybe confronting their road demons head on will get them to relax and start playing the team we all see at Miller Park.
And if they do, the division will be theirs for the taking.