The 2012 Milwaukee Brewers finished the season on fire and nearly stole a playoff spot when in summer it looked like the playoffs were going to out of the question before September even began. They did it behind all around excellent play by a lot of youth, especially the like of Mike Fiers and Wilyl Peralta. So the Brewers front office made a decision to go young and reward the youth that carried them back into the hunt. Unfortunately now it seems that decision has backfired as of May 22nd.
As of right now the Brewers are in a miserable stretch where they are 4-16 in May and down 7-0 to the equally disappointing Dodgers. The main culprit is the starting rotation, where Fiers failed and has been removed from the rotation and Willy Peralta continues to have short starts and post an ERA over 6.00! It's easy to say that the decision to trust the young rotation was a bad decision after this rough stretch, but that's not going to help anything to blame past events. So I'm trying to think of ways the brewers can salvage this, and honestly I'm struggling but I've got a few ideas.
Willy needs to be sent down, he is a very promising talent and taking these beatings is going to ruin this kid mentally if he keeps going out there and getting crushed. Fortunately Narveson is on his way back so he is the logical choice to replace Peralta. Next comes an offensive change that honestly breaks my heart to say. Rickie weeks needs to agree to go down to minors. I am as big of a Weeks fans you'll find, his jersey was first jersey I've ever bought and I have always loved his competitive drive and willingness to keep working his tail off. Rickie has done an amazing job of keeping his OBP around .300 all year when his batting average sits below the Mendoza Line. His problem is he isn't attacking and he is letting himself get down 0-2 because he reguses to hit first pitches. So he gets down in the count then strikeout or ground ball seemingly every at bat. In Rickie's absence the Brewers should bring up Scooter Gennet who appears to be a hitting machine.
The other problem for brewers is obvious, the absence of Ramirez and Hart are definitely hurting them but fortunately Ramirez is back and getting healthier and Hart is on recovery trail and hopefully he can produce when he comes up. All the Brewers can do with this situation is keep plugging in replacements and hope for the best.
Like Attanaiso said during telecast all the Brewers can do is keep weathering the storm, because this team is much better then the record shows. The team is clearly a streaky team and hopefully another hot streak is on the horizon. All we can do is hope for the best and keep rooting on the team. I believe the best is yet to come and when it does we all can sit back and enjoy!
One last thing before I post, this was my first ever blog and as a journalism student I look forward to any comments or critiques. I thank any future readers for taking the time to read my post and I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to my future posts.