The Milwaukee Brewers’ performance over the last few weeks is...a lot of things. It’s blood boiling, it’s numbing, it’s painful, and it’s simply hard to watch. Since July 1, the Crew are 8-11 and have lost their hold on first place. As simply frustrating as it is, the thing we should remember through all of this is: it’s okay.
This isn’t some lecture about managing your emotions while watching your favorite team fail. Please, scream, boo and put your face in your hands as you let out an exasperated sigh. But I want you to remember, as much as you should expect the Brewers to win, this team isn’t about now.
No, this team has been built for much more than 2018. When David Stearns, Matt Arnold, Ray Montgomery and their team put this team together — with help from Doug Melvin — it was built for the long haul.
Need evidence? Look at the calculated moves of the front office. When Stearns signed Lorenzo Cain and trade for Christian Yelich, it wasn’t because they were the two pieces that would put the team over. It was to fill holes on the team with affordable, controllable players who would work well with the players coming up.
The future is everywhere on this team. Shaw and Aguilar are two other cornerstones of the office, and they’ll be here until 2020 at least. It’s hard though. We’ve seen glimpses of what this team will be as they climbed to the top of the National League, but this recent fall has exposed major holes in the current roster construction.
We’re finally getting to the point of my post. Those holes that are so obvious will be filled, one way or another. We’ve seen players that are going to play essential parts on this team in Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes. These players are going to help fill the holes and weaknesses we currently try to fill in the rotation with pitchers like Brent Suter (who’s filled in admirably) and Wade Miley.
Then, there are the issues up the middle of the infield. We all know about the greatness of Keston Hiura. He probably can’t help now, but he can help strengthen the offensive lineup in 2019. Once you have a bat like Hiura on the roster, the weaknesses in 1-8 in the lineup get reduced everywhere.
We all know that these players won’t necessarily develop as planned though. Some will be better, many will be worse than we expect them to be. But Stearns and company have put in contingency solutions. There are players like Mauricio Dubon, Zack Brown, Trey Supak, and many more waiting in the wings. The talent goes up and down the system, with contingency plans right around the corner should the original options fail.
So, before you assume this is a team that will fail and fail again, remind yourself that this is just us cresting the hill on the rebuild. There are still final steps to be made before the team is actually complete. Based on what we’ve seen Stearns do so far, I’m sure once he has filled all the holes with the players he’s developed to take those positions, we’ll be riding success for years. And THAT team, the team that is more likely to avoid long stretches of failure, is right around the corner.