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The Week In Review: May 2 – May 8

That seems about right.

What. A. Horrible. Week. Seriously. To be honest, the Brewers offense looked like it would get mowed down by Victor Santos, the way they were playing this week. Even in the one game the Brewers won, they had trouble scoring until the ninth inning on a fly ball that pretty much any outfielder in baseball other than Lance Berkman would have caught. Just… bad.

Now, I’m not going to throw in the towel on the season or anything, and I don’t want to get too down on the team. There is a homestand coming up, and maybe the Brewers can turn things around. In the meantime, someone not named Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder sorely needs to step up on offense.

Who’s Hot?


That at bat by Craig Counsell in the ninth today was pretty awesome.

Yovani Gallardo, I guess. Yo finally pitched the game that we’ve all been yearning for – 8 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. In fact, Gallardo did not allow a hit until the 8th inning. It was a wonderful, refreshing outing. Unfortunately, for a long time it felt like Gallardo, despite pitching a near no-no, might still lose the game.

Truth be told, the pitching wasn’t all that bad for the Brewers this week. Shaun Marcum pitched very well on Thursday, he just didn’t get any run support. Chris Narveson wasn’t too bad this afternoon. There was just a common theme of badness from…

Who’s Not?

The entire offense.

Quite simply, not a single player on the Brewers really had any real contribution offensively this week. Ryan Braun was 3-for-26. Prince Fielder was 2-for-24. Casey McGehee was 5-for-22. Corey Hart? 2-for-16. Yuni Betancourt? 3-for-19. Rickie Weeks was a tiny bit better – 7-for-27 – but he went 0-for-5 today and struck out with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. The Brewers haven’t hit a home run as a team since Prince Fielder’s solo shot in game one on Wednesday.

Injury Update:

Nyjer Morgan, you heartbreaker. Just when we thought that we would get Nyjer back and get less Carlos Gomez (although, sidenote, kudos for your game on Saturday, Carlos), Morgan breaks his finger just two games into his return. Morgan will be out 2-4 weeks.

Zack Greinke is back! If, you know, you hadn’t heard.

Manny Parra, meanwhile, is not. Parra was diagnosed with a strained ligament in his elbow, and was shut down. There is no timetable for his return.

Zach Braddock was placed on the DL to make room for Nyjer Morgan. Braddock’s official ailment is a sleep disorder. He could return by the end of May, but it seems to me like you just never know with things like this.

Takashi Saito remains out, and could possibly return mid-June.

Erick Almonte hasn’t been heard from for a few days. No word on when he might be able to return.

What to watch for:

Hopefully, a return of the offense. It seems pretty clear at this point that the team is relying heavily on Braun and Fielder, and with both of them struggling, you’ve seen what happened. This shouldn’t be the case, but right now it is. Thankfully, the schedule lightens up a little bit. The Brewers play all six of their games at home this week, starting with Zack Greinke’s home debut tomorrow night against the San Diego Padres. With any luck, it will go more smoothly than his season debut was in Atlanta. After 3 gams vs. the Padres, the Pirates come to town on Friday for the weekend series. The Brewers have Thursday off.


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