Brew Crew Fever Podcast Episode 015

It’s a Rebuild

The Brewers have had a rough time so far in the second half, going 5-11 so far. They will finish July in second place, 2.5 games behind the Cubs. This is a much better position than most experts thought, but the fact that the Brewers went from 5.5 games up to 2.5 games down has made it seem worse than it is. The fact remains that this is still a team that is rebuilding, and that they are right on schedule.

The core of the rebuild is starting to take shape, and it is a solid one. There are still a couple of question marks, but most of the lineup looks set. Travis Shaw, Orlando Arcia, and Domingo Santana bring the youth while Ryan Braun brings his veteran leadership. Lewis Brinson and Brett Phillips are gaining some valuable experience this year.

The biggest question mark is at second base, where Jonathan Villar has not lived up to last season. Eric Sogard was doing well earlier, but has since come down to earth. Hernan Perez, the super utility man, could take over at second if the Brewers don’t find another option.

The pitching staff is coming together with Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, and Zach Davies having good seasons. Brent Suter has done a great job filling in while Josh Hader has been excellent in his role out of the pen. Those 5 can be a solid rotation even if the Brewers don’t add another pitcher.

The Brewers may not make the playoffs this year, but they will be contenders next year and for years to come.

2 thoughts on “Brew Crew Fever Podcast Episode 015”

  1. My number one complaint about the Brewers right now is the way this team is being managed. I see the batters still swinging for the fences as a matter of course. While you need to maintain an aggressive hitting stance, its something defending pitchers can adapt to, and they have adapted well to our style of hitting. We need to be taught/told to shorten our swings. We need to become more of a contact hitting club. We need to be able to adapt when the need for adapting arises. If we are going to compete going forward, we need to show the league we cannot be boxed into a category like “the fence busters,” or what have you. We need to show that we are a team that can take a flexible approach to whatever pitcher is facing us. Once we show that, and with the amount of talent on this team there is no reason to think we can’t show it, we’ll be a truly competitive franchise.

    1. I absolutely agree with you on that. Strikeouts is my number 1 concern for the offense. It is so aggravating to have a runner on 3rd with nobody out and have a couple of strikeouts and a long fly ball out. And Villar, if he could make better contact he could be the player he was last year.

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