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(JSOnline)   Brewers 150 day reign atop the Central ends as they lose 2 out of 3 to San Diego, get outscored 31-8 in a 3 game sweep by the Giants and for the grand finale, lose to the last place Cubs   (jsonline.com ) divider line
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2014-09-01 09:24:01 PM  
Book it, done.
 
2014-09-01 10:59:43 PM  
Goddamn it. The life of a farking Brewers fan, right there.
 
2014-09-01 11:29:24 PM  
Oh, Brewers...you make the Red Sux proud!
 
2014-09-01 11:36:12 PM  
Honestly, I was surprised it lasted this long. As a life long Brewers, it doesn't hurt that much, because we expect the Cardinals to rip our hearts out each year.

It still sucks though, that we are a totally inconsistent team, and simply cannot string together more than a few good games in a row.

Ugh.
 
2014-09-02 12:04:37 AM  
For the next trick, let's fall out of the wild card too!  Yay!
 
2014-09-02 12:04:49 AM  

picodenico: Honestly, I was surprised it lasted this long. As a life long Brewers, it doesn't hurt that much, because we expect the Cardinals to rip our hearts out each year.


Well, yeah, this

It still sucks though, that we are a totally inconsistent team, and simply cannot string together more than a few good games in a row.

Well, except for the faceplant before the ASB, they also hadn't strung together more than a few bad games in a row either. That's why they've stayed in first place all year. I have no idea whether they've got it in them to pull their heads out of their asses for the last month or not. Seeing as how they simply can't seem to hit anymore, I'm not exactly counting on it.
 
2014-09-02 12:05:42 AM  
'Last place' is technically accurate, but the Cubs aren't playing like a last-place team right now. The young bucks are making noise.
 
2014-09-02 05:30:06 AM  

Gosling: 'Last place' is technically accurate, but the Cubs aren't playing like a last-place team right now. The young bucks are making noise.


As they seemingly do every year, but only after falling 12 or so games out by the All-Star break so that they can play the spoiler.

Though at least they can't ensure the Buccos a sixth-place finish anymore, what with Houston leaving for the AL,

I recall all those years of not-so-long-ago, were right about now, the Pirates faithful were just hoping to string enough wins together to get ahead of Chicago before yet another losing season wound down.....
 
2014-09-02 07:03:42 AM  
That's too bad. They're still overachieving all expectations for this season, but after the start that they had, missing the playoffs would be a letdown.
 
2014-09-02 09:00:09 AM  
To be fair to my Padres, we're pretty damn good at home. I don't think we're going to have a guy that gets to 50 RBI this year but we're coming for that last wild card spot. We're only 7.5 games back despite scoring 69 fewer runs than any other team in baseball this year.

Believe in the Padres, and keep the faith.
 
2014-09-02 09:21:06 AM  

Gosling: 'Last place' is technically accurate, but the Cubs aren't playing like a last-place team right now. The young bucks are making noise.


Which is why we will once again hear all winter that they're going to win the world series next year.
 
2014-09-02 09:25:27 AM  

Cheesehead_Dave: That's too bad. They're still overachieving all expectations for this season, but after the start that they had, missing the playoffs would be a letdown.


I believe the PECOTA projection had them at 79 wins. I thought they could get to about 83, but this death by a thousand cuts has been brutal.
 
2014-09-02 10:06:57 AM  

The universe is laughing behind your back: picodenico: Honestly, I was surprised it lasted this long. As a life long Brewers, it doesn't hurt that much, because we expect the Cardinals to rip our hearts out each year.

Well, yeah, this

It still sucks though, that we are a totally inconsistent team, and simply cannot string together more than a few good games in a row.

Well, except for the faceplant before the ASB, they also hadn't strung together more than a few bad games in a row either. That's why they've stayed in first place all year. I have no idea whether they've got it in them to pull their heads out of their asses for the last month or not. Seeing as how they simply can't seem to hit anymore, I'm not exactly counting on it.


I still wouldn't count the Brew Crew out. I'm a Cardinals fan and I really don't expect them to hang onto first. The Brewers are a damn good team... you don't hang onto first in a tough division for that long if you're not. However inconsistent the Brewers may have been, the Cards have generally been more so. The difference is that the Cardinals hitters seem to have finally woken the fark up. For now. Their starting pitching has cratered as of late, so they're hardly untouchable.

The Brewers and Cardinals play each other 7 more times this season... four in Milwaukee and three back here in STL. Both teams have fairly similar schedules... both play each other and the Pirates, but otherwise no other real dominant (or even that great) teams. I get the feeling this won't be settled until the very last weekend unless one or the other goes on a real tear or finally fully implodes. Milwaukee has had a bad skid, but unless they get their asses kicked this coming weekend I don't think it's fair to count them out.
 
2014-09-02 10:27:20 AM  

ragekage: Goddamn it. The life of a farking Brewers fan, right there.


I feel your pain. Athletics fan here.
 
2014-09-02 10:38:05 AM  

SlagginOff: Gosling: 'Last place' is technically accurate, but the Cubs aren't playing like a last-place team right now. The young bucks are making noise.

Which is why we will once again hear all winter that they're going to win the world series next year.


Either you hang out with idiots, or are just referencing a lazy stereotype that doesn't apply anymore.

Epstein and his crew have been completely transparent about rebuilding the team since day 1. There were no expectations for the team to win over the last few years, and no one associated with the team said they would. Fans have mostly been quiet because this is the tough stretch. The only Cub fans complaining are total idiots who can't comprehend what this team is going to be.

The team is following a pretty smart plan. With power numbers down across the league, they are stockpiling position players who can hit, instead of pitching prospects. They are acquiring pitchers whose ERA is inflated compared to their FIP and XFIP, knowing that their ERA will bounce back and they can flip the pitcher for a higher value.

One the team is built around the homegrown position players (their two best prospects, Bryant and Russell, haven't even been called up yet) they will stop flipping the pitchers they acquire and will have cash to drop on the big time free agents, as opposed to overpaying for the B team as they did in the last of the Tribune years.

The day that Epstein took over, I said probably 2018 is when I expect the team to be more like the Cardinals; in the playoff race annually, and making repeat deep runs. When they become that team, it's only a matter of time before things line up properly for that one magic year where they win it all.
 
2014-09-02 10:40:03 AM  

akula: The universe is laughing behind your back: picodenico: Honestly, I was surprised it lasted this long. As a life long Brewers, it doesn't hurt that much, because we expect the Cardinals to rip our hearts out each year.

Well, yeah, this

It still sucks though, that we are a totally inconsistent team, and simply cannot string together more than a few good games in a row.

Well, except for the faceplant before the ASB, they also hadn't strung together more than a few bad games in a row either. That's why they've stayed in first place all year. I have no idea whether they've got it in them to pull their heads out of their asses for the last month or not. Seeing as how they simply can't seem to hit anymore, I'm not exactly counting on it.

I still wouldn't count the Brew Crew out. I'm a Cardinals fan and I really don't expect them to hang onto first. The Brewers are a damn good team... you don't hang onto first in a tough division for that long if you're not. However inconsistent the Brewers may have been, the Cards have generally been more so. The difference is that the Cardinals hitters seem to have finally woken the fark up. For now. Their starting pitching has cratered as of late, so they're hardly untouchable.

The Brewers and Cardinals play each other 7 more times this season... four in Milwaukee and three back here in STL. Both teams have fairly similar schedules... both play each other and the Pirates, but otherwise no other real dominant (or even that great) teams. I get the feeling this won't be settled until the very last weekend unless one or the other goes on a real tear or finally fully implodes. Milwaukee has had a bad skid, but unless they get their asses kicked this coming weekend I don't think it's fair to count them out.


It's a combination of factors that leads to this attitude IMO:
1. Brewers were really bad for a long time, which leads to assumption of the worst.

2. This market is owned by the Packers. Do not think I am saying that there are no or few Brewers fans, but football dominates. To that end, a 6 game losing streak in football is the end of your season. In baseball, it just the way it happens.
 
2014-09-02 10:41:14 AM  
Whoops, I posted before I added the Cards ruin everything for us, all the time.
 
2014-09-02 10:50:06 AM  

coolio mack: To be fair to my Padres, we're pretty damn good at home. I don't think we're going to have a guy that gets to 50 RBI this year but we're coming for that last wild card spot. We're only 7.5 games back despite scoring 69 fewer runs than any other team in baseball this year.

Believe in the Padres, and keep the faith.


Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!
 
2014-09-02 10:58:22 AM  
Same old Cardinals. Same old Brewers
 
2014-09-02 11:01:25 AM  
On the other hand, the Royals are still magically in first place in September, even if that postponed game against Cleveland that we were losing in the 10th the other day counted. Crazy.
 
2014-09-02 11:03:55 AM  
I am just happy the Brewers got us to the beginning of Football season before crapping the bed. Between them and the Badgers on Saturday i feel as though the inevitable Packers crapping the bed on Thursday night may be upon us.


/love my teams
//too bad I always fear the worst
 
2014-09-02 11:04:26 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Epstein and his crew have been completely transparent about rebuilding the team since day 1. There were no expectations for the team to win over the last few years, and no one associated with the team said they would.


And yet, they still fired Dale Sveum after two seasons of not expecting to win. And they'll probably fire Rick Renteria after two seasons of not expecting to win after next season. Why?
 
2014-09-02 11:06:53 AM  
The Cardinals are the only 1st place team in the MLB with a negative run differential on the season. In the past month, they have won 16 of 28 games with a -7 run differential. I don't think they can hold the lead.

I am hoping the Pirates can pick up a few games and take the central this season. Bonus would be if the Brew crew takes a wild card spot.

/Cubs fan
 
2014-09-02 11:16:01 AM  

IlGreven: Orgasmatron138: Epstein and his crew have been completely transparent about rebuilding the team since day 1. There were no expectations for the team to win over the last few years, and no one associated with the team said they would.

And yet, they still fired Dale Sveum after two seasons of not expecting to win. And they'll probably fire Rick Renteria after two seasons of not expecting to win after next season. Why?


With Sveum, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo weren't improving the way the club was hoping for. Those are the two guys they are/were hoping to build the team around, so whomever the manager was had to be good at helping the young talent develop.

If those two guys slump again and a few of the rookies struggle through their sophomore seasons, you're right that Renteria might be out too.
 
2014-09-02 11:27:16 AM  

Orgasmatron138: The day that Epstein took over, I said probably 2018 is when I expect the team to be more like the Cardinals; in the playoff race annually, and making repeat deep runs. When they become that team, it's only a matter of time before things line up properly for that one magic year where they win it all.


They're doing the right things at the moment, that's for sure. Thing is, you never *quite* know how those prospects will turn out. You need an ownership and management willing to be patient and let things build over the years. They have that. Now you need prospects who live up to their potential. They're working on that.

It doesn't take too much for celebrated prospects to stutter and choke. Heaven knows the Cardinals (with as much as people have lauded their farm system) have had that happen time and again. Colby Rasmus fizzled, Shelby Miller turned out to be middling, we'll see if Taveras and Martinez end up being the real deal... it looks like Wong sure is.

It just takes a couple of those draft picks turning out to be duds to push that success back another year or two.
 
2014-09-02 11:28:14 AM  

Orgasmatron138: The day that Epstein took over, I said probably 2018 is when I expect the team to be more like the Cardinals; in the playoff race annually, and making repeat deep runs. When they become that team, it's only a matter of time before things line up properly for that one magic year where they win it all.


Hopefully 2018 comes a little sooner... I do not think I can stand my card fan friends for much longer.   It was palitable when the Cubs stood a chance of being +.500 most years but the uber tanking of the past 3 years just kicks you in the dingding and then to have them glout on top of that.... gahhhhhh!
 
2014-09-02 11:38:31 AM  
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2014-09-02 12:51:08 PM  
The Orioles have been in first place, alone, since July 4th.

They were swept by the Cubs last weekend.
 
2014-09-02 12:57:51 PM  

Orgasmatron138: SlagginOff: Gosling: 'Last place' is technically accurate, but the Cubs aren't playing like a last-place team right now. The young bucks are making noise.

Which is why we will once again hear all winter that they're going to win the world series next year.

Either you hang out with idiots, or are just referencing a lazy stereotype that doesn't apply anymore.


A little from column A, and a little from column B. The stereotype still applies to a decent amount of people. That's not to say it's true of all the fans though.
 
2014-09-02 01:38:36 PM  
Yeah man, the Cubs are farking up their draft position by calling up all the prospects.

/and I love it
 
2014-09-02 02:07:13 PM  

IlGreven: Orgasmatron138: Epstein and his crew have been completely transparent about rebuilding the team since day 1. There were no expectations for the team to win over the last few years, and no one associated with the team said they would.

And yet, they still fired Dale Sveum after two seasons of not expecting to win. And they'll probably fire Rick Renteria after two seasons of not expecting to win after next season. Why?


Dale's job wasn't to win. It was to develop the young players as they came up, and he wasn't doing a very good job of it. Castro and Rizzo, for example, regressed badly last year, and both are playing better now.

Renteria is doing well enough now, but the team will probably get someone else by the time the young core is all called up and they are ready to compete.
 
2014-09-02 02:15:30 PM  

akula: Orgasmatron138: The day that Epstein took over, I said probably 2018 is when I expect the team to be more like the Cardinals; in the playoff race annually, and making repeat deep runs. When they become that team, it's only a matter of time before things line up properly for that one magic year where they win it all.

They're doing the right things at the moment, that's for sure. Thing is, you never *quite* know how those prospects will turn out. You need an ownership and management willing to be patient and let things build over the years. They have that. Now you need prospects who live up to their potential. They're working on that.

It doesn't take too much for celebrated prospects to stutter and choke. Heaven knows the Cardinals (with as much as people have lauded their farm system) have had that happen time and again. Colby Rasmus fizzled, Shelby Miller turned out to be middling, we'll see if Taveras and Martinez end up being the real deal... it looks like Wong sure is.

It just takes a couple of those draft picks turning out to be duds to push that success back another year or two.


The exciting part to me isn't the specific prospects, it's that we FINALLY have people in charge who can identify and acquire these prospects. That's worth way more than any group of players. Of course some of these guys will bust, but I'm excited to have multiple top prospects instead of the usual scrubs the Cubs developed. Are Tyler Colvin or Felix Pie even still playing?

It's pretty impressive to me that they've managed to tear down what was there and rebuild the front office, scouting and development, minor leagues, and are already on to rebuilding the team, all in what, three years? Hell, I think Soriano is still on the books until this year is over.
 
2014-09-02 10:18:46 PM  

eagles95: I am just happy the Brewers got us to the beginning of Football season before crapping the bed. Between them and the Badgers on Saturday i feel as though the inevitable Packers crapping the bed on Thursday night may be upon us.


/love my teams
//too bad I always fear the worst


And people wonder why we drink so much....
 
2014-09-02 10:38:38 PM  
And the free fall continues tonight.

F*ck, we're terrible.
 
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