Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (9-13-11)

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If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss the Brewers unfortunate slide and upcoming series with the Rockies and Reds!Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (86-62) (24-18-2 in series)
– FIRST in the NL Central
– Lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 6 games
– Magic Number at 10 with 14 games left
– Run differential at +58 (down 8 from last week)

Last Week’s Headlines:

Brewers are Sliding, but Not In the Fun Way

Prior to Sunday’s game the Brewers were in the midst of a unfortunate slide and I’m not talking Bernie’s slide, but rather a five game losing streak. Luckily, Yovani Gallardo brought out his nasty stuff (striking out 12)  to salvage at least one game against the Phillies and ultimately end the losing streak. To put even more of a damper on the situation, the Cardinals are streaking and now pull within six games of the division lead with 14 games left for the Brewers. Luckily for Milwaukee, they have a slightly more favorable schedule to end the season. Squandering their lead would be truly a traumatic experience for the team and their fans.

Rickie Weeks easing back into the line-up should provide a much-needed boost to the offense. A concern is how fast he can get back into the groove of hitting live pitching, not the easiest thing to do after such a long lay-off.

Looking Ahead:

Brew-Crew Looks To Turn Things Around on a Short Week

The Brewers have a super-rare short week with days off Monday and Thursday. Hopefully the team can get some much-needed rest and work on their offensive attack. The Colorado Rockies (69-77) have been the definition of average and should be winnable games for Milwaukee. The trip to Cincinnati should be what worries Brewers fans because for some reason, the Brewers always have trouble out-muscling the Reds in their band-box known as Great American Ball Park. Lately, the Reds haven’t been very good while going 4-6 in their last 10 and giving up a lot of runs in the process.

The Brewers need to win and it’s simple as that!

Monday, September 12th (OFF)

Tuesday, September 13th 7:10 PM (vs. Colorado)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (14-6) vs. RHP Esmil Rogers (6-5)

Wednesday, September 14th 7:10 PM (vs. Colorado)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (10-7) vs. RHP Kevin Milwood (2-2)

Thursday, September 15th (OFF)

Friday, September 16th 6:10 PM (@ Cincinnati)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (12-6) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (8-11)

Saturday, September 17th 6:10 PM (@ Cincinnati)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (12-9) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (5-5)

Sunday, September 18th 12:10 PM (@ Cincinnati)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (16-10) vs. LHP Dontrelle Willis (0-5)

Do you think it’s time to start worrying about the Brewers? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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