CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Skewed Left: The Billy... (09/05)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article What You Need to Know:... (09/04)
Next Column >>
Premium Article What You Need to Know:... (09/08)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (09/05)

September 5, 2014

What You Need to Know

September 5, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway

When an eight-game losing streak sends you tumbling from first place in your division to the brink of the playoff picture, it’s easy to begin feeling helpless. When you hold a lead at the end of only one of your last 56 innings on the diamond, desperation surely starts to set in.

The Brewers, with Carlos Gomez nursing a wrist injury and Ryan Braun away for the birth of his daughter, could not have chosen a less opportune time for their collapse. They welcomed the Cardinals, the team they led less than a week ago but at which they’re now looking up, to Miller Park on Thursday for the opener of a four-game showdown. And their tailspin continued almost immediately.

Five batters into the game, four of whom singled, Ron Roenicke’s team was in a 2-0 hole. The home nine countered with a run in the bottom of the first, on Jonathan Lucroy’s league-leading 47th double, but it still trailed by one. The miserable stretch was at 57 frames and counting.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta made it even more difficult to snap in the top of the third, which began strikeout, hit-by-pitch, strikeout, walk. But the effectively wild fun ended when Kolten Wong turned in an RBI single. Peralta proceeded to plunk Xavier Scruggs before striking out Peter Bourjos to end the erratic inning.

Rickie Weeks went yard leading off the sixth to make it 3-2, as that insurance run Peralta coughed up in the third suddenly became critical. With the bases loaded and two away, Logan Schafer flied out, and the frustrations mounted. They grew deeper still in the seventh, when, up with runners at the corners and two away, Lucroy popped up a 2-1 curveball to bail Carlos Martinez out of trouble.

Then, in the eighth, the Cardinals gifted Milwaukee a leadoff baserunner on a throwing error by Scruggs, who was making his major-league debut. Khris Davis singled, and there were two on with nobody out. Hector Gomez pinch-ran for Ramirez. Martin Maldonado pinch-hit for Lyle Overbay, tasked with bunting the tying and go-ahead runners into scoring position. He tried—but his second bunt attempt was caught by the pitcher, Pat Neshek, and the runners stayed put.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

2 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Skewed Left: The Billy... (09/05)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article What You Need to Know:... (09/04)
Next Column >>
Premium Article What You Need to Know:... (09/08)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (09/05)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For ...
The Week in Quotes: September 22-29
Premium Article Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric H...
Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
Premium Article Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Previe...

MORE FROM SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
Premium Article Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level
Premium Article Painting the Black: The Short Lifespan of a ...
The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 5
Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, Sept...
Premium Article Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH G...
Daily League Strategy: The Shoe Fits
Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24

MORE BY DANIEL RATHMAN
2014-09-10 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
2014-09-09 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
2014-09-08 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
2014-09-05 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
2014-09-03 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
2014-08-28 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
2014-08-27 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
More...

MORE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
2014-09-10 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
2014-09-09 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
2014-09-08 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
2014-09-05 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
2014-09-04 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014
2014-09-03 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
2014-09-02 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
More...