One sixty two and 131

I don't know why exactly, but I liked the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers more than I liked the 2011 Brewers. I can't explain it.

The success of last season probably helped, I believe they could do it more this year because they almost did it last year. They should have done it last year, so they will do it this year. That was the logic at least. I'm sure Ryan Braun's ordeal had something to do with it too. I've always liked Ryan Braun as a baseball player, but the offseason really made me defensive over him as a person. When someone says "u kno braun failed that test cuz he had dat herp rite dude?" it pisses me off. SHUT THE HELL UP, I say. ("but d00d i kno this chick and she like has it too and she boned him" they'll say, but I won't listen because people who know people who openly, almost proudly say that they have STDs and brag about having sex with celebrities are not to be trusted. They are frickin' nutso.) He said he didn't, we should believe him. He said he didn't do anything wrong, we should believe him. He was cleared of the charges, we should drop it. ET CETERA. Plus, the general newness of the roster probably helped a lot too. Everybody likes playing with new toys. Japanese outfielder? I always wanted one of those! Thanks mom!

Whatever the reason I liked this team a lot. A lot, a lot and they repaid me by breaking my heart. Thanks for that one guys.

I've heard a lot of people saying that despite missing the playoffs that this has been a "great season" and to those people I say: ARE YOU ON DRUGS?! What season were you watching? This wasn't a great season at all. Do you realize that the Brewers:

  • Led the majors in blown saves.
  • Under .500 for the first five and a half months of the season.
  • Were 12 games under .500 at one point.
  • Had a closer and set-up man combine for 16 blown saves.
  • Lost seven games in a row prior to the trade deadline, effectively ending their season and forcing them to trade Zack Greinke.
  • Were swept by the Royals and Rockies.
  • Led the majors in blown saves.

Seriously, what's great about any of that? That stuff sucks. August through October were awesome, but the season as a whole? Complete bullocks. Remember when I wrote that RIP 2012 Brewers post and then followed that up with a week of Off-Topic posts? I quit watching the Brewers at that time. I just quit. Off Topic Week was a shoot, brother. Games would be on TV and I would not watch them. This is something that never, ever happens. I would never willingly watch reruns of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives over a fresh Brewers game, but they drove me to do that. It wasn't until Jean Segura and some other guys got called up that I felt like watching again. Then it was fun, but before that? God, it was awful. Awful, awful, awful. Never forget that.

Let's go back to those blown saves for a second. A major league leading 27 with a combined 16 by Axford and K-Rod. Wow. I mean, wow.

Who wants to play a quick game of Brewers What If? Everyone? Okay, good.

  • What if K-Rod wouldn't have accepted arbitration?
    The Brewers could have signed one of these three guys:

    1. Jonathan Broxton. 58IP / 2.48 ERA / 45K.
      Signed a 1-year/$4m deal with the Royals. If Brewers offer same deal he probably signs here, right? I mean, where would you rather play?
    2. Fernando Rodney. 74.2IP / 0.60 ERA / 76K
      Signed $1.75m deal with the Rays. Posted lowest closer ERA of all time.
    3. Luis Ayala. 75IP / 2.64 ERA / 51K
      One year $925K with a $1m option for 2013.

    What's that? The Brewers could have had all three of these guys for LESS than the $7m they paid K-Rod in arbitration? Oh, that's cool.

    /pours bleach in eyeballs
    /rubs it in with a toothbrush

    (I'm not saying they would have, I'm just saying they could have. We could have very easily ended up with Toddy Coffey and Francisco Cordero as well.)

  • What if the Brewers blew 1/4th less saves?
    1/4th of 27 is 6.75 so let's say 7. Seven less saves. Seven more wins. What would that be? 90 wins. They would have clinched the second wild card two days ago. Wonderful.
  • What if the Brewers were league average at blowing saves?
    18 was league average. That's 94 wins. Still not enough to catch the Reds, but one of those "take backs" could be Axford's from against the Reds two weeks ago and then... still not enough. How about this for a stat: three of Axford's eight losses came against the Reds. The Reds are very good, but that's still crazy.
  • What if Narveson (and to a lesser extent Marcum) had stayed healthy?
    Hard to say how everyone performs, but Estrada and Fiers in the bullpen would have taken some of the high leverage strain of fof Loe and Parra, and probably made Livan Hernandez, Mike McClendon and all the other scrubs obsolete. Or we could have gotten rid of Randy Wolf sooner.

Okay, that's enough of that.

But, hey, you're right. The last two months of the season were awesome and I am officially both sad that this season is over and excited for the 2013 season. We'll get to the future later, but I will say that it was fun while it lasted. It's baseball so it's always fun.

The game I went to last night was fun. The Brewers scored a bunch of runs early, Kameron Loe was used improperly, Aramis Ramirez hit .300, I didn't win the 50-50 raffle and I ate a brat. Just like always. They lost and when it was over we didn't really know what to do. We lingered for a minute, but then we got up and went to our cars to go home. That was that. It was the last game of the season, but in the end it was just another game and it was time to go.

I went to a lot of game this season, not as much as some, but more than most people and I still don't feel like I went to enough. I'm pretty sure they lost more than they won when I did go, but I always had fun. It feels like the season started yesterday and that it shouldn't be over yet. Baseball has the longest season of any major sport, but I could go for just a few more games. Why not? It's still nice out. It doesn't work like that though. They played a hundred and sixty two and now it's over. I wish it wasn't.

See you in 131 days, Brewers. Try not to break my heart again next year.

Vince Morales is the guy who runs this site. He likes the Milwaukee Brewers, pro wrestling and beer. If he offended you he is very, very sorry.

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2 comments on “One sixty two and 131

  1. Just one note here: An blown save that is not blown does not equate to a win every time. The logic is sound: If they don’t blow the save, they win the game. However, some games had multiple blown saves credited to the Brewers. So, 29 blown saves doesn’t equal 29 losses. Just wanted to mention that.

  2. Herbert Hoover on said:

    Man, that was a great season.
    You know why? Because it was a hell of a lot more fun to watch than football. (And Braun told the world to STFU, Uecker got a statue, and a lot of rookies played some great ball)

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