An argument I've made many times before on this blog is that a single week of games doesn't matter as much as the entire season does. When the Brewers had their "horrible" weekend where they lost 3 out of 4 to the Phillies many Brewers fans were panicking and assuming that this team was not good enough to compete in the playoffs. Remember that? Here is what I wrote then:
Remember when the Brewers won 22 out of 25? Did you think that was going to be forever? Teams have winning streaks and they have losing streaks, it's a part of baseball. Sometimes it's because the pitching stinks, sometimes it's because the hitting sucks and sometimes it's just because they get outplayed and maybe run into some bad luck. That's what this was, that third thing. Get over it. We're going to the playoffs.
And they did and it was fun for a little while.
The Brewers won 96 games during the regular season which makes them the 2nd best team in the National League and tied for third best team in all of baseball. They were the best team in the National League Central and there will be a sign going up that says "2011 NL Central Champions" which is something that nobody else can do next year. Those are a huge, huge accomplishments and they are reason alone to celebrate. That says more about this Milwaukee Brewers team than any single week of the season possibly could and that includes this past week.
The Brewers won 6 more games than the Cardinals during the regular season. They were the better team all season long and the record books will always show that. Then the Cardinals got into the playoffs because the Braves fell apart and they beat us in the NLCS. It sucked, but the playoffs do nothing to show us who is actually better. It just shows who won more games during that week and that is why baseball is stupid.
I can complain about a lot of things about this series.
- Roenicke's bullpen management.
- Shaun Marcum.
- Kotsay starting that one game, you know the one.
- Greinke not using his talents accordingly.
- Roenicke's managing of the bullpen.
- Gallardo, the only capable Brewers starter, only appearing once.
- Braun and Fielder struggling and (seemingly) pressing.
- Nyjer starting over Gomez.
- The management of the bullpen by Ron Roenicke.
But I won't do that because I know that this was simply one bad week in a long season. The Cardinals scored more runs than the Brewers and that's about it. It's not fair that our bad week came at the same time as the Cardinals good month, but that's the way it works sometimes. No, it's not fair but neither is this:
Or the fact that this guy makes $5 million a year.
Stats can tell us a lot about the game of baseball and about life itself, but they can't always tell us everything. They can't explain why David Freese turned into Babe frickin' Ruth. They can't explain why Shaun Marcum turned into Evil Jeff Suppan. They can't explain how the Cardinals beat two teams that were clearly better than them all year long and now head to the World Series because those things were luck and stats can't explain luck.
Baseball is like life. It's stupid and awful and it's not fair and I hate it and I don't want to be apart of it anymore, but I am stuck with it because, seriously, what the hell else am I going to do? I love it and I hate it and I'm stuck with it because it's all I got. The Brewers are what I got and they are what I deserve. I love them, but the Brewers broke my heart this year and I can't even blame them for it. I know it's not their fault. They wanted to win it all. They wanted to play better and do whatever it takes, but luck wasn't on their side. It wasn't their fault. It's stupid baseball's fault.