On Thursday afternooon, Mike Heller of WTSO-AM 1070, asked listeners if Brewers’ fans were feeling better about the Brewers after Thursdays’ win. The consensus was that it was still way too early to tell if the Crew would contend this year, but I prefer to look at a few positives…in other words, “Yes, Mike, I do feel better about the Brewers” over the past 24 hours, because:
1. They took 2 of 3 from the World Champion Phillies…in their park,
2. The number 5 starter, Dave Bush, no-hit the Phils over 7 1/3rd innings,
3, The win represented the first back-to-back wins for the Crew this year, and, most importantly,
4. Thursday’s impressive 6-1 win was the first time all year that both the Brewers’ hitting and pitching contributed to a win over a playoff team from last year.
Also, the Crew will carry some momentum into Houston this weekend, as well as a bit more confidence that they are starting to get out of their slumps. Plus, with Trevor Hoffman due back on Sunday, Todd Coffey can be moved back to the set-up for the 7th and 8th innings, essentially leaving the 6th open to be covered by Carlos Villanueva, Seth McClung, Mark DiFelice, and the others*. (*=the others are TBD, as Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin will need to re-assign a reliever once Hoffman is added to the 25-man, and again once David Riske comes off the DL).
Look for more signs of life in Houston this weekend.