Can We Stop Pretending the Offense is Bad?

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder sits in the dugout during the Brewers shut-out loss 2-0 to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 18, 2010 in Denver.         UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

Let’s get this out of the way.

When you get on base as frequent as the Brewers do — they have a team OBP of .335, 5th in the National League — you’re going to leave a lot of runners on base (they left seven on base in Thursday’s loss to Atlanta).  Large LOB totals are irritating when you’re looking at the box scores, but it’s not a sign that your offense is overrated, unclutch, or anything else.

It seems like some people, specifically the staff at the Journal-Sentinel, have had a season-long agenda of trying to prove that this offense just isn’t good.  It’s a total farce and it’s pretty clear that they’re just grasping at straws when it comes to finding things to ridicule about this team.

Of course, complaints about runners being left on base are going to be made whenever the team loses a one-run game.  Even after last night, though, the Brewers are 13-11 in one-run games this year. 

In close games, the smallest mistakes can result in a loss.  Is it frustrating to see the Brewers leave seven on base when they can only muster one run on a solo homer?  Sure it is.  But mistakes like Casey McGehee stupidly trying to go first to third on a slow grounder to Jason Heyward with nobody out is equally as frustrating, as is Dave Bush hanging cutters down the middle of the plate.

The Braves are a very, very good team.  They’re 31-10 at home this year.  Let’s stop pretending that Thursday night’s game was the latest in a string of so-called massive failures by the Brewers offense.

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