Is Offensive Barrage A Mirage?
The Brewer’s bats appear to have woken up in 6-0 and 6-5 victories over the Chicago Cubs and in 6-0 and 4-1 victories over the Pittsburgh Pirates (so, too, it appears that the pitching has been solid in three of those four games, but that’s a topic for another post). The question is, does this mean the offense is coming out of the slump that helped the team limp to a 0-4 start, or did the offense just take advantage of a .500 team and one of the worst teams in the National League?
It’s first important to note that in the 6-0 win over the Pirates, the Brewers were no-hit by Kevin Correia for six innings, and two of the six runs he allowed were unearned. He also allowed only five hits–one of which was a three-run home run by Prince Fielder.
The 4-1 win also included another key hit from Fielder, but the offense wasn’t quite as prolific. Two of the four runs came in the ninth, thanks in part to a Pirates’ throwing error.
It doesn’t much matter. The Brewers have won five of six, and the offense is beginning to click. That means only good things for the Brewers.
Unless, of course, it’s a mirage.
I don’t think it is, but the only way the Brewers can prove it is by bringing the lumber against teams with stronger pitching staffs.
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