In case you were wondering yes, the Milwaukee Brewers did take a series loss against the last place San Diego Padres. And yes, that was Jeff Suppan on the mound Wednesday night tossing five scoreless innings.
Milwaukee’s 2012 season is not going as expected and it seems it will not get better any time soon. The Brewers lost Mat Gamel for the season after he tore his ACL trying to catch a foul ball Tuesday night and Ryan Braun had to leave Wednesday’s game with a sore Achilles tendon after sliding into second base on a steal. If Braun has to miss game time then that is basically the last straw for Milwaukee.
Losing Gamel for the season and Braun having a sore Achilles is bad, but losing to Suppan might be the worst news. Not only could the Brewers not score a run on a pitcher that could not even throw out of the bullpen in Milwaukee, but it basically signifies how bad the offense really is. Suppan has got to be the worst pitcher to ever win a NLCS MVP award. Brewer fans were forced to watch him throw batting practice during major league games against big-league hitters while he was a starter in Milwaukee. There was not a single person in attendance or watching on television that was convinced Suppan could win the game.
I remember going to a Brewers game in 2009 and being forced to watch him pitch. I say “forced” because when I purchased the ticket a little over a week in advance it was supposed to be Yovani Gallardo pitching, not Suppan. Something happened in the rotation where Suppan was now going to pitch the game I was going to. My father and I discussed our disappointment as we drove to Miller Park because we knew we did not stand a chance against the St. Louis Cardinals. Suppan ended up surrendering three homers, including one by pitcher Adam Wainwright, for a total of five earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
This is how bad Milwaukee’s year is going and we are barely a month into the season. I have faith the Brewers can turn things around as they definitely have enough talent on the roster to do so. However, they must take control now otherwise this season will continue to spin out of control.
The offense has got to figure out a way to swing the bats better and the pitching staff must be consistent from the starters through the bullpen to closer John Axford. Milwaukee cannot be giving up leads in the eighth inning and they absolutely cannot be scoreless against pitchers like Suppan.
Manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff must shake things up. If Norichika Aoki is able to hit and get on base then he must start over Nyjer Morgan. If Carlos Gomez is hitting better than both of them then maybe he should start more games. Hitting coach Johnny Narron must figure out a different way to do his job in order to get the players to hit better.
There is plenty of time to right the ship. The Brewers have a roster of players that can win a World Series, but that is only if they play up to their potential. Milwaukee will have an opportunity to get things going against the San Francisco Giants this weekend.