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This is crazy talk, I know that going in. But, I'm seeing Washington drop like a stone, and pretty soon they will be behind Atlanta and leading the Wild Card Race. The N.L. West has taken the role of the Ebola Virus Division of baseball, and the Padres would have to forfeit the rest of the season not to make the playoffs. That leaves the remnants of the N.L. East (and I don't trust Florida or Philly this year, and I just don't like the Mets) and Houston and the Cubs to battle for the Wild Card, except the Brewers schedule seems conducive to them having a shot of playing meaningful games against Houston and Chicago heading into the last 20 games of the season. The Brewers seem to be drawing very nice crowds recently, thus the new ownership should be willing to at least part with one prized prospect in order to get a player to keep them in the race. The N.L. Wild Card appears to be heading for 85 will win it (the N.L. West appears to be heading for 77 will win it), and the Brewers might just have enough to stick around .500 and be within a surge of stealing the Wild Card. Watch them turn around and lose 12 straight now, but, for some wacky reason, there might be baseball that matters in Milwaukee after Labor Day for the first time since '92.
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Well it COULD happen, but I doubt it. I think you're right about the East, Washington is about to drop out of sight and then Marlins have been a huge disappointment. Since all four of the East teams are right there they will probably all beat each other up at the end of the season and the second place team in the Central will probably end up with the Wild Card. The Brewers might be able to sneak in there but I think it will be the Astros, their pitching is just so good if their offense keeps playing at all then they'll win a lot of games.



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See, I don't think that Brewers' management will part with a good prospect to pick up a veteran that would help them get into the playoffs. At least, I don't think that's what they should do. They just locked Sheets up long-term, they have some other good, young pitching (Capuano and Santos have pitched well in the rotation), and the Weeks-Fielder era just began within the last month. Keeping all of that in mind, I think that this team is built so that it will have a good chance to compete in '06, '07, and beyond (assuming they take steps to secure their young guys and add a missing piece or two).

Either way, I'd still say that Houston has a better shot at the Wild Card than Milwaukee does, assuming the Astros can improve their offense from atrocious (29th in runs scored) to just plain bad. And if the Cubs rotation is healthy, I think that they're probably a better bet than the Brew Crew. The Phillies and the Mets won't contend, I don't think. The Marlins could, though, assuming that they don't deal AJ Burnett.

But when it's all said and done, I'd be shocked if the Cardinals don't make the World Series easily. That team is head and shoulders above everyone else in the league right now (though if the Braves can get their roster straightened out by October, they should make a run).



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yah, i can't really see the brewers making the playoffs, but if they want to impress me, they've got a 4 game series against the cardinals starting tomorrow, and if they win 3/4, i'll be very impressed, and who knows. The only thing that worries me, as an 100% cardinals fan, is offense, yes offense and maybe bullpen. the cards have been looking at rob mackowiak and billy wagner. hmm.... wonder what they'd have to give up for them. but anyway, brewers, right, i doubt it but ya never know.
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God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.

Dear God. How dare ANY of you get my hopes up. :-)

They did just get done winning only one game of their series vs. Washington...and sorry, but I don't see Ben Sheets as a #1 ace. Seems like every time we need him to come out and give us an ace-like start, dude is gone by the 4th or 5th innning.

But RSN is right about the crowds...I think they drew 42,000 or so on Saturday to Miller Park vs. the ex-Expos...Uecker said it was the stadium's 2nd largest crowd ever.

But yes, this 4-game roadie in St. Louis will be key...and unfortunately, I don't see anybody but the Cards winning the NL pennant (agayne) this year.

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Sheets is a horse. Many teams probably wish they were so lucky as to have someone of his caliber as an ace. And for the record, the only time Sheets has gone less than 6 full were his first two starts after coming off the DL. In fact, prior to his injury, the last time he went less than 6 full was April of last year.

He is one TERRIBLE hitter though.
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    Originally posted by Joseph Ryder
    He is one TERRIBLE hitter though.


See? More proof you should try and get Livan Hernandez for the stretch run.

Really, as long as he keeps it up, the Brewers won't be too bad at worst. They're built for next season, although if they could make a playoff run without sacrificing much this season, I can see 'em doing that.



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    Originally posted by The Thrill
    Dear God. How dare ANY of you get my hopes up. :-)

    They did just get done winning only one game of their series vs. Washington...and sorry, but I don't see Ben Sheets as a #1 ace. Seems like every time we need him to come out and give us an ace-like start, dude is gone by the 4th or 5th inning.

    But RSN is right about the crowds...I think they drew 42,000 or so on Saturday to Miller Park vs. the ex-Expos...Uecker said it was the stadium's 2nd largest crowd ever.

    But yes, this 4-game roadie in St. Louis will be key...and unfortunately, I don't see anybody but the Cards winning the NL pennant (agayne) this year.

    (Oh, and RSN...after that weekend series, perhaps you and I should click here. Or here. Or here. (YTMND.com)



I think you meant to say "losing only one game" to the Nats. Sheets is definitely a #1 ace, and our team is solid, but I don't think playoffs this year is a likely destination for them. Our bats do not hit in unison and we've been unable to get El Caballo and Jenkins to be hot at the same time, which would be fantastic for our team. Plus, our young guys need a little bit longer to develop (for example, I think J.J. Hardy will become a decent hitter with time, as his average is slowly but surely creeping up), but I think we can be there soon. Just not this year.



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God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.

Hmmm...11-7 so far in July, a 2-2 split w/ the defending NL champs, and Geoff f'n Jenkins has hit safely in 15 straight games.

God forbid, they just might be hanging around...




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