A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Monday, June 25, 2007

Approaching the Half Way Poll

Of the ridiculously long baseball season. 162 games is patently absurd. But I digress. After 75 games (roughly 45% of the season), my Milwaukee Brewers are 11 games over .500 at 43-32. They also have a 7 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Cubs, despite having less than half the payroll of the Really Not At All Loveable Losers. They are playing really well at home (27-13) and decent on the road (16-19), and the coolest thing of all is that the players that are propelling them this year-- Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Billy Hall are all young, talented, and under contract for the next few years. The pitching staff is very deep, and Ben Sheets is finally showing signs of being the dominant ace he's shown flashes of in the past 5 years.

Some minor concerns are the struggles of prize free agent pitcher Jeff Suppan, who has not pitched well in his last half dozen or so starts, and the continuing injury problems of Hardy and Weeks. But over all, the future looks very, very bright and the present looks pretty darn appealing as well. Particularly since the Brewers' division is the worst in baseball. Granted, they don't have as cool a name as the UC-Irvine Anteaters, but the Brewers are still pretty good. Much better than boring old mascots like the Cardinals, Reds, Tigers, or the like.


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