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Barring a big comeback, it looks like the Brewers are about to drop their third in a row. Down 4-1 in the 8th.

I'm not sure how much longer they can continue hitting Yelich third in the lineup. His OPS is now lower than it was in 2020 or 2021. It's like they keep hoping he's going to recapture what he was in 2018-19. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to ever happen. He hit for the cycle on May 11th but has had only 2 extra base hits since.

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The pitching on this team (and the ability to maximize the strengths of pitchers reclaimed from other organizations) makes this team a legit title contender. The offense is what will hold them back.

They just need a guy to emerge on offense that scares opposing pitching staffs. They have a lot of decent players, but no all-star level position player. Maybe it's Adames when he comes back healthy, but right now the lineup is the equivalent of having a bunch of Don Money types (to show my age). They are mostly solid contributors, but they max out as the guys that hit about 275 with 20 HRS and 75 RBIs. What they really need is some version of Yelich that is even 75% of what he was in 2018-19, but we are almost 3 years past him being that at this point.

@El-Ka-Bong posted:

McCalvy's points are well taken. For the most part, the pitching has held up. Guys like Tellez, Peterson, Taylor, and many of their pitchers have kept them afloat for now.

But it's their high-priced position players that are the ones that appeared to be gassed.

Wong is 6 for his last 39

Cain is 0 for his last 19

Yelich is 7 for his last 53

McCutcheon is 1 for his last 38

Those 4 guys account for 60 million of their 135 million dollar payroll. That's a lot of money for a small-market team to invest in guys who need to turn things around pretty quickly.

Hader dominates in the top of the 9th. 2 strikeouts on 15 pitches.

Brewers can't take advantage of a leadoff runner in the bottom of the 9th, so now Hader is out for the top of the 10th.

With a day off tomorrow and Hader having not pitched in several days, why not give him two innings of run today? Seems like a no-brainer, especially after 15 pitches. If you were willing to pitch him twice for the two games of a doubleheader earlier in the week, why not two innings now?

Yup!  Flawed team.

Against good teams the Brewers will not be able to get enough offense and hits and runs as we are seeing against SD.

Yes I know they have injuries to the starting pitching, but against good to decent pitching this team cannot hit.

Question is if Stearns and Mark A will actually do what it takes to make a bold move to add offense. Taking flyers or guys off the scrap heap for peanuts is great and no one does that better than Milwaukee.  But it may not be enough.

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