After winning 82 games last year there was optimism for the Milwaukee Bucks heading into the 2015 Major League Baseball season. But that optimism for the Brew Crew has faded rather quickly. The Brewers have stumbled out of the gates with a record of 2-13 which is also currently the worst record in MLB. The Brewers have already been outscored by 47 runs this season and they have already fallen behind the pack in the National League Central as they are seven games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals.
Things didn’t get started on the right foot for the Brewers as they were swept by the Colorado Rockies to begin the season. And Milwaukee hasn’t won a game since they defeated the Cardinals last Monday. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke attempted to change things this past Tuesday night when he had the team don their batting practice jerseys during the game. But the move didn’t pay off for the Brewers as they fell to the Cincinnati Reds 16-10. The Brewers starting pitching staff has a team earned run average of 5.08 which is at the bottom of the National League. The Brewers starting pitchers only have two quality starts and opponents are batting .280 against them. In this past Wednesday’s loss to the Reds, the Brewers gave up a pair of grand slams. Already the Brewers have had three games in which they have surrendered at least 10 runs and the month of April hasn’t even finished.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin traded starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers over the winter. And even though Gallardo wasn’t coming off of his best season, he was still one of the Brewers better starting pitchers. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse set the wrong tone for this team on Opening Day as he gave up 8 earned runs in just 3.1 innings pitched in a 10-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
The Brewers offense which has always been the backbone of this franchise hasn’t done that much better as they are last in the National League in on-base percentage (.260), 14th in runs scored (42), batting averaging (.212), and hits (105) as shortstop Jean Segura is the only everyday player that is currently sporting a batting average near .300 as he is batting .291. Injuries and suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs have diminished Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun to a less than average player as he’s only batting .240 and it would be surprising if he went yard 20 times this season. Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has already let it be known that this will be his final MLB season and at the age of 37, he is no longer the threat to be a power hitter that he once was. The past few seasons have seen outfielder Carlos Gomez turn into the Brewers best everyday player, but he is currently on the 15-day disabled list as he is recovering from a hamstring injury.
For the Brewers right now it is more than just weathering the storm at the early part of the season. The NL Central is expected to be more competitive this season with the Reds and Chicago Cubs showing signs of improvement. I have already pegged the Cards to win the World Series which means that the Brewers will be swimming upstream all season long. It’s still early, but Melvin should strongly consider to process of parting with as many viable trade assets as possible. However with the Brewers slow start, their players haven’t displayed that much that could be appealing to other teams on the trade market which will make for a long summer in Milwaukee. The one thing that the sports fans of Wisconsin will be looking forward to is when the Green Bay Packers open training camp over the summer.