If you're a Milwaukee Brewers fan and you didn't see this coming, then you're drinking too much of the koolaid. The Brewers 5-2 loss to the Phillies in game 2 of their best of 5 series last night, put the Brewers down 2-games to none.
The Brewers didn't hit the ball the entire month of September. The fact that they're in the playoffs means the Mets went into a shell for a second straight season and they received some timely pitching and timely home run hitting in the final week of the regular season. This isn't a critisism, it's simply a fact that a team that goes cold offensively in the final month, can hardly be expected to turn it on come playoff time, when the pressure is greater and the pitching is better.
The Brewers had their chances last night, but just like most of the final month, they let the opponent off the hook too many times. They could have scored a few runs in the first inning, but instead, allowed Phillies pitcher Brett Myers to work out of a jam and then shut the Brewers down on 2 hits through 7 innings.
People will say CC Sabathia, starting on 3-days rest for a 4th straight outing was too much. That's not the problem. The problem other than not scoring any runs, was that Sabathia believe it or not is human. For the first time since joining the Brewers, Sabathia just didn't have good stuff. He served up a grand slam to Shane Victorino and it was lights out after that.
Now the Brewers can only hope the emotion of playing their first playoff game in Milwaukee since the 1982 World Series is going to be enough to put a charge in this team. Dave Bush will pitch for the Brewers and barring an unbelievable performance, the fans may need to be the difference in getting the series to a game 4 on Sunday.