13.9.18

KEEP THE SPRECHER ON ICE.

Despite a difficult July and early August, the Milwaukee Brewers have recently won four of six games from the Cubs, and are in a position to overhaul the Cubs for the division lead, if the end of the season endurance grind wears the Cubs out.
Now, all the Brewers have to do is figure out a way to beat the fourth-place Pittsburgh Pirates. They are 4-9 against them this year with six games remaining, including three this weekend at Miller Park. Scoring runs against Pittsburgh’s staff has been daunting for the Brewers, who were swept in a five-game series at PNC Park just before the all-star break.

After all this good work in closing on the Cubs, after winning seven series in a row to put themselves squarely in the hunt, this is no time to stub your toe on a team out of the playoff picture.
Perhaps it's time for Milwaukee area baseball pundits to rethink their "glass-half-full" when the Brewers hit the All Star break within a game of the Cubs, after giving up first place during that trip to Miami and Pittsburgh.  Or perhaps the players will understand what is at stake.


There are several playoff scenarios now for the Brewers, mostly involving taking care of business.  That begins by paying out Pittsburgh.  The Brewers also have games remaining with the Cardinals, and the Cardinals finish in a position the schedule-makers envisioned.  "St. Louis closes the year against the Cubs, and Milwaukee fan allegiance relies entirely on the next couple weeks. Will they be cheering for the Cubs to go down and give Milwaukee a chance at the division … or for the Cardinals to go down so Milwaukee’s wild-card positioning can get better?"

To the north, the Green Bay Packers made Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid football player, and kept him under contract up to his fortieth birthday.  And he found yet another way to beat the Bears.  "What can you say about Sunday night's incredible Packers game, where Aaron Rodgers was carted off with a knee injury in the first half but returned to lead Green Bay on a comeback from 20-0 down to win, 24-23, at Lambeau Field?"

Sorry to be Boo-Boo to Yogi, but here's my post-mortem from the end of the 2017 season.
My wish for 2018: that the Packers fix their problems on defense, and continue to pay attention to the succession at quarterback (Boy, did I miss that one, but I'm not complaining).  I still have bad memories of a battered Bart Starr coming out to attempt to salvage one more season, one more run at Bud Grant and the Vikings, only to leave more racked-up.
The succession matters, has it really been a quarter century of teams built to work with great quarterbacks and only two rings? Here we go again.
Coach Mike McCarthy had said that Rodgers would be with the “rehab group,” which is a term he uses to describe injured players who work with the training staff while the rest of the team practices.

“We’re going to try to do more today than yesterday, but we’ll see how that goes,” McCarthy said.

When asked how Rodgers felt after spending all day Wednesday rehabbing the knee, McCarthy said: “I think he’s going through the process. Obviously, whatever the protocol is, I’m sure he’s sore today. This is no layup. That’s why it’s a day-to-day situation.”
Yes, Mr Rodgers has a lot of practice at playing with pain, and with broken parts, and yet, he's in his thirties and we don't bounce the way we used to.

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