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Best Ever? Not Quite

by Tom King

Sports Illustrated's web site posed an interesting question as the Milwaukee Brewers finished the first half of the season with the most wins in team history. Is this the best Brewers team ever? Cliff Corcoran examined that question. If they win the same amount of games in the second half they would finish with 98 wins which would be a franchise record. He crunched the numbers using Bill James formula for run differential between the Brewers and their opponents and have come to the conclusion that the 2014 Brewers, at this point , are still behind the 1982 World Series team and also the 1978 team which finished 3rd. The 82 team, Harvey's Wallbangers, was loaded with offensive firepower led by Robin Yount & Paul Molitor. The pitching staff was barely better than average though even with guys like Pete Vukovich and Rollie Fingers. This years team is certainly offense first even with Ryan Braun struggling. They trail only the Rockies in runs per game and home runs among NL teams. The pitching has been surprisingly good though. I do think that a regression is coming for some of these guys in the second half. And a great first half is no guarantee of second half success. Look no further than 2007. That year the team had an 8 1/2 game lead on June 23rd before going 18-34 in July & August. Can the Brewers play better down the stretch? Maybe...if they stay healthy and the pitchers continue to play well. Could they win a hundred games? Maybe. Back in spring training I suggested an 89 win season and that seemed optimistic to many folks. This team has already surprised many people already. Let's see if they can continue to do that.

It's a day-night doubleheader for the Woodchucks today. They play in Green Bay at 12:05 and in Wausau at 7:05. You can hear both games on Foxsports AM1390 & FM 93.9. I'll be in the booth for tonight's game.

Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)

Night-Bruce Springsteen (1975) one of the lesser known gems from "Born To Run"

Night By Night-Steely Dan (1974) just a great song from a great album...Pretzel Logic. Jeff "Skunk' Baxter's guitar shines