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  1. I have watched all but one of the games during the streak. After the series win in St. Louis, I could sense a change of confidence in the Crew. Although they haven’t ripped the cover off the ball the past 6 games at home, you can sense the calm of the hitters early in the game. They absolutely believe that they will be able to win the game late once it becomes a battle of bullpens.

    It has been the most enjoyable run of baseball for me as a lifelong fan. Here’s to hoping that they can play .600 baseball in October.

    Comment by Cecil Cooper's Twin — August 18, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  2. Some of that credit definitely has to go to Ron Roenicke, another great manager out of the S-C-I-O-S-C-I-A school of managment. Good luck Brewers!

    Comment by ettin — August 18, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  3. Actually they’re 19 of 21 (but who’s counting :P)

    The offense during this homestand, first game aside, has really not been that good. They’ve scored 11 runs in the last five games and won them all. They’re finding new and unique ways to win – Nyjer reaching on a strikeout was probably the luckiest, but obviously they’ve had some bounces. I had predicted that with this rotation, the Crew could go on a ridiculous winning streak at some point, so I’m really glad to see it actually happen…GO BREWS!!

    Comment by Nick — August 18, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

  4. This streak has been absolutely ridiculous. Ruckin Fidiculous, one could say.

    I don’t really wanna talk about it.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — August 18, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

  5. The run prevention has been fantastic, and once the Brewers get Weeks and Hardy back in the line up, the run scoring should pick up.

    Comment by Nate — August 18, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

  6. Kershaw will bring them back to Earth.

    Comment by Pat — August 18, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  7. If you read the article, you would know that it hasn’t been the offense that has been carrying them. They have already beaten the dodgers in three straight games with a pretty bad offense.

    Comment by Dustin Rucinski — August 18, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

  8. If only the Brewers could get Hardy back…

    Comment by Steve — August 18, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  9. Question about UZR and /150: How efficient are these stats from a team perspective at this point in the season? With a 3-year sample size being considered more or less accurate from an individual standpoint, how much of a sample is needed as a whole team? Are we to believe that the Brewers are roughly an average defense?

    Comment by Robby — August 18, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  10. He meant Ed. Ed Hardy shirts. LIke the ones Braun designs.

    Comment by Jason B — August 18, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  11. Get Hardy back? Good luck with that.

    Comment by DavidB — August 18, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  12. Teams can overperform or underperform their true talent even for extended stretches of time. The Mariners have underperformed their (admittedly poor) hitting ability for more than a season and a half now. I wouldn’t expect the crew to continue to play averagish defense going forward.

    Comment by DavidB — August 18, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  13. hardy? as in, jj hardy? the star shortstop of the baltimore orioles jj hardy?

    Comment by jim — August 18, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  14. at what point does the mariners utter ineptitude stop being “underperformance” and start being “performance”?

    Comment by jim — August 18, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  15. No doubt Roenicke deserves credit for getting all 25 men to buy in. One point not made that needs to be made. Rickie Weeks.

    After he got hurt is when the Brewers took off. I attribute this to the team getting very focused, all 25 men were now asked to respond to the loss of arguably the most valuable Brewer to that point.

    Sports are not played on a computer. While the numbers would indicate the Brewers would regress without Weeks, you can’t account for the human factor.

    The Brewers have been extra focused after the loss of Weeks, knowing his great loss would have to be replaced collectively.

    So far it is working. I’d like to see the Brewers play a good team again.

    Comment by LionoftheSenate — August 18, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  16. They are playing great baseball right now, but have also been extremely lucky during the streak and during the season as a whole.

    Comment by smocon — August 18, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

  17. Are they over performing though? Looking at the last 3 years for the Brewers, they’ve been right at or just slightly below each year, a combined 10.4 UZR and -.7 UZR/150, good for 12th in the Bigs during that time. My eyes tell me bad defense, #’s tell me league average. Either one could be lying.

    Comment by Robby — August 19, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  18. Robby- You are forgetting that their team has pretty much been the same at every position for the past couple years except SS. The Crew went from having an above average SS(both Escobar and Hardy) to having one whos “fall down range” might be considered a compliment. With how important SS is, that should make a difference in the team ratings.

    Comment by Yuni B — August 19, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  19. Is anyone willing to do some research as to why their hitters kill the ball at home? I’d do it myself, but I want it to be done WELL.

    That home record is suspicous, but the actual hitting splits look REALLY suspicious. Even their bad hitters turn into Kirby Puckett when they get back to Miller Park. That’s right….a Kirby reference.

    Comment by adr3 — August 19, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  20. I smell conspiracy theory! Tony LaRussa alert!

    Comment by Cecil Cooper's Twin — August 19, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  21. All things accounted for, 19-2 over 21 games is an unquestionable accomplishment, regardless of the competition. How common is it for a team to hold a .900+ winning percentage over a stretch of at least 20 games? Of course, a team doing this against AL east foes would look that much more impressive, but the fact of the matter is, it takes a lot of good baseball, some solid managerial decisions and no shortage of luck. It’s been fun to watch.

    Comment by manuscript — August 19, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

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