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In the words of the legendary Chris Farley, HOLY SCHNIKES. As far as injuries go, the Brewers were pretty fortunate last year on their way to winning their first division title in almost 30 years. They didn’t lose a single starting pitcher all year and my off-the-cuff memory can’t recall a major position player who missed a significant amount of time.
As if it wasn’t enough to lose a starting pitcher and a guy who FINALLY was getting a chance to play everyday, Carlos Gomez strained his hamstring and landed on the 15-day DL.
It’s common knowledge that bad things usually travel in threes so that should have been the end of it, right? Wrong.
This past weekend, as the Crew dropped a three-game set in San Fran, shortstop Alex Gonzalez slid hard into second base and tore his ACL, ending his season. In my opinion, this is a more traumatic loss than Gamel or Narveson.
Now begins the search for replacements. Brewers blogger and Twitter guru @BrewerNation reported that the Brewers may have offered a contract to free-agent first baseman Derek Lee. I think that would have been a great idea, as there aren’t many other options. Before Monday’s game, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said a deal with Lee won’t happen. (Hat tip once again to @BrewerNation.)
I’m not one to complain about injuries for two reasons. First, it’s cliché but it IS part of the game. Second, I’m not the one who has to deal with the pain, so why complain? Plus, to be even more cliché, it simply opens doors for others to put on their big-boy britches and get the job done.
As I’m sure the loyal readers are aware, I am always optimistic when it comes to the Brewers and have no doubt that these injuries do not equal a lost season. Sure it makes being competitive in the division a bit more of a task but we can absolutely still be competitive. Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’m always optimistic … until it’s time to be realistic!
On a numbers note, 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun hit his 9th home run of the season last night. He also had 9 home runs at this point last year. Nothing happened this off-season that gives that stat serious value, I just wanted you to know!
Check back later this week when we will discuss this weekend’s “pseudo” World Series with the Cubs!