I'll be honest – I was a little taken aback by the Milwaukee Brewers' recent four-game losing streak.
Not that I suddenly felt the team wouldn't win the NL Central, or that they were a bad team – but simply that they had lost four straight. Not to discount Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson and Shaun Marcum, but with Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke I figured it'd be near impossible for this team to put together anything longer than a three-game skid.
Then I remembered I'm not good at math, so allow me a revision: A four-game losing streak is about as bad as it could be for the Crew this season. And it would have to fall just like it did this time, where one of the two aces faltering just after, or before, the other wins.
It's why they're here – to avoid prolonged losing streaks and give this team a great chance to reach the playoffs. Gallardo did that last night in a no-decision against the best team in baseball (by record), and tonight Greinke matched him with two runs allowed through seven innings on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Gallardo admitted he felt it was necessary to perform like an "ace", but of course said all of the pitchers in the rotation feel that way.
They may feel that way, but everyone knows the pressure, the hope, the expectation, fall on the right shoulders of Gallardo and Greinke.
And more often than not, they produce. See the last two nights.
Watching the two of them pitch-by-pitch brought me to this realization as well: Double Aces > Double Rainbow.
And no, this was not a cheap way to show this video. Seriously. Ask the tens of thousands of fans who filed through Miller Park the last two nights.
They'll agree with me.
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