by J. LaSussa and Tommy Gimler
The Brewers’ bullpen, much like Ben Stiller, has officially hit rock bottom.
From J. LaSussa:
I’m not a fan of booing your own players at home, but Blow-Rod deserves every jeer at Miller Park that comes his way. He had the balls to bitch about not closing in the middle of a pennant winning season last year. Then, he has the chance to move on and close in the offseason but screws the Brewers and just takes the money like a piece of shit. Now, finally given the chance to close in Milwauke, he blows game after game, giving up bombs to guys that I was bigger than in 2nd grade. BOOO you, Blow-Rod.
Thanks J. Francisco Rodriguez hasn’t been the same since he beat the shit out of his wife’s old man. Since then he has forgotten how to beat anybody. Here are this turd’s last four games:
7/18/12 vs. St. Louis – 1 IP, 1 hit, 3 walks, 1 run, seven batters faced
Our Take: Rodriguez earned the save because the Brewers were up by two. We’d find out a few days later that the Brewers need to be up by two dozen when Blow-Rod gets the call.
7/23/12 at Philadelphia – 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 3 walks, 4 runs, eight batters faced, blown save, loss
Our Take: Eight batters faced? Like the world did with Amy Winehouse, Ron Roenicke knew his “closer” was in trouble but did nothing to stop it.
7/25/12 at Philadelphia – 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs, five batters faced, blown save, loss
Our Take: After blowing the game on Monday, Blow-Rod tweeted this: I so sorry guys I do want to apologize for the performance the I did today from the bottom of my heart I will get better bcuz you guys deserve better then that am sorry. Apparently Blow-Rod has just as much trouble with the English language as he does with pitching in pressure situations.
7/29/12 vs. Washington – 1/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 HR, 3 runs, four batters faced
Our Take: Since the Brewers were up by so many runs, he didn’t get credit for a blown save. Luckily, Roenicke took him out in time for Axford to get credit for it instead.
Personally, I think it’s out of Roenicke’s hands. 2012 is unfortunately an even year, and all Brewers’ fans know what happens to their closers during even years:
Rodriguez (2012): 50 games, 2-6 record, 6 blown saves, 5.36 ERA, 1.70 WHIP
Axford (2012): 45 games, 3-6 record, 7 blown saves, 5.11 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
Trevor Hoffman (2010): 50 games, 2-7 record, 5 blown saves, 5.89 ERA, 1.44 WHIP
Eric Gagne (2008): 50 games, 4-3 record, 7 blown saves, 5.44 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
Derrick Turnbow (2006): 64 games, 4-9 record, 8 blown saves, 6.87 ERA, 1.69 WHIP
Brewers fans, it’s probably time to start studying up on the Packers…