buckyor wrote:if you has asked me two weeks ago, I'd have told you that the Brewers were still in line to win 92-93 games, and that this would be enough to win the division. The Cubs were cooling off (they still are, by the way), and weren't (and still aren't) gonna get more than 90 wins.
Now I think the Brewers will be lucky to win 80. They have the look of a team that is just about to go into complete meltdown. It will cost Yost his job (and it should), but maybe that's a good thing. I think he's taken this team as far as he can, and it's time for someone else to take the reins. This team is far more talented than it's been playing lately, and I think that's largely a result of Yost's coddling of his young players. I think that was a good thing for a few years, to allow the young guys to get some experience and build some confidence, but now it's time for these guys to actually step up and perform at the high level that is expected every day, and Yost isn't the guy that can get that from these players. Not with his history with them.
Still not sure it's gonna be the Cubs that win this division though. I still think St. Louis can make a run.
Full disclosure: I have been a Cubs fan for 30+ years; began watching them and collecting baseball cards in 1976. However, please believe that my following comments regarding this year's Brew Crew have nothing to do with this year's Cubs team.
I moved to Madison several years ago and have watched the Brewers regularly since that time. I've grown to love them only a little bit less than the Cubs. With all due respect, I must disagree with the assertion that "This team is far more talented than it's been playing lately." I think the truth is they played way, way over their heads for the first two months of the season. They reminded me of many of the Cubs teams I grew up watching ('77, '79, '87 come to mind) that would be 8, 10, even 19 games over .500 at the All-Star break, only to lose not only their lead but end up below .500 for the season. I'm sorry, but from the beginning this Brewers team seemed to me to be far more like that than a truly talented, dynasty-building team. I know, Brewers fans don't want to hear it and won't believe it, and I'll be written off as jerk of a Cubs fan to most, but this is truly how it feels to me.
I have to disagree too, that the Cardinals are a player this year. They just don't have it. If they do win the division it will only be due to a MONUMENTAL collapse by both the Brewers and the Cubs.