Series Sweep

With the Brewers series sweep over the Giants the Crew finally look like they have gotten themselves back on track.  Of course the Giants are in last place in the NL west and are slumping but a sweep is a sweep.  With the debut of Yovani Gallardo, a complete game by Sheets and two grand slams in one game this series was defiantly worth watching. 

We’ll jump to the second game since I already covered the first game in my last post.  Sheets pitched a gem of a game and went the distance to get his second complete game of the year.  Going the distance was huge for our bullpen as then they are able to take a night off and rest up, especially with the way that Vargas and Bush seem to only be able to make it til the sixth inning lately.  Sheets is really proving his dominance as of late.  In his last four starts he is 3-0, and should be 4-0 had Cordero not blown that save in Texas.  You can tell by how he conducts himself on the mound that his confidence is back and that he knows he is really hitting his spots.  With 24 K’s and an ERA of 1.63 over the month of June, Sheets could be making his way to another ALL-Star Game.

On to game three, Claudio Vargas gets his sixth win with a 7-5 victory.  Vargas was lights out once again through the first five innings and then blows up in the sixth.  Does nobody else see the trend here?  Vargas gets himself to the sixth inning every start and then usually gives up a couple runs.  I don’t know what it is but once he gets into the sixth he just seems to really run out of gas.  In the fifth he threw 9 pitches and looked to be on a roll but then the wheels fell off in the sixth.  He was a different pitcher when he came out for the sixth.  He was missing his spots and walked two of the four batters he faced.  I am a big fan of Vargas and feel he should get the fifth spot over Bush but he needs to start making it to through the sixth to take some pressure off of our bullpen.  I can’t be too critical though since he does have a 6-1 record and the Crew has won 11 of his 14 starts. 

Billy Hall welcome to the 2007 season!  After a slow start to the year, Hall is starting to come around.  After a horrible month of April and a decent month of May, June has been Halls coming out party.  Almost all of his numbers are up with month with the most important ones being a .315 Avg, .405 OBP and 12 RBI’s.  He is starting to take a lot of walks as well as put some good wood on the ball.  I think this guy is really going to be a key to our success.  At the beginning of the year Hall was supposed to be our go to guy, and even though he had his struggles I still feel like he somebody I would want up at the plate with the tying run on third in the ninth.  The grand slam in game three I think is really going to be a turning point in his season and will propel him back to where he was last year.  Can you imagine our lineup with the Billy Hall of last year?

With a weekend series with the Royals coming up I look for the Crew to continue to roll and sweep the Royals or at worst take two of three.  Suppan will kick things off on Friday against former Brewers pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.  Suppan will try to get himself back on track after three straight losses and put some more room between the Brewers and the second place Cardinals that trail by 7.5 games.  Another exciting weekend of Brewers baseball. Lets go Crew!

JT Brewer

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