I know we are only one game into the season but when you're the Brew Crew, the way things unfolded in game one is a major cause for concern.
In a nutshell: Starter Yovani Gallardo pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 2 runs. The hitters had a solid day driving in 6 runs. The end result: a 7-6 loss. And why? Closer John Axford (0-1) blew a 3-run lead. Blown save, blown game, blown everything. The Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds in walk-off fashion as Ramon Hernandez hit a two-out, 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
And the reason for concern? Remember Trevor Hoffman? The same thing happened to the Brewers last season. They got great starting pitching and great hitting only to give it all away with horrendous relief pitching, mostly from Hoffman. So out of desperation the Brewers replaced Hoffman with Axford midway through last season but it was too little too late. The Brewers never recovered and fell out of the race and into oblivion.
Let's hope this was just a one game glitch because if not, it's going to be another frustrating season in Milwaukee. The one thing baseball has taught us is that TOO MANY BLOWN SAVES demoralize a team to the point that it effects every component of the team. No doubt about it. Just ask the 2010 Brewers.
So the Ax-man better get it together because Rollie Fingers ain't walking in through that door any time soon. If he doesn't, it'll be a LONG year for manager Ron Roenicke and the Brew Crew. No doubt.
For my posts on John Axford and Trevor Hoffman from last season click here and here.