Presented Without Comment: From the Mouth of Gabe (Kapler) | Disciples of Uecker

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On Saturday, with the Brewers moving from Fox Sports Wisconsin to Fox Sports 1, former Brewer Gabe Kapler replaced Bill Schroeder in the booth alongside Brian Anderson. He had this to say in the top of the 7th inning:

I don’t think Brewers fans should panic, and I don’t think that when Cardinals fans struggle a little that they should panic either. I don’t believe baseball is meant to be looked at in 10-15 game stretches. We love to do it, because we love to analyze short period statistics, but that’s not the best way to analyze the game, in my opinion.

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  1. Mary says: July 12, 2014

    I’d be willing to accept that advice from Gabe Kapler if I didn’t watch this crummy team day in and day out. This is who most of us thought the Brewers were going to be going into the 2014 season. They are a dumb team that cannot be coached so Roencke sits back and hopes for the best because once the ship took on water there was no way to stop the leak.

    • Ryan Topp says: July 12, 2014

      I thought they were an 86 win team before the season. Now I think they’re probably an 88-90 win team. A little bit better than I expected, on balance.

      As for them being dumb and uncoachable, I really just don’t see that at all. I think they’ll go on a run or two before the end of the year and be right there in the playoff race. But they could fade too. I just think there is too much talent for them to completely fold.

      • Evan (Maryland) says: July 12, 2014

        There are mistakes that you think shouldn’t happen even in a high school game but that’s systemic throughout baseball and not isolated to this Brewers team. Recent baserunning mistakes and a lack of sensational plays by Gomez in CF has a way of souring a view of this team. The coach gets either too much credit or too much blame in my opinion. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows. Right now the whole team (starting rotation/bullpen/offense) seems to be mired in an unfortunate slump all at the same time. Add in that today they faced Waino and you have the continuation of a slide. To go a step further with what Kapler was saying, I compare it to basketball where the game doesn’t truly matter until the 4th quarter. The best the Brewers can do is still be in the hunt which is right where they are currently. If they are in it in the middle of August going into September this slide may look bad but in the grand scheme it’s a long season. The schedule is only going to get tougher but you want this core of players to play meaningful games and show some resolve which we all believe they have. Sorry for the long reply.

  2. Ron says: July 12, 2014

    Is it possible seeing the Segura’s son had been sick for awhile that this weighed heavily on him and that’s why he has under performed to this point? I know it would me, and my heartfelt condolences go out to the Segura’s on the loss of their child, take whatever time you need family comes first, baseball will always be there.

    • Ryan Topp says: July 12, 2014

      Have to admit I wondered this too. Depends how long the illness has gone on, but it certainly seems like something that would mess with someone’s ability to fully invest. Tough situation.

  3. Bob Hale says: July 12, 2014

    The Brewers are not as good as they were in April nor as bad as they have been in July. I believe they will win around 90 games and win the division. I think they have the best offense and acceptable pitching vs. the rest of the Central. Unfortunately, they lack strong enough top three starters to go far in the playoffs.

  4. Okinawa Gorman Hai says: July 14, 2014

    Saying baseball isn’t meant to be analyzed in short stretches ignores the fact that playoffs are VERY short stretches. The goal here should not be simply to make the playoffs (the 162 game outlook) – it should be to WIN in the playoffs. Thus, at the end of the day, you do have to analyze a team in a short stretch, Teams that lose 11 of 12 show major vulnerabilities that can arise in a short series. The lack of a true ace, the lack of RH relief pitching, the lack of patience throughout the lineup against quality pitching, and the lack of any LH power are all issues that can be exploited in a short series. We don’t need to panic, but we need to use this stretch to identify weaknesses and think about how to address them.

    • Ryan Topp says: July 15, 2014

      Winning over the course of 162 is something that smart minds, both old school and new school, have largely figured out. There is some room in the margins for unexpected occurrences, but by and large the key to winning a bunch of games in the regular season is simple: score as many more runs as possible than your opponents over the course of a season. There are a bunch of different ways to do this, focusing on this thing or that thing or a combination of things, but we basically know how to do it.

      Winning in the postseason, though, is a totally different matter. Because, as you pointed out it takes place in small stretches of time and it’s impossible to control for circumstances well enough to ensure post season success. Baseball isn’t like Basketball or football in this sense. It’s even expressed in Vegas odds. You’ll find much closer odds in the baseball postseason than in the others.

      So yeah, it would be nice to try and control for such things, but you just can’t. The best way to win in the postseason is to get there healthy and cross your fingers. You can make little changes, like trying to assemble a deep roster, but that doesn’t even ensure anything.

      As for teams that lose 11 out of 12 showing something, I really just don’t agree. The main thing it shows is that they’re a baseball team playing a 162 game schedule and that bad runs are inevitable no matter how good you are. I’ve looked back at past playoff teams, and there is nothing particularly special about a run like that.

      • Ryan Topp says: July 15, 2014

        A sampling of WS winning teams bad runs in recent years:

        2013 Red Sox: 2-9
        2012 Giants: 1-7
        2011 Cardinals: 3-12
        2010 Giants: 1-9

      • Okinawa Gorman Hai says: July 15, 2014

        Ryan you make good points, but I respectfully disagree with your conclusion. It is because things are so tight in the post-season that every thing is magnified. Anything you can do to get the smallest edge is likewise magnified. You cannot control things, but you can try to shape the situation to give your team the best opportunity. For example, you note the Cards went 3-12 in 2011. This streak was in June, allowing the Cards to see their weakness (bullpen) causing them to trade Rasmus for arms that helped propel them to the title. Just like good hitters will go into slumps and then make adjustments to get out, good teams should make adjustments and not just “keep hacking” assuming things will turn around.


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