Brewers: One wild month
In case you forgot here's a quick recap of the Brewers first month of the season: 2-8 start, followed by nine game winning streak, followed by .500 road trip, followed by two straight wins over Pittsburgh. I guess you could say the Brewers are trending upward as the month comes to a close. By beating the Pirates twice the Brewers surged in the tightly-knit NL Central standings and now find themselves just a half game out of first place.
That's not exactly what most were anticipating after the first ten games. Certainly very few thought the Brewers would be this productive offensively after nearly flat lining against St. Louis midway through the month. And let's get real: absolutely no one thought Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt would put up the kind of numbers you'd expect from Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and Aramis Ramirez.
But that pretty much sums up April. As topsy-turvy as it gets. Segura has settled in nicely in the number two spot in the lineup and with each passing day the Zack Greinke trade appears to be better and better for the Brewers. Carlos Gomez is finally reaching his potential. And Yuni B? Ron Roenicke summed it up best on Tuesday night by saying Betancourt has been amazing. The Brewers needed those three guys to produce after Ramirez was placed on the DL, Weeks slumping big time and Braun looking a little off earlier in the month. But Braun has come around power-wise and Weeks finally broke out with a big night on Tuesday. Is that a sign of things to come? With this team who knows what May will bring?