Haudricourt calls Brewers' final two losses 'pretty ugly'
Shaun Marcum. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee Brewers season with 96 regular season wins, a dramatic backs-against-the-wall victory over Arizona in the National League Division Series and hope for a comeback in the National League Championship Series...well, it ended with consecutive thuds.
A combined 19 runs allowed to the St. Louis Cardinals, partially thanks to seven errors, in the final two games of the NLCS doomed the Milwaukee Brewers to a fate of losing the series, 4-2, and their season ending with a 12-6 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals.
"It was pretty ugly," said Journal Sentinel beat writer and Newsradio 620 WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"It's not the way you want to end the season in which you played so well, for the most part. You'd feel a lot better about it if you played a really good game and still got beat. Maybe that would have happened anyway, with the way St. Louis was swinging the bats. The Brewers just didn't give themselves any chance at all to win the last two games of that series. I think that's probably what's most disappointing to their fans. They would have liked to see them play a competitive game the last two games and given themselves a chance to advance."
Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum gave up four runs in the first inning before begin removed for Chris Narveson, the team's regular season 5th starter who had not started a game in the playoffs.
"You don't know if Narveson would have pitched differently if he would have prepared himself as a starter," explained Haudricourt. Narveson gave up five runs in an inning and two-thirds.
"Maybe, the Cardinals offense at that was so red hot that it wasn't gonna matter. They had really gotten going by then."
Marcum's gave up four runs or more in six of his final seven starts (combining regular season and postseason).
"You do wonder what happened to Marcum the last month or so of the season, then into the postseason. He was so bad after being so good. You just really wonder what happened to the guy. We kept waiting to hear that he had some kind of physical problem, because, to go downhill so drastically, you wonder what was going on with him. He just forgot how to pitch. That's going to remain a big mystery unless we hear he's going to go see a doctor somewhere."
The next question: can Milwaukee re-sign now free-agent Prince Fielder to a long term deal?
Doubtful, though Haudricourt explains that Milwaukee does get a 15-day head start on the negotiations.
"With all free agents, after the World Series is over, each team has a 15-day negotiating window with their free agents, where theoretically, they're the only team negotiating with them. I don't think anybody believes the phone's not ringing at his agent's office during that time. We'll see.
"I expect the Brewers to try to make some type of move on him during that time, but I'll be very surprised if it's enough to stop him from hitting the market. I just don't think the Brewers are in a financial position to make a big-enough offer during their own exclusive period to stop him from going on the market, especially with Scott Boras for an agent. I don't think they waited all this time and turn down previous attempts by the Brewers to sign him to an extension if they didn't plan to hit the market."