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Brewers run fueled by trading Greinke

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08:16 AM ET 09.21 | How in the world has Milwaukee kept itself in the thick of a playoff race? Here's a funny theory proposed by closer John Axford for the Brewers' amazing surge into contention: The Zack Greinke trade did it. That seems like a strange hypothesis, considering Greinke was the Brewers' best starting pitcher on July 27, the day he was traded to the Angels. But Axford believes that it quietly propelled the rest of the team forward. "Personally, I thought it was going to be more motivation for certain guys," Axford said. "There wasn't ever a thought on this team that this was a lost season. It was disappointing for a while and things weren't looking well. ... But there's no guy on this team that's going to lie down and give up. It's shown recently."

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September 21, 2012  08:24 AM ET

This thread is right in TRUTH's wheelhouse.

September 21, 2012  09:37 AM ET

The article is more less saying that Greinke was the reason the Brewers were struggling. The Brew Crew is on a run at the end of the season like the Cards did last year, but their chances of making the playoffs are slim.

September 21, 2012  10:11 AM ET

How can you blame Greinke for their short comings this season with 28 gone. They are on a roll right now like the Cards did last year, but probably not enough games left to make it to the playoffs.

September 21, 2012  10:53 AM ET

...last night green key reminded us how good he is....almost as good as darvish

September 21, 2012  11:54 AM ET

is not that greinke has a bad conssistent at the mound,, is just that the halos OFFENSE HAS BEEN DEAD FROM GAME ONE!!

September 21, 2012  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

How can you blame Greinke for their short comings this season with 28 gone.

the angels OFFENSE HAS BEEN THE TOP RESPONSABLE PARTY FOR GREINKE'S LOST IN HIS LAST TWO OUTINGS!!!!

September 21, 2012  11:56 AM ET

the brewers won't go any where, after all they wouldn't be able to go over from the first round!!!

September 21, 2012  12:45 PM ET

When the Crew jettisoned Wolf, Marcum got hurt and Greinke got traded, an influx of young ballplayers were imported into the roster. At that point, the team was left for dead and the pressure was off.

less pressure + renewed youthful energy ==> better focus + more fun ==> wins

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September 21, 2012  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The article is more less saying that Greinke was the reason the Brewers were struggling. The Brew Crew is on a run at the end of the season like the Cards did last year, but their chances of making the playoffs are slim.

I think it's going to be close, maybe going down to the final day. Crew's only 2.5 games back, they've been on fire for the last month, Braun's leading two of the triple crown categories, and the Cardinals have been playing around .500 baseball. If Milwaukee can survive their next two road series against the Nationals and Reds (both of which have locked up playoff spots now) without shooting themselves in the foot, I think they might have enough momentum to squeeze themselves into the playoffs. And as St Louis proved last year, if you are hot going into the playoffs anything can happen at that point.

Getting rid of Wolf and George Kattaras, along with Marcum getting hurt, helped the Brewers a ton actually. Those guys were pretty dead weight and weren't doing much to help the Brewers at all.

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September 22, 2012  05:41 PM ET

Looking forward to next year. To little to late Brewers....should have made the pitching switches/call-ups a month earlier. Greinke may very well be back next year as he loves Milwaukee, but the Crew need to dump half their pitchers, and a few position players on the field perhaps.

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