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By: Joe Kleiber
The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the toughest teams to figure out in the league. Some games they will have a great mix of great pitching and hitting, some will have great hitting and terrible pitching and sometimes neither the hitting or the pitching shows up.
Why are the Brewers so much better on the road than at home? Their record is 11-19 at home and 17-18 on the road. They have played better at home as of late, but can anybody fathom how the Brewers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates at home last month? They have now won two in a row and have taken the series from the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, but who knows how the next week will go?
I think it's safe to say that the Brewers will keep Corey Hart if he keeps this up. Hart has almost carried the team at times and now has 17 homers, 47 RBIs, 30 runs and batting .263. I don't think the Brewers will wave the red flag yet if they think they can get right back in it. Prince Fielder probably isn't going anywhere this year either and is now starting to heat up, with six homers in June.
Their pitching has been so inconsistent and their hitting as well. It's all about getting timely hits, which they have done the last two games, but couldn't get them on Saturday or Sunday. When the Brewers are patient and getting timely hits, they usually win the game, but when they don't they tend to struggle.
The best thing the Brewers have going for them is that the NL Central is wide open right now, since the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to take advantage of the Brewers struggles early on. If they can string together a few more series wins then they can get right back in it.
The bottom line is that the Brewers have to improve their record at home. They used to be one of the toughest teams to beat at home, but for some reason they have struggled so much this year at Miller Park.
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