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Monday, May 19, 2008

Brewers swept in Boston, Fall to Last Place in NL Central; Braun Opens Up on his Team

The Brewers took on the defending World Series Champs over the weekend and boy was it ugly. The Red Sox sure made the Brewers look YEARS away from contending. The Brewers have lost five in a row and 12 of 17 this month, falling into last place in the NL Central, after being swept by the Red Sox.

Brewer Left Fielder and recent signee of a multi-year deal with the Crew had this to say about the disappointing way the Brewers have played:

"I almost felt like this series, we didn't expect to win," Braun said after the 11-7 defeat. "We were competing; I know everybody tried hard. But it's not about trying hard. You've got to expect to win. I almost feel like we never really expected to win any of these games. I just kind of had that feeling.

"It's just a feeling. Every time we were winning, I just didn't feel we expected to win. It was like we were just content to be there and compete. I don't think we necessarily expected to win.

"Obviously, they're a great team. It's a good gauge of where we're at when we can go out and compete with those guys. For us, as a team, our goal can't be to compete. Our goal has to be to win.

"Obviously, to come in here and win the series would have been extremely difficult but it's a real disappointment to come in here and get swept.

"A team like (Boston), they come out every day and expect to win. You can just sense it. I feel like we're there at times but we need to come with that approach every day. No matter who we're playing against, no matter who's throwing against us, and expect to win. Part of that comes with success, comes with beating good teams and good pitchers. We're too talented to approach the game any other way.

"We've got to figure it out and figure it out in a hurry. We're better than that. We're certainly talented enough to win games. But a lot of it, our approach mentally, sometimes has to improve.

"We've got to go to Pittsburgh and try to find a way to win the series and go to Washington and find a way to win that series. We can't play like this for very long, as deep and talented as our division is. We're six weeks into it now.

The Brewers head to Pittsburgh for a 3-game series on Tuesday, followed by a 4-game series in Washington. Both are perfected teams for the Brew Crew to bounce back and get back in the win column. The Pirates, no matter their record, have always given the Brewers problems. The Washington Nationals are one of the worst teams in baseball. We need this underachieving Brewers team to bounce back in a big way, before it gets too late. GO BREWERS!!!!

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