Three divisions per league.
Five teams per division.
2 (3 x 5) =30.
Holy cow! A formula. Major League Baseball is no longer odd. There’s been expansion, relocation, inter league play, and last season-realignment when the Houston Astros were switched from the NL Central to the AL West. There’s now 6 divisions; each with 5 teams.
The inter-league schedule is way more predictable as a result. Each team plays 20 inter-league games and all the games are against the same division. The Milwaukee Brewers get the AL Eastern division teams this year (5 teams…3 games each) with an additional 2 games against Toronto plus 3 games against their appointed geographic rival-The Minnesota Twins.
Now I’m dizzy from the thought of Red Sox and Yankee batters working counts-fouling off pitches and driving Brewer pitchers crazy. Dizzy from the Orioles and Blue Jays offense, dizzy from Tampa Bay’s pitching.
Will this make the Brewer’s stronger or will it wear them down and make them sleepy when playing 76 games against teams in their division; teams like the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds? Whatever, it’s the same for everyone now.
First up was the Red Sox home opener on Friday and the Brewers spoiled the World Series ring celebrations with a 6-2 win; scoring four runs in the top of the ninth.
Lyle Overbay snared two line drives with runners on base and he also drove in the go ahead runs in the ninth with a rope down the right field line.
Marco Estrada started for the Brewers and as usual, baffled batters with his change up. Even Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy took notice and so did David Ortiz who barked after swinging and missing at a 70 mph Estrada tease.
Jean Segura hit a ground ball over third base that rolled to the left field corner. He ended up with a freaking triple. I’ve never seen that at Fenway. Triples only happen in right center field.
Khris Davis broke out of what Brewer fans were calling a slump. Can you suffer a slump after 3 games? Probably just panic, but understandable considering the Brewers traded Aoki and moved Braun to RF to make room for a guy who played 56 games last year. But Davis lined two balls off the Green Monster.
And Jonathan Lucroy hit a long towering home run over that Monster and another fly ball that ricocheted off its wall for a double. I love that wall; love the sound it makes, an industrial erector set sound with an echo, but it’s a tall wall-37 feet and 2 inches and Carlos Gomez hit one of his four singles off it. Woulda been a home run in most parks.
But I’m not complaining? There was a play at third base in the Brewers big ninth inning. Shhhh. Go away instant replay. It was a bunt by Scooter Gennet; a good bunt, but Khris Davis slid over the bag and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks kept the tag applied. Davis was out, but the umpire called him safe. The Brewers went on to score four runs that inning.
Let the skies open and great luck rain down.
The Brewers space ship continues Saturday night in game 2 of the 3 game series against the Red Sox. The Brewers are 2-2.