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Root, Root for the Road Team
2005-08-15 19:51
by Mark T.R. Donohue

As mentioned earlier, I'm cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers in this three-game series at Coors Field. I have my Scott Podsednik jersey, my vintage interlocking "MB" cap (from the very early National League days, with the hideous dark blue/dark green cap/bill color scheme), and my sausage race collectible cups (I root for the Polish). The Brewers are doing a sweet job of competing and bringing up young talent this year. Corey Hart is only the latest exciting young guy to make his debut this year. J.J. Hardy and Rickie Weeks are becoming regulars; Prince Fielder put in a cameo during interleague play. They have more than their fair share of older guys who maybe haven't gotten a fair shake in the majors to this point. This is an excellent way to add players the likes of Lyle Overbay and Brady Clark without breaking your budget.

Ben Sheets and Chris Capuano, Milwaukee's two best starters, go along with the very unlucky Victor Santos, who's 3-11 despite better peripherals than any Rockies you'd care to name. Aaron Cook and Jamey Wright are sacrificial lambs in the first and third games. Jeff Francis, who's been as lucky with run support as Santos has been unfortunate, is the best bet to break the Rockies' losing streak. But, you know, they can beat up on the crummy NL West teams in due time. Let the Brewers have their road sweep, they need it.

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