> There hasn’t been much to get excited about so far this season for the Brewers. But it’s hard not to get excited during blowouts like this, combined with a gem from a young starter trying to make an impression.
> And that’s exactly what happened today. The Brewers took down the Diamondbacks, 10-2, in what was a showcase of power at the beginning. Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Cody Ransom had a three-run shot and another RBI later, and Carlos Gomez had a solo homer.
Most of these runs came against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, who gave up eight earnies in just 3 2/3 innings. Miley boasted a 2.19 ERA, which led MLB rookies, coming in, to go along with a nice road ERA. These numbers almost guaranteed him a spot on the National League All-Star roster, which will be announced tomorrow. But, the beating he took ballooned his ERA to 2.87. Not that it’s a bad ERA, and he’ll still probably make the roster. But this outing certainly doesn’t look good on his resume.
Michael Fiers, on the other hand, was flat-out dominant. He threw six shutout innings while giving up just two hits. He walked three and struck out a career-high ten batters. Like I said earlier, he’s been trying to make his case to stay in the rotation for the rest of the season, and his past three starts alone should be enough. Over his past three starts, he’s given up just one run, coming out to a 0.44 ERA over the span. He’s also brought his ERA all the way down from 4.75 to 2.29. Maybe it’s a small sample size, but I love what I’m seeing from him right now.
> Sorry I haven’t been getting articlesup at all lately. I missed the entire Reds series, and the first game of this series. But there are a few reasons for that.
First of all, I’m learning what it’s like to write about a losing team, and it hasn’t been fun. The Brewers are currently 35-42, fourth place in the NL Central, and are flirting with a 90-loss season if they keep it up at this rate. I started this blog about a year ago, nearly to the day (my first post ever was on July 3rd of 2011). I do have previous writing/blogging experience that dates back to late 2008, but it wasn’t about baseball up until ’11. Anyway, when I started doing this a year ago, the Brewers were having a winning season at the time, and went on to have one of their best seasons in franchise history. This year, I just can’t see that happening. They’ve had their share of bad luck with injuries and everything, but some players just aren’t performing as well. Those two things combined will kill a team.
I still love the Brewers, and always will. But it isn’t fun to write about them losing day after day.
Secondly, my motivation to write has gone down a lot recently. The traffic on Breaking Wisconsin as at nearly the lowest it’s ever been as of late. Obviously, that’s naturally going to happen because I haven’t posted the past few days, but it felt like that was happening even while I was posting.
So it’s clear to me that the people who told me they were reading my blog not too long ago are no longer reading it (save for maybe one of them). I used to get a few retweets and things on Twitter when I would tweet a link to my latest post, but now I don’t even get that (except for that Sports Blog RT thing, which really doesn’t help at all).
I also attempt to encourage comments on this blog as well, and for a short time that worked, but it isn’t any more. The only person who commented every so often has quit blogging for the time being, which leaves me without a comment in over a month.
Bottom line is, I’m starting to think running a blog about a losing team with no readers is a waste of my time. I’ve felt obligated to write on here the past few months, but who have I been writing for? No one, basically.
So I’m having trouble thinking about which way to go with this blog. I don’t know if I should keep going, take a little break, or quit for good- at least with this blog. I do have a few other projects I could fall back on, including Reviewing the Brew, where I hope to keep my position regardless of the path I choose with Breaking Wisconsin. I also have another idea for a new blog I could start if I choose not go on with BW, but I’ll keep mum on that for now.
Anyway, this decision will probably take awhile for me to think about. Writing this blog has been an interesting ride for me so far, and we’ll see which way it takes me this time.