In many ways, the Brewers are fortunate to have a 9-10 record.
The pitching staff has been giving up far too many runs, as attested by the 4.88 team earned run average. And that goes for both the bullpen, especially the middle relievers, and the rotation.
All things considered, the Brewers are fortunate to be close to break-even.
"We've been hovering around .500 and we're still not playing very well," right fielder Corey Hart told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"That shows what kind of team we can be. We have a lot of new faces, guys trying to find comfort levels. We're still finding ways to win enough games to avoid getting buried. This is not what we want, but it could be a lot worse.
"As bad as we've played, we're fortunate to be where we are."
The Brewers are going to have to do better, beginning this weekend with a three-game road series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the leaders in the NL Central.
The Brewers have a chance to close some ground but must start pitching better.
"I feel like we're giving up too many runs," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Our starters, when they're going right, they get deeper in games. Our pitch counts are getting close to 100 pitches in the fifth inning.
"That's not the way our starters pitch. They'll get better."
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