[UPDATE as of 4:30 p.m. CT: It appears as if some heavy weather could move through the St. Louis area. Temps are dropping rapidly and they’ve issued a tornado watch. It could wreak havoc with Game 6. Follow our tweets at @tweetsfrom1982 for the latest news.]
ST. LOUIS — With the chance to grab history, what will the Milwaukee Brewers do in Game 6? Will Don Sutton and the Crew ride off into the dim sunset of late autumn as champions of the baseball world; or will they be drowning their sorrows in a St. Louis hotel bar wondering why they’re playing a Game 7?
If it’s the latter, you know why: they’re our Milwaukee Brewers, a group of men for whom nothing comes easy. Baltimore. California. They must be hanging by a thread before they spring into action. They don’t steam roll, they rock-and-roll.
But the Crew would be wise to step to the plate and act like Game 6 is Game 7. Not that they couldn’t win an ultimate contest (and probably do it in the ninth with Rollie Fingers miraculously appearing from the bullpen to shut down any Cardinal rally), but why give the Cards life? Why give them hope?
There’s no reason to and there’s no reason to believe Sutton will provide that hope. After the Game 2 debacle where he gave up four runs all with two outs, Sutton should be in lockdown mode for Game 6. As for the offense, an encouraging sign has been its relative awakening. Save for Gorman Thomas, who’s trying to get it done on one wheel, the rest of the Crew has been smacking the pellet around the park. None more so than the Crew’s MVP candidate Robin Yount, who with four hits in four trips to the plate in Game 5 became the first man to have two four-hit games in the same World Series.
“It’s nice to set a record, whatever it is,” Yount said to reporters in a postgame press conference. “But again, I’m not out to set records. I’d be happy to come out with a world championship with no record being set. I’m only interested in winning the World Series. That’s the only goal I ever set and the only one I’m striving for.”
Yount earned the “M-V-P” chants that rang throughout the Stadium in Game 5 even if he was uncomfortable with them. He couldn’t have been as uncomfortable as Cards pitchers, however, as the Crew continued to deliver timely hitting in Game 4 and 5.
The Crew will again look to knock around John Stuper early in Game 6 as they did in Game 5. After two weekend mid-afternoon games, the Series goes back to a 7:20 p.m. CT start.
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