Instead, the Brewers have said "Screw it. Let's win now", and they're off to a great start. Milwaukee has set a franchise record by getting to 30 wins in only 50 games, and they won 18 games in May to create a great ticket deal for a series against Colorado later in June.
None of this, however, seems to impress Reds infielder Brandon Phillips.
“I feel we’re a better team than the Brewers,” he said. “We lost because they did the little things and we didn’t do the little things. They’re a good team but this should never have happened.”I understand being mad about this past weekend. I even get being angry over a 1-4 start on the season against the Brewers. This, however, is just plain stupid talk.
The Reds aren't better than the Brewers. Not yet, at least. This is a good young club, and better days are definitely ahead.
But they have had five shots at the Brewers this season. In none of the five have they blown the Brewers out, and in none of the five did Milwaukee just luck their way to a win.
Phillips is understandably frustrated at the start to a huge road trip for his team. They had high expectations, and falling three-and-a-half games out of first was not how they scripted the first three games of the trip going.
Now, they have four straight in St. Louis to deal with, and the Cardinals are right there with Milwaukee in the division race.
Perhaps Phillips would be smarter to focus on what's ahead, instead of making dumb comments about a superior team that said superior team isn't going to just forget about.