By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Apr 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM Photography: David Bernacchi

So this is the week to turn it around for the Milwaukee Brewers with a seven-game series against division rivals Cincinnati and St. Louis.

If nothing good happens this week, I would imagine that Ron Roenicke starts to hear the footsteps approaching outside his room.

Normally I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t think that statistics tell the whole story. There is a lot that goes into the performance of a team, but in some cases the statistics can tell a compelling story.

Last Aug. 28 the Brewers were 73-59. Since then they have gone 25-52, and I am including spring training games. That’s a winning percentage of .320. Currently, with a 2-11 record, their winning percentage is .150.  The Chicago Cubs have a .545 winning percentage.

Going into the season, everybody knew that the way the Brewers were going to win games was to out-hit opponents. The big bats were going to carry this team.

Let’s look at the big bats...

First of all let’s recognize that there was a lot of optimism coming out of spring training. Jonathan Lucroy hit .435 and drove in five runs, Ryan Braun hit .395 and drove in nine, Gerardo Parra hit .250 and drove in 11 runs. Aramis Ramirez hit .250 and drove in five and Khris Davis hit .345 and drove in 15.

Going into this seven-game series we have the following: Braun, .237 and 2, Lucroy .167 and 2, Parra .185 and 2, Ramirez .140 and 2 and Davis .350 and 2.

The Brewers are averaging 2.5 runs per game, 27th out of 30 teams. They are giving up 5.5 runs per game, also 27th.

So what do you do about all of this?

You’ve got to figure that they are working hard. Meetings, film work, extra practice, voodoo. There is no fan revolt yet. Roenicke says it’s "too early to panic" so the players are most likely trying to be patient.

But there is something that happens to most athletes when things are going bad. They press.

And there is nothing more guaranteed to prolong a slump in performance than self-imposed pressure to get better. Every athlete I’ve ever known has said that the best performances come when he or she is relaxed.

Pressing increases tension. Muscles get tense. But perhaps even more critical, your mind gets tense. Athletes play better when they are happy. When they are sad, it just goes from bad to worse.

There are no secrets to all of this. Roenicke doesn’t know any tricks, or at least the ones he is trying don’t seem to be working.

It’s possible that the Brewers will snap out of this all together. The pitching will get better and the hitting will be what everyone expected it to be.

But it is also possible that they will remain a hapless ball club. And if that’s the case, it won’t be long before Roenicke takes the fall.

Fair or not, that’s the way things run in the big leagues.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

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