I often tell people not to get excited about short-term struggles of the Milwaukee Brewers, comparing the Major League season to a marathon.

Well, if that's the case, the current nine-game losing streak the Brewers are on are like a marathoner taking a water break while everyone else runs about a mile and a half. And we are about one quarter of the way into the race.

There is certainly time to make up this deficit and a lot of race to go, but every day, every loss and every half game dropped further back makes the sprint that much more difficult and unlikely.

About a week ago I checked the MLB stats and the Brewers were in the top three in runs scored. Sure, the Brewers could use more clutch hits, play better defense and run the bases better, but their struggles in 2010 have been all about the pitching. Either that turns around soon or the Brewers will be nowhere to be seen when the leaders cross the finish line in October.

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