MILWAUKEE Out of bad sometimes comes good.
That message came directly from Brewers general manager Doug Melvin soon after Milwaukee had traded Zack Greinke to the Angels at the trade deadline. And with his Brewers a significant distance out of the playoff race, the message was almost a plea to those disappointed by the Brewers' season thus far. Even if Milwaukee couldn't make the playoffs, there were still some things to be encouraged by, in an otherwise frustrating season. Right?
Call him a spin-doctor. Call him what you will. But in describing the reality of the Brewers' 2012 season, Melvin was exactly right. Out of the darkness this season a disappointment following the team's NLCS bid last season have come two of the brightest players of the second half of the baseball season.
And this weekend, against the Cincinnati Reds a team that brought baseball's best record into Miller Park that couldn't have been any truer, as the Brewers swept the NL Central-leading Reds.