Even Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph might have to confess he has never seen anything like this before (and if you've been around Willie you know that he has seen just about everything "many times"): The Mets and Brewers form an almost perfectly symmetrical match tonight and the rest of this weekend.
The Mets can't win on the road, where they are 6-14. The Brewers can't win at home, where they are 6-15. So, hard as it might be, somebody simply has to win when the teams meet at Miller Park.
The Brewers' problem has been their pitching, which has not done much for the reputation of the Mets old friend Rick Peterson, the pitching coach. They had no choice but to try and change. Thus, Hall of Fame-bound closer Trevor Hoffman was taken out of circulation for a couple days last week to work with Peterson and was taken out of his familiar (but lately unsuccessful) ninth inning role.
Hoffman now is the setup man for John Axford, an Ontario, Canada native who is reportedly the first former Canisius College player to reach the big leagues since 1899.