At 36-24, I was pretty pumped, just as most you were. And yes, I had some daydreams about the 1999 magic. However, those thoughts were tempered by my memory of 2004, when we got off to a nearly identical start, and then crumbled the rest of the way.
In 2004, we were 34-22, basically the same record through as many games as we had this year. Things were looking good. Then, we had a 7 game losing streak, and even though we bounced back for a few weeks following that streak, we never again we able to regain the ground/momentum we lost. Later in July, we lost 11 of 12 to officially end any hopes. But IMO, that initial 7 game losing streak is what spelled the beginning of the end.........
06-07-2004 at Oakland Athletics 2-13 L 34-23
58 06-08-2004 at Oakland Athletics 6-10 L 34-24
59 06-09-2004 at Oakland Athletics 8-17 L 34-25
60 06-11-2004 at Cleveland Indians 5-6 L 34-26
61 06-12-2004 at Cleveland Indians 7-8 L 34-27
62 06-13-2004 at Cleveland Indians 8-10 L 34-28
63 06-14-2004 at Philadelphia Phillies 7-10 L 34-29
I bring this up because I think it's VERY important to first establish that this is NOT 2004 all over again before we even start thinking about 1999 all over again.
The big difference is that I have a lot more faith in the starters than I did in 2004, but our bats are inconsistent and the bullpen is dreadful, two things that could combine for a losing streak.
Our brilliant road trip gives us some wiggle room to lose 3 in a row to a bad Cubs team, however, we must be able to stop that bleeding NOW. The White Sox loom this weekend, so I think it's best if we get out of our little funk ASAP against the Brewers the next three days.