Sunday, June 29, 2008
It was a pretty decent Border Series/I-94 Series with Minnesota. It looked like it was 60-40 in the stands with a marginal showing by Brewer fans. Listening to Uecker on Friday, he was saying that Wisconsin fans would way out number the Twin fans when Milwaukee came to town.
Prince Fielder continues to struggle with 4 hits in his last 25 at-bats. Ned has been giving him some time off by having bat in the DH spot.
-Milwaukee travels to Arizona tonight to play the D-Backs in a 4 game series starting tomorrow. They are in first place but are 41-41 on the season (24-15 at home).
-Gagne was activated off the DL today. Yost shipped DiFelice down to Nashville.
-Turnbow has now walked 34 batters in 13 and 2/3 innings. Sweet.
-Sigh of relief moment: David Riske pitched a 1-2-3 inning with great control and decent speed. Remember, he's an American League guy who played in the dome many a times as a Royal.
Milwaukee's bats were well alive last night too! Surprisingly enough, Milwaukee failed to homer last night which is a well accomplished feat for the Twins. Minnesota on the other hand only has like 55 or 56 home runs on the season. Compare that to Milwaukee's 100+ (I think 105). Billy Hall had a decent game last night driving in two runs of a clutch double. Following in his lead were Mike Cameron and Corey Hart who each doubled. Jason Kendall, the grizzley veteran who's offense has dipped due to playing too many consecutive games, had a RBI and two hits.
-The Metrodome is probably the worst "stadium" in the Majors. Probably the reason why the Twins are getting a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The dome is an eyesore from both insided and outside of the bubble. For baseball games the stadium has an estimated (under the influence of Miller Lite) 15 foot wall in right field made by stretched out black garbage bags (what appears to be). A couple of hopeful long balls were bounced back off the towering wall a couple of times last night. Ryan Braun was robbed by Carlos Gomez, who looked Jordan-esque in flight time.
-Arizona Republic Newspaper's story on the Milwaukee Brewers coming to town. It appears that the Phoenix Area is a wee bit worried. It also mentions that Salomon Torres didn't play during the 1998-2000 seasons. He was coaching minor league ball for the Expos."I'm 36, but I feel like my arm is 31," Torres told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Very rarely does a player do what I did."
-Gagne is coming back on Monday in Arizona. Where will he fit in? Nothing, absolutely nothing is broken in the pen. Okay....perhaps Mota is and Gagne could pitch the 8th. But that's what Riske is going to be doing.
-Future prospect Jake Odorizzi reports to Peoria (AZ) for training. This recent high school grad will rise the ranks quickly and become a star Brewer in 3-4 years.
-Chicago Cubs lost, again, to the White Sox yesterday afternoon. The Cardinals won.
1. Chicago 49-32
2. St Louis 46-36 -3.5
3. Milwaukee 44-36 -4.5
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Milwaukee, meanwhile, will have their hands full playing the Twins. For some reason they can't get a handle on them. Keep in mind, the last time Milwaukee was in Minnesota Prince hit his first in-the-park homer!
-Salomon Torres has been doing more than his part to help the team succeed in light of their 'closer' being on the DL. Torres now has 13 saves on the year. Meanwhile, the Canadian Eric Gagne
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Due to having internet down at work and not being at home on Tuesday, I missed my write-up on Mondays game.
Mondays Game (June 23)
Ben Sheets won another decision by going 9-1 on the season and 6-0 on the road. Shoe in for the All Stars. Again, Sheets went the distance pitching a complete game and giving a well earned day off to Solomon Torres and the rest of the bullpen. Decent outing in stats too, as he struck out 7, no free passes, and 1 earned run. His ERA is at .259 and leading the league with complete games pitched. Not bad for someone who is injury-prone. It appears this season, except for one time when he missed his start, that he hasn't had too many freak accidents. No examining his finger after throwing a pitch, or rotating his throwing arm an unusual amount of times. He seems squared away. One can tell that he is just priming himself for free agency, which it appears he is.
-Rickie Weeks went 3-4 and a walk
-Mike Cameron continues his ressurgence, by hitting his 12th home run.
Tuesday (June 24th)
Milwaukee won the their eighth of their last nine games last night thanks impart to stellar consecutive outing by Dave Bush (4-7). Coming off his near-no-hitter last week, Bush game up only one earned run, four hits, and four strike outs. Again, he almost witnessed his pen blow his lead when Salomon Torres came in and gave up a home run. The score was pulled to 4-3 before he had Corky Miller fly-out to end the game and Torres to earn his 13th save, staying perfect on the season.
-THERE WERE NO HOME RUNS LAST NIGHT BY MILWAUKEE!
-Looks like Ben Sheets will be testing the market.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
(see Russell Branyan, Seth McClung, and Solomon Torres)
McClung pitched a great game last night striking out 6 and giving up only 3 hits. The only red flag was his unusual free passes, which was 6 walks. That being said, he and Jason Kendall worked great together last night resulting in Seth getting out of a couple of jams.
Corey Hart and Gabe Kapler provided the spark in the offense. Gabe continued his second-life in the Majors by having 2 hits, one of them being a crushing double off the left field wall. Corey Hart went yard by belting his 11th HR of the year. Once again, if the voting system for the All Star game had any credibility what-so-ever, Hart would be in and Fukodome would be out. But it's flawed and Hart will be left stranded.
Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse provided insurance on the Seth's win by both having a great set-up/save. Torres probably was most impressive when he struck out two straight batters. He did give up a threatening double only to pop up his last batter to earn his 11th save on the season. In other news Eric Gagne should be back by next weekend...yea. Actually, this could be a good thing for Milwaukee. It should push both he and David Riske to earn that set-up spot. With Mota having some pretty bad outings as of late, the set up role should be open for the two to duke it out. When Gagne comes back, one can only imagine that Stetter would be sent back down to Nashville.
-Turnbow hits an all time low in performance down in Nashville. It appears he can't get a break in his multi-year slump. I don't quite know if having him start is such a wise choice. It is difficult enough for this Fragle Rock look-alike to be a reliever. His ERA is now a horrid 10.95 and 32 walks in 12 innings. Yes you read that right, 12 innings.
-Appleton Post-Gazzette says the time is now for Milwaukee to be in full-gear. With Chicago losing Carlos Zambrano & Soriano to the DL, plus St. Louis not having Albert...Milwaukee has to cash in. This paper doesn't realize that most of Wisconsin already realizes this and have realized it for the last two weeks. Great journalism.
-Little story about Brett Lawrie (pictured above) and how his old man knew he would make it big time. Neat read. Signing him may get more and more difficult as time progresses. Look at his picture, he reminds of some childhood toy or character. I can't put a name on it though. Regardless, Milwaukee will have to compete with ASU in signing him.
-Billy Hall has only 5 hits in 33 AB's in the month of June (as of June 20th). Sad.
-Rickie Weeks was activated off the DL and should be playing in todays game. To make room, Hernan Iribarran wll be sent back down to Nashville. Here is an idea: Give someone else a shot other than Hernan. I just not too impressed with this kid.
-You want to know just how great Matt LaPorta is? Read this. This kid will be the next Ryan Braun. Maybe even better!
-Although Ned Yost's team has been winning lately, he still remains on the hot seat. As does his old teammate, Cecil Cooper of the Houston Astros.
-The Cubs, Cards, and Brewers all won yesterday. Jim Edmunds hit two home runs in the same inning for Chicago. When was the last time that happened?
-WGN HD looks pretty sweet.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I was in attendance at the game and had a great time with my wife. I easily spent over $80.00 in beer, food, and other misc. stuff.
One thing I love about Miller Park is that the view beyond the center field of the stadium is the pristine skyline of Milwaukee's blue-collar roots. The 'skyline' consists of a working-class neighborhood that lies on a hill overlooking Menominee Valley (35th & National), Milwaukee's old industrial park in past decades. To the right, or southeast of that neighborhood, are towering silo's and factories that have provided the sound foundation for the citizens of this great city. A couple of times last night I caught myself dazing while the game was being played, partly to be blamed on a couple of Lite's and the Baltimore pounding on The Crew.
Additionally, Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin should be thankful that the second best park in all of the Majors is situated off of Miller Park Way. Ample amount of parking along with easy entrance/exit lots to the interstate provide a great visit to the park. Absolutely love this park! One thing they should change is the frequent use of their roof. Don't close it just because there's a drizzle.
-JJ Hardy (5) and Prince Fielder (14) both homered for the Brewers.
-Ned Yost made a controversial move in the bottom of the ninth when he had Bill Hall bat for Russell Branyan with two outs and bases loaded. On Milwaukee's Fox Radio post-game show (usually blanketed with hack calls), fans voiced outrage over this and called for Ned's head. Although I feel Ned should be canned, and should've been canned a month ago...he made the right call. Branyan is was 0-10 against lefties while Hall was hitting .360's against them. Let us not forget the heroics that Bill has provided us in the past.
Friday, June 20, 2008
-He gave up only run in 89 and 2/3's innings!
-Went 14-0 on the season
-Led his team to the state title
*This leaves Milwaukee with only two un-signed draft picks from their top 10 picks. The next player expected to sign is First Round pick Brett Lawrie from Candada. He is another high school player who will play with Team Canada in the JR Level Tourney this summer. This isn't a big deal according to Melvin, picked up by JS. Hopefully they sign him quickly!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
-High School stud draft pick Jake Odorizzi is close to signing with the Brewers. Besides Brett Lawrie, he would be next desired pick to sign.
-Brewers, according to Melvin, will stick with Torres over Gagne. Smart move. Gagne can still earn his way up the ladder and will start at setting-up Torres when he comes back (Monday?). I still believe he can make an impact. One generally has to hit rock bottom before he/she can build themselves back up. Gagne certainly hit rock bottom.
Ben Sheets (8-1) earned the win, going 9 consecutive starts now with 6 or more innings. Impressive, better yet, reassuring...that perhaps his injury plaqued days are thru? Probably not.
Sheets maintained that low ERA (2.74) by giving up only 2 runs. He should be an All Star again this year, one would think. Ben is third in the National League for ERA, tied for 4th with five other pitchers w/ 8 wins. Brandon Webb of Arizona has 11 wins, that's insane.
Guellermo Mota looked pariticularly rough last night giving up a run and throwing a number of pitches in the dirt. Yost can no longer afford to have Mota as the set-up man. Thank the good Lord, David Riske rejoins the team today and should be available with in days.
Salomon Torres, on the other hand, has been a saint. This seasoned veteran has a laid back approach to closing, not letting the fact that the bases are loaded and one false move could flip flop the game. He earned his ninth save last night in a stunning fashion.
You can't say enough about Russell Branyan (.305) these days, at least in the month of June. He continued to terrorize National and American League pitchers with his power last night belting a dinger in the second inning. He now has 9 HR's and 4 doubles (23 k's) in 59 at-bats. Not to mention, half of his hits are home runs. Although he will always be nagged for striking out too much, he does provide clutch hitting (evident in Saturday's game) and is one you can rely on for power. Everytime he comes up to bat, one gets that feeling that he has a damn good chance of going yard. Additionally, he is one of the few left handed batters on the team besides Prince. It is safe to say that the call up of Russell, or better yet, the acquisition of Russell Branyan, may be of the of the best moves/call ups of the year in the National League (Jay Bruce excluded). Sorry Billy Hall, I think your days are numbered at third...and with the Brewers.
Now...Imagine if the Brewers would have worked out a deal with St. Louis and David Eckstein was traded to Milwaukee? We all remember those days leading up to the winter meetings don't ya? Well, it's hard to comparet the two being that they are in opposing leagues. But here's a look:
Eckstein is batting .282 in 47 games this season, 1 HR, 11 Doubles, and 16 strike outs. Good move Melvin! See above for Branyan's stats.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Dustin McGowan, RHP (5-4/3.92)
Manny Parra, LHP (5-2/4.66)
JJ Hardy should be in the line up today after taking the series with the Twins off to rest his shoulder. Hopefull he ate and put on weight.
Bloggers vs Journal-Sentinel round 1
* Jack Zduriencik is the unsung mastermind behind Milwaukee's stellar draft picks. Well, baseball blog Beyond the Box Score list Jack as a possible replacement for Bill Bavasi. He was the general manager for Seattle who was fired yesterday. You will see that Jack is pretty low on the list. Nonetheless, one has to wonder if our secret weapon will be hired away?
* Neat story on Gord Ash, the Asst. GM of the Milwaukee Brewers. He is the ex-GM of the Toronto Bluejays.
Monday, June 16, 2008
What if the Brewers were to trade their star first baseman this year? Either before the trade deadline or in the off season. It makes me wonder....
We do have Matt LaPorta and Mat Gamel waiting patiently in the minors, as stated by the story. By doing so would most surely allow us to tie up Ben Sheets in a long term contract for the years to come. I don't know about Ryan Braun playing first base, but Matt LaPorta was drafted last summer from Miami where he played first base. That's his bread and butter. Mat Gammel predominantly plays third, which is well needed in Milwaukee right now. I doubt Milwaukee would part ways with Prince Fielder considering the fact that he has already hit 50 HR's in a season, the youngest and fastest to do so in the Majors. However, he's sitting on 10 this year and is average is only .285. Yes ONLY. He should be belting .300 at the very least. His weight is always a concern as well. This hard for me to say this, because I'm a fellow big guy.....but he is allegedly a vegetarian....Yet I don't see any change in his physique.
There are a lot, and I mean A LOT of blogs and newspapers out there that have their respective teams targeting both of the Mat(t)'s (LaPorta and Gamel). What they don't realize is that we probably won't trade them as they will potentionally be brought up to replace/fill in for JJ and Rickie. Furthermore, Mat Gamel will be our third baseman once we unload Billy Hall. If anything, it gives added pressure to JJ, Billy, and Rickie to get their asses in gear. For Billy, it may be too late. I don't know of another team who is a serious contender for the pennant, who would give this many chances to JJ and Rickie. They have had their shot and just aren't performing to the clubs standards. Perhaps a change of scenery is in store for them. I don't know, but Billy and either Rickie or JJ should be traded away to make room for the rising Stars in Huntsville.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
As for last nights game, Milwaukee led most of the game and Jeff Suppan was pitching another solid game. In stead of a win, the Brewers were kept up late and beaten in heart breaking fashion. A total collapse of pitching by Julian Taverez in the 12th inning. That doesn't make me so mad however, he did in fact throw 39 pitches. One can't expect a reliever who hasn't pitched more than an one inning this year, and shelved for 1 week (released by Boston).
I could go in to detail describing Prince Fielder's slam to center in the 9th that would've won the game, yet it fell short by literally an inch. Or I could reflect upon Russell Branyan's two-run dinger to put the game in to extra innings. Instead, I am reeling my head over the costly Corey Hart error that brought in the run in the 8th.
In all, Taverez earned the loss and Jeff Suppan pitched yet another no decision game (too bad). Milwaukee basically ran out of pinch hitters due to JJ Hardy being kept of the DL and taking up a roster spot. In all, you can't find one single reason to point at for losing the game(s). It was a collective lack luster effort in the first game, and 1 inch in the other game.
I don't blame Yost for keeping Taverez in the game. Because I am sure if he put in Mota, the game would've resulted in the same way. Mota had pitched 2innings last Wednesday and Thursday, so Yost was concerned that he wasn't ready to pitch X amount of extra innings....which is a safe bet.
Milwaukee will have one last shot at beating their border nemisis this afternoon. Hopefully they can pull off one win in the series.
-David Riske will start his rehab in Nashville. Yesterday, Riske pitched a simulated round in batting practise. Ranyd Choate will start down in Brevard County pitching Single-A ball and working his way up (scroll down to bottom). He has been on the DL all season thus far.
-JJ Hardy will miss todays game too, resting his sore shoulder and staying off the DL.
-I think Hernan Iribarren has NOT been the answer. Does anyone know why he has been called up twice now? Nothing to show for except a few hits back in April.
-JSonline story on Brewers' prospects. Milwaukee has an abundance of rising stars in the minors...especially in Huntsville (AA). When Milwaukee finally decides that Weeks and Hardy ARE NOT the answer at their respective positions, there are a number of candidates in the minors they can look at.
-Story on Tim Dillard's father who coaches at Quad Cities (IA).
-Ex Wisconsin (Wausau) Woodchuck and the son of Ned Yost, Ned Yost IV will be making the change to coach rather than play baseball. Also, Helena Brewers have a new skipper in Rene Gonzales.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Man am I good with headlines.
Milwaukee's offense seems to be at full tilt with Corey Hart leading the charge. Today The Crew defeated Houston 9-6 to capture the series and evening their road trip 3-3. Ben Sheets had another strong start striking out 9, allowing 7 hits and giving up 3 earned runs in 118 pitches. Mota came in to relieve the ace in the 8th inning and set-up Torres' 8th save of the season.
Corey Hart belted his 10th homerun of the season and drove in another 3 RBI's (7 in 2 games). In addition to Hart, Prince Fielder (11), Mike Cameron (9), and Gabe Kapler (5) all went yard in the win. Not a bad way to rebound from the last time they were at the juice box where they were swept. Craig Counsell added two hits, one of which was a ripping double that drove in a run. Mike Rivera (.333) provided Jason Kendall a day off and added to the mix with a hit of his own.
Houston and Milwaukee combined for 7 homeruns in todays game. Tejada continued his hot streak by blasting his 9th off Ben Sheets.
-Ben Sheets should all but seal his All-Star spot on the National League roster with a convincing win that brought his record to 7-1. Keep in mind that Sheets had a couple of no-decisions thus far in the season, one of which was last weekend in Denver (thanks Mota). His ERA is at a blistering .272 and he is pitching like there is no tomorrow....for Milwaukee. I would expect some suitors to surface pretty soon here. With this being a contract year, I can all but guaranty that Sheets will not be in a Brewer uniform next year. He is having too good of a season. It's almost to the point that if he doesn't go on the DL by the trade deadline, Milwaukee will be priced out in the off-season and will have nothing to show for him. Gut feeling that's all.
-Lance Berkman is a horse (sorry Lee). Batting .366 on the season and showing no signs of cooling off. Even today, despite going hitless, the Corky Thatcher look-alike (dark haired version) drove in a run. Switch hitting nonetheless.
-Jeff Weaver is no longer a Brewer. This was sort of a no-brainer. Take no risk in hopes that this schlep could have a decent minor league stint to warrant a call up. Well, going 2-4 doesn't quite cut it. Bye.
-Gabe Kapler's homerun today was his first one in his career off a right hander. That's pretty impressive. Not the streak, but that a retired ball player can come back and accomplish (or break that streak) that personal feat.
-JJ Hardy will probably be placed on the DL. He sat out today's game with his soar shoulder injury. Hopefully, it will be a short stint (15 days). He has been providing some timely hits, but his average is pretty low (.240's). Should he be put on the list, I would imagine Milwaukee would try signing Jeff Cirillo. Yes, I know he's busy looking like a deer in headlights for FSN. But he did state he would play if called upon. Not to mention other teams have considered him (Colorado). I could see him being brought on board in this case. A veteran like Jeff could be a great addition to the dug out and fill-in roles (Third and Short Stop).
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
As expected, Mike Cameron (.215) didn't have that spurt of energy after being shifted down to the 5th spot (flip flop with Cory Hart). He did have a hit but also struck out once. His only crutch with the Brewers, his defense, had a blooper when he charged a dead-on fly. Upon taking his first couple of steps he noticed that it should've been backwards and not forwards. I can't fault him too much, as his defense has been stellar out in Center.
Hats off to Seth McClung for dishing out revenge on the 'Stros, after Oswalt beamed Ryan Braun right after an infield meeting at the mound. It looked as if Lance Berkman iniated the talks, yet, Seth decided to take out on Tejada. Not wise, considering the fact that Berkman crushed his 19 HR of the season.
Hopefully the Brewers can pull off a win today and tomorrow to even this road series. Once again, they can then limp home and enjoy a 9-game home stand.
Interesting blog by an Atlanta newspaper. Makes me wonder if the 2001 Eastern Confernce Finals were rigged/skewed? It was that series between the Bucks and 76'ers that let to my declined interest in the NBA. You don't have to a genious to realize that playoffs are rigged. I think Donaghy is telling some of the truth on this topic.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Ken Griffey Jr. did what only 5 other players have done in baseball history, belting his 600th home run last night in Miami. Sadly enough, he did it in front of only 12,000 fan faithfuls. This says alot about two things:
A. The Florida Marlins need to get the hell out of dodge. They deserve better than this.
B. Shame on the entire sports media and Selig himself.
Why wasn't this made in to a big deal? Let's face it guys, the "kid" had a phenominal career and will probably play 2-3 more! So why then, wasn't there more attention brought on this? Too bad.
Mike & Mike were talking about this story this morning. Reds manager Dusty Baker has been present for:
-Barry Bonds' record breaking home run
-Sammy Sosa's 500th home run
-Was on deck twice for Hank Aaron's record shots
(there might be one more I'm missing, going off memory here folks, at 6:10am when I saw it)
I remember my brother loving this kid when he was drafted by the Mariners in '89. When all is said and done, the kid will have played 20+ years in the majors. The only controversy was when he wore his hat on backwards when he first came to Cincinnati. Other than that, he was a quiet player who never stirred the dug out. He played through loads of injuries, especially 2000-2005. Imagine what further damage he would have done had he been more healthy!
Dusty Baker, said: "There is no cloud of suspicion over his head. Should he be held in higher esteem than he is? Yes. And I'm sure he will be down the road."
Monday, June 9, 2008
Brewers place Rickie Weeks on 15 DL. Hernan Iribarren gets the call up. This is his second call-up, the first being in April. He is batting .273 w/ 14 steals. He and Dillon should get split playing time. With Weeks on the DL, this should allow him ample amount of time to head a sprained knee. Hopefully he comes back a-blazing. Last season he came back and looked damn good. Hernan has two hits on the season, one against the Cards the other against NY Mets. I will now misspell his name in the rest of my posts.
As I mentioned/thought earlier, the injury to Rickie Weeks knee this past weekend appears to be pretty serious. Jeff Baker slid in to second blatently late and lead-leg high to take out/break up the double play attempt. The right leg crashed in just-under Weeks' left knee.
I guess my question that I have is why there wasn't any retalliation for this? It was blatent. It was 'hard baseball'...yes. But you have to stick up for your teammates in a situation like this. By throwing a little chin music you even the score. That's baseball. Plus, it could've been a good kick in the ass for the Brewers that day...an igniter if you will. Instead, they looked a tad soft. I guess Yost will play beam ball at the end of a pennant race (Cardinals ala 2007), but not in early June while on the road, down by a game in the series. Sad.
This could open the door for Callix Crabbe to be called up and platoon at second from Nashville. This is the same player who was aquired by Rule 5 draft from San Diego back in mid-May. He could rotate with Dillon and get some Big League reps.
Weeks will more than likely go on the 15 day DL and could even be worse depending on the test results back in Milwaukee, where he currently is.
Doug Melvin may have his eye on Baltimore's Brian Roberts! Although he tried to squash the rumor, this would be great addition. Of course, this theory could all change now that the targeted Brewer was Rickie Weeks (injury). Weeks is claimed by Milwaukee until 2011 while Roberts is a free agent at the end of the season. Roberts' stock has fallen since trade talks with the Cubs were held this past spring. This trade rumor was started by none other than Ken Rosenthal, so there is some substance here.
Cameron dropping out of the 2 spot
More on Brett Lawrie. This kid will be a stud in the future. SIGN HIM
BIGTEN Network will air a day long special on June 19th covering University of Wisconsin...in order to fill their lack of events.
Evan Frederickson interview by Rightfield Bleachers.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The bats were pretty silent last night, except for Cory Hart who had a couple of hits and Branyan who had a double. That double was thought to be a home run, at least that's what Branyan thought. Instead of an easy double, Russell was limited to a single due to not hustling after contact.
Denver is a tough place to play for Milwaukee. Brian and Bill were discussing a good topic on Friday. By the time visiting teams get used to the elevation, the series is done. Keep in mind though, Boston didn't have a tough time with it, although that was in October and not in June.
-Mike Cameron started last night and went 0-4. Suprising.
-DiFelice gave up a home run to Ian Stewart, which was a questionable call by the ump and should fuel the instant replay argument even more. I say forget it! Instant replay doesn't belong in baseball.
-Yost explains his "formula". This has to be the end of the straw. My friend Shawn Voigt said it best to me over the phone yesterday. Yost is good enough to bring us out of the basement, but not enough to deliver us a pennant.
-Yost defends Mota, at a time when I don't want to hear it.
-Milwaukee loves the father-son connection. This story by JSonline points out even more bloodlines. I didn't know Michael Brantley (Huntsville) had a father who played in the Big Leagues.
-Todays match up: Jeff Suppan will try to even his record (3-4) in the series finale.
-Call me old school, but shouldn't there had been retaliation for Jeff Baker slidding high on Rickie Weeks (Friday's loss)? Turns out this may be a little more serious then what the club let on about it. According to The Code a team should take revenge if a starting player is taken out intentionally. Now was that intentionally? I would say yes, any time you aim for the knees, you have to assume so. Same goes with the chop block in football!
-Russell Branyan can go yard, but boy can he strike out. I will take the bad with the good in this case. Keep on trucking Russell, shoot for that Burnitz record! His power has dug us out of a few holes already.
-Colorado will soon be back to normal when their DL is emptied (here too). With Tulo and Holliday set to return soon....they should make a July surge.
-Milwaukee's 39th pick, Eric Decker, will return to Minnesota to play football this season. Looks like this is a loss. This two-sport athlete is expected to be one of the top receivers in the Big Ten this coming season. One down...hope not too many to go. Hopefully a hefty signing bonus could change his mind. If I were him, I would stick it out at Minnesota. You can't pass up your last season of Big Ten football can you?
-Milwaukee has to make it their number one objective to sign Jake Odorizzi. This kid will make an impact in 3-4 years. Odorizzi led his team to it's first state title yesterday.
In other state news...
-Michael Redd will be traded...I know that much. For what/who...? No idea. This addresses that question.
-Not state news ( I guess )...but there is a really good story in this weeks SI. It's on the wooden bat league up in Alaska. This league has had numerous stars/future hall of famers play in it including Bonds, McGwire, Randy Johnson, and other greats.
The top three (NCAA Summer) wooden-bat leagues in the country are : Cape Cod, Alaska, and Northern Woods League (WI,IA,Canada, and MN). Home of the Woodchucks!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Back to back homeruns by Branyan and Hardy wasn't enough for a Brewer win.
Jason Kendalls 2 run triple wasn't enough to for a Brewer win.
A stellar 7th inning outing by Carlos Villenueva wasn't enough for a Brewer win.
It all could've been however, had Ned Yost taken his head out of his ass in last nights 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Why is it Yost's fault?
-Ben Sheets was pulled after 6 innings and 100 pitches. This after the club had a day off on Thursday and will then again next Monday (6/9/08). So why? Why did Yost yank Sheets from the game?
-Carlos Villenueva came in to the game to handle the seventh. Which he did with perfection. Why? Why did Yost pull Villenueva after the seventh?
-Guellermo Mota, what can I say. This isn't the first time you blew a game that we had pretty much wrapped up. You have done it quite a few times through out your journeys in the Majors.
Yost should still be the hot seat people. Just because they went on a late May tear and won 6 straight, doesn't mean we should stop asking these questions.
One would also wonder why it took him so long to switch the Kendall to eighth in the line up and put the pitcher ninth? They have are 10-2 since doing so.
Yost is just too stubborn, it's his way or no way. Sometimes you have to listen to reason Ned. This was one sore loss. I'm sour over this loss. It should have been won, but it wasn't, because you had to try to play smart ball rather than one based on logic.
Friday, June 6, 2008
1. Brett Lawrie
2. Jake Odorizzi - RHP - IL HS
3. Evan Frederickson - LHP - San Fran University
4. Seth Lintz - RHP - TN HS
5. Cutter Dykstra - 2B/SS - HS CA
6. Tom Adams - RHP - Southern Illinois University
7. Logan Schafer - CF - Cal Poly
8. Josh Romanski - LHP - University of San Diego
9. Maverick Lasker - RHP - AZ HS
10. Jose Duran - SS - Texas A&M
Best first names: Maverick and Cutter
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Milwaukee selected Canadian, Brett Lawrie from a Langley, British Colombia today with their 16th selection in this years draft. He is a catcher/"infielder", however they submitted his name as a catcher with their selection. With the likes of Mike Rivera and Angel Salome at the helm, I question if he will actually be used as a catcher. Salome will be the future catcher of this franchise or at least rotate with Mike Rivera, so that tells me that Lawrie may be used in other roles, similar to that of Matt LaPorta who was a first baseman in college.
With good size and decent speed, this player will be a welcomed addition to the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Pending of course if they can sign him.
Rickie Weeks' little brother Jemile was drafted 12th by the Oakland A's.
#1 over all pick was made by Tampa Bay Rays, they selected prep phenom Tim Beckham out the state of Georgia.
Other sad news....
U.S signed off on the Miller-Coors merger today. The future of my favorite Milwaukee beer is in jeopardy. The beer that made Milwaukee famous is now at risk of moving its headquarters out of state. If that happened, I would then switch brands...probably over to Point or Huber. Sad day.
Public displays of affection in Seattle are under attack. This is just sad. If a male/female couple were told to quit sucking face at a ballpark, do you think they would stage a "kiss-in" to protest it? No. They would probably stop. These two lesbians are going after the Mariners organization and will probably take legal action. I don't want my 2 year-old son seeing that when I bring him to a park. Hell, it don't matter if they are gay or straight!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
This afternoon, Milwaukee's offense was in full swing with a convincing 10-1 win over 1st place Arizona. This homestand ends with a back-to-back sweep over division contending teams in the NL (AZ & Houston). Manny Parra (4-2) continued to pitch effectively by going 7 strong innings striking out eight batters and giving up one earned run. Parra also retired the last 14 batters. In the last two games, Manny has won both games and struck out a total of 14 batters. Not bad for a rookie winning 3 of his last 4 outings. This is great news since Milwaukee is in need of an effective southpaw.
As for the offense....
Corey Hart (7) smacked a three run in-the-park homer, which is the first one since last summer when Prince Fielder did the same (solo).
Russell Branyan (4) continued his hot streak with another dinger as well. Since his call-up May 24th, Russell the Love Muscle is batting .321!
Gabe Kapler came off the bench to start in center for the horridly slumping Mike Cameron. Perhaps Gabe convinced Ned Yost today that he deserves it full-time by going 4 for 5 with a double, three singles, and an RBI. This Happen'in Hebrew deserves a shot at starting!
Ryan Braun added to the mix by nailing a triple, which is his third of the season.
Jason Kendall continued his mini-slump by going o'fer, he is now batting .244 on the season. He was batting 7th today (Councell was 8th), making no sense to me or probably any one else but Ned Yost, for that matter.
As for Ben Sheets...he needs to be selected, not voted.
Vote early vote often!