Sunday, May 31, 2009
On Friday night Milwaukee narrowly beat the Reds on Friday night 3-2, thanks to Corey Hart's (5) blast in the 7th inning that prove to be the winning run. Prince Fielder also added a dinger.
Braden Looper, who just flew back to town after attending his grandfathers funeral, also had a strong outing. Both he and Jonny Cueto matched each other inning for inning. Looper (5-3) earned his win and the bullpen finished what he started. Trevor Hoffman capped the evening with his 12th save of the season.
Saturday night Dave Bush was a little rocky, lasting only 4 innings and giving up 2 homeruns and 3 runs in the first. By the fourth, he had given up 5 earned runs and struck out 3. The bullpen came in and locked it down with Seth McClung throwing 3 scoreless innings.
Milwauke ended up taking game 2 by the score of 9-5, thanks to scoring 6 runs in the 5th inning.
Ryan Braun (9), Prince Fielder (12), and Mike Cameron (10) all went yard for the Crew! All off of Aaron Harang, who typically has his way with the Brewers (4-1 career, coming in to the game).
Yesterday afternoon was a nice treat. The Crew came out with their bats a-blazing. Yovanni Gallardo last 5 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 earned run! He struck out 9 batters and walked only 2. Yo pitched a gem only 6 days prior, goes to show what an extra day of rest will do for a guy.
*Trevor Hoffman collected his 13th save.
Mike Cameron went yard for his 11th of the year. He also had a RBI single, going 2 for 4. He is now batting .284 on the season. This man has lifted the Brewers many times this season, already.
Prince Fielder has a good shot of getting NL Player of the Month, we'll see later today. He didn't help his cause by going o'fer yesterday. Although he hit one just shy of the foul poll out in right field. It's probably between Fielder and Raul Ibanez.
Milwaukee has dropped only 2 series since mid-April. That would be the Twins and the Cards (last week).
Brand Phillips of the Reds, believes...truly believes that the Reds are the better team. They are pretty even. Both teams have solid young hitting, however I know their starting rotation is better than Milwaukee's. Perhaps not this past series, but in the long run they will have better stats. Don't get me wrong, Milwaukee's is damn good and are noted for it. But the Reds didn't have Valquez this weekend either.
Craig Counsell is batting .324 on the year. He went 3 for 5 with an RBI on Saturday and 1 for 3 yesterday. He is on his way to a career year, which says a lot considering that the man holds two rings.
Milwaukee hasn't scored more than 4 runs in the 10 past games.
In my opinion...Brewer fans don't realize how good we have it with players like Craig Counsell, Jason Kendall, Trevor Hoffman, and Mike Cameron being on the team. This club is filled with young players who need guidance from their own peers. Having these veterans is like having 4 extra coaches on the team.
The Oakland Athletics pitching staff heavily relied on Jason Kendall two season ago. Read about it here.
-Escobar was moved back to SS.
Mat Gammel will be the Brewers for most of June. He's hitting .160 with one homerun, coming in to Sunday's game. He did go 2 for 3 in yesterdays game however lifting that average to .214.
-Milwaukee will pick a pitcher with it's first pick in this year's draft (26th pick).
-During the 4-9 start I had asked for Billy Castro's "head to roll"...meaning fired. I am eating my words. It has to be the coaching. He was able to turn around a train wreck of a rotation and finally salvage a bullpen in to a significant ingredient to the club. Castro has lived in Milwaukee, year-round, since playing for the team in the 1970's. This man is committed to the organizatin. Unlike his predessecer Mike Madux, who jetted down to Texas for a better offer.
Doug Melvin on Billy Castro: "I think Billy keeps things simple," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He's probably not as complicated as what you can be with everything available to you. Billy does the 'Reader's Digest' version of all of that.
"Personality-wise, they knew him all except for maybe Braden Looper and Trevor Hoffman, the new guys. He's not one to sell himself. There are a lot of pitching coaches out there who really sell themselves to people. Billy didn't feel he had to do that.
"You have to be pleased by our performance and the transition. Mike has a good reputation as a top pitching coach. Billy has been here a lot of years, so he has seen it from a different viewpoint."
According to CBS Sportsline, the Brewers will be in the market for either a 2B or a starting pitcher (Peavy or Oswalt?). It mentions that Trevor Hoffman likes his new home in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, all Jake Peavy knows of Milwaukee is this:::
"What he sees in Milwaukee is the ride between the Pfister Hotel and Miller Park on some gloomy days. ... You run a path from the Pfister to Miller Park, and that's not a very pretty drive."
I can 100% agree with TH. Most players don't want Milwaukee because all they see is the old part of downtown, where the Pfister is. They don't know about the bustling streets of Old World 3rd Street, the 3rd Ward, Water Street (not the bar district), and other excellent neighborhoods of the Suds City. The Pfister is on the outer perimiter of Downtown. It's bordered by the lakefront and the interstate.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The bats are angry, the Reds are hurting (as are the Brewers), and Yovanni Gallardo is destined for a win, and Braun-Fielder need to get going on their homerun quests.
Right now, today, on May 29th, most of Wisconsin is crossing their fingers for Doug Melvin to trade for Jake Peavy. If this did happen, the level of risk that the Milwaukee Brewers would face is comparable to last decade when they build Miller Park and their revenue sunk. Attanasio and Melvin are far too intelligent to risk this much on one player. Or are they? Regardless, the story in the Trevor Hoffman story in the NY Times even mentions that Peavy probably won't be wearing a Brewer uniform any time soon.
The more and more I think about this, the more I'm turned off by it. Yes, he's a great pitcher who could probably have as big of an affect on the Crew as CC Sabathia...but he would cost entirely way too much (prospects). Milwaukee would have to dish out Gamel, Escobar, Salome, or Jeffress. The Brewers can't afford to give up any of these players. I will take a season of not-making the playoffs in order to shore up these rising stars.
-Apparently the Pfister Hotel, downtown Milwaukee, is haunted. This hotel is over 100 years-old and it's truly amazing inside. I once applied for a job at their lounge/bar (didn't get it). Players like Mike Cameron and other Brewer teammates who played against Milwaukee prior to coming on-board all have had experiences. It's time to call in Grant & Jason of TAPS. Apparently the Florida Marlins are most freaked out about the hotel. Perhaps this provides another home field advantage?
-The Toronto Bluejays have now lost 9 straight. Sinking fast.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Is it a bit premature to think that our beloved Brewers are officially struggling? I don't know. That's a tough call. Despite the fact that the Crew dropped their first back-to-back series in more than a month and a half suggests otherwise. You're going to lose series, that's acceptable. However, one has to look at the bigger picture. The past 6 games fall with in the post-Ricke Weeks era ala 2009. Milwaukee hasn't repsonded to this loss like we would expect.
With that being said, the struggling Reds come to town with their own problems. No Velquez in that starting rotation, that's a plus. Also, Milwaukee has to deal with Brandon Jacobs (thumb) and Joey Voto's (ear infection) injuries as well as Aaron Herrang possibly being rusty after his debacle this past Monday. All signs point to a Brewer sweep. We shall see.
The Brewers have their own problems....their lack of hitting the long ball. Milwaukee has yet to hit a homerun this week, which is concerning. This is the cornerstone to their offense, with out it they are like every other team out there. The Reds are sixth best in the NL for playing long ball, while the Brewers are 4th.
The starting rotation hasn't had a win in 8 games.
Milwaukee has been averaging two runs in the last 6 games.
Milwaukee batters are struggling when they are behind in the count.
Look, it's going to happen. Milwaukee will struggle this year numerous times. Right now is only the second significant stretch in 2009 where they are in a "slump". Not bad. Have you seen the NL East lately? Those teams can't buy a hot streak if it were free.
While listening to post-game radio FSR on 1250am (Milwaukee) while driving home from Mondays game at Miller Park, I heard Sparky make a bold prediction for 2009. He doesn't see Milwaukee losing 6 straight games this year. Mind you, he initially made this prediction before the season started and when Rickie Weeks was playing 2B. I sort of agree though. There are too many tools and too many options for the Brewers to snap out of a skid. Who still step up tomorrow versus the Reds? I think Frank Caliendo (he he) will be that guy. Since making his first appearence on Monday he has been a great addition both offensively and defensively. He made the game fun to hear (on the radio...thanks FSWisc.). It will be the unsung players who will rise up...not your typical Braun, Fielder, and Hart. I see a big series coming from Counsell, Cantalanatto, and Cantu.
ESPN is finally taking note of Milwaukee's pitching, especially Trevor Hoffman's. Despite his last save coming a week ago today.
Interesting...Braun, Hall, and Weeks are leading the NL All Star vote. If it's one thing Milwaukee can do, it's voting early....and voting often. William "Boss" Tweed would be a huge fan of this.
David Riske blows....this only proves it. What a perverbial bust! He's a bigger bust than Cory Koskie.
RFB pointed this one out...you all remember Keith Ginter of the Milwaukee Brewers...well, he's still playing.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
There's not much to talk about.
Mike Cameron did blast his 250th homerun of his career, officially making him a member of the 250-250 club. Again, the ESPN crew took a while to pick up on after he hit it.
This is a great achievement for a professional ball player.
The home plate umpire in Sunday's game reversed a call, thanks impart to Ron Garden arguing with him. Joe Mauer was "struck" on the wrist by a Mitch Stetter pitch. At first the umpire thought it didn't hit the wrist. But Joe Mauer returned to the plate to show him the mark. Gard then broke out of the dugout to argue the ump. The call was then REVERSED. Macha was less successful in arguing his stance.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This makes it a little easier to swallow a crushing defeat to the Twinkies.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Milwaukee, not particulary known for their defense, made two highlight worthy plays during key moments of the game. Ryan Braun fielded a one hopper to left field and threw out Lance Berkman who tried to tap home plate on a head-first slide. Instead, Jason Kendall was able to blocke the plate with his left shin and get the out. To me, it was a toss-up. It could've gone either way. Regardless, the end result was Berkman and Cooper getting the boot.
The next noteworthy plays of the game was Jason Kendall springing up to field a soft bunt in front of homeplate. Kendall grabbed the ball and launched it to third to get the force out. This prevented the Astros from tacking on another would-be run.
The bullpen...The bullpen....The Bull pen.....You can't give enough credit to the relief team. They kept Milwaukee in it and ulitmately delivered a key win that took the series.
Trevor Hoffman worked his way out of his own jam and earned his 11th save, thus becoming the NL saves leader. McClung (1-1), Villanueva, and Coffey all did their part to prevent any further damage to their team and kept the game close. Jeff Suppan got the no-decision. He didn't pitch a horrible game, but certainly wasn't his best of the past 4 games.
*Billy Hall went 0 for 3 with two key strikouts (w/ RISP) and grounded out in to a weak-ass double play (w/ RISP). He's turning in to the same ol' Billy Hall. Macha is giving him plenty of opportunities to make a come-back. I would expect to see Billy Hall sent packing by the trade deadline. With Mat Gammel playing third and Counsell starting against righties. On secondbase Macha will also have Counsell and Escobar. So in theory, Counsell will be playing 140+ games this season. The loan team that could use him the most is the St. Louis Cardinals, a division rival. So this could turn out to be a little more complicated. But it's staring to unfold, Hall's days are numbered.
-Milwaukee FINALLY traded Tony Gwynn Jr. to the Padres for Jody Gerut, a 10-year veteran outfielder. Whatever. I guess it's a win for the Crew, because Gerut almost hit .300 last season and plays pretty decent defense. TGJ was a flop who could never find his place in the clubhouse. He'll probably fit in well in San Diego. As for Gerut, he will provided yet another left-handed bat on the bench for Kenny Macha. Remember the days when Milwaukee had a couple of lefties? Hell, now they have 5 (I think, of the top of my head). Apparently Melvin has recognized his key mistake of 2008, not enough lefties to match up with hurlers like Santanna of the Mets and Randy Johnson of the Giants.Tony Gwynn Sr. (dad) was the one who notified Tony Gwynn Jr. of the trade over breakfest yesterday morning. Cute. Now dad can talk about how big of a flop his son was while playing in Milwaukee while announcing Padre games.
-The Brewers, in need of another left-handed reliever (who doesn't have 2 lefties in their bullpen?) brought up RJ Swindle from AAA-Nashville. In return, The Sounds got back their below-average 2B Hernan Irb-I-suck.
-You guys remember John Kruk's pre-season words he had to say about Milwaukee's pitching. You know, that overgrown turd with small chicken legs? Well, he's eating his words now. The Brewers have the third best winning percentage. You can't blame him, I mean, the guy only knows about the Yankees, Ray, Mets, Phillies, and Boston...oh, and the Dodgers. If you're not one the afermentioned...forget it.
-So, now that we all know the trade between the White Sox and the Padres was all bullsh*t...we can now presume that the Padres are sending out warning flares to all NL teams that they are ready to move their star ace. The Chicago Cubs OR the Milwaukee Brewers will land him by the end of July.
Milwaukee-Minneapolis weekend preview. Should be a good series. There are alot of good match ups.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Which means that Milwaukee will have to face him in a ChiSox uniform come June 12-14th. Better that, than having to face him a couple of times when the Crew plays the Pads this season!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Milwaukee is 25-14
Second best team in all of baseball!
Milwaukee came from behind last night to beat the Astros 4-2. Milwaukee manufactored enough run support to allow Dave Bush to collect his 3rd win of the season and no losses (long-term contract...do it!). In addition to Bushy, Trevor Hoffman provided the heroics by breezing by the first two batters of the ninth inning having only thrown 2 pitches. He is now 10 for 10 in saves.
The base running, although gutsy, was effective to say the least. Funny thing is, Ned Yost would've never allowed this style of play on the baseline. Both Braun and Prince Fielder cruised by "HOLD" hand/arm signs by 3B coach Brad Fischer to score.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Don't get me wrong, I wanted him shipped off down to Nashville....but didn't expect him to choose free agency.
He will do just fine in the American League.
-Milwaukee flew in to Houston early this morning to play the 'Stros (17-19) at the Juice Box. This will be tough series. Milwaukee has never swept the Astros (to my knowledge). Lance Berkman is starting to feel better at the plate after his dreadful start to the season.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Prince Fielder contributed yet again, to the win by nailing a 3-run homerun for his 9th of the year.
Craig Counsell, yes, the guy that many Brewer fans didn't want returning to Milwaukee, had another great game. He doubled and singled while driving in a run. He is now batting .329 on the year.
Rickie Weeks left the game early after injuring his OTHER wrist (left). This is not good and will most likely result in a trip to the DL.
So....if he does go to the DL, will Billy Hall play second and Gamel & Counsell platoon at third? Or will Counsell just play second and Billy Hall continue to play third with Gamel getting the start against right handed pitchers?
Counsell has made the decision quite easy for Ken Macha at this point that he needs to play. Despite Hall playing well defensively and hittle effectively against left-handed hitters, Counsell needs to ride this hot streak. Ned Yost would've never have done this. NEVER. He was far too stubborn to play a hot bench player. Although Russell Branyon (who has 9 HR's right now) did find a way to play under Ned when he was hot last season. I still feel Neddy would have continued to have Bill Hall play everyday at third and Counsell filling in once a week.
The Crew will go for a sweep today when Braden Looper takes the mound. Macha has decided to rest Yovanni Gallardo, wisely so.
Some feel that the Brewers are arrogant and disrespectfull. I chuckle when I hear this. So does this man.
Mark DiFilice is starting to get recognized by the national media....finally. His stats this season are insane.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I ask, how many scoreless innings has Milwaukee's bullpen thrown now?
I would have thought the game would pick up where it left off, with the Brewers down by 2 runs. Learn something new everyday.
Colby Rasmus lost a HR because of it. So that stinks for him.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Melvin clearly was in need of another left handed batter to take the pressure off of Prince. Fielder has been getting hit with a number of relievers. Good move. But will Gamel play outfield or platoon at third? He is prone to fielding errors, that's for sure.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
With resurgence of Andruw Jones, the Rangers felt that Catalanotto was expendable. This is a nice pick up for the Crew and it adds another veteran player to the already solid outfield. Not to mention, an additional left-handed hitter! He has an .807 OPS and a .292 batting average. He also has the highest batting average for a pinch hitter (.289) amongst active players.
The pitching match up faces two lefties. Manny Parra (1-4) and newly promotted southpaw John Karonka (0-0) from AAA-New Orleans.
Oh, by the way Marlins, while you have been playing on a lengthy road trip....we went ahead and changed the name of your home stadium. As much as I can't stand Jimmy Buffet and the knobs that follow him, I can't help but think that this move is brilliant. It's a great way to get aging baby-boomers out to the ball park, as well as Generation X'ers and Y'ers. Everybody loves Buffet. Although I would imagine he will make more of an impact on the Dolphins rather than the Marlins. I suppose it doesn't matter, because the Marlins will get a new ball park in 2012. I order to court fans who suffer from a severe case of ADHD, they will have a swimming pool and deck to play in/on during their games. Tell me, why would you need a convertable roof in sunny Florida? Seems a bit excessive.
Brett Lawrie is learning the ropes at second base. This will certainly delay his rise to the BIGS. But what's the hurry? Especially if Rickie Weeks continues to play well. If anything, it gives Weeks a boot in the butt to get going. Likewise with Escobar patiently waiting for JJ Hardy to go on the DL or to be benched.
Milwaukee is favored tonight, by Vegas odds-makers. I foresee the Crew winning the series 2-1. Tonight will be rather close.
Ex-WoodChuck Steve Foster (bullpen coach) is doing a fine job in re-tooling the Marlin relievers. Thus far in to the season they have been pretty damn solid.
Monday, May 11, 2009
6 RBI's in one game
.....all in 7 games.
Unreal. CLICK here to see a nice week-long high light reel of this amazing player.
The only thing negative I have to say about Braun is that his recent public griping about beam balls is not doing him any good. In fact, it's putting a huge bulls-eye on his melon. The chin music Dempster tossed was just a bad throw. I don't feel that it was meant to be a head shot. If anything, he was probaby just backing Braun of the plate. Keep in mind, dude tends to crowd it. For Braunie to give the ol' staredown, only pisses Dempster off and the rest of the NL pitching staff. Not to mention, he did call out his own pitching staff a few weeks back...so hurlers from across the NL take note of that sort of thing.
What am I trying to say?
Braun was smart not to open his mouth at the end of the Saturday's game. Let Macha call Dempster out. That's what he's there for.
Now the constant pissing match between the Pirates and Brewers is enough to "T" me off. But hey, such is baseball. When you're good, you'll have a target on you. But when you publically discuss it (after last weeks Pirates game), you are only drawing attention to yourself.
Steve Rosenbloom (d-bag from the Tribune) agrees. Although, he is questioning why Braun was bunting in the first place?
HERE is a breakdown of the heated rivalry. The Cubs-Brewers match ups have witnessed a number of coincedental beam-balls. Look no further than Gagne beaming Jim Edmunds last season.
I love Braun like the next guy...hell, I even rock his jersey at every home game. But he has to chill out a little bit with the show-boating tongue gestures and voicing his take on the situation.
I also enjoy a nice heated-rivalry between these dirt bags to the South and the Brew City. I just don't want to see it bleed over in to a league-wide distaste for Braun.
Friday, May 8, 2009
It was the bullpen, once again, who kept the Reds at bay. Seth McClung was the only reliever to give up a hit and a run. It was Stetter, DiFilice, and Jorge Julio who threw 3 hitless/scoreless innings. Although they didn't strike out a single batter, they only issued one walk in the 9th (Julio). This is a great sign for Milwaukee. I'm telling you, the starting rotation the Brewers have right now...will lead the NL in no-decisions this season. It will be the under-rated bullpen who will notch most of the victories. Look no further than DiFilice who is 3-0 and has already pitched 13 and 2/3 innings to date.
I don't know about you guys, but this game just seemed off. It felt like Milwaukee just wanted the game to end so that they could quick board the plane and head back to the Brew City and prepare themselves for the big series with the Cubs.
Brad Nelson is 0-20 thus far in to the season. Brad Nelson is 2-27 in his Major League career (2 walks). WHY is he still in Milwaukee?
I'm all for giving a young ball player his opportunity. But let's face it, Nelson is horrible at the plate and he sure can't field. He is 28 years old and has a number of years experience while playing in the minors...a very good minor league farm system...yet he swings for the fence every f'n time he's up. Last night's at-bat was the closest he has come to a hit. I know Ken Macha is thinking to himself that he's bound to "break-out" and have a timely hit that will help make his point come across...but it's not going to happen Kenny. Just go ahead and bring up Tony Gwynn Jr. At least he can field.
Some way, some how, the young Jay Bruce has hit 8 homeruns. This kids is the real deal.
Fielder went 3 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's.
JJ Hardy added a hit to keep his mini-hot steak alive.
-Chris Duffy is an excellent Centerfielder. Nod your cap to Dale Sveum for pointing him out to Melvin and Macha.
-Danny Gokey, the dude that sings other people's music on tv and makes money off it, is singing the National Anthem tonight. Oh, and it's officially Danny Gokey Day in Milwaukee..... I mean, who really cares about V-Day right? Rome is officially burning!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Hardy entered last night's game hitting a piss-poor .167 and was 2 for 25 RISP, as pointed out by the Journal-Sentinel. JJ went 3 for 3 last night, all with runners in scoring position and also cracked a double. Clutch. That's the timely hitting the Brewers lacked last year and most of this first month of the 2009 season.
Craig Counsell and Corey Hart also added doubles, however I must be losing my mind because the box score marked down Hart's "triple" as a double. So I must have missed something there while watching the game last night. Fielder added a single while Ryan Braun went hitless. It should be noted that Leftfielder Morgan made pretty sweet grab out in left-center when Ryan Braun cracked, what could have been, a triple. It was a web gem that's for sure.
Another unsung contributor to the recent Brewers success is none other than Jeff Suppan. This guy has been lights out. I am still not convinced that he has righted his ship, so to speak. He collapsed last season in the play offs. Aside from his Dave Bush-like first innings that past couple of starts, he has been lights out. He location was the best I have ever seen from him, last night. He was hitting the corners of the strike zone and worked counts quite well, seldomly falling behind. Carlos Villanueva notched his 3rd save of the season as well. Mitch Stetter struggled and gave up some runs, however the bullpen has been the deciding factor the past couple of weeks.
Milwaukee has now won 17 straight games against the Pirates. The record is 23 games held by the Balitmore Orioles, 39 years ago, against the expansion team Royals of KC.
Bill Hall got the day off to rest his hamstring.
The Hoff was given the night off, as well. Macha wants to ease TH in to the closer role. Despite it being a full week since he rejoined the team. Better to be safe, with an over-the-hill pitcher who is in better shape than most of the players in that clubhouse.
Hilarious...First Base Coach Ed Sedar's leg was almost burnt alive in the dug out last night. Apparently he stood too close to the portable heater. Take a look at his pants HERE.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Weeks now has 6 homeruns on the year and is tied with Cameron for team lead. Both have been a huge contribution to the team who has seen some streaky starts by Braun, Fielder, Hart, and JJ Hardy. I would say that 3 of the 4 are playing pretty damn well, but can't seem to get in sync with each other. Hence the lack of runs being scored during the homestand. Of course, JJ Hardy is struggling the most batting a lowly .167 on the season.
In addition to Weeks' big bat (.270 avg), he should also be credited for making some key defensive plays. Although he has cost Milwaukee a couple of games and leads in 2009, he has been making some impressive plays on secondbase. But let's be real here, he has 5 errors to date, compared to 15 in all of 2008 and 13 in 2007. He had a whooping 23 errors in 2006. He seems to bobble when he's pressed to make a double play, but is quick at fielding with firstbase empty. He robbed one of the LaRoche brothers of a base hit last night that caught my eye. Defense is the main ingredient for this Milwaukee club to win, along with a solid bullpen. I would say that both are filling in nicely.
We all knew that in order for Milwaukee to win this season, their bullpen would have to pick up a large number of wins. It was pretty much a shoe-in that the starting rotation would probably lead the NL in no-decisions. Although, I have to argue that the starting rotation has saved Billy Castro his job and righted their ship in rather quick manner. Mark DeFilice (3-0) and Trevor Hoffman have been the foundation to the pen. Since last week, The Hoff has already notched 4 saves in as many attempts.
Up to this point in the season, all areas of the team get a C+ or higher, except for that horrid bench. Brad Nelson should've been shipped back down to Nashville by last week and Casey McGahee has been a bust. Chris Duffy is a pretty damn good outfielder, holding his own defensively. Plus, he has already contributed to a win this past Sunday. Craig Counsell should also be credited for providing a steady stream of offense covering short and third base. He's batting .297 with 11 hits and 5 walks. Again, I remember a number of certain Milwaukee Brewer bloggers and fans who ripped Melvin for bringing back Counsell...who is a low-risk signing and has already earned himself a World Series ring. In all, it's been the lackluster impact of Nelson and McGahee that have the bench blowing.
The front 5 started off pretty weak and have turned it up the heat the past 3 weeks. Their hasn't been a crummy start during this current span. Manny Parra is the only one in the rotation who has been pretty damn bad this season. Although, he too has had two solid outings this past week.
I realize that other blogs have covered this topic in the past. Most noteworthy being MillerPark Drunks and Rightfield Bleachers..but...
Never again will I attend an opening day party through any bar. The gathering of dimwitted baseball fans who know nothing of the sport...is enough to make me puke in my shirt. Yes, it could be that I'm just getting old and don't appreciate a good beerpong game (f*cking amateur drinkers). Let's face it, I have probably spilt more beer in my lifetime then most of those douche bags have drunken. That's not a bragging right either, it's the a knock on the the fair-weathered fans of Generation Y (and some of X) that blanket the parking lot with their swooped up hair and douche bag drinking games.
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Crew split their 4 game series with the DiamondBacks this weekend and leave for Pittsburgh with a .500 record. It was an extended weekend of ups and downs. Friday's game was tough to swallow. Had the umpire not botched a call late in the game, Milwaukee could've had a better shot of winning the entire series. It appears AM620 is taking this a wee-bit too far. It was a botched call. It's going to happen. Although it was a pretty f*$#@ked up call.
Friday's Game Arizona 5 - Milwaukee 2
Saturday's Game Arizona 4- Milwaukee 1
Sunday's Game Arizona 3 - Milwaukee 4
Trevor Hoffman is now 3 for 3 in saves. I don't know if this will last the entire season, but his location and control is phenomenal right now. In yesterday's game, The Hoff decided to open up on the DBacks with fastballs, deciding to put his custom change-up to the side. Considering the fact that the Arizona has faced Trevor many times...he decided to "Play with their heads".
Hey, Mike Cameron-haters, how's the Melky trade idea looking now? You morons. This past off-season I have a number of friends and acquaintances who all called for Cam to be traded. "He strikes out too much"...."He's too old"....."He isn't a strong clubhouse leader"....
Now they are all eating dirt. Cam also hit a solo homerun yesterday...
The fact of the matter is that Cam will strike out a lot this season. He will also have a number of slumps. That's in his nature. But, Mike Cameron will also be blasting 25-30 home runs out of the park this season. So...I will take that over some hack named Melky. Although Melky has been playing decent as of late, filling in.
Brad Nelson is 2-25 in his career. He is 0-18 thus far in 2009. Thankfully, Macha finally wised-up and yanked him out of the game. It proved to be a great move, as Chris Duffy came in at LF and drove home the winning run in JJ Hardy. Two unsung role players who have yet to really contribute this season. His stats state that he weights 266. I'm calling BS on that one. As a fat-body myself, I can tell you that he is closer to 285-290. Which would be fine...if he could hit the ball out of the park. Duffy was filling in for the resting-Ryan Braun, who had back tightness. Let's hope that's not code for an abdominal strain. It was also Ryan Braun bobble head day. So all the weird sports fans who only show up to games only to collect these lovable kids toys, were Braun less.
Dave Bush looked impressive until the 7th inning. That's when things blew up in his face. Why did Macha continue to leave in Bush after the first homerun? That's my biggest concern. Unless Bushy has a no-no going in to the 7th, he should've been on a short leash. He wasn't, and it almost cost Milwaukee the game and the series.
The Crew flew in to Pittsburgh late last night and are preparing themselves for a short 2-game series with the Pirates. The media seems to think that "there is no love lost" between the two teams. If you ask me, Milwaukee shouldn't even waste their time in feuding with this team. Show some of this hostility that you have with the Pirates, and have it roll over in to the weekend with the Cubs. The Cubs and Cards are the teams you should have "no love lost", not some bush league team that hasn't been to the playoffs since I was squirt.
Here is a PA's paper view on the upcoming series.
In following behind Jeremy Jeffress, Brewer prospect Pedro Lambertus was suspended for pissing hot. It appears that Mr Lambertus was taking performance enhancing drugs.
Flash Gordon suffered a strain left hamstring in yesterdays loss to Milwaukee. I can't believe he's still pitching...
oh...and the NBA playoffs are going on...woo-who.
HERE are the pitching match-ups for the upcoming 2-game series' in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Friday, May 1, 2009
"I want to do my job and get the players ready for whatever level it is.
"My job is to help every player get better." spoken like a true leader.