Well, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend. Aside from yesterday's ass whipping, the Crew looked damn sharp....especially their bullpen. Milwaukee should feel pretty good about themselves, having split against the club with the best home record in baseball.
Rickie Weeks is shaping up to be one of the best lead-off hitters in the game. He went 7 for 17 with 2 HR's and 4 RBI. Pretty impressive. Yes, I was "that guy" who was calling for Milwaukee to trade Rickie Weeks and settle for Felipe Lopez during the off-season. Glad Melvin doesn't read this blog.
Prince went 4-15 with 2 HR's and 5 RBI
Braun went 5-17 with a HR and 3 RBI
Corey Hart went 7 for 16 with a HR and 5 RBI.
I could safely say that Milwaukee's bats are coming together and starting to gel. Yesterday's loss could have easily turned in to a win, with the amount of runs the Brewers scored. The bullpen is starting to come together (aside from yesterday) and the starting rotation is stringing together some quality starts (aside from yesterday).
San Diego has shown interest in Corey Hart. It appears that the Padres and Giants have the most to gain from adding a red hot slugger in Hart. Melvin will NOT pull the trigger unless he gets a young starting pitcher....someone who is currently in the starting rotation. I don't know too many teams that are in the hunt who are willing to let a pitcher go right now. The Giants sure as hell aren't going to let Madison Bumgarner go right now. He has far too much potential.
I'm starting to think that the Crew should try to lock up Hart and concentrate on dealing Fielder either now or in the off-season. They can't afford to give both up....can they?
Macha was trying to sound important yesterday while talking about the bean-ball war that went on over the weekend. He didn't help his cause when he gave the OK for Riske to throw his bean-ball. He does have a point though. It's apparent that the National League has it out for the Milwaukee Brewers. So far this year the Crew has been hit by 47 pitches. Yes, some have been accidental or mishaps, but a good portion of them have been targeted at Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder.
Doug Davis is the worst off-season pick-up by the Brewers in a very long time. He's been horrible. LaTroy Hawkins is right behind him.
The Brewers will be featured on a reality tv show set to air tomorrow on ESPN. It's a show that is similar to the Hard Knocks show on HBO that features NFL teams. It's called "The Homestand".