Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Slug Fest?

Milwaukee travels east to the city of Pittsburgh for a 3-game series. Yesterday was the Pirates first day-off this season and it couldn't come soon enough. It was only 4 days ago when their bullpen threw 11 1/3 innings against the Mets. Both clubs are 5-5. Shawn Marcum (1-1) will take to the mound against Kevin Correia. Probably the best, recent, memory of this divisional rivalary was last April when the Brewers took the 3 game series and outscored the Pirates 36-1, which included a 20-0 win. Prince Fielder has been on fire over the past week. He was named NL Player of the Week. 11 RBI's, .44o average, 21 TB, Three "3 hit" games, tied a franchise record with 3 doubles in one game (33 times in MLB history)... Some roster updates: Saito was placed on the 15 day DL yesterday; Kintzler was called up from Nashville. He had the debacle against the Braves that ultimately lost it for them in the first game of that series. Jonathon Lucroy was reactivated off the DL. Instead of Melvin & Roenicke kicking one of the 2 back-up catchers to curb, they decided to keep both of them, using Kotteraus as a (L) pinch hitter. Reed was optioned out to Nashville, which wasn't a shocker considering that Kotsay and Morgan are there to stay. Saito, Hawkins, and Gagne are some of Melvins biggest blunders. However, picking up bullpen help over the recent years has proven to be a challenge. More and more clubs are stacking the cupboards full of depth. Remember last season's "Year of the Pitcher"? That's notion has been around for the past 5-6 years. By the way, Hawkins is looking like he'll come of the DL in the next week. Hockey prepared Nyjer Morgan for the Bigs; cool story about the pint sized fielder. Chris Narveson ranks 6th on the Brewers all-time scoreless innings streak. Jim Slaton owns the top 2 spots with a 20.2 & 16.2 streaks. Thankfully, he will get a shot against the Pirates.

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