Sunday, April 13, 2008

In the News (4/13)

Today's Game: Brewers 9, Mets 7
Record: 8-4, second
Games Ahead of the Cubs: 1

- The Brewers took two out of three from the Mets in New York. I'm more than happy with that outcome.

- The Brewers turned five double plays Sunday, tying an NL record.

- What can you say about Gabe Kapler? The guys is raking. He has to be out there every dayright now regardless of the pitching match-up.

- Kendall is still hitting like crazy.

- Gagne has looked very good in his last four outings (despite leaving one pitch up that Patterson hit for a home run against the Reds). He gets a lot of crap for that blown save, but he's been pitching well and I think he will be a solid addition.

- Speaking of Gagne, he will not be punished for being in the Mitchell Report. No players will.

- The Brewers are 8-4 despite Fielder, Braun, Hart and Hardy all not batting as well as they could. That's encouraging. Hopefully they can all start hitting. Hart took a big step today with four hits.

- The Brewers are a half game behind the Cardinals and start a series in St. Louis on Tuesday. Hopefully they can continue to build on their road success.

- Gallardo will make one more rehab start before rejoining the Brewers. A move will have to be made at that time. I'm still guessing it'll be Bush to the pen and McClung to the street.

- Mike Cameron will join the Brewers for a workout Monday in St. Louis. He's about half done with his 25-game suspension.

- Sheets and the Brewers outdueled the Mets and Johan on Saturday. I will take the Brewers against any lefty starter in baseball, especially when Sheets is pitching. The Brewers have faced five lefties now and won all five games. More HERE.

- Phil Rogers ranks the Brewers 7th... and the Cardinals 2nd. Should people start believing in the Cards?

- Will Inman, Joe Thatcher, and Steve Garrison, the three pitchers Milwaukee traded to San Diego for Linebrink last season, are all doing quite well to start the season for the Padres and their minor-league affiliates.


Blogger Joe said...

I give the Cards pitching about a 0% chance of staying anywhere near as good as they have been the first couple of weeks. I don't think they offer much to be concerned about over the course of the entire season.

Kapler is raking. I think he'll start seeing way more off-speed stuff though, and I'm not sure he'll stay so hot when they stop throwing him so many fastballs. He slapped a couple off-speed pitches for doubles today, but he just doesn't look that good, typically, swinging at those pitches. His production, so far, has been ridiculous though, and I hope he keeps it up. I also think he should be getting starts against both righties and lefties now.

April 13, 2008 11:02 PM  

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