Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In the News (4/2)

Today's GameBrewers 8, Cubs 2
Record: 2-0, First Place
Games Ahead of the Cubs: 2

- The Brewers win their second straight against the Cubs to open the season. It was a bludgeoning too, 8-2 Crew at Wrigley. The Brewers, who are 2-0 for the fifth straight year, have already won the series and Bush will take the mound going for the sweep Thursday. The Brewers will face former Cubs closer Ryan Dempster.

- Cubs fans are supposedly among the best, most die-hard fans in baseball, but they turned on their team quickly today (like always) and rained boos. For most of the second half of the game, chants of "Let's Go Brewers!" could be heard on the radio broadcast (and TV too I'm told). The fans began leaving the stadium in the eighth. And the game (the second of the season and against a division rival) was not even a sellout. Where are these supposed diehards?

- Two new Brewers are impressed with the Milwaukee clubhouse:
"Everybody on this club seems to pull in the same direction, and that's not always easy to find. There's a lot of energy in the dugout, and before the game, everybody is really focused. After the game, it's smiles on faces after a victory. It's pretty cool." - Gabe Kapler
and
"Top to bottom, we've got guys that play the game the right way." - Jason Kendall
- Jason Kendall is making everyone forget Johnny Estrada real quick. After a fundamentally sound opening day without a hit, Kendall broke out today, reaching base all five times he was up. He was three for four with two doubles, a stolen base and two RBI. He also threw out a runner attempting to steal. Kendall plays good defense, hustles and is a great veteran presence for the team. I'm loving what he brings to the team more with every day. He won't always hit like today, but he'll always do the little things that got pushed to the back burner with Estrada. Great addition. Check out what Kapler had to say about Kendall:
"He battles his butt off, and he's always in the game, always understands the position the team is in. I think guys follow him and respect him, not because of what he says, but because of his actions."
- Suppan pitched well, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

- Weeks led off the game with a home run on the first pitch from Lilly. It was the seventh leadoff home run of his career. It's nice to see Weeks show some power. Here's hoping he has the breakout season we all know he's capable of.

- In-Between Hops notes how seldom the first pitch of a game is hit out.

- The Brewers were resilient today in holding back potential Cubs rallies.

- Fukudome went 0-3 today. The Brewers aren't ready to proclaim they have him figured out, but it was a nice development after he mauled them Monday.

- Soriano, who is hitless through two games with three strikeouts, was moved up to the leadoff spot after the game. Theroit was dropped to the number two spot. If you think Yost batting Kendall ninth is a little wacky, just look at the Cubs' batting order. Soriano, who should clearly be dropped in the batting order, is leading off. Theroit, who has no business anywhere near the top of a batting order, is hitting second. Fukudome, who is basically the prototypical #2 hitter is in the fifth spot. It's a mess... and I love it.

- Kerry Wood apologized to Weeks before today's game for hitting him with a pitch in the 9th inning of Monday's game. I think it was pretty clear that it was not intentional, but that's a nice gesture from Wood.

- Gwynn Jr. sat today despite a great game Monday. Yost has decided to go with the match-ups when it comes to his starting center fielder.

- Gagne credits a few different things for his rough outing Monday. He better figure it out quick because the Brewers can't afford to blow three-run leads, especially to division rivals. More HERE.

- Fans are concerned about Gagne.

- Another Baseball Blog analyzes Sheets' velocity in his first start of the year.

- Former Brewer Corey Koskie is still making progress from the concussion he suffered in 2006.

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