Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In the News (5/6)

Today's Game: Marlins 3, Brewers 0
Record: 16-16, fourth
Games Behind Cubs: 2.5

The carnage continues... The Brewers have lost four in a row.

- You know things are going bad when a lefty nearly goes the distance and only allows two hits and no runs against the Brewers' right-hand-dominant line-up.

- The team is actually doing pretty bad against lefties lately.

- Yost was booted for arguing balls and strikes after a Mike Cameron strike out. It looked a lot like a planned ejection to try to spark his team, which, if true, apparently failed...

- Suppan was not sharp, allowing three runs in five innings and leaving the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs. Riske pitched out of that situation without allowing a run.

- Riske, Stetter, Torres and Shouse combined for three shutout innings, only giving up one hit and no walks, but the Brewers offense provided no support in the comeback bid.

- This is a great post from Jeff Sackmann at Brew Crew Ball. The main theme: Things will get better for the Crew.

- ESPN's Page 2 details why something has gone wrong every year since 1982 for the Brewers. It'd be a pretty funny read if I didn't have to relive names like Tom Brunansky, Ricky Bones and Mike Berkbeck.

- In-Between Hops speculates on when Yost will start feeling more heat.

- Fans are certainly putting more heat on Yost in recent weeks.

- LaPorta earns his second player of the week award at Huntsville. At this pace, LaPorta may not spend too long in AA, unless it's to work on his defense.

- Class A outfielder Darren Ford stole five bases today despite going 0-4 at the plate.

- BrewerFan.net recaps April for the Brewers' minor-league system.

- DugOutCentral.com suggests the Brewers should trade for Oakland closer Huston Street. I'm not one to panic so I'd say to hold off on this for now, especially since if the Brewers don't start winning games, they won't be in the race at the end of the season, but if Milwaukee is in the race near the trade deadline, Gagne is still struggling and the team could get Street for Mat Gamel, Cole Gillespie and Gabe Kapler, they shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Street has been somewhat injury prone, but he is a stud closer and the Brewers would have two more seasons of him. Hat tip to BrewersNation for the link.

- Al at Al's Ramblings speculates that the Brewers could be interested in acquiring Josh Fogg from the Reds. Sources say the Rockies are interested in getting Fogg back.

- Bill James says the '82 Brewers' infield was the best in baseball since 1934. The Reds' infield of 1975 tied the '82 Brewers' infield of Cooper, Molitor, Gantner and Yount.

- Griffey sounds like he's got one foot out the door in Cincinnati already and he's hoping it's toward Seattle.

- Former Brewers prospect Nelson Cruz is killing AAA pitching again. Will he be able to make an impact on a major-league team and shake the AAAA player label?

- Former Brewer Matt Wise is expected to come back from the DL for the Mets soon.

- Claudio Vargas, another former Brewer pitcher, was shelled in his first AAA outing for the Mets' AAA affiliate. He gave up six runs in four innings.


Anonymous Chris in PA said...

Last night was tough. Almost too tough to watch. The Marlins? Sheesh. Much like everyone else, I'm wondering when the fire gets cranked up a notch under Yost's ass. The feel good phase is slowly ending.

May 7, 2008 2:14 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I don't think Yost can be blamed for the Brewers pathetic offense right now. I think the players really like Ned as a coach, so don't expect a circa-1982 coaching change and a spark to the offense. The only idea I have is...perhaps Ned is too damn easy on these guys. Someone needs to tell Bill Hall that he defintely hits better when he goes up the middle or the other way, instead of trying pull every two-strike breaking ball into the left field bleachers. Come on, Bill! Who likes the left field bleachers anyway.

May 7, 2008 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Chris in PA said...

Well said Joe.

May 8, 2008 7:12 AM  

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