Wednesday, June 4, 2008

In the News (6/4)

Tuesday's Game: Brewers 10, Diamondbacks 1
Record: 32-28, third
Games Behind Cubs: 6

- Parra pitched seven strong innings and the bats did not cool off as the Brewers stay hot.

- Another sweep, an 8-1 home stand, nine of 10 games won... Life is good.

- The Brewers moved a game ahead of the Astros, gained a game on the Cubs (CUBS FINALLY LOSE!), and gained a half game on the Cardinals, whose game was postponed, as the team continues streaking.

- The team has won 11 of 15 since Braun said "We didn't expect to win" after getting swept in Boston. Now, that's turning a sinking season around.

- There's a lot to like in this box score:
  • Branyan and Hart hit home runs.
  • Hart's home run was an inside-the-park dinger.
  • Kapler went four for five.
  • Braun, Hart and Branyan went two for four.
  • The team had 14 hits.
  • They had no errors.
  • Parra pitched seven innings and only gave up one run and four hits.
  • Tavarez and Villanueva pitched scoreless innings.
  • The Brewers put away an opponent early to finish off a GREAT home stand.

- Branyan said he's OK with splitting time with Hall in a platoon. And Hall should get used to it if he keeps struggling and The Muscle keeps hitting home runs.

- The BrewersNation mock draft has the Brewers picking Tulane righty Shooter Hunt in tomorrow's draft.

- The Capital Times lists a number of other mock drafts, which have the Brewers selecting Hunt, high school SS Anthony Hewitt, high school RHP/3B Ethan Martin, college RHP Josh Fields or college C Jason Castro.

- Haudricourt has a draft preview article for Baseball America.

- MLB Trade Rumors breaks down the starting pitching trade market.

- Two Fisted Slopper profiles Mat Gamel.

- Anthony Witrado has a mailbag.

- Piniella is concerned about overusing his pitchers.

- A lot of Cubs fans are acting like the World Series is practically wrapped up (Don't they learn?)... But as others start helping build on their dream (For example, Craig at Shysterball says the Cubs are the legit choice for the Series right now), this is certain to spiral out of control quickly...

NOTE: Tyler will have a running blog post tomorrow as the Brewers make their early round draft selections. Visit the page often to check for updates.


Blogger Craig Calcaterra said...

I'm the guy who wrote the thing about the Cubs. To be clear, I'm not a Cubs fan in any way, shape, or form. Just an observer who sees them as the best team in baseball at this admittedly early date.

June 4, 2008 10:40 PM  
Blogger Jared said...

Hey Craig, fair enough... I apologize for assuming.

It was more of an observation that I could have backed up with any number of "in the clouds" type Cub fans comments that are everywhere lately. Looks like I chose a poor example.

I agree that they look tough and it's very likely they'll take the NL Central, but there are 100 games left, they have notable holes and, most importantly, they're still the Cubs...

June 4, 2008 11:19 PM  
Blogger Jared said...

Craig, I corrected the link text. Sorry again.

Thanks for reading.

June 4, 2008 11:33 PM  
Blogger Scottage Cheese said...

As of right now, I would say the Cubs are the pick. That will change very soon. Arizona took it on the chin and will rebound better than ever. Milwaukee and St Louis will give Chicago a run for their money come late July/early August.

AL: Boston, with TB Rays as a nice lock at Wild Card perhaps?

Where are the Yost haters? I still think we should can his ass.

June 5, 2008 7:16 AM  

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