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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Brewers 7, Rockies 5

Current Record: 1-1

Randy Wolf alright
McGehee and Weeks hit homers
No shirts went untucked

The All-Decade Team

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays everyone! Since we are on the cusp of a new decade, I decided to put out the Milwaukee Brewers All-Decade team! This was quite an up and down decade for the Crew. We saw the end of our beloved Milwaukee County Stadium, but enjoyed the beauty that is Miller Park. We saw the worst of the worst (3 straight years of finishing last in the NL Central including a 100 loss season) and something we hadn’t seen in over 20 years: Playoffs.  We saw managers change (Lopes, Royster, Yost, Sveum, and Macha). We saw fan favorites come and go. We saw the rise of baseball in HD and a rise in Brewers payroll. Yes, it was quite a roller coaster being a Brewer fan in the 00’s. To look back on the decade that was, Here’s my 25-man All-Decade Roster.

Starters

C - The list of Brewers’ catchers from this decade reads like a sick joke: Bennett, Estrada, Bako, Moeller. It was hard to pick, but Damian Miller is my catcher of the decade. In ‘05 and ‘06, he was a solid catcher both offensively and defensively and had a lackluster ‘07 because of the amazingly underwhelming Johnny Estrada.

1B - Prince Fielder - It’s only been since ‘06 that the Brewers have had Fielder as their starting first baseman, but he’s only gotten better over time. He’s even had 2 seasons with over 40 HR’s. He’s been the leader of this team and has shown maturity beyond his years. He even improved his defense!

2B - Ron Belliard - We started off the decade with Belliard at second. He hit alright, but was great at the double play. He was part of turning 129 double plays in 2000.

3B -Ryan Braun - I don’t care how bad his defense was. I don’t care that he’s an outfielder more than a third baseman. He was the best third baseman the Brewers have and I’m putting him here dammit. What else can you say about Ryan Braun? He’s a stud. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He’s the Hebrew Hammer. He likes really ugly MMA shirts. He’s cocky, but says the right things almost all the time. The best thing you can say about him: He’ll be a Brewer far into this next decade!

SS - JJ Hardy - This JJ brought all the ladies to the yard, but behind his female appeal was a great defensive shortstop with a lot of pop in his bat. He made the All-Star team in 2007. His fire continued in 2008 with over 20 home runs again (which is great for a shortstop).

OF - Carlos Lee - We put up with his lazy outfield because you could count on 100 RBI’s. Before Prince was ready for Prime Time, there was Carlos Lee. Even though the Crew only had him for 1 3/4 years, he delivered over 60 home runs and almost 200 RBI’s.

OF - Geoff Jenkins - Roaming the outfield until 2007, Geoff hit 182 home runs and 71 Outfield Assists for the Brewers this decade. Jenks was also voted into the All-Star game in 2004 by the Brewers fans! He ended up having a stellar year that year hitting .296 with 28 HR’s.

OF - Scott Podsednik - Milwaukee’s ROY runner up was the beginning of the resurgence of interest in the Brewers. While he really only had one good year with the Brewers (and only two overall), he set a Brewers record for most SB’s in a year.

Bench

1B - Richie Sexson - While I have never been the biggest fan of Sexson because he would choke under pressure, his numbers as a Brewer don’t lie. He hit 133 home runs in a Brewer, including two seasons with 45 (2001 and 2003). He was  a two time All-Star and was involved in an amazing trade for the Brewers.

1B - Lyle Overbay - OK, so I have three first basemen. The Big O was a doubles machine after coming over in the Sexson trade and bridged the gap perfectly between Sexson and Fielder.

OF - Brady Clark - Most people laugh about Brady, but he was a solid member of the Brewers outfield for 4 years this decade. He hit an average of .283 and was a big part of 2005’s .500 year (which people forget was a big deal at the time)

INF - Mark Loretta - Mark had a really strong run in Milwaukee to start his career. And while most of his career was played in the previous decade, he still played for 2 3/4 of this one. Always one you could count on to get on base,  Mark never had more than 60 strikeouts in a season.

OF - Corey Hart - Hart made his debut in 2004, but didn’t recieve the role of everyday starter until 2007. His speed and his bat make him a dynamic player even though his head has gotten in the way.

C - I guess you need two catchers on a 25 man roster so I pick Jason Kendall. I know there are a lot of fans who hate Kendall (such a strong feeling), but many of those fans don’t remember most of the catchers from this past decade. We didn’t have a Surhoff or a Nilsson. And I wouldn’t mind having a Jason Kendall who busts his ass every day on my team….problem is if this was real, he wouldn’t let me put him on the bench.

Pitchers

SP - Ben Sheets - Ben’s entire MLB career started in 2001 even though it seems like he’s been around for longer. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cy Young and threw over 1200 K’s this decade. I won’t ever forget the day Jared and I saw Sheeter the night after he threw 18 K’s at a Bucks game (Jenkins had front row and Sheeter was sitting 8 rows back by us). He’s Milwaukee’s first legit ace since Higuera and I’d like to see him back in Brewer Blue.

SP - Doug Davis -Doug Davis isn’t flashy. He isn’t dominant. He isn’t fan friendly. He’s just there. And for 3+ years, he was the team’s dependable workhorse. Doug is the reason most Brewer fans check quality starts because 70% of his 2004 starts were quality, although he just won half.

SP - Chris Capuano - Yet another part of the Richie Sexson trade, Cappie was an All-Star in 2005. What people remember most about Capuano was his insane pick-off move which prompted umpires re-check their rule books about balks. He’s the final part of the MM3 (See Kolb)

SP - Yovani Gallardo - This young star in the making was better than expected in ‘09.  He also was helpful down the playoff stretch in ‘08 (even though a freak accident derailed almost all of that season). I’m excited to see how Yo matures in this next decade.

SP - C.C. Sabathia - Sure he grabbed the cash and left, but before he did, he gave Milwaukee a hero they have not seen in a long time. C.C. delivered the team the playoffs and for that, he will never be forgotten. We were able to see what C.C. would have been like in the playoffs had he not been used up, but most people would agree that the Brewers would have never gotten to the playoffs had he been used more sparingly.

RP - Dan Kolb - There are a group of pitchers I like to call the Mike Maddux Three. These pitchers had their highest levels of success under his tutelage and most came out of nowhere to become All-Stars, then fizzle away. The first of those three is Dan Kolb. Dan was all sorts of mediocre until in 2003 when he had an ERA of 1.99 and saved 21 games. The next year he saved 39 and became an All-Star. The following year, he was traded for Jose Capellan which was a move that benefited NO ONE.

RP -Derrick Turnbow - Turnbow is another member of the MM3. A fireballer picked off of waivers, Turnbow was known as the “Wild Thing”. He had wild hair and a wild streak, but his fastball could touch three digits. This streak caught up with him, but not before he was named to the All-Star game. Sadly, his bobblehead ended his career.

RP - Francisco Cordero - Another in the streak of Brewers All-Star Relievers, Cordero was a name on the Carlos Lee trade that quickly became so valuable, people forgot how bad Kevin Mench was. CoCo came in to Click, Click, Boom and saved 44 games with a 2.98 ERA. He was lost to Cincinatti because they offered him a couple extra million the following year.

RP - Brian Shouse - Lefty specialists are in high demand nowadays and the Brewers had a great one in Brian Shouse. When he was picked up, most people said “Who?”, but this lefty had 2+ strong years in Milwaukee and had a cult following.

RP - Trevor Hoffman - OK, so he only had one year in Milwaukee, but you would agree it was a great one, right? He exceeded expectations and was a highlight in a disappointing ‘09 effort. Plus he was the capper on a decade that saw 6 Brewers pitchers become All-Stars.

RP - I have one more reliever spot and it’s hard to give it to just one person because there were so many players that were similar. They weren’t great, but they were who the Brewers had so my last reliever is Matts DeSkanick. That’s right. A hybrid of Matt Wise, Mike DeJean, Curtis Leskanic, and Brooks Kieschnick. They were all middle of the road relievers, but were necessary or had a small following of fans at the time. (If Jared or Tyler could make a photoshop of this, that would be awesome)

Manager - Ned Yost - Love him or hate him, he’s the man that took the Brewers from awful to competitive.

There you have it! Feel free to post your own! I know we’re all looking forward to another up and down decade of Brewer baseball. I hoped to do a Brewer of the Decade Vote in lieu of a fan favorite vote, but we’ll see if the site is around long enough for that.

Season InReview

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

It turned out to be a disappointing year, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun…let’s take a short look back.

March -
Spring Training begins late because of the WBC. Ryan Braun was on the USA team, but after hurting himself a little bit, the team wanted him to return. He stayed and ended up hitting .381. Meanwhile, Casey McGehee was making a push to make the team which he did. Tyler thought he should just give up. Ah hindsight is a powerful thing because nobody stood up for Casey either except for some guy named Jim. Come back to our site, Jim, and post more counterarguements. We were all happy when Brad Nelson made the team.

What we enjoyed:
- Casey hitting bombs
- Hardy hitting .400
- Hart, Nelson, Duffy, and Hall all looked good (this is what Jared meant when he said hot hitters in spring are made into news, but it doesn’t mean anything)

What we didn’t
- Hoffman getting hurt
- Yovani walking almost as many as he struck out

April -
The opening month started off not how anyone expected. The Brewers were 4-9 by mid-April, but were able to turn it to 12-10 by the end of the month. I was totally wrong that J.J. Hardy was going to turn it around, but I was totally right that Prince Fielder was going to turn it around.

What we enjoyed:
- Winning the home opener
- Rickie Weeks hitting the ball and scoring runs
- Todd Coffey getting out of jams
- Yovani Gallardo hitting home runs and pitching a complete game
- The unveiling of Hells Bells upon Miller

What we didn’t:
- Losing the season opener against the Giants
- Manny Parra’s pitching woes
- Being under .500 most of the month
- Prince and J.J slumping

May -
In May, the Brewers went on a winning binge, including winning 7 straight games. This was the team the fans thought we had. Hoffman was saving everything and things were clicking…well not everything. Brad Nelson and Chris Duffy weren’t hitting so they were sent packing. Manny Parra couldn’t get things right, and Jorge Julio stunk. By the 50 game mark, the Brewers were 30-20

Things we enjoyed:
- Prince knocking the ball all over
- The lights going out at Miller all of a sudden was fun to see
- Brewers team ERA under 4
- Trevor saving everything

Things we didn’t:
- Corey Hart didn’t look right at the plate or in the field
- Bill Hall being Bill Hall
- In what might have been his best year, the team lost Rickie Weeks for the year

June -
The Brewers went 12-15 in June but were somehow still on top on the Central. The Cubs and Cards were struggling as well. The Brewers were swept by Colorado and Detroit, but it wasn’t because of Braun and Fielder who hit 20 home runs together in June. Matt Gamel started hot, but quickly faltered. Casey McGehee hit over .360 in June which gave him a lot more playing time. Craig Counsell was in the midst of his renaissance season and Brewers fans felt good about Counsell at second and McGehee at third. If only J.J. could have turned it up.

What we enjoyed:
- Prince and Braun being big boppers
- Casey McGehee showing that his strong spring wasn’t a fluke
- Prince hit his first grand slam for a win against the Indians
- DiFelice looked great out of the pen

What we didn’t:
- Dave Bush and Manny Parra were killing the team
- Tony Gwynn Jr. was traded for Jody Gerut
- The Brewers were losing more than they were winning and could have pulled away

July -
With the Brewers, there always seems to be one godawful month. This year, it was July, when the Brewers went 9-17. The Brewers started July in first. July 4th would be the last time the Brewers would see first place. The Brewers lost every series in July, exept one. A series tie with the lowly Natinals. When the Trade Deadline came and the Brewers needed a shot in the arm, they were given Claudio Vargas while the Cardinals recieved Matt Holliday. An underappreciated move at the time was the aquisition of Felipe Lopez.

What we enjoyed:
- Prince, Brauny, and Trev in the Mid-Summer Classic
- Prince winning the home run derby!
- Felipe Lopez being acquired

What we didn’t:
- Bill Hall, Corey Hart, and J.J. Hardy not performing
- A lack of clutch hitting
- A pitching meltdown. The Brewers had 7 pitchers start in July and only two had ERA’s under 4.
- The Brewers went from first to 4.5 down

August -
With visions of last year’s August still in our memories, Brewers fans were holding on for hope. The Brewers almost hit .500 in August, but it was the Cardinals that had a monster month. The Brewers by the end of the month were 12 games out of first. The pitching woes never let up. It was so bad, I stopped blogging (also due to moving across the state).

What we enjoyed:
- Casey, Prince, Felipe, and Braun.
- Bill Hall sent to the Minors
- J.J. Hardy sent to the Minors (and quick thinking by US Cellular officials turned the J.J. Hardy Cut-out contest into the Yovani Gallardo cut-out contest)
- Bill Hall traded away

What we didn’t:
- Relievers started dying out (see DiFelice, Mark)
- Hope faded
- Again, there were 7 starters for the Brewers in August. Not one pitcher had an ERA under 4.
- Corey Hart on the DL
- Cardinals pulled away

September/October -
By September, fans knew the team was done. J.J. Hardy came back and didn’t impact anything. Prince Fielder did some sort of bowling thing and the media tried to turn it into a big thing, but it wasn’t (only one Giant said boo on it).  The Brewers were swept by the Cards in mid-September. The wild card wasn’t even a thought this year. We were hoping for .500 at home, then .500 at all, but didn’t get either. To be honest, September is kind of hazy to me. The Brewers went .500 over this stretch, which meant they weren’t terrible. But they threw lineups and pitchers out there just to see if there was a future for them.

What we liked:
- The team never showed that they stopped trying.
- Prince finished his career year (162 starts, about .300 BA, most RBI’s in a season by a Brewer)
- Braun had his 200th hit of the season be a home run.

What we didn’t:
- Any time we went to the park, less and less people showed up. It was the opposite of last year.
- Braden Looper giving up more home runs than anyone in a Brewer uni
- Being under .500 at Miller and overall
- Dave Bush and Manny Parra, the two pitchers the team needed to step up, ending their abysmal year on very low notes.

All the hope at the beginning of the year turned into mush at the end of the year. The organization gambled on the pitching they had and lost that bet badly. Ken Macha had his first losing season. The Brewers wasted amazing efforts by Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee, and Craig Counsell. And even though the pitching gets a lot of the blame, the team also had offensive outages. That said, it’s impossible for sucess when the team’s ERA was second worst in the NL and 4th worse in the ML. The team has already said that they are looking to improve pitching, but how much can you improve when all the players you’re willing to part with underperformed this past year? That’s the question on everyone’s mind heading into the offseason.

InReview (9/28)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Weekly Record: 3-4

Current Record: 77-79


A Glance:
Monday: Another record broken! Looper had the most home runs hit off of a Brewers pitcher ever this season! (L)
Tuesday: No Starting Pitching…Lost a Series to the Cubs at home…at least the Brewers don’t have Milton Bradley (L)
Wednesday: Narv-dog actually has a decent start. Gerut and Prince win it. Last time we see Hells Bells? (W)
Thursday: Suppan gets battered…Happ gets ROY? (L)
Friday: Brewers beat around Cliff Lee…pretend it was CC (W)
Saturday: Braun hits another September walk-off. This time, to no fanfare and little meaning (W)was strong (W)
Sunday: A losing game=a losing home season…(L)

Likes:

Braun’s game winning home run on Saturday

How well Narveson pitched this week

Braun hitting at least 30 home runs each of this first 3 years!

Dislikes:

Having a losing home record this season…the talent on the team coupled with over 3 million fans coming makes that unacceptable

Bush looking like he should have stayed on the DL and shut it down this year

McGehee ending his dream season hurt

Good for the Week

Ryan Braun delivered on Saturday, but he was delivering all week. He hit .400 this past week and finally hit his 30th home run!

Goat for the Week

Dave Bush used to pound the strike zone. Now he just got pounded this week. I know there has to be something still the matter with Bushie, but he was 0-2 this week with a 15.88 ERA in only 5.2 innings.

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 5.43  (20th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.75 (27th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .289 (8th in the ML)                                         YTD: .262 (15th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .285 (19th in the ML)                 YTD: .267 (21st in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .459 (7th in the ML)     YTD: .425 (10th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .972  (26th in the ML)      YTD: .984 (17th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

Looper broke Wayne Franklin’s record on Monday. It’s  been the record since 2003.  Before that? It was Mike Caldwell giving up 35 in 1983.

The last time the Brewers had a losing record at home was 2004. They finished 68-93. They still had an attendance of over 2 million. Brewer fans rock.

At least this year wasn’t that bad…then again the expectations this year were huge.

Something to Think About:

Cecil Cooper was fired from the Stro’s. Willie Randolph has said he would be interested in looking at the job. I would coach swap Coop for Willie happily. By the way, Dale Sveum should get coach of the year for the Brewers based on what he’s done for Counsell, Weeks, and Gerut alone (not to mention getting Braun and Fielder up around .300)

InReview (9/21/09)

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Weekly Record: 5-2

Current Record: 74-75

I’m introducing my own September call-ups; I’m trying out new sections for next year and seeing how they play. Let me know what scores and what sucks.

A Glance:
Monday: Suppan good, but Flippy Magoo (Dumpster Dempster) better (L)
Tuesday: Cubs get a 5 run 6th the blow the game wide open…this blows (L)
Wednesday: Alcides and Corey give Loop even more run support..can David Patten always throw against the Brewers?(W)
Thursday: Jody “Shake Ya Groove Thing” Gerut hits a grand tater..bullpen holds! (W)
Friday: Great come from behind win…McGehee deserves more pub (W)
Saturday: Prince passes Cecil (Cooper), Suppan was strong (W)
Sunday: Prince passes Burnitz, Yovani finally gets run support, but doesn’t need it as the pitching staff dominates for the sweep(W)

Likes:

Sweeping the Astros

Winning 5 in a row…but it’s a little late to finally get the hot streak

Prince Fielder breaking records and Yovani getting to 200 K’s

Dislikes:

One loss away from being mathematically eliminated

Poor Counsell finally looks tired out

I realized during the semi-empty bobblehead game on Sunday just how amazing and electric it was last September…

Good for the Week

Jody Gerut has been beaten up all year, but finally has something to smile about. This week, Jody has hit .583 with 2 home runs, 8 RBI’s and more total bases than any other player (and he played in two fewer games)

Goat for the Week

The offensive offense from the catchers…we’re pretty sure Kendall isn’t coming back, but Rivera hasn’t inspired much confidence either.

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 3.69  (14th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.72 (26th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .273 (11th in the ML)                                         YTD: .260 (17th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .247 (12th in the ML)                 YTD: .266 (20th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .403 (16th in the ML)     YTD: .423 (10th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .988  (11th in the ML)      YTD: .985 (10th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

Prince is trying to play in all 162 games…Carlos Lee was the last Brewer to do it in 2005. Prince Fielder is also trying to START every game…Richie Sexson in 2003 was the last Brewer to do that feat.

Something to Think About:

What would have happened if Prince would have had THIS year’s stats last year? What would have happened if Braun would have hit over .300 last year? What would have happened if Cameron had a full season? What would have happened if Yovani didn’t get hurt and we had the rotation of Sabathia, Sheets, Gallardo going into the playoffs?The “if’s” drive me absolutley batty.

InReview

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Weekly Record: 3-3

Current Record: 69-73

I’m introducing my own September call-ups; I’m trying out new sections for next year and seeing how they play. Let me know what scores and what sucks.

A Glance:
Monday: One hit? One goddamm hit? (L)
Tuesday: Almost…so close…man, Holliday is on a tear (L)
Wednesday: Awful series…Uncle! We give… (L)
Thursday: Well…at least the Brewers are having a better season than the D-Backs. It’s amazing that Cardinals football is a bigger draw than D-Backs baseball
Friday: Played with a lead and held it? Holy Crap! Braun’s 100th (W)
Saturday: McGehee went OFF! He said “As if I shouldn’t be in the ROY running” (W)
Sunday: Come from behind and a road series sweep! Finally…Mark Schlereth’s son having a rough time in the majors. (W)

Likes:

Beating a team the Brewers are supposed to beat

Winning a game that Chris Narveson started…I didn’t think it would be possible

Casey McGehee against Diamondbacks pitching

Dislikes:

St. Louis pitching owning the Brewers down the stretch

St. Louis getting just enough offense down the stretch

St. Louis being the team to represent the NL Central in the playoffs most likely

Good for the Week

Casey McGehee followed his great week last week with another strong showing hitting .385 and knocking in 7 RBI’s.

Goat for the Week

Corey Hart had a rough week back getting only one hit and has yet to show that he isn’t  late season slumper

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 3.33  (7th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.76 (27th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .245 (24th in the ML)                                         YTD: .260 (18th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .266 (17th in the ML)                 YTD: .267 (19th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .397 (21th in the ML)     YTD: .424 (9th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .995  (5th in the ML)      YTD: .984 (15th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

Braun is the second fastest player to hit 100 HR’s. The first? Ryan Howard. Braun is currently 18th on the Brewers all time HR leaderboard about to past Sixto.

Something to Think About:

I’m seriously worried about my buddy Todd Coffey for next year. In 2006, Todd pitched 78 innings in 81 games and did well posting a 3.58 ERA in the launching pad that is Great American Ball Park. However, the next year he only threw 51 innings and gave up more earned runs in 2007 than all of 2006, and it showed with a 5.82 ERA. Todd is at 74 innings this year. I’m just worried about him.

The Return of InReview

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekly Record: 2-4

Current Record: 66-70

Sorry about the past couple weeks…I moved and started a new job. My new job seems a little strict about computer usage and I don’t have the internet hooked up at the new place yet, so I’ve been slacking on my RFB duties. To make up for it, I’m introducing my own September call-ups; I’m trying out new sections for next year and seeing how they play. Let me know what scores and what sucks.

A Glance:
Monday: Facing Pittsburgh at home=asylum…Cards coming up
Tuesday: I liked it better when Holliday was in the AL (L)
Wednesday: I liked it better when Carpenter was hurt (L)
Thursday: Parra, McGehee help salvage a win, next three games very important for any kind of chance (W)
Friday: Close, but not enough offense (L)
Saturday: Close, but not enough offense (L)
Sunday: Prince walked off and bowled a strike…or made an earthquake…Trips in the win (W)

Likes:

Mayor Tom Barrett throwing out the first pitch

Whatever that bowling thing was on Sunday…it was pure fun

It’s September and the starting pitchers have finally remembered what it’s like to go later into games (except you, hurting Dave Bush)

Dislikes:

JJ Hardy whining much like Bill Hall did…JJ, opening up your stance like Hall hasn’t worked and being in the same “poor me” mindset won’t work either

Even though I liked it, the bowling thing was an over the top celebration from a team on the brink of being mathematically eliminated from the post-season…let’s celebrate by winning two games in a row against teams with a winning record

I’m getting the feeling that management basically knows the season is over…Gallardo is being skipped, Bourgeois and Gerut are getting regular playing time…at least the players are still battling

Good for the Week

Casey McGehee actually made a couple nice defensive plays Sunday, including the start of a triple play, but he’s good for the week because he hit about .380 with 3 bombs and 11 RBI’s

Goat for the Week

J.J. Hardy was called up, even though he obviously didn’t figure out anything in Nashville, and has gone 2 for 15 since returning. Statement made…

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 4.09  (14th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.82 (27th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .218 (26th in the ML)                                         YTD: .260 (17th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .256 (13th in the ML)                 YTD: .267 (26th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .311 (29th in the ML)     YTD: .425 (9th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .987  (11th in the ML)      YTD: .984 (16th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

The last Brewers triple play was in 1999 against the Cubs and it went from Cirillo to Vina to Sean Berry. Jeff Cirillo has been part of 2 triple plays, which is the most by a Brewer player.

Something to Think About:

Who would make it to the mound first: Coffey running from the pen or Bosio walking from the dugout? My money is on Coffey, but I’d like to see a Bosio timer too.

InReview - Week 18

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Weekly Record: 3-3

Current Record: 55-56

Likes:

  • Winning the series against the Dodgers…it just amazes me that no matter who you bring in, the team can lose a series against teams they are supposed to beat and win a series that they’re probably not expected to win
  • Felipe Lopez getting on base, the bottom half of the lineup getting some hitting in, and of course, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder
  • Manny Parra with a strong week and looking confident
  • The starters went deep this week!

Dislikes:

  • Losing the series against the Astros and now falling even with them for 3rd and fell 6 games out of the Central Race
  • I can’t stand Jose Valverde
  • I loved the 12 runs one night, but 4 hits the next day?
  • 4-17 with Yovani on the mound is inexcusable
  • DiFelice is tired…the same day that was revealed, the Brewers went out and got Old Man Weathers…hmm…

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 6.18  (29th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.81 (27th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .268 (17th in the ML)                                         YTD: .258 (21st in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .293 (23rd in the ML)                 YTD: .265 (19th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .352 (27th in the ML)     YTD: .419 (13th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .987  (7th in the ML)      YTD: .985 (11th in the ML)

Quick Hitters:

Jason Kendall was about 113 games and 379 AB’s in between home runs

The Brewer starters with the longest current HR drought are JJ Hardy (58 AB’s since a home run) and Felipe Lopez (94 AB’s since a home run)

Even though the Brewers have given up a lot of home runs in Minute Maid Park (13, the most in any visiting park), they have an ERA of 3.65 this year and over the past three years only have an ERA of about 3.96

So where have Brewer pitchers done the best at the past three years? Turner Field: an ERA of about 2.87

As you can see from the Year to Date stats, the Brewers haven’t been setting the world on fire offensively or pitching-wise. Looking at the numbers, it kind of amazing they’re still in it. Here are some more head scratchers I found:

Brewers pitching have given up 149 Home Runs this year..that’s the highest in all of Major League Baseball

The Brewers pitchers are 2nd highest in walks given per nine innings behind only the Mets and have given up the 4th most total walks

The Brewers have struck out 854 times, 5th most in the league

The Brewers have stolen 40 bases, tied with the Cubs for least in the league

The only good offensive categories the Brewers are in the top 10 right now are third in the league in being hit by the pitch, 8th in the league in walks, and 9th in the league in Sac Flies

The good pitching categories the Brewers are in the top 10 are 5th in shutouts (tied with 9 other teams), 5th in saves, and are the only team in the league not to give up a balk.

I don’t mean to be a huge downer, but the team is better than this

InReview - Week 17

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Weekly Record: 3-4

Current Record: 52-53

Likes:

  • Um,  Casey McGehee’s home run was cool. The Brewers were able to win a game on Sunday without hitting a home run.
  • There were a couple trickles of good pitching…I guess
  • Bill Hall going to down to Nashville to work on things was a good idea (even though it only lasted a couple days)
  • Who am I kidding, this week sucked…only on Sunday did I see a complete game from a quality team (good pitching, defense, and hitting)

Dislikes:

  • This week, the Brewers faced possibly the two worst teams in the Majors and lost one series and were lucky to tie the other one. This does not inspire confidence.
  • And you know it didn’t inspire confidence in the front office because the trade deadline came and went with a whimper for the Milwaukee Brewers. I know, Melvin wanted to make a big move, but he wasn’t able to and probably had in the back of his mind the struggles this team has had. And not only did the team lose Vinny, but they got Claudio Vargas? He was OK in ‘07, but cmon.
  • Pitching Meltdowns (Braden Looper, I’m looking at you with disgust)
  • The Brewers need pitching, but the little pitching they have is hurting: Suppan, Bush, and McClung all hurt and those are big inning-eater guys
  • Corey Hart appendectomy…right when he was finding his swing..hope he makes a strong recovery
  • Still waiting for the bottom of this slide

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 6.49 (29th in the ML)                                            YTD: 4.73 (26th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .248 (21st in the ML)                                              YTD: .257 (20th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .314 (29th in the ML)                      YTD: .264 (19th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .444 (13th in the ML)              YTD: .423 (10th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .992 (6th in the ML)              YTD: .985 (11th in the ML)

Players of the Month:

Prince Fielder: Prince continued his amazing year in July by having the highest batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage on the team by hitting the most home runs (Tied with Braun), walking more than anyone, and scoring more RBI’s and Runs than anyone else on the team. The other player of the month should be Craig Counsell. Would you believe me if I told you that only Ryan Braun had more AB’s in July than Craig? It’s true.

Todd Coffey: Coffey had the lowest ERA and Opponent BA on the staff in July. He struck out 16 and only walked 3 in over 14 innings. By the way, two of those three were intentional walks. With a bullpen that’s been overworked, Coffey stayed strong and was one of the few strong pitchers in July.

Watch out for:

Jason Kendall In his career, Jason’s batting average is about 10 points higher in August (.307) than his second highest month (.297).

Mike Cameron also has his best month statistically in August where he hits 18 points higher than his second highest month. I think most of us remember the tear he went on last August.

Dave Bush is coming back in August hopefully, because he has owned this month. He’s 12-6, has his best career ERA in August (3.86) and has thrown more strikeouts in August than in any other month (116)

Prince Fielder has his worst month, statistically, in August. However, his plate discipline has evolved more this year than in any other year so I believe he can buck this trend.

InReview - Week 16

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Weekly Record: 2-4

Current Record: 49-49

Likes:

  • I ran the Sausage 5k..not walked…ran! By the way, I finally realized why they measure these runs in kilometers. It sounds much better to say “Oh man, I totally just ran a 5K” than “Oh man, I totally just ran 3.1 miles”
  • The Felipe Lopez trade was a very smart trade that went under the MLB’s radar, but not under the fans radar.  I think there’s a little Felipe Following brewing amongst fans!
  • Craig Counsell…I am eating a lot of crow on this guy. I should also thank Sveum as well.
  • Yovani winning Saturday almost by himself

Dislikes:

Maybe I’m getting Joe-itis, but I am pissed at quite a few things:

  • Corey Hart dogging it
  • Brewers pitching giving up the long ball
  • Bill Castro and the “I am so over my head right now” look in his eyes
  • Bill Hall complaining…I have stood up for Bill Hall for a long time, even before his breakout season, but perhaps this is the end. If it’s not one thing, it’s another on why he’s been sucking and it’s usually not his fault. It’s the position change…then it’s his eyes…now it’s his playing time and that no one believes in him…Bill, you’ve been named a starter at third for two years in a row and BOTH years you blew it. Maybe, just maybe, you should have looked at your swing in May or June before Gamel was brought up AND before Casey got hot!?! To say you were never given a fair chance is just another excuse from an unhappy millionaire. Bill, I’ve stood up for you for a long time and you seem to be a very nice person, but I can’t take your excuses anymore
  • Fans telling me they’re giving up…there’s still 60+ games left! I understand you’re angry and disappointed, but there could always be a strong run in August/September. That said, check my quick hitters…
  • The Astros…just go away already
  • Matt Holliday and the Cards…does Pujols finally have protection?
  • Losing 2/3 to the Pirates…those are the kinds of series you have to win
  • Seth McClung hurt
  • Not winning a series since June
  • The chance of a Halladay trade fading and hoping that Jarrod Washburn pitches amazingly in his home state or Justin Duchscahaerntajrsntalrgfaefgbaergererer is all better since those are the names that keep coming up now and I should be excited about it, when actually, I’m just relieved it’s not Brad Penny or Doug Davis, but not as excited as I should be..whew…did that in one breath

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 5.54  (24th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.59 (25th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .285 (10th in the ML)                                         YTD: .258 (19th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .293 (24th in the ML)                 YTD: .260 (12th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .399 (15th in the ML)     YTD: .422 (12th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .982  (19th in the ML)      YTD: .985 (14th in the ML)

Quick Hitters:

On May 31, 2008, the Brewers were.500 and would stay over that mark the rest of the season. (Made the Playoffs)

On June 9, 1982, the Brewers were .500 and would stay over that mark the rest of the season (Made the World Series)

Since the All-Star Break, Craig Counsell is hitting .390 with an OPS of 1.017

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