Archive for August, 2009

Drink Up as Dan Walsh Would Want you to

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Due to factors not entirely related to the Brewers sucking turds the past two months, posts here at RFB have slowed to a near crawl. I personally don’t expect this to be permanent, but while you patiently wait for our lives to, again, clear up and allow for wasted hours of baseball speculation, make sure to get your Wisconsin sports fix at The Daily Drink.

Unlike us of late, Dan Walsh (pictured above in RFB’s own “Bring Back the Mug” shirt) keeps his site stocked with everything a WI sports fan could want - pictures of hot chicks, caption contests, Brewers, Packers and Bucks (until they move), and even Admirals and Wave news. He also lets us write a weekly column for his site, which Jared did this week. 

Read that thing HERE.

Join the Undead!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This is the only time this image has even loosely made any sense... But I still think it looks cool.

No, I’m not talking about the Brewers. They’re still completely dead, despite winning three out of five games against two crappy teams.

I’m actually talking about the First Annual Oshkosh Zombie Walk — INFECTION. Our good friends at OshkoshHorror.com are putting on the event on Saturday, Sept. 5. The guys have worked hard to put the event together and it should be a great time. Best of all, you’ll be helping a good cause if you go. All proceeds for concessions, a raffle and t-shirt sales will go to renovations at The Time Cinema in downtown Oshkosh.

Here’s a flyer with more details (click it to go to the Oshkosh Horror Web site):

Make sure to look around the Oshkosh Horror Web site too. They’re a brand new site and are doing some pretty cool things for horror movie fanatics in the Oshkosh area already.

Now, back to watching the Brewers zombie walk through this season…

Drink Up and Follow the Advice of Billboards

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Could it be? An RFB post? Yes, loyal readers, this post and the newest Out of Right Field are not mirages. I fly solo on this edition, where I touch on things like:
• Talking Heads
• One of six teams in the NL with a worse record than Milwaukee
• A total stretch of a Woody Allen pun
• What Duany Duany can get away with

Read that thing HERE.

Lawrie Promoted to Huntsville

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Brett Lawrie, who Milwaukee selected in the first round of the 2008 draft, has reportedly been promoted to double-A Huntsville. The Canadian catcher-turned-second baseman clubbed 13 HR and 65 RBI in 105 games with the Timber Rattlers this season - his first season in the minors.

Interestingly, Lawrie totally bypassed (A-Advaced) Brevard County in his promotion.

Mike Brownstein was promoted from Helena to take Lawrie’s roster spot.

“Talkin’ Baseball” and Realizing a Dream

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Ever since I was old enough to string together a series of run on sentences to form a half-assed point, I’ve wanted to write for The Onion. And now I’m proud to say I’ve (kind of) done it.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be allowed the opportunity to occupy Web space at both The Onion’s Milwaukee A.V. Club and its Madison A.V. Club sites. My first post touches upon our beloved Brewers’ questionable at bat music selections. It can be read HERE.

Check the site periodically for future write-ups by yours truly.

Drink Up and Don’t be a Choad About it

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Jared and Bryan are back with a spanking new edition of Out of Right Field. In it, they make mention of:
• Gas grills?!? Well, I never!
• Anal fissures and the men who suffer from them
• Corey Patterson
• HILARIOUS Photoshops of the Wrigley Beer Thrower
• Booing

Read that thing HERE.

Woah…Looks Like Melvin is Sick of the Underperformers

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Last year it was axing the manager to get a spark in the clubhouse, this might be what Melvin hopes to spark the 2009 Brewers with…

JJ Hardy was optioned to AAA Nashville and Bill Hall was DFA’d. Also, Pitching Coach Bill Castro was sent packing for former Brewer Chris Bosio.

Alcides Escobar and Jason Bourgeois were brought up to replace them.

Hardy had underperformed at the plate all year, hitting .229 so far this year. Hall had underperformed for almost 3 years, even though he hit his first home run in over a month last night.

The Brewers’ pitching has been atrocious this year and Bill Castro looks like the fall guy…and he should be. I was rooting for Bill right away and I hoped for nothing but the best, but he has looked lost and over his head this year. There are some pitchers that are good relievers, but not good starters and I believe there are some coaches who can only go so far as well.

Escobar was hitting .298 in Nashville with 42 stolen bases, 76 runs, and 34 RBI’s. Bourgeois was hitting .316 in AAA, stealing 36 bases, knocking in 41, and coming across the plate 61 times. Chris Bosio was the pitching coach for the Nashville team

An Ode to Coffey

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I haven’t been posting here much lately. Much of that is because I was out of town for work and I’ve also been busy planning a wedding for next month, but I also just haven’t had much to say about the Brewers right now…

This weekend, however, I had a little bit of time to play on the computer and I decided to make a little ode to Todd Coffey and his sprinting entrance. I compiled a bunch of different videos from YouTube and pictures I found using Google’s image search to make the mashup. The song is the Ultimate Warrior’s theme song, which Coffey has been running in to when he enters games.

Enjoy.

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

Brewers Make Way for Jesus

Friday, August 7th, 2009

RJ Swindle and the Brewers have 10 days to decide his fate (trade, release, or Nashville) while Natinals cast-off Jesus Colome comes to Houston to join the bullpen. Somewhere, Gabe Gross is wondering why it took this long for Jesus to come to Milwaukee.

Both Swindle and Colome have struggled this year: Swindle with an ERA of 16.20 in 6 2/3rds, and Colome has an ERA of 8.40 in 15 innings, but didn’t allow a run for Nashville in four outings.

UPDATE: JSOnline has reported that Tampa Bay (surprise, surprise) has claimed Swindle.

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