Archive for September, 2009

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.

Congrats Prince

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

On breaking the All-Time Brewers record for most RBI’s in a season! You now own two very lofty Brewers season records and are on the verge of a third!

Vote for Ginter 09!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

You just have to laugh at this…even though the Brewers season is almost over and it was a disappointing one at that, this just made my day…

That’s right…look at all of these names “Molitor, Yount, Oglive, Thomas, Deer, Surhoff, Cirillo, and Keith Ginter???

In the name of fun, I charge the RFB community to vote for Keith Ginter just for the hell of it (and the other choices don’t really stand out anyway except for Don Money) I know you can do it…just this winter we had over 500 votes for Seth McClung. I know he won’t win, but I’d like to see a quality run by Keith “Back in AAA” Ginter.

Drink Up, Near, Far, Wherever You Are

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I'm the King of the, you know, WORLD!!!

A freshly wed Jared made his triumphant return to Out of Right Field. And what a return it was! In this edition, he touches on things like:
• A grilling argument that would make Hank Hill roll in his grave. 
• Cory Chisel, who among RFB Jared, Houdini and Willem Dafoe, comprise the most famous Appleton-area residents. The YouTube clip alone is worth checking out the column.
• Alcides Escobar being named Half Pint for the 12th week this year.
• Some hilarious Prince Photoshop docs (including image above).

Read that thing HERE. And be sure to check out The Daily Drink for other Wisconsin sports goodies, such as weekly results of the suicide pool I’m competing in (representing RFB) there. I’ve heard you actually have to commit suicide if you pick incorrectly.

And if the Out of Right Field isn’t enough to satisfy your Brewers-needs, I wrote some columns for Bugs & Cranks this week about what to do with your extra 5 minutes before Brewers home games, and some stupid coma thing.

I promise I’ll get something up here on Monday.

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.

Drink Up in the Name of Love

Friday, September 11th, 2009

In honor of RFB founder Jared tying the knot tomorrow, I volunteered to take his half of Out of Right Field this week (beats buying him a real gift, right?). Bryan and I joined forces, and what emerged includes:

• Keats
• Paulson, the band, not the guy who wrote “Hatchet”
• An ode to the Sac Man
• “Judy Gerut” - the most confusing boner you’ll have all day 
• Grammar lesson.
• A picture of Jared in a hideous sweater - the second most confusing boner you’ll have all day.

… and there’s (kind of) some baseball stuff mixed in too. Read that thing HERE.

Roster Decisions - Take 1

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Brewers.com had a story about some of the roster decisions for 2010 since this year has been a bust (or an EPIC FAIL). Here’s what I think might happen to some of the current Brewers and why. Feel free to add your takes:

Options:

Option on David Weathers for 3.7 Mil - Let him go to free agency or retire. It’s a lot of money to spend on an old reliever who couldn’t get too many people out in Milwaukee this year.

Mutual Option on Braden Looper for 6.5 Mil - Bring him back. Braden’s been a pretty good innings eater…he’s basically what I thought Suppan would be. Plus, here’s the worst-case scenario: You sign an upper level starting pitcher and you put Braden back in the pen where he’s had all kinds of sucess earlier in his career. Also, he then becomes an emergency starter which as you saw this year, is always helpful.

Free Agents:

Mike Cameron - Make a big push to sign him. His leadership and defensive ability is worth it and he still has some pop and speed. I know he disappointed in 08, but he’s done well enough in 09. Plus, who else do you have? As long as he isn’t over 12 large, he should be a Brewer.

Jason Kendall - Goodbye, and thanks for helping our young pitchers. I am in the minority by still believing that Kendall was a good pick up. He helped our young pitching staff and he always busted his a$$. I also believe he has made Mike Rivera into a better game caller. That said, I don’t think it makes sense to bring him back.

Felipe Lopez - Even though he was awesome at getting on base and was possibly the most underrated move of the mid-year, Felipe’s going to be too expensive. Also, the last time he got paid, he hit .245 the next year. I’d like to keep him as a Craig Counsell like player, but he’s going to be too expensive for that.

Craig Counsell - He’s had an amazing year and I have done a 180 on him, but this excellent year might be Craig’s swan song. It also seems that pitchers have figured out the holes in his new swing. The Brewers should feel free to let him go out on top, but if there are a lot of injuries, I’m pretty sure he isn’t a long distance call.

Frank Catalanotto - Frank was a great veteran presence off the bench for the outfield and I’d like him to stay a Brewer. I think he will be re-signed since he’s a left handed outfield bat and the Brewers need a strong backup.

Corey Patterson - Meh…he could have been something, but Corey can be someone else’s reclamation project. There’s an off chance that he will be signed to a minor league deal in the offseason.

Trevor Hoffman - What an amazing year Trevor Hoffman had as a Brewer! He showed San Diego that you still had a lot in the tank (but Heath Bell showed that he deserved the job too). I’d like to keep Hoffman a Brewer, but he’s probably either going to garner too much money/attention or he’s going to retire.

Claudio Vargas - Even though Clardo was the pitcher no one wanted, he was an above average reliever during the second half. I’d give him a shot, but it wouldn’t be for much money. After abusing the arms of Todd Coffey and Mark DiFelice this year, a righty who didn’t pitch too many innings might be nice to have.

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.

Drink Up and… Turtle Power!

Friday, September 4th, 2009


The newest Out of Right Field up at The Daily Drink. Take a looksie if you like things like:
• Soy-based foodstuffs 
• Osker
• Eric Plunk
• 24-year-olds ranting about disrespectful teens and their technology.

Read that thing HERE. Also, something is jacked up with our comments and I have no idea what it is. To read (and possibly leave) a comment on a post, click on the comments, then manually delete all the gibberish between the normal URL and /#comments on the URL bar. It’s crude, but it’s the only thing that works. Hopefully we can figure it out by Monday.

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