Archive for October, 2009

RFB’s Morning Ramble -10/30

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Why is Fox cramming Wanda Sykes down our throat again? Didn’t they learn from Wanda at Large? The worst part about this postseason for me hasn’t been the bad calls (even though there have been more this year), it’s not the fact that big money teams made the World Series, it’s that I have to deal with the terribly un-funny Wanda Sykes in between each half inning.

Speaking of which…who are you cheering for? I really don’t like most of the Phillies players, especially Jayson Werth, The Flying Hawaiian, Jimmy Rollins, and Brett Myers to name some. But I don’t like the Yankees organization, even though I have no problem with most of their players. I feel if the Phils win, the players will become douchier (more douchey?) and if the Yankees win, the “throw all the money you possibly can at players” model will come back and sink small market teams.

The Bucks start their season today and are listed to finish either last or second to last. The Bucks are dumping a ton of payroll so this makes me hope that they are going to make a huge play for Dwayne Wade next year. That maybe the only way that Milwaukee pays attention to their Bucks in the near future.

Finally, Brewers-related: The two first names in the pitching hot stove are Mark Mulder and Jarrod Washburn. It’s obvious the Brewers are looking at leftys, but do these names excite anyone?

Is Mahk Moda Coming to the Brewers?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Since Rick Peterson has joined aboard the good ship Brewers, there has been a lot of recent speculation about the Brewers having interest in Mark Mulder.

I think this is what the Bionic Commando looked like after you lost...

Mulder was an ace in Oakland, but hasn’t recorded an ERA under 7.00 since 2005 due mostly to injury.

I think that the Brewers can’t afford to have yet another Cardinals cast-off and if they’re interested in high injury-risks, they should look at Ben Sheets instead of Mulder. Both pitchers, however, are not what the Brewers need.

Brewmors - Cards Were Swept Edition

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

This is interesting: believes that Mat Gamel is definately on the block. Just a couple months ago, he was untouchable. So now you have to figure that the Brewers would trade J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, and Mat Gamel for pitching.

Ooooh, you're totally gonna put me on the block? Not cool, brah

Also, since the Brewers seem to go after Cardinals Cast-Offs, the Cards have many players that will be free agents. The Cards will probably go after Holliday, but they still have DeRosa, Pinero, Smoltz, LaRue, and Wellemeyer. Honestly, I don’t want the Brewers to go after any of those players except maybe DeRosa (but he’ll be overpaid this offseason).

By the way, I enjoyed seeing the Cards get swept in the first round. I know that maybe I’m supposed to root for the NL Central, but I guess I’m still angry. The Dodgers seem to own the NL Central in the playoffs.

Rick Peterson, the Pitching Coach that helped bring us Oakland’s original big 3, said Milwaukee is on the top of his list.

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.

Melvin’s End-of-Season Media Blitz

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Doug Melvin had his year-end press conference then he went on 620 with Bill Michaels…some highlights of both:

- Melvin basically said Braun and Prince won’t be traded. On 620, Michaels asked if they were going to look into locking up Prince and Melvin said something to the effect of when we have those discussions, it will be quiet like how we approached Trevor about an extension. Does this mean that Melvin will talk huge extension with Boras this offseason???

- Probably not, because right after that he said that he wants to figure out pitching before position players

- That included decisions on Mike Cameron, Jason Kendall, and Craig Counsell he said on 620.

- He said that keeping both J.J. and Escobar would be “very difficult”, which Haudricourt basically believes (and I agree) means “OPEN MARKET ON HARDY”

- Lopez and Weeks were brought up. Listen up, everyone…no matter how many message boards you read or sports talk shows you listen to, Rickie Weeks ISN’T moving to the outfield. Rickie is considered the second base starter right now. Lopez might fall into that group of players that Melvin won’t decide on until some pitching is figured out.

- Finally, Melvin very bluntly said that the Brewers were looking to get two starting pitchers.

Melvin will also be on 620 tomorrow morning for his last Brewers 360 of the year where he will probably rehash all of this…but maybe there will be some new news

Strong Finish to Stoke the Hot Stove

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It was real nice to sweep the Cards, even though their fate was already decided. Prince finished his season starting in all 162 games, tied Howard for most RBI’s, and mashed Coop’s record. Gamel got a hit off of a lefty for an RBI. There are some things to look forward to. Let’s check some other news as we prepare for a Brewer-less playoffs, but an important winter.

- Macha and Co. coming back, minus the Bos and the bullpen coach. I think Wille might jet to a managerial job.

- Trevor Time? It’s been reported that the Brewers are already close to another deal with the all-time saves leader.

- Will Pitching Woes turn into Pitching! Woah!?

- Will J.J. be traded? Rickie? Hart? Prince? (First one is possible, second one is slightly possible, and the third one I hope doesn’t happen)

- Will the Brewers re-sign any of their free agents?

- What will the Brewers do in the outfield?

- What will happen to Soup and Loop if the Brewers pick up new starters?

Feel free post your burning questions/thoughts and we’ll keep an eye out for you. Brewmors should be returning.


Thursday, October 1st, 2009

A losing season…

What a waste….

We've fallen....and we can't get up....

Prince Fielder had his (arguably) best season

Wasted on a sub-.500 team

Ryan Braun had another stellar season

Wasted on a sub-.500 team

Yovani Gallardo’s ace-like first full season

Wasted on a sub-.500 team

Trevor Hoffman proving to be ageless for another year

Wasted on a sub-.500 team

Casey McGehee’s dream season

Wasted on a sub-.500 team

RFB’s biggest year as far as website hits are concerned

Well…You’ve seen the updates since the Brewers fell out…It was wasted…

I’m not mad…the Brewers hustled and tried as hard as possible all year. Some relievers tried so hard, that their arms will be feeling the summer of 09 for YEARS. I’m also glad I was able to go to about a bunch of games…time at Miller Park is never wasted for this fan.

I’m just sad…sad that all this good was wasted on yet another losing season in Brew City.

Some might be saying “But you’re a Brewer fan; you’re used to losing”. True, but there was too much talent on this team and on the coaching staff to be a sub-.500 team. Other years, sure..the Brewers would lose but we expected them to. I mean when John VanderWal is your starter, of course a losing season will be ok. But this year was supposed to showcase the new Brewers. The Brewers that made a postseason appearance and looked poised to maybe make another one. And there were some amazing personal milestones, but the game of baseball is all about the entire team. Now the team isn’t even going to win 81 games. We’ve been joking that it’s 2005 all over again…it’s worse…it’s like 1996

Over the next couple days, weeks, even months, people are going to assign blame. Is Ken Macha to blame? Are Corey Hart and JJ Hardy to blame? Is CC Sabathia to blame? Is Doug Melvin to blame? Is the loss of Mike Maddux to blame? Is the economy to blame?

Does it really matter?


What matters now to the fans is what the team decides to do…

Will the organization realize that their window is closing and make a huge push in the offseason, since they were probably one of the fewer teams to make money this past year?

Or will the organization clean house and bust everything up so much that, once again, most Milwaukeeans have no idea who’s on the team?

I don’t know…

All I know is that this was a wasted year for the Brewers…

But hey, it could be worse…

We could have signed Milton Bradley and watch him destroy the season

(At least we would know who to blame)

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