Archive for June, 2010

JAXFORD!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Hail Sveum!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Man, that was a negative post. On the positive side, Dale Sveum rules!

Why?

Because he’s the reason Hart and Weeks are hitting over .230. He’s the reason Craig Counsell is still a serviceable option at the plate. He’s worked his magic with most of the hitters and that’s why this team doesn’t blow any more than it already does.

Some people will say “The team still can’t hit with RISP…” True, but they never have been able to! For the past 15 seasons, the Brewers have been able to score about 14% of all baserunners on average. The Brewers have been able to score about 54% of runners on second and third with less than two out while Sveum’s been HC, which is a better percentage than every season in the past ten years except one.

Here’s a testimonial from Corey Hart who went from Boo’d to Curtain Call’d

“It’s all Dale,” said Hart, referring to Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. “Dale’s worked really hard to change some things around for me and help my mindset. What he did is help me get the ball in the air.”

Since Dale has been the hitting coach, the team hits .263 on average. It was 1999 when the team hit over .263 before that.

Not enough? Since Dale’s been the HC, the team’s OBP is about .340. During 2008’s run, it was .325! Again, you have to go back to 1999 when the team was on base more than that.

So even though things suck hard right now, can we at least all agree that Braun, McGehee, Gallardo, and Sveum are pieces we can be happy about?

Are We Really Having This Conversation? Things Really Have Gone Down the Crapper…

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

This season has been a disaster so far for everyone. The pitching has been atrocious. There has been little timely hitting. The Brewers have won just 2 of the last 9 series and only 6 series out the entire season. There’s been so little to cheer about, it’s sucked the fun out of Milwaukee. So what’s a team to do? Well, if you listen to the fans, it’s FIRE and TRADE time. Even Michael Hunt wrote that it was time for the Brewers to trade Fielder, even though most people agree the Brewers wouldn’t get enough in return. So when you look at the options people are screaming for, what really is the risk-reward ratio?

1) Trade Fielder

PROS: You hope to get solid pitching in return.
CONS: The team no longer has a solid first baseman and lost a leader in the clubhouse, not to mention the face of the franchise. The team itself has little left to play for. The chances of getting a Youkilis/Bucholtz deal are only in the minds of the crazy. You start to find yourself excited about Johnathon “Manny Parra the Sequel” Sanchez. Once Prince is gone, the other dominos fall (Rickie, Hart, etc…). There’s a chance a Carlos Lee-like deal is made. You have to rely on Mat Gamel. Even more fans stop coming to games. Braun gets walked more and sees less pitches. Free agents don’t see Milwaukee as a decent destination.
2) Keep Fielder

PROS: Shows the team that Attanasio and Melvin still believes in the team. Holds hope for resigning Prince (but even that might only be in the minds of the crazy).  The team will still have one of the top 3-4 tandems in the National League for next year.
CONS: Trade value will diminish even more, since Prince would be a rent-a-player.

3) Fire Melvin

PROS: You hope the Brewers can find another GM who wants to come to Milwaukee, but has a better eye for starting pitching and has as good and creative of an eye for offensive talent for a small market team.
CONS: You fire the man most responsible for bringing the team out of the depths of the league and the man who has done more right than wrong (except for starting pitching).

4) Fire Macha

PROS: You hope it fires up the team. There might not be anymore of this moving around the lineup everyday madness (I know you stat people love Braun hitting 2nd and Prince hitting 3rd, but dammit, it DOESN’T WORK). You hope to find someone with a little more gusto.
CONS: Save for Colorado, firing the manager doesn’t help much in the W-L column. Firing the last manager lost us Mike Maddux and I don’t want to lose Dale Sveum. The organization loses any stability it had left.

So even though this year has been a fiasco so far, would doing ANY of these things make it better? I don’t believe it does. I think it makes everything even worse!  The only one I would even consider would be letting Macha go because you have Willie Randolph right there as a tailor made replacement.

I hope the team keeps Fielder and tries to make one more run, because as I said before, if all this group of players gets is a Wild Card…then that’s truly another disappointing mark in Milwaukee baseball.

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