Posts Tagged ‘Dave Bush’

McClung, DiFelice, and Rivera all gone! Counsell signed

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The Brewers non-tendered RHP Seth McClung (which was a bit of a surprise, but probably means they’re moving Suppan into a long relief role if they can), RHP Mark DiFelice (who won’t be pitching for all of 2010, but was a great surprise last season), and C Mike Rivera (which I admit, I was wrong about. I really thought he’d be given a fair shake, but such is not the case). All three are now free agents.

The Brewers did tender contracts to Dave Bush, Todd Coffey, Carlos Villanueva, Corey Hart, Carlos Gomez, and Jody Gerut.

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And JSOnline is reporting that Craig Counsell accepted a contract by the Brewers for next season. And Kevin Correia is staying in SD.

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)


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!


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)

Dave Bush Will Hit You, Steal Your Heart

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The NL has been forced to adjust to Bush's style of play.

As indicated by the way we’re churning out posts here lately, there’s really not much to be excited about in the way of Brewers baseball right now. The Pirates sweep was sweet, I found someone to take my Jeff Suppan bobblehead (for free), and J.J. Hardy miraculously hasn’t been diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome during any of his sad sack, why me?-type interviews since he returned to the majors - but, all in all, it’s been a rough stretch with little to be happy about.

Until the 2nd inning of last night’s game.

That’s when Dave Bush, etched his name into Milwaukee baseball record books and further into my heart with his 50th hit batter as a Brewer (and 69th total). His plunking of Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter, who strangely wasn’t reduced to dust/put on 60-day DL after being hit, overtook Jamey Wright’s previous team HBP record of 49. Bush then went on to hit Brenden Ryan in the 3rd to push his record to 51 doinks.

According to Plunk Everyone, nobody in the Majors has hit more batters than Bush since he joined the Brewers in 2006. I think this accomplishment hammers home two points:

1. Dave Bush is a hard-nosed son of a bitch bastard who would rather hit you a dozen times than give you the inside of his plate once. 

2. I love Dave Bush.

Like that old saying goes, “If you’re going to be the best at something, it might as well involve striking people with small, hard objects.”

Congrats, Dave. May your record grow for years to come - one bruise at a time.

[h/t Brew Crew Ball]

Boost From Bush?

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Mike Burns has pitched OK for the Brewers as a fill-in starter, but he’s not the long-term answer for the rotation and a major trade acquisition for the starting rotation might be a pipe dream. Luckily, however, we do have one roster addition to look forward to. Dave Bush should be returning from the DL relatively soon.

Bush made a rehab start for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Friday and gave up four hits over 4 2/3 innings. His command was great as he threw 43 of his 55 pitches for strikes. He collected five strike outs and no walks in the game. Bush will make one more rehab start, most likely with Huntsville, and the Brewers hope to have him back for the July 20 game against Pittsburgh.

Bush has struggled for much of the season this year, but he had a 4.18 ERA in 185 innings last year, and he will be a big addition to the club if he can pitch like he did in 2008.

One of the 5,433 fans to attend the game at Fox Cities Stadium was frequent RFB commenter D’Amico’s one good year and he sent some photos of Bush from the game over to us for you all to check out:

In the News (5/20)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Tuesday’s Game: Brewers 4, Astros 2
Record: 25-14, 1st Place

Tuesday’s Game

- 7 in a row! This is quite a run!

- Bush had two runs scored off of him in the fourth, but that was it as the staff didn’t allow another one the rest of the night including another perfect inning by Trevor Hoffman.

- Hardy knocked in two, and Fielder and McGehee both added an RBI (McGehee’s first of the year)

Brewers News

- FanGraphs say no Rickie Weeks? No Problem… I say we’ll see. The Brewers already had problems making Rickie into a leadoff man and he finally looked comfortable.

- InBetweenHops thinks everyone should calm down too.

- Provus says that injuries are just part of the game and seems excited to see what happens next.

- The Doorman shrieks like Kerrigan from the news about Rickie.

- Eli and other rumor mills believe the Brewers should be interested in Mark DeRosa. Tyler salivates.

- Ray Durham is also staying fit and is ready for a call.

- But, the Brewers are first going to test their infield depth starting with Hernan Irribarren who was hitting very well in AAA.

- McCalvy twits or tweets, whatever, that the Brewers should let Irribarren play more this time.

- Gallardo hopes he isn’t rusty since the last time he started, it was only for two innings.

- Braun talks about Favre. He’s sick of it too, but can’t help but keep up on the news.

- The Courier Press runs a fun little article on Mitch Stetter. It’s very easy to like this young lefty.

- Vinny Rottino approves of the Mat Gamel

- Corey Hart also does an infomercial for Soup’s bar and grill on how to field in the outfield.

- Trevor Hoffman and Jason Kendall didn’t hit up the clubs after Kendall’s 2,000th hit…no…they brought out some commemorative bubbly and toasted like gentlemen.

- Quevedo at the Buffet pretty much sums it up.

- Well it’s not the mug, but Bernie’s going to be getting wet and wild thanks to the Kalahari.

Minor Leagues

- Jeremy Jeffress was demoted back to Brevard County.

- Green has done so well with the T-Rats, that he probably won’t be back with them when they come back to Appleton…but we knew that would happen already.

- Brew Crew Ball interviews Cutter Dykstra.

- A quick look at Huntsville’s manager Bob Miscik.

- Get to know Tim Dillard.

NL Central

- Piniella wants to keep playing the slumping Fontenot…maybe Theriot should just give Mike whatever he’s been using. Just kidding…don’t email me…

- Khalil Greene will be used as more of a utility player and this Padres blog celebrates their team finally winning in a trade.

- Joey Votto needs to be examined because of some strange dizziness he’s been feeling.

Other News

- Jack Z has pounced on Brad Nelson. Not surprised…and Brad’s already hitting about as much as Richie Sexson this season.

- Todd Helton has 2,000 hits now too!

In the News (4/29)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Bill (Clap Clap, Clap Clap) Hall


Tuesday’s Game: Brewers 6, Pirates 5
Record: 10-10, T-3rd Place

Tuesday’s Game

- I wasn’t able to see it, but was the plunking of Sanchez, Hinske and LaRoche payback or just bad pitching?

- Hoffman gets his first save as a Brewer! It was Trevor’s first save not as a Padre since June 7, 1993!

- Don’t you wish the Brewers could play the Pirates every week?

- Bush struggled, but the bullpen held the Pirates scoreless for 4 innings.

- Rickie Weeks hit another home run tonight as part of the go-ahead 6th inning. Bill Hall hit one too. Ryan Braun hit Corey Hart in twice.

Brewers News

- Bill Michaels of 620 WTMJ talks more about Braun being beaned

- Quevedo at the Buffet asks who do you even throw at? I’ll go with Sanchez, Hinske and LaRoche, then we’re even.

- Mike Cameron is close to being a member of the 250/250 club. And no, that doesn’t stand for batting average. Mike Cameron has been absolutely great this year while Melky Cabrera lost out on a starting role in NY.

- Haudricourt has a chat transcript.

- spotlights Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder…and I agree. After hearing some of the other commentators on, they are a good combo and do a quality job.

- WTMJ has a little report on Trenni as well.

- Joe Posnanski figured when the last time each team was featured on the cover of SI. Not including the Ryan Braun with Tulo and Upton, you have to go all the way back to April 27th, 1987 with Rob Deer on the cover for the Brewers.


- Brew Crew Ball had a great stat - Jason Kendall is only the second player to get plunked by every major-league team.

- I honestly don’t understand how Rickie Weeks hitting the ball is bad, but here are some numbers that I’ve tried putting into my TI-89 and it didn’t help. I’m wondering if Rickie not stealing is more Macha than him hitting the ball.

Minor Leagues

- The Sounds beat the Iowa Cubs 7-4 and Tim Dillard is 4-0 now!

- First of all…what the f**k? Second of all, I didn’t know they made mercenary mascots.

- Oft-Injured pitcher Mark Rogers ran into a wall, but will be fine after missing one start.

- John Delaney of the T-Rats was moved to the DL and  infielder Jose Duran was brought up from Helena.

- Huntsville lost to Chatanooga 7-2.

NL Central

- The Reds put Edwin Encarnation on the DL…finally a player on the DL NOT on my fantasy team!

- Ever want a Gil Meche bobblehead? Well vote here, Timber Rattler fans. If Meche is not the head you’d like to have bobble, there are many more choices.

- 2008 Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto is having some sophmore slump problems.

- Kevin Gregg only has had two save ops.

- Albert Pujols might have fixed something at the plate…

- Lance Berkman is trying to bust his slump as well…what does it tell you about Cincinatti women when Berkman shines in Cinci? I’m not implying, I”m just asking…

- Valverde also isn’t feeling right…which means it was a good time to visit Houston with those two not performing

Other News

- This years MLB draft is at 6 p.m. ET this year.

- How long will Cleveland leave LaPorta in the minors?

Brewers Fan Favorite - 3rd Round

Monday, March 16th, 2009

So it wasn’t close at all…

Fielder DEF Weeks 88%-12%

Hardy DEF Gamel 90%-10%

Parra DEF Stetter 85%-15%

McClung DEF Hoffman 72%-28%

So far, the vote this year has grown as we already have had about 2800 votes. Thanks for voting! Hoffman losing dropped quite a few people out of the race for a free shirt. Here’s the Bracket as we start Round 3:

Let’s move on and get to the Elite 8. For this round, the schedule remains the same (Mon, Wed, Fri Changes), but there will only be two polls per post.

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Brewers Fan Favorite - Round 2

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

OK, so it wasn’t very close after all. Stetter beat out current-non-Brewer Gagne easily as was expected especially once Gagne was released. What was a little surprising was seeing how badly Suppan lost against Braden Looper, the newest pitcher who hasn’t thrown one pitch as a Brewer. Overall, most of this week’s winners won by about 30%. Final results:

Stetter DEF Gagne 89%-11%

Looper DEF Suppan 65%-35%

Weeks DEF Gwynn 63%-37%

Kendall DEF Counsell 68%-32%

Here’s how the bracket looks as we start round 2. Most everybody who filled out an entry is still in it.

For the second round, we’re keeping the schedule the same. That said, vote away…Polls close on Friday! Keep your Favorite Brewers in the Game!

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In the News (3/11)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Coming Up to Milwaukee?

Today’s Game: No Game

Brewers News

- Well, kind of a game today. The “B-Squad” played against Texas. McClung and Swindle both looked good, but nothing much else that I can find.

- This is what I’m taking away from this report: It sounds like Mike Lamb and Brad Nelson are punching their tickets to Milwaukee.

- Hey, it’s someone else who respects the Bush! I would agree that with everyone paying attention to Gallardo and Parra,  Bush might have a career year.

- Benny is rehabbing in Texas…and the Rangers say it’s just a coincidence and it doesn’t mean anything…even though this news article is on their website. I hate to say it, even being the Ben Sheets apologist I am, but I’m pretty much over it.

- Here’s some interesting numbers on other 21 year old pitchers like Yo from Brew Crew Ball. Hopefully he doesn’t go the way of Nick Neugebauer.

- Actually, I had this thought yesterday, but figured it wasn’t feasible. It probably still isn’t plus Gamel isn’t ready and would Brewer fans rather have Lamb by himself or Lamb backing up Hall? Probably the latter.

- An Atlanta Blog listed their all-under-25 team. Prince and Braun are respected on the list.

- Hey Miller Park Drunk…Probably the Major League Baseball Marketing Dept. and I totally snagged one on clearance for 10 bucks. It sits on my TV. It pretty much rules.

- Also, nice little Gagne remembrance. I laughed at the last picture, but where’s the picture of George Mitchell?

- B!B!KTUTH can’t believe that anyone would want Escobar to start over Hardy. I agree, J.J. has proven himself with a bat and glove and even though Escobar will be awesome, let’s live in the now for a little bit.

- They should post these numbers to go along with their argument. Basically, J.J rules.

- Thanks for the (Cub Killer) Mention in your top 10 non-baseball things to look forward to.

NL Central

- Again, a Houston blog is awarding points for each position to find out which team in the Central is the front runner for the year. The Brewers were awarded the second most points for second base in the Central? I looked at the argument and never realized how collectively poor offensively the NL Central’s second basemen were.

- SI says forget about that flop, the Cubs will be even better. It’s possible, but the 2008 Mets and Tigers were supposed to be awesome too…

- The Cubs sure like their dramatic outfielders. It seems that Milton Bradley liked to call in sick while at Texas and it has Bleed Cubbie Blue a little concerned.

- Oh, and Sweet Lou enjoys rubdowns from Fukudome’s trainer and is taking a hot air balloon ride. So, he’s riding himself?

- Former Brewer, Current Cub hopeful Luis Vizcaino might not make the roster.

Other News

- Former Brewer Geoff Jenkins may have worked on his swing in the offseason, but Philly is talking about trading him if Jayson Werth proves he can be consistant for an entire year.

Brewers Fan Favorite Vote ‘09

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The top seeds cruised comfortably, with the closest race being Manny Parra beating out Mark DiFelice by 70%. Usually here is where I try to analyze some of the voting, but I think we all knew the top seeds would get out of the first round. Here’s the updated bracket:

Alright, now it’s time for the 3rd and 4th seeds to try and beat out the 13th and 14th seeds. Vote for your favorites! Voting for this round will conclude on Friday.

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