Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Suppan’

Suppan sent to the ‘pen, Narveson brought to the rotation

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

But that’s what should have happened right out of spring training!!!!!!!!!!

Narveson was throwing great, the Brewers sent him to the pen. Now, he has an ERA of over 7 and has to stretch out again. Meanwhile, Suppan most likely is going to stew (not a pun) in the bullpen.  It was another bad decision.

I wonder if they’re only going to give Narveson two starts, then send in Parra and it will be the rotating two-start starters squad.

What a mess April has been for the pitchers…They start with a 4 man rotation, even though they have 6 possible starters. They send down lefty specialist Mitch Stetter to make room for the return of “Neck Pain” Suppan because he was the only one with options. Hawkins starts off great, but then explodes. Trevor has problems in the beginning of the year. Doug Davis is giving up the gopher.

Let’s just hope the Brewers are starting slow and will end hot, unlike most years in the past.

Questions Without Actual Answers Yet

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It’s the eve before opening day and this year, there are still some important questions with the Brewers team that will need to be figured out quickly:

1) Why are the Brewers commited to starting Suppan?
The news that Parra and Narveson are both being sent to the bullpen wasn’t the bad news…the bad news was that the Brewers are still holding a starting spot for Jeff Suppan for no other reason than “We’re paying him a ton of money” and “He hasn’t pitched out the pen in a long time.” I have a question to go with my first question…Where did your stones go, Brewers organization?

From Major League 2..."You have no marbles!"

2)  Which outfielder is going to divide the fans most? Hart? Edmonds? or Gomez?
From what I’ve noticed, there are many Brewers fans that are fed up with Corey Hart already BUT he still has a loyal following. There’s another group of fans that hate Jimmy Ballgame and feel he’ll be taking valuable at bats from younger players BUT his spring training performance has turned many over to his side. There’s yet another group that hates Gomez and his lack of power BUT there are many people excited for his speed and good performance in spring. So which outfielder is going to divide fans the most? It depends on whichever one does the worst.

3) Will the new starters be better than the old starters?
This one has an answer…sort of…and the answer is “They better not be any worse”. Most preseason predictions I’ve seen has Randy Wolf regressing this year and Doug Davis will always give up some home runs, it’s just a matter of keeping the number down. I believe Bush will be better this year and Yo will be stellar as usual. That fifth spot is concerning

4) Will LaTroy Hawkins be more like Guillermo Mota or Salomon Torres?
All three pitchers were former closers, so where will Hawkins fall? He can still dial it up over 90 and has looked alright so far.

5) Will George Kottaras walk to the mound a lot?
While at the spring training game on Friday, I noticed that George really wanted to be on the same page with his pitchers and walked to have a talk with each pitcher multiple times. It worked, because there were no runs earned by the bullpen! Is he really going to do that during the season? Don’t fix what isn’t broken, George.

6) Is this the year for Rickie Weeks?
If he can stay healthy? Why not?!?!? I still have faith in the guy.

7) Will Macha run with this team?
Not just make a run, but actually steal bases and move runners. There’s so much speed on this team, it’s ridiculous. The 2005 White Sox think this team has a ton of speed, but will that speed turn into production on both sides?

8) When will the Narv-Dog get a legit chance at being a starter?
Not soon enough apparently. I really believe that if you make someone a reliever at the beginning of the year and try to make him a starter later that same year, it won’t work. When has it worked? I can’t think of anyone right now…

The Narv-Dog

9) Who will be the surprise player to step up this year?
Last year it was Casey, before that it was Gabe Kapler. Will Gomez step up? Will Casey prove his doubters wrong AGAIN? Will it be Rickie or even Jody Gerut? Perhaps it will be a pitcher…maybe Parra will take the next step. Perhaps it will be a surprise addition. Maybe it will be a call-up from Nashville…

10) Will this team make the playoffs?
Well, if you believe SI or ESPN, no. They have the Brewers finishing fourth behind the Cards, Cubs, and Reds. And it’s easy to be skeptical after the downer that was last  year, with Macha having his first losing season as a manager. However, I like when the Brewers fly under the radar and I believe this team will be playing meaningful ball looooong into the season.

Now it’s your turn…answer my questions if you can or post your own

The Anti-All-Decade Team

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Ask and you shall receive. Here are the worst players from the past decade. They are divided into four groups:

Little Suckers (top prospects who never panned out and did so in epic fashion), Wad Blowers (players who the Brewers spent a lot of money on…well a lot for the Brewers),Deadline Douchebags (players the Brewers got in trades and then would have preferred not to…not necessarily acquired at the deadline, I just wanted to use the word “douchebag”) and Gone Before Long (players who haven’t been heard of since sucking with the Brewers)

Little Suckers

1) Ben Hendrickson - P - A highly touted pitching prospect who did nothing but help coin the term “AAAA Player”. Telling  stat = 50 runs given up in 58.1 innings

2) Jorge de la Rosa - P - Another pitcher who was supposed to be excellent turned into a head case and barely made a serviceable reliever. He was traded for Tony Graffanino…ouch. Telling stat=6.23 ERA

3) Nick Neugebauer - P  - Nick was drafted out of high school and by 2002 was the 17th ranked prospect in all of MLB and the Brewers top prospect overall. He’s a pitcher, so are you sensing a trend? He was soon out of baseball after surgery in 2002. Telling stat = 2-8

4) Dave Krynzel - OF - Before there was TGJ, there was Dave Krynzel. He was the Brewers first round pick in 2000. He was a speedy outfielder who was projected to be a leadoff hitter. Never happened. Telling Stat = .188 BA.

Wad Blowers

1) Jeffrey Hammonds - OF - 3 Years, 21 Million in 2001 after his All-Star appearance in 2000. Hammonds was often hurt and could barely crack the starting lineup. Telling stat = .248 Batting Average for the Brewers

2) Jose Hernandez - 3B - 3 Years, 10 Million in 2000. He was the default Brewers All-Star in 2002, but that was also the year he was sat down 4 out of the last 5 games so that he wouldn’t break the MLB All-Time Strikeout in a Season Record. Telling stat = Struck out 498 times in 3 years which meant he struck out about once every three at bats.

3) Wes Helms - 3B - 2 Years, 4.5 Million in 2004. Helms was traded for Ray King and had a decent first season in Milwaukee. Problem is that season was 2003 when the Brewers drew the 3rd least amount of people into Miller Park in the NL that season. The fans that did see him knew he was slow, but it seemed that Melvin loved that rocket arm at third. Helms turned into the teams most expensive bench player after signing. Wes Helms wonders why the Brewers fans have such hatred for him and it’s for this reason: he is the exact fact of everything that went wrong with the team; Fat underacheivers who don’t seem to work on getting any better. Telling Stat = 23 HR’s in 2003. 8 HR’s total after signing the contract.

4) Eric Gagne - P - 1 year, 10 million in 2008. Gagne was brought in to be the closer of a team that just lost CoCo Cordero. He had a shaky time in Texas and Boston, but was the All-Time Saves in a Season record holder. By May, he lost his job to Salomon Torres and was the biggest blight on the 2008 season. Telling stat = Blew 41% of Saves.

5) Jeff Suppan - P - 4 Years, 42 Million in 2006. Oh we were so happy when Suppan was our Christmas present in 2006, but Suppan has been getting worse every year since. In fact, it was Jeff Suppan who started the last playoff game for the Brewers and surrendered 5 runs in 3 innings. Telling stat = 1.76 career ERA in Miller Park before signing. 4.29 career ERA in Miller Park now.

6) Bill Hall - IF - 4 year, 24 million in 2007. Man it hurts to put Hall here, because I really like the guy. He was great at short before JJ came around and he was great at third until the Brewers moved him to the outfield. Once he was moved to the outfield and given a big contract, it was game over for all. I guess Bill Hall from 2002-2006 goes into the All-Decade team and the 2007-2009 Bill Hall goes here. Telling Stat = 35 HR in 2006. 35 Total HR for Brewers from 2007-2009.

7) David Riske - P - 3 year, 13 million - I had high hopes for this guy who supposedly helped  Kansas City’s young Zach Greinke. The fact is, he hasn’t been healthy and has been a waste of money. Telling Stat = +2.21 - Difference in ERA for Riske between his time in the AL (3.40) and his time with the Brewers (5.61).

Deadline Douchebags

1) Chad Moeller - C - Part of the Sexson deal, Momo was just a poor hitting catcher but decent defensively. By decent, I mean he could block a Ben Sheets curveball. He will forever live in Milwaukee, though, because of his 2004 cycle.

2) Jose Capellan - P - Traded in the Kolb trade. Kolb was coming off of an All-Star year, but the Brewers traded him for fireballing Jose Capellan. I remember Ned Yost telling the fans how excited he was and how this kid will be an ace. By ace, he meant pain in the ass. Capellan pitched poorly and was rarely, if ever, able to dial it over 94. He whined about his status and was traded away to Detroit.

3) Scott Linebrink - P - Traded for minor league pitchers that the Brewers would like back. Linebrink was brought in to help the Brewers 2007 postseason run. He crushed it. Even though his final line with the Brewers doesn’t seem so bad, I remember the week plus stretch in August where he went 0-3 with a blown save and an 11+ ERA. The Brewers were out of it by September.

Gone Before Long

There are a ton of these guys so I’ll just blurb the rest of the way. Remember that they either were never really seen from again or were on the team for not very long. Or both.

1) Ruben Quevedo - P - I remember when a broadcaster said that they can’t tell the difference between his fastball and his changeup. Ouch. Fits into the Brewers starter with a 5+ ERA club. Quevedo is without a doubt my least favorite/most hated Brewer of all time.

2) Gary Glover - P - Another mediocre starter plugged in to fill gaps. Fits into the Brewers starter with a 5+ ERA club.

3) Wes Obermueller - P - There was a reason everyone loved Wes. I can’t remember what it was because his pitching stats were awful. Fits into the Brewers starter with a 5+ ERA club.

4) Wayne Franklin - P - Gave up the most home runs in a season (before Braden Looper got him off the hook)Fits into the Brewers starter with a 5+ ERA club.

5) Matt Kinney - P - Terrible pitcher during a terrible stretch of Brewers history. Fits into the Brewers starter with a 5+ ERA club.

6) John Vander Wal - OF - Fits into the “He was a starter for the Brewers?” Category.

7) Victor Santos - P - 4-13 season. Ouch.

8) Chris Magruder - OF - Backup outfielder who, in comparison, makes Jody Gerut look awesome.

9) Greg Aquino - P - Was around for 15 games in 2007. Gave up two huge home runs. Boom, outta here.

10) Elmer Dessens - P - We toasted Dos Equis for this pitcher on opening day in 2007, who was sent packing after 12 games.

11) Valerio de los Santos - P - Tyler told me that his 4 names were more than any single season win total he had as a Brewer. Seems about right.

Others that were also bad:

Royce Clayton (SS), Johnny Estrada (C) ( Who Tyler believes is still legging out his last grounder of 2007…haha), Ben Greive (OF), Paul Bako (C), and Henry Blanco (C).

Bill Hall Sent to Nashville; Suppan to the DL

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Bill Hall has been optioned to AAA Nashville. The move can either be seen as a chance for Hall to get some at bats to right himself or a chance to show other teams that he’s worthwhile as an expensive reclamation project.

Hall has struggled this year and continues to decline since his two great seasons in 05 and 06. He is currently hitting .201, with an OBP of .263 and has struck out 68 times in 199 AB’s. Hall recently talked with MJS writer Anthony Witrado about the work he’s done to improve his swing, but hasn’t gotten a chance to prove it, and how unfair the past couple months have been. Some good news about this is that Hall OK’ed the move and sounds optimistic about the demotion.

Jeff Suppan has been put on the DL with a rib cage injury. Suppan had a MRI reveal an injured oblique muscle and was reevaluated today. Suppan is coming off of a terrible start in which he allowed 10 ER in 5 1/3 innings against the Nationals on Monday.

Burns or Irribarren are two names that are being considered to come up, but nothing has been made official. These are hardly the transactions Brewers fans wanted to hear at the Trade Deadline.

In the News (5/27)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


Not Quite

Tuesday’s Game: Brewers 1, Cardinals 8
Record: 27-19, T-1st Place


Tuesday’s Game

- Suppan and McClung were roughed up as the Brewers dropped the game on Tuesday.

- Ryan Braun was hit by a pitch and left the game with a contusion. It isn’t believed to be serious.

- Craig Counsell is still hitting the ball well

Brewers News

- I’m really annoyed with how much press the untucking of shirts “story” has got, so I’m not going to link to any. The newspapers who are reporting these events should realize they are reporters and not gossip columnists.

- David Riske might need Tommy John surgery. Seems kinda risky, doesn’t it? Sorry… I had to…

- As Tyler posted, Chris Duffy is still in the organization and is on his way to Nashville. Good… Let him work some things out while the Brewers experiment with Frank Caliendo…er…Catalonotto. I highly doubt FC will be on the team in September.

- Ryan Braun has an incredible bat, is doing well in left and is seemingly becoming more and more patient at the plate.

- Hoffman goes Alone with Rome.

- The Brewers are doing well in fan voting so far… Maybe I’m becoming a cranky old man, but after Sheets and Hart’s All-Star Hangovers last year, I don’t mind if only a couple make it.

- Interesting question: LaPorta or Gamel? I’d have to agree that a power hitting lefty who can play corner infield is more valuable.

- FanGraphs has a nice Brewers draft Review and small Preview.

- Should fans be worried about the health of Mark DiFelice? This scares me a little, but I’m hoping the Brewers have done everything possible to keep their pitchers’ arms and motions healthy.

- How good was Monday’s pitchers duel? Here’s a link comparing it to the 1959 Braves.

- ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is impressed with the Brewers resiliance. Even Buster Olney came on the radio this morning saying that the Brewers were quite a surprise and the Cubs will have to work hard to catch them and the Cardinals.

- Bob Ryan believes Brad Penny will be traded and I hope that it won’t be to the Brewers.

- I would much rather have Erik Bedard. Two Fisted Slopper makes the case for Bedard over Peavy.

- Jimmy Gantner will broadcast the draft. The only problem is that he does commercials in central Wisconsin since he’s the Woodchucks coach and he’s kind of awkward in those commercials.

- Speaking of stuff from Wausau, the Wausau Daily Herald is finally excited about the Brewers, but perhaps a little too excited. Playoffs talk in MAY?!? Even the Maniac is saying, “Maybe that’s overdoing it a bit.”

- The Great Gagne comeback starts in Canada.

- Gamel visited a school in Racine.

Minor Leagues

- Mike Jones, a pitcher drafted in 2001 who had two surgical procedures to work through, is throwing 94-MPH heaters and was recently called up to Huntsville.

- Alcides Escobar is this week’s Sports Bubbler prospect of the week.

- While your at it, get to know Nashville Sound Patrick Arlis.

- Brevard County’s Rob “Woot-Woot” Wooten has already broke the club’s save record with his 15th save of the year.

- Meanwhile, T-Rats pitcher Wily Peralta was named Pitcher of the Week. In two outings, he didn’t allow a run, struck out 17 and walked only two. Nice job!

NL Central

- Marmol left the Cubs to be with his pregnant wife…and you have to click on this to see the headline.

- Big Lou also doesn’t like his team watching video of bad at bats. They should only visualize good at bats and what the pitcher is currently doing…so all those little league coaches telling their players to learn from their mistakes is wrong?

- A-Ram says the Cubs are frustrated. In other news, water is wet.

- Ankiel is still on the DL, so Nick Stavinoha is still around. It’s fun to hear Ueck say his name; sounds like Stab-in-oh-wa.

- Glaus might be out for all of 2009. Which alleged former PED user would you rather have back?

- The Brewers might have to deal with Brandon Phillips back in the Reds’ lineup.

- Rosenthal believes the Astros should just rebuild, which inlcudes trading their only pitcher left (Roy Oswalt). I’m fine with the status quo…you know…middling around the bottom of the division.

Other News

- This Week’s Power Rankings: ESPN (6) and CBS Sports (6)

- Former Brewer Matt LaPorta has been demoted. Not big news… yet…

In the News (5/6)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Tuesday’s Game: Brewers 8, Pirates 5
Record: 15-12, 2nd Place


Tuesday’s Game

- 17!

- Hardy had a wonderful game, going 3 for 3 with 4 RBI’s.

- Suppan almost went 6 for a quality start, but was pulled with two outs in the sixth. Stetter also gave up 2 runs, but Villa nailed down his third save.

- Let me just say, it’s funny to me that Jason Kendall gets booed a little in Pittsburgh.

Brewers News

- J.J. is still uncomfortable at the plate, but hopefully his fixed stance will help him. The guy is still hitting the bejeezus out the ball, just usually right at someone.

- Ed Sedar burned his pants…

- Miller Park Drunk goes through a day in the life of Ryan Braun…twitterfied.

- Brew Crew Ball discusses why Jeff Suppan still isn’t right. He’s just not making players miss.

- Corey Hart is not just a normal oddity…he’s a statistical one too!

- BTGP talks about what to do with Kendall and how well Hall has been looking at the plate.

- J.J. Hardy helps you hit…brought to you by Soup’s Grill

- E-mail inboxes are soooooo last year…Witrado has posted a live chat

Minor Leagues

- WLUK believes Lawrie is on the fast track up the Brewers organization. Lawrie has said he doesn’t want to stay in Appleton for an entire season…I don’t know if I should be happy about his drive or take it as a diss on eastern WI.

NL Central

- The Brewers will probably face Randy Wells instead of Carlos Zambrano…works for me…but one question: What the hell does it mean to have “Cups of Coffee” in the Big Leagues?

- Excellently named Pirates blog “Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?” believes the current Brewers win streak is epic and hopes it lasts forever. I do too!

- Meanwhile, Midwest Swing tries to give Pittsburgh some help.

- Matt Capps is out until the weekend with elbow soreness. Or is that blown-saveitis?

- Piniella wants Samardzija to add to his repertoire.

- Oswalt has another ouchie. It’s unsure how long he’ll be out.

- Rick Ankiel is out of the hospital and will probably be put on the DL.

- Chris Carpenter heard words of encouragment…such as “Your arm is still attached,” “At least you aren’t Mike Hampton” and “You’re such a big boy!”

- The Cubs’ 31-year-old rookie debuted today and got his first major-league hit…good for him and his perserverence, but they’ll probably make a movie out of him someday…”Old Rookie of the Year” or something.

- Some Cards fan wore a shirt that said “Zambrano Mows my Lawn”.

Other News

- ESPN talks about the importance of Plate Discipline. Basically, you want to be Chipper Jones, not Jeff Francouer. Sorry Johnny. The Brewers are mentioned as improving their discipline.

- Former Brewer Dana Eveland was sent to the minors. I was pulling for the lefty, but he just can’t get out of a jam and implodes it seems.

- This Week’s Power Rankings: 16th at CBS Sports, 12th at Fox Sports, and 14th at ESPN.

What is Wrong With Jeff Suppan

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Jeff Suppan is not a very popular player right now among Brewers’ fans. After a below average 10-10 campaign last season capped off with an 0-3 September, Suppan has shown nothing encouraging whatsoever in his first 2 starts of 2009, losing both of them. Here’s Suppan’s total line to open the season.

2 GS, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 HR 7 BB, 3 HBP, 2 SO

Honestly, it’s hard to find the most alarming thing about this line. 3 HBPs? 10 total walks in less than 9 innings? 2 HRs already? Only 2 strikeouts? This comes out to a 10.03 FIP, so it’s not even a point of Suppan being unlucky. He’s just pitching terribly, worse than he did at any time last year. What’s driving this problem, and is it the same thing that drove his decline in 2008?

First, let’s look at 2007, a productive season for Jeff Suppan. In his first year with Milwaukee, Suppan was a relatively unimpressive 12-12 with a 4.62 ERA over 206.2 innings pitched. However, Suppan’s 114 Ks, 68 BBs, and 18 HR allowed (a product of an unsustainable 7.3% HR/FB rate) translated to a 4.42 FIP, which is very close to league average. In 2008, Suppan took a bit of a dive, going 10-10 with a 4.96 ERA. Fortunately for the Brewers, his ERA was much higher than his FIP which skyrocketed to 5.51 due to significantly worse rates in all 3 statistics tracked by FIP.

Thanks to the great Pitch F/X technology installed in MLB parks, we can get a really good look at what Suppan’s stuff is doing. I’ve pulled data from 4 games from the gameday archives.

Game 1:September 20, 2007 vs. Atlanta

Game 2: August 17, 2008 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 3: September 14, 2008 vs. Philadelphia

Game 4: April 12, 2009 vs. Chicago Cubs

The first two were from periods in which Suppan was pitching well. The second two are from the current period in which Suppan can’t get anybody out. Let’s see if there’s anything distinguishable in the pitch_fx data.

First, this graph shows the movement on Suppan’s pitches. The movement is relative to a ball that is thrown at the same velocity but without spin. This sounds like a knuckleball, but think of it more as a ball that is pushed or shot out of a cannon as opposed to gripped like a 4-seam fastball or a curveball (because of the natural spin put on a 4-seam fastball, it effectively rises but we don’t see it as rising because of the effects of gravity). The point here, though, isn’t to see the kind of movement that Suppan has on his pitches but to see if there are any noticeable differences between these 4 starts.

Looking at this graph, we see there are a few outliers in the September ‘08 start, but the movements are mostly clustering around the same general area. It appears that perhaps in September ‘07 that there was slightly less horizontal break on the fastball (the top left corner) and more vertical break, but outside of that, it’s hard to say anything definitive. If something was truly off (especially with this April’s start), we’d expect to see possibly less horizontal break (indicating a straight fastball). No, it doesn’t appear that there’s been much of a drop-off (if any) in Suppan’s movement. However, Suppan has seen a 1 MPH drop off in fastball velocity since 2007 according to fangraphs, dropping off from 87.9 avg in 2007 (and most of his career) to 86.9 in 2008, which has carried through to this year. Although this drop off likely has hurt Suppan, he has never had an impressive fastball, and I can’t see it being the fuel behind his implosion to start the 2009 season.

No, the truth is most likely contained in this next graph, which is a plot of Suppan’s pitch locations.

Here we see Suppan threw a good deal of strikes in September of 2007, and that most of his misses were in an area near enough to the strike zone that they could’ve been strikes. He pounded the zone even more in August, which was a theme for Suppan. However, you’ll see that many of the yellow pitches from August ‘08 weren’t painting the corners - they were decent pitches to hit. Somehow, despite this, Suppan managed to compile a 3.00 ERA based on a completely unsustainable .214 batting average on balls in play (batting average on all plays not resulting in a K or a HR). Over 131 balls in play, we’d expect 39 hits whereas Suppan allowed 28. These 11 hits would’ve raised his BAA to .303, which means we probably could’ve expected a month more like April (5.19 ERA) or at best June (4.33 ERA). In his September 2008 and April 2009 starts, everything started to hit the fan. Suppan started to combine unimpressive stuff and a lack of command with the inability to hit the zone.

Here are some conclusions that I think we can safely draw from this data.

  1. To have ever expected Jeff Suppan to be anything more than an average pitcher with his stuff would be expecting too much (which is why his career FIP is 4.81).

  2. The only reason Suppan ever compiled a successful season was an ability to command the strike zone. The data compiled from his starts in September 2008 and especially April 2009 suggest that this ability has all but disappeared. Of course, this is a very small sample size to base decisions on, so we have to be careful.

  3. Even if Suppan does regain his control and command, it still may be unreasonable to expect a year as good as 2007 (4.42 FIP, 2.7 WAR) for two reasons:

    1. Suppan benefited from a ridiculously low 7.3% HR/FB rate in 2007. His previous low was 10.8%

    2. Suppan’s average fastball velocity has fell from 88 to 87 mph. This doesn’t sound like much, but at the same time, his changeup velocity held at 80 mph last year and has risen to 82 mph this year. If Suppan can’t blow batters away, he needs to both paint corners AND change speeds to be successful.

I’m not saying it’s necessarily time to boot Suppan out of the rotation, but the leash is getting short in a hurry.

In the News (4/8)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Corey Hart Was Solid Defensively in Tuesday's Loss

Last Game: Brewers 6, Giants 10
Record: 0-1

Opening Day

- The Brewers lost their first opening game since 2003 as both teams showed problems in the pitching department. The team’s offense tried keeping pace, but the pitchers couldn’t stop giving up runs. Even though reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was chased early, Jeff Suppan gave up 6 runs in 4 innings of work and the Giants showed power that they never had last year by getting 12 hits, including 3 home runs (Randy Winn got a home run? Are you kidding me?)

- On the positive side, Rickie and Cam had a  real good start to the season. With four walks, is this a new Macha-fied or more patient Mike Cameron or is it an aberration?

- On the negative side, the pitching fears held by fans in Brewer Nation came to fruition. Every pitcher gave up at least one run today.

- Here’s recaps from MLB, JSOnline, and ESPN.

- Quote of the Day:

“That wasn’t very pretty,” Macha said. “By my count, there were 13 walks and four hit batters. We had 20 baserunners and only got five runs. If you told me we’d get Lincecum out of the game in the third, I’d be feeling pretty good. We just didn’t pitch very well.”

Brewers News

- In “It’s a Better Idea Than Leading Off With Mike Cameron” News, JJ and Corey have officially swapped spots in the batting order as seen in today’s game. If you want to read funny knee-jerk reactions, read the comments at the bottom of the story.

- Here’s an interview by with Cory Provous on the eve of the regular season. As much as I enjoyed Jim Powell, Cory’s been doing a good job learning and has really helped me get over it.

- After today’s performance, I don’t think too many people care about Soup’s Nutrition help.

- Casey McGehee was interviewed by his hometown newspaper and said that making the team was a dream come true.

- Prince is the cover athlete for Take2’s “The Bigs 2″.

- A short tale about a man who was so much more for a day..he was a racing hot dog!

Minor Leagues

- Brett Christopherson of the Appleton PC interviewed Cutter Dysktra and Brett Lawrie.

- Sports Bubbler also talks to Cutter Dykstra and Brett Lawrie.

- Speaking of the T-Rats, here’s their starting rotation!

NL Central

- NL Central Wrap Up: The Cards (1-1) beat the Pirates (1-1) 9-7, The Cubs (1-1) lost in extras against the Astros (1-1), and Cincinnati had the day off

- I think this is kinda funny. A power ranking after the first day. Perhaps it’s a biting social commentary on the triviality of power rankings in a long season.

Other News

- Major League is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. and the Ueck probably has still never seen it…

- Kevin Mench is sucking, just like the latest Shrek movies.

Brewers Fan Favorite ‘09 - Round 1 Concludes

Monday, March 9th, 2009

This weekend, Villanueva and McClung rolled while the other two races were pretty tight. It was nice to see Chris Capuano get a respectable amount of votes probably meaning that not everyone has given up on the guy. Mat Gamel has the first upset of the Bracket, which tells us that Brewer fans are fed up with Bill Hall and are ready for the future. Mike Cameron was able to fend off the other top prospect, Alcides Escobar, but not by terribly much. Here are the final results:

Cameron DEF Escobar 60% - 40%

Gamel DEF Hall 59% - 41%

Villanueva DEF Capuano 73% - 27%

McClung DEF Riske 81% - 19%

Here’s the updated bracket:

This round might give us some more upsets and close matches:

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Polling for this round, which is the end of Round 1, will end Wednesday Night!

RFB Offseason Roundtable - Christmas Edition

Friday, December 26th, 2008

This Week’s Topic - Let’s get into the giving mood: What presents would you give members of the Milwaukee Brewers?

Bryan -

First of all, Santa Bryan wants to thank the entire team for getting to the playoffs and the entire city of Milwaukee for getting behind them.

Now the real presents:

For Yovani Gallardo, I would give a coat of armor for those run-ins with Prince Fielder.

For Corey Hart, I would give him a doctor’s check up. If he thought the fans weren’t behind him last year, he obviously needs his eyes, ears, and heart checked out.

For Dale Sveum, I would give him his kick ass 80’s stache again and a thank you card for not letting the team completely implode.

For Mike Cameron, I would give a calendar in which every month is August.

For David Riske who is missing his friend in C.C. Sabathia, I would give a Snuggie (It’s a blanket with arm holes and pockets!!! Holy Crap!!!! It’s like a bathrobe in reverse!!!!! I’m running out of exclamation points to talk about this life altering product)

For Jason Kendall, I would give overtime pay.

For Mike Rivera, I would give a warming massage chair…I mean the guy sits there all the time, might as well be relaxed.

For Seth McClung, I would give another beer to shotgun.

Bill Castro already received his Christmas gift.

For Chris Capuano, I would give tape of the first half of the 2006 season.

To Salomon Torres, a retirement gift, a Shamwow for all the messes he mopped up and for some he created.

For J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder, I would offer just a sincere request to look into a long term deal. I know it won’t happen, but it is the season for giving…

Jack -

Ho ho ho!  I would give Doug Melvin a loophole that let’s him burn up Jeff Suppan’s contract.  And I’d give CC Sabathia a higher rank than Mark Teixeira in the Elias Rankings!

For Bill Hall, a pink bat to use every game of the year.

For Mike Rivera, a plate appearance.  He never gets these any more!

For Ken Macha, a suitable platoon partner for Hall.

For Rickie Weeks, an outfielder’s glove.  Because you just never know.

For Jeff Suppan, a lump of coal.  Grr!

Joe -

When Bryan e-mailed us the topic for this week, my first thought was, “These dudes are rich. What do they need?” I soon realized that is not the attitude to have. Professional athletes are people too. They have feelings, and even though they can pretty much buy themselves anything they want, they probably still like receiving gifts. With that said, this is a list of what I would give Brewers players for Christmas:

Rickie Weeks - I would hook Rickie up phatty with his favorite bat from college. I would couple this with a new MLB rule that allows only Rickie Weeks to use aluminum bats. Also, there would be a new rule (also in place only for Rickie) that disallows pitchers to throw him any off-speed pitches. Nice.

JJ Hardy - Hardy’s an all-star, millionaire, and a sexy stud. What does he need? I’d get him the same thing I get everyone else that I don’t know what to buy. A Target Gift Card.

Ryan Braun - I’d provide Ryan with an endless amount of young, gorgeous virgins!

Prince Fielder - Boxing gloves and a sweet new butterfly tattoo for the other side of his neck. B.A.

Corey Hart - I’d give Corey Hart an ITunes Gift Card. That way maybe he’d broaden his musical horizons and spare us all of that horrible fricking AB song.

Mike Cameron - I’d just give Mike a hug. What a good guy.

Bill Hall - An “I Love Mom” coffee mug.

Jason Kendall - I’d resort to the good ol’ coupon book Christmas gift. Included would be a “free off day” coupon, “free beard trim” coupon, and a coupon for a free game of bowling. Good anywhere.

Yovani Gallardo - The realization that he shouldn’t play in the World Baseball Classic.

David Bush - A puppy. British Bulldog to be exact.

Jeff Suppan - I wouldn’t give Jeff anything. Take that back. On behalf of the Brewers, I’d issue him a bill for $8.25 million. Due immediately.

Manny Parra - Attitude.

That’s all I can afford. Hopefully the other guys would get the rest of the players and the coaches something.

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