Saturday, July 26, 2008

And Then, We Caught Those Damn Cubs!

After tonight's come from behind 6-4 win over the Houston Astros and the Cubs 3-2 loss to the Marlins in extra innings. It is now a dead heat tie for the lead in the NL Central Division. Both teams are 60-44. Thank you Ryan Braun! Hey Chicago, tell me how my ass taste?! Monday it is so on.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Going For It" Working Well Thus Far

Carsten Charles Sabathia. A name that will forever be remembered in Brewers history. Even if he is only a Brewer for 3 months. When the Brewers traded for Sabathia GM Doug Melvin proclaimed: "Were going for it". Well so far Sabathia has been worth the price of Matt LaPorta and showed that going for it was the right choice. Four starts into his Brewers tenure he is 4-0 with 3 complete games (in a row) not to mention the Brewers have now taken the lead in the Wild Card and only trail the division leading Cubs by 1 game. That my friends is just sick. Some starting pitchers have a hell of a time pitching 1 complete game in an entire season. CC has gone three straight starts going all 9 innings. And he is doing it throwing all of his pitches very well; fastball, slider, change and cut fastball. All four of those pitches have been straight up nasty. His total season stats between Clevaland and Milwaukee now stand at: 10-8, 3.30 ERA, 154 K's (best in MLB), 42 BB and a WHIP of 1.15. Some people after last nights complete game shutout of the Cardinals have said if Sabathia continues close to this kind of success the rest of the season he could win the NL Cy Young in a half a season. Can you imagine if he would do that after winning the AL Cy Young last year? Back to back Cy Young's in different leagues? I don't expect CC to toss complete games every time out but if he can win just about everyone of his starts and continue to rack up the K's and keep that ERA low he has a chance against other NL contenders such as Webb, Lincecum, Volquez and his own teammate Sheets. Bottom line his CC has been a pleasure to watch and even though it seems likely he will not be back next season because he will get a HUGE free agent contract from some major market team, myself and all Brewers fans are just enjoying the ride with CC that we hope ends playing baseball in October. Heck I might even go get a CC jersey t-shirt just to remember this great time (they have been flying off shelves everywhere in Wisconsin).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Do You Hear That Noise Cubs(Fans)?

That would be the footsteps of the Milwaukee Brewers. The now 2nd place team in the NL Central and Wild Card leaders who happen to now be only 2 games back of the division lead.

This Brewers team is playing with more swagger and confidence then I have seen in a very long time. It seems once they got CC Sabathia this teams confidence shot through the roof.

We just swung a deal for Ray Durham who will be a nice veteran presence in the clubhouse as well as a switch hitter off the bench who can start at 2B a few times a week. He hist for average and carries a high OBP just what the Brewers need at the top.

I'm not sure how the whole Bush/McClung platoon in the starting rotation will work out but Seth looked good last night and Bush has been on fire his last five starts. We will see how Suppan pitches tonight but maybe HE should be the odd man out. But with the salary they pay him he ain't pitching out of the pen anytime soon.

Bill Hall is heating up, even against RHP. IT"S ABOUT TIME! I still want to see Branyan get a few starts a week against RHP though.

And hey, after last night's win in St. Louis and their first road sweep since 2004 the Brewers are only 1 game under .500 on the road this season. Simple amazing considering how they have played on the road since Yost took over as Manager in 2003.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's Been Awhile, And Things Look Great In Milwaukee!

I have not posted on here since June 25th. Mostly because I have been busy, but also because I have been very lazy and have not felt like writing anything. And although I was not down with the idea of trading Gamel or LaPorta for Sabathia, I have totally changed my mind. And of course we did swing a trade for the 2007 AL Cy Young winner big lefty CC Sabathia. We got to keep Gamel, Alcides Escobar and Angel Salome. Because of this I am totally okay with the trade. Yeah we had to give up Matt LaPorta who will be a damn good player, but we also only had to throw in a few spare parts like Zach Jackson. Because of this and the fact that Sabathia is one of the most electric players to now ever wear a Brewers uniform I totally take back my last post. The Brewers have been hot and now with Sabathia and Sheets heading the pitching staff things look great! Not to mention the great jobs Dave Bush and Manny Parra have done. Well two more games before the All-Star break tonight and tomorrow against Cincinnatti (tomorrow CC will make his second start as a Brewer). And speaking of the All-Star game, it is just amazing that for the second straight season we got a player voted into the starting lineup. Ryan Braun will start in the OF for the NL along with Matt Holliday and Kosuke Fukudome. Joining Braun on the NL team from the Brewers is Ben Sheets and Corey Hart. After years of getting one player in the mid summer classic representing Milwaukee it's nice to see 3 or more on a consistent basis. Were only .5 games back of the Cardinals for the wild card and only 5 back of the Cubs for the division lead. Things look great and I really feel a post season birth this year, FINALLY!