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When the national media is also picking up on many of us in Brewers Nation's distaste for the Manager and also question if he should be canned you know Yost is really on the hot seat. I guess it only matters though if Mark Attanasio and Doug Melvin feel that way.
Monday, May 19, 2008
2. JJ Hardy- SS
3. Ryan Braun- LF
4. Prince Fielder- 1B
5. Corey Hart- RF
6. Mike Cameron- CF
7. Bill Hall- 3B
8. Rickie Weeks- 2B
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Those numbers above would be the season stats thus far for 3B Russell Branyan in AAA Nashville. Now Branyan has been quite the journeymen over the course of his career and I sure wouldn't expect him to put up those kind of numbers in the big leagues since he never really has and I wouldn't want him starting everyday. But what Branyan has always brought to the table is the ability to hit the long ball, slug a high percentage and walk a lot giving him a high on base percentage. He won't ever hit for a high average and he does strikeout a lot. But with the way Bill Hall has hit against righties this season and our black hole known as power from the left side off the bench why not call Branyan up? That way you have a guy to bring off the bench late in the game who can poke one out and can give Hall a day off once in awhile against a tough RHP. If they call Branyan up you send Tony Gwynn down. Bottomline is although Gwynn can give you some speed as a pinch runner and plays a good CF he just can't hit. He is an okay left handed slap hitter but we already have one of those on our bench back up infielder Craig Counsell. Another reason we don't need Gwynn is we have two other backup OF's on the roser Gabe Kapler and Joe Dillon. I hope at some point soon GM Doug Melvin realizes this as well and we get to see Russ in a Brewers uniform once again. Branyan is a huge fan favorite at Brewerfan.net where he is known as 3TO (three true basbeall outcomes: HR, K, BB) and who could forget his 2-HR game on Opening Day at Miller Park in 2005?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
- Chris Capuano will indeed need a second "Tommy John" surgery to repair his elbow. He tore the ligament in spring training and tried to just rehab it, but to no avail. This will put him on the shelf for a calender year and is a huge knock to his career. I feel bad for Cappy, a true good guy on the Brewers team and was looking like the stud of the Richie Sexson trade. Won 18 games for the Brewers in 2005 and made the All-Star team in 2006. Last season struggled to a 5-12 record and an ERA over 5. But actually made a lot of nice starts that got wasted by no run supports from the offense. I wish Cappy the best, but it's gonna be a long road back for him.
- I'm quite glad Ned Yost went back to Eric Gagne so quickly in a save situation. And although Gagne gave up a hit and a walk in the 9th yesterday against the Dodgers, he got the job down and converted his 10th save in 15 trys. We need Gagne in that closer role to be successful or the whole bullpen gets screwed up if you have a closer by committee pen. But with that said, Gagne has thrown 3 innings in two days. I hope to God Yost doesn't trot him out there tonight, give him a day off.
- Ryan Braun is simply on fire! Back to hitting like the Braun we saw during his entire rookie season last year. This hot streak that kind of started at the end of the Florida series and exploded in the Cardinals series has continued at the start of the Dodgers series with his 2-4 yesterday with a double and a triple. Braun line for the season is now; .294 AVG, 9 HR's, 29 RBI, .563 SLG, .325 OBP for an OPS of .888.
- After the Brewers couldn't get anyone starting pitcher not named Ben Sheets to get a win they now have three in a row with Suppan, Bush and Villanueva all getting "W's" in the past three games. Hopefully Manny Parra continues that trend tonight in game 2 of the Dodgers series.
- Down on the farm in AA Huntsville, OF Matt LaPorta and 3B Matt Gamel are ripping the cover off the ball. The Brewers top two prospects are looking more and more like they may be Major League ready next season and will probably get promoted to AAA at some point this season.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Not sure if he will go into the closer role or what for the Sounds but perhaps he can somehow get his head on straight and find that awesomeness he had in 2005 and the first half of 2006. Only time will tell for Napoleon, errrr I mean Derrick.
"It's frustrating; it's beyond frustrating. I'm fucking sick of saying it's early. You can only say that for so long. You can only say, 'It's early,' you can only say, 'It's going to be all right' for so long.
"It's time for us to start swinging the bats like we're capable of."
Ryan made these comments to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer Anthony Witardo Tuesday night. Somehow I first saw these comments in an article written this morning by Michael Hunt. But I love hearing stuff like that, a player on the Brewers (my favorite player actually) stepped up spoke his heart and mind and even used a naughty word to express his anger over this current losing streak. I wish our Manager would say something like this once in awhile instead of sugar coating everything all the time, but it's the way Yost is and he isn't going to change. Big props to Ryan Braun, hopefully his stick comes around soon and it will.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
1. He does have 9 saves which is near the top on the NL, so he can save games and is quite capable.
2. He had 5 saves in a row before blowing one in Cincinnati, that was also when he was used for the 4th day in a row. Something I doubt Yost should have him do. 3 days in a row tops.
3. Although he blew 5 games, he never gave up the go ahead run that allowed the other team to win. He doesn't melt down and lose the game after giving up the tying run.
4. Some bad luck, you hate to blame blown saves on bad luck but he has run into some very questionable umpiring calls and poor defense by the Brewers which could easily give him 11 saves and only 3 blown saves.
5. He still has the closer mentality and is cool under the pressure. Sure we have a few other guys on the team that have closed a little bit in their careers but none have the mental part down quite like Gagne.
Basically his biggest problem that he must solve to turn this around, keep his job and rattle of 15 or 20 of these things in a row is to throw strikes, get ahead in the count don't pitch from behind as often as he has thus far. Especially his changeup which is still one of the best in baseball. As long as he can get his control down and not walk batters he will be fine and this won't be an issue. If he continues to walk guys, he will blow more saves and then yes we may need to start thinking about using Torres or Mota as our closer and the $10 million Melvin gave to Gagne may look like a huge waste of money. I hope that is not the case as a Brewers and Gagne fan.
1990: The Brewers do stick to their guns. Brock is still playing first base even though he hits just .248 with seven home runs in 367 at-bats. Sheffield moves to third base and later accuses the organization of racism by choosing to play Bill Spiers at shortstop over him. He would later say, "The Brewers brought out the hate in me. I was a crazy man. … I hated everything about the place. If the official scorer gave me an error, I didn't think was an error, I'd say, 'OK, here's a real error,' and I'd throw the next ball into the stands on purpose."
1993: Closer Doug Henry finishes with a 5.56 ERA. Tom Brunansky hits .183 in 80 games. Other problems too numerous to list also exist.
1994: Ladies and gentleman, your 1994 Milwaukee Brewers All-Star representative … Ricky Bones!
1998: Do you remember guys like Brad Woodall, Rafael Roque, Paul Wagner, Jose Mercedes and Bronswell Patrick? Nope, we don't either. (OK, actually we do, but that's because we're baseball nerds.)
2001: The Brewers dump Grissom, only to sign Jeffrey Hammonds to a three-year, $21 million contract. Hammonds, oft-injured and with mediocre OBPs outside of Colorado, plays 49 games with a .314 OBP.
2002: Davey Lopes, coming off 89- and 94-loss seasons, is brought back for a third season. For 15 games. He's gone after a 3-12 start. The team loses 100 games (106) for the only time in franchise history. Needless to say, there was a lot of badness to go around. Somehow, the Brewers ended up with two All-Stars. The game was played in Milwaukee. It ended in a tie.
2003: Glendon Rusch starts 19 games. He wins once. Once. Let us repeat that: One win in 19 starts. One.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Now onto Manny Parra, against Houston Saturday night he cruised through 3 innings and then ran into trouble in the 4th inning! Couldn't even make it into the 5th inning. He gave up 6 runs 5 earned on 9 hits 2 of which were HR's (one was to pitcher Brandon Backe who was batting .200) he walked 4 and only struck out 3. Parra is now 1-2 in 6 starts pitching 27.2 innings with an ERA of 5.86 and 22 K's to 17 BB's. That is not a good strikeout to walks ratio at all, it's awful in fact.
Basically unless Villanueva and Parra step up their performances this team is in serious trouble. Outside of Ben Sheets are pitching staff scares the hell out of me now that Yo is on the DL. Suppan we know what we have in him, a veteran who eats innings and can keep you in a game but he is coming off one of the worse outings of his career. Bush has looked awful this season and was in AAA Nashville and was recalled only because of Gallardo's injury. Ben Sheets will be fine, he is the ace as long as he stays healthy he gives us a chance to win every 5th game the question is who is going to win the games in between Ben Sheets starts? If Villanueva and Parra figure things out they have TONS of talent and can be good major league pitchers, but until they can go into the 6th and 7th inning of a game and cut down the walks their current trends will just continue and we may have to look to journeyman pitcher Jeff Weaver who is in AAA Nashville right now or maybe even Seth McClung startng, (GULP)? And I doubt many of us want to see it come to that.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
In addition to the awful news today about Yovani Gallardo, there was some good news. The Brewers finally cut their losses with struggling relief pitcher Derrick Turnbow and have designated him for assignment. This means the team now has 10 days to to trade, release or assign the former closer to the minors, and it also gives Turnbow time to decide what he wants to do. Turnbow, 30, has no more options remaining and could refuse the assignment, in which case he would become a free agent and lose out on his $3.2 million salary. Turnbow this season has been down right bad. In 8 games he is 0-1 with a HUGE ERA of 15.63 walking 13 batters and giving up 11 runs in only 6 1/3 innings. His last two outings his worst against Florida where he was not able to record an out after loading the bases and against Chicago where he gave up 6 runs in mop up duty and couldn't finish the inning out. Joe Dillon takes his place on the roster and now gives the Brewers another bat off the bench and a versatile guy in the field.