Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Prince Fielder: 16
Corey Hart: 12
Mike Cameron: 11
Russell Branyan: 10
Bill Hall: 10
Some of the other highlights on this homestand would have to be Dave Bush's no-hit bid he took into the 8th inning against the Blue Jays on Thursday, two more strong starts and wins from Seth McClung, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder each with 2-HR games and Salomon Torres continuing to rack up saves now with 12 on the season.
The Crew now heads out on a 10 game road trip going to Atlanta, Minnesota and Arizona. That is a tough 10 games on the road one of which is a AL park meaning we have to use a DH. Of course unlike last time we were in an AL park (Boston) we don't have to worry about Ned using someone like Tony Gwynn as the DH (probably weakest hitting DH of all time, in the history of baseball). I would be thrilled if they are just able to go 5-5 on the trip. Anything less then that would be awful and anything more would be a pleasant surprise. Go Brewers! Catch those Cubs and/or Cardinals!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"I'm here to win," Gagne said. "That's all I care about. Salomon has been throwing unbelievable, and if I get upset with that, that would be stupid. That would be selfish. ... All I demanded when I came over here was respect, and they showed me a lot of respect.
"Closing, setting up, [pitching the] third inning, I don't care. That's the last of my worries. I just want to compete, get back on the mound."
Say what you will about Gagne but you have to respect comments like that. Team first.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Seth McClung (4-3, 3.94 ERA) continues to impress and I continue to have a HUGE man crush on him. Got the win today and pitched 6 strong innings striking out 4 giving up 4 hits, 2 runs both earned but once again walked ZERO. It just shows you once again that if Seth keep the walks at a minimum he can be a very good starting pitcher in this league. His ONLY bad start was against the Braves when he walked 6. It just goes to show ya.
I totally called Mike Cameron's 2-run HR today as I turned to my Dad and said; "after he hits this HR I will forget all about that .215 AVG." Sure enough, he made me forget. For now :)
Although Ryan Braun hit his 18th HR last night, he had an 0-4 today and his average has dipped to .285. The lowest it has been in awhile. I dare to say that Ryan has gone into a "mini slump". Shouldn't be too much of a concern, Braun doesn't go into prolonged slumps because he is that damn good. I expect him to heat up against the Jays and the O's.
Injured relief pitchers Eric Gagne and David Riske are making positive steps in the direction of getting of the DL. Riske threw a few simulated game innings on Saturday and Gagne threw off a mound Sunday morning for the first time since going on the DL. Neither have "timetables" on return dates but both are moving in the right direction and Riske seems closer then Gagne at this point. My hope is the sooner the better. With guys like DiFelice, Dillard and Tavarez wondering our pen I would much rather have these guys out there.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
In that three game series with Houston the Brewers held a very good hitting Astros lineup to 3 runs in the entire series! That is insane, considering the players Houston has on offense: Berkman, Tejada, Lee, Pence, etc.
I was at the beat down game Sunday proudly wearing my Braun t-shirt when he crushed the Astros 10-1. It was Ryan Braun bobblehead day and Braun basically pissed on the "bobblehead day curse" and hit a nice opposite field 2-run HR.
So far the call-up of Russell Branyan from AAA Nashville to platoon with Bill Hall at 3B has worked great! Not only has Branyan been very good defensively at 3B but in true Russell "The Muscle" fashion he is crushing ball while walking a lot and striking out a lot. In 7 games this season Branyan is batting .292, 3 HR, 4 RBI an OBP of .433 SLG .750 which is a OPS of 1.183. It's only 7 games, but those are very nice numbers.
And speaking of the other half of that 3B platoon. It appears Bill Hall is not happy about the situation and his agent has asked for a trade for Bill. Terry Bross who represents Hall said it would be best for his client and the team that he be traded instead of put into this platoon role. You know, I like Bill Hall but if he wants to go I think I'm fine with it. He probably isn't an everyday player like the Brewers thought when he had a good 2005 and a great 2006 season. He was maybe just playing out of his head and that got him the nice contract. He just can't hit RHP and that is not good. So if Hall packaged with prospect(s) that are not named Matt Gamel or Matt LaPorta could bring us a nice #2 or #3 type starting pitcher like for instance: Zack Greinkie, Javier Vasquez, Greg Maddux or Randy Wolf. That by all means trade him. Because I think a platoon of Branyan/Dillon would be fine and any one of those pitchers I mentioned could be huge for our staff.