roadkill1
It's time!
1 game at a time..........
Anderson vs. Quintana


BTW-rumor has it Braun may move to 1st for some games.

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yzerman1
Fangraphs has the Cubs getting the second wild card spot with 88 wins.  Using that number as what it is going to take to make the playoffs, the Brewers need to go 20-9 the rest of the way to get to 88 wins.  Last year when they ran down the Cubs, they went 19-7 in September so it's not an impossible task.
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yzerman1
Cubs throw out a "B " team lineup today, no Bryant, Rizzo, or Heyward , and Chase Anderson never gives the Brewers a chance to win today.  Today was very similar to his start against Washington on Sunday when he again gave the Brewers no chance to win.  I really hope when they add Jimmy Nelson and Brent Suter back to the 40 man roster that Hernan Perez is one the guys dropped from the 40 man.  He brings nothing to the team and it's not like that is going to change anytime soon.
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oldballcoach1
I seen today that Suter and Nelson will be among the guys brought up on Sunday.  I would anticipate guys like Peralta, Faria, and Wilkerson also being added to the pitching staff and I would assume Travis Shaw and Ben Gamel will also be back.  Jacob Nottingham also it would seem to add a 3rd catcher.  
 
Two other bench options that would be interesting to me are David Freitas and Tyler Austin.  Freitas has hit all season long and Austin has hit since his pick up from the Giants.  Both will require being added to the 40 man roster and Austin should be given a chance to make the roster next year in some fashion with his power.  I would anticipate Taylor Williams being a DFA to make room for someone.  Perez being DFA makes since for sure, but who knows with the way Stearns and Co make decisions. 
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yzerman1
I seen today that Suter and Nelson will be among the guys brought up on Sunday.  I would anticipate guys like Peralta, Faria, and Wilkerson also being added to the pitching staff and I would assume Travis Shaw and Ben Gamel will also be back.  Jacob Nottingham also it would seem to add a 3rd catcher.  
 
Two other bench options that would be interesting to me are David Freitas and Tyler Austin.  Freitas has hit all season long and Austin has hit since his pick up from the Giants.  Both will require being added to the 40 man roster and Austin should be given a chance to make the roster next year in some fashion with his power.  I would anticipate Taylor Williams being a DFA to make room for someone.  Perez being DFA makes since for sure, but who knows with the way Stearns and Co make decisions. 


Freitas is already on the 40 man roster.
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roadkill1
They're done.

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God help the Brewers if, in 2020, Chase Anderson is still on the roster, serving up gopher balls  at Miller Park and stadiums around the country ...

This season is just about over for the Brewers ... they simply don't have enough healthy components nor overall pitching talent to pull the rabbit out of the hat in September .... 
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yzerman1
Keston Hiura lands on the IL with a hamstring strain which pretty much ends his season.  Devin Williams is optioned to Biloxi, so he can pitch in the league playoffs.  Ben Gamel takes Hiura's spot and Shaw is up for Williams.  Is it that important that Gamel is back on the team that they had to send Williams down to the minors to recall him two days early?  After the Cubs series, the Astros come to Milwaukee and it will be Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke pitching those games for Houston.   They need to win these next two against the Cubs to have any chance on getting in the playoffs this year.
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I don't know how much autonomy Counsell has in making out the lineup, but what it is posted today is beyond stupid.  No Braun or Cain and left handed hitters aplenty against Cole Hamels.  Ben Gamel leads off, Perez batting 2nd and Pina hits 5th.   This would be a crappy Spring Training lineup, but that's what they are throwing out there in a game to keep their post season chance alive.  Since the All Star break, Braun's splits are .328/.393/.605 and he is going to sit for either Grisham or Gamel?  Unless he is hurt, that is just dumb.   This feels like a the kind of lineup you put out there to just let the season play out. 
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According to McCalvy, Braun had a back flare-up. Moustakas also had a setback, and Cain is hurting.

Loser franchise gonna stay that way.
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db11 wrote:
According to McCalvy, Braun had a back flare-up. Moustakas also had a setback, and Cain is hurting.

Loser franchise gonna stay that way.


This is the situation they are going to face next year.  Eric Thames has a 7.5 million dollar option for next year or a 1 million dollar buyout this year.  It will only cost 6.5 million to keep him to play first base next year which is a no brainer to pick up his option..  Braun wants no part of playing first base, his excuse has always been that getting down in an infielder's stance aggravates his back.  Now you have four outfielders for three spots next year.  Braun, Yelich, and Cain are not going anywhere and are going to cost 45 million next year.  I'm not sold on Grisham yet, but if you are, there is no spot for him next year.   This is so typical of the Brewers.  Much like they blocked Hiura to begin this year, Grisham will be in the same boat next year.
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yzerman1 wrote:


This is the situation they are going to face next year.  Eric Thames has a 7.5 million dollar option for next year or a 1 million dollar buyout this year.  It will only cost 6.5 million to keep him to play first base next year which is a no brainer to pick up his option..  Braun wants no part of playing first base, his excuse has always been that getting down in an infielder's stance aggravates his back.  Now you have four outfielders for three spots next year.  Braun, Yelich, and Cain are not going anywhere and are going to cost 45 million next year.  I'm not sold on Grisham yet, but if you are, there is no spot for him next year.   This is so typical of the Brewers.  Much like they blocked Hiura to begin this year, Grisham will be in the same boat next year.


A young promising power hitter blocked by old guys they're paying too much? They'll just trade him for a lesser player with more minor league options. 
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oldballcoach1
Stearns values options over performance it surely seems.  Grisham will be the 4th OF it would seem and Ben Gamel will be the odd man out.  Braun will probably only play about half the games next season and with Cain struggling to get through this season and being a year older, Grisham should see plenty of time.  I agree Thames will most likely come back at that cost and I guess a guy that will hit 20-25 HR, that isn't hugely expensive.  

I am also a proponent of extending Moustakas before the end of the year.  He has earned it.  He likes Milwaukee, has some good friends on the team, and has had to play that wait and wonder game through the off season.  He may settle for a little less for a 2 or 3 year deal.  

As far as this series, tomorrow is a must win.  A loss all but eliminates the team from post season contention and with the Astros and Cole and Grienke coming to town, things are going to be very tough.  With Darvish going, I would anticipate CC putting all the left handed hitting names in a hat and all of them in the lineup.  
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yzerman1
With Jimmy Nelson and Brent Suter needing to be added back on the 40 man roster, two players are going to have to be let go.  The first one is Jeremy Jeffress.  Jeffress hasn't been very good this year and if he isn't in the Brewers plans next year it makes sense.  However, it's also a really bad look for other players around the league.  The Brewers pitched him hard last year and when he had arm problems this year, he is thrown to the curb.   When people wonder why certain pitchers don't come to Milwaukee, it's cases like this that make them not come here.  The organization doesn't care about players, when you are no longer useful they get rid of you.
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Along with Jeremy Jeffress getting let go, Troy Stokes and Aaron Wilkerson are also dismissed by the Brewers today.  Tyler Austin is added to the 40 man roster.  Jake Faria, Freddy Peralta, and David Freitas are added to the major.league roster.  This is the last year you will see September call ups.  Next year the roster is 26 for the year and you can only add two extra players once September comes around.  Be prepared to watch brutally painful four games though for the rest of this September as Counsell uses 7-8 pitchers every game.
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