yzerman1
The second and third place teams in the Central battle this weekend.  It's nice to have three day games after having two games start at 9:15 earlier in the week.  The Cubs have gone 0-9-1 in their last 10 road series.  However, at home they are 36-18 so getting a series win for the Brewers will be difficult.  Counsel said Braun would not being playing first base in this series so the Brewers get to pick from Thames and Shaw to play there, but with a lefty throwing today it's not Jesus Aguilar, it's Yasmani Grandal.  I feel like the Trent Grisham promotion was to make people forget about how pathetic they did at the trade deadline.  If Grisham isn't going to play everyday, then why bring him up?  

Friday:  Zach Davies (8-4, 3.56)  vs  Jose Quintana (8-7, 4.47)
Saturday:  Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.48)  vs  Cole Hamels (6-3, 2.98)
Sunday:  Adrian Houser (4-4, 3.99)  vs  Yu Darvish (3-5, 4.46)
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db11
yzerman1 wrote:
The second and third place teams in the Central battle this weekend.  It's nice to have three day games after having two games start at 9:15 earlier in the week.  The Cubs have gone 0-9-1 in their last 10 road series.  However, at home they are 36-18 so getting a series win for the Brewers will be difficult.  Counsel said Braun would not being playing first base in this series so the Brewers get to pick from Thames and Shaw to play there, but with a lefty throwing today it's not Jesus Aguilar, it's Yasmani Grandal.  I feel like the Trent Grisham promotion was to make people forget about how pathetic they did at the trade deadline.  If Grisham isn't going to play everyday, then why bring him up?  

Friday:  Zach Davies (8-4, 3.56)  vs  Jose Quintana (8-7, 4.47)
Saturday:  Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.48)  vs  Cole Hamels (6-3, 2.98)
Sunday:  Adrian Houser (4-4, 3.99)  vs  Yu Darvish (3-5, 4.46)


Because they don't have any real plan. They winged it last year and 85% of the time it came up roses.

They have about a 45% hit rate this year.

Thankfully, the Marlins had a fire sale two years ago or things would be really bleak looking forward.
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Love the afternoon start times. Only gripe is 1:20p on Friday is just a few hours too early to dip out of work and catch a Happy Hour.

Big series win coming for the Crew!
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blade12
I predict a Brewers win today and tomorrow and another sunny rain out on Sunday.

Stay positive.
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oldballcoach1
It just does feel like CC and Stearns are all over the place.  I mean, how many teams go with 2 left handed 1B options on the roster - 1 SS on the roster - 5 OF's and no utility guys.  I said this earlier - this is Ted Thompson all over again.  Go away from conventional moves and then almost do things in spite of what any other team would do.  Almost an arrogant feel they give off.  

In a way, I want to see Shaw or Moustakas have to play SS just to show what a ridiculous idea it is to even think they could play there.  Blade - you are right - we have to stay positive, but it is really hard to sometimes with some of the decisions being made.  I too remember those lean years when there would be 8,000 people on a Tuesday night at County Stadium.  Or 20,000 on a Saturday night in July.  
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yzerman1
Wow, how the mighty have fallen.  Jeremy Jeffress , who was so good last year, is now having to pitch in the 5th inning with the Brewers behind.  That is where their garbage pitchers who bounce back and forth between Milwaukee and San Antonio pitch.  He has a club option for 4.3 million next year and right now looks like he won't be back next year.
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oldballcoach1
Quite honestly, he shouldn't be on the roster right now.  He just continues to give up runs and walks and allow hard contact almost all the time.  He is just not very good.  CC will continue to run him out there though and say he has confidence in him and he has done the job before and will do it again.
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db11
It's almost like the one thing that can keep you in games when the offense struggles in something that needs to be addressed every off-season because of so much regression and progression to the mean amongst the people who perform that duty.

So just hire some random guy as pitching coach to replace the current "Walt Hriniak of Pitching Coaches," go get an Alex Claudio and sign a catcher who can steal strikes. That should be enough to contend along with our unconventional pitcher usage.

*wipes hands*

I've done my part!
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Four games behind the Cardinals in the loss column now.  Zach Davies since June 1 has an ERA of 5.31 in his last 12 starts.  Chase Anderson, who was banished to the bullpen to start the year, is now probably the staff ace.  Watching the game today, Rock sounded very skeptical of Ryan Braun playing first base any time soon.  With another left handed starter tomorrow, it will be interesting who starts at first base.   After tomorrow, it may be over two weeks until they see another left handed starting pitcher.  If that's the case it makes no sense to have two left handed outfielders on the bench.  Yelich and Cain should never be out of the lineup so when that gives Grisham one start a week when Braun needs a rest.   If he isn't going to play every day, then he might as well be in San Antonio where he can get every day at bats.  Two players who can only play the outfield don't work when you are only carrying four bench players. 
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oldballcoach1
Things are slowly slipping away.  It is really unfortunate to watch.  After last year, everyone's hopes were so high going into this year and now here we are.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  Offensively, the lack of production from Cain, Aguilar, and for a good portion of the season, the 2B spot.  The lack of hitting with runners in scoring position haunts this team almost daily. 

Pitching, well, we have beat it to death, but the starting rotation is in shambles and with Jeffress no where near his level of last year, Knebel's injury, and the lack of veteran's like Soria and even Dan Jennings has left it very vulnerable.  Corbin Burnes was great the second half of last season and had some important appearances.  Now, he can't go to the mound without getting ripped.  And there was always the talk of Jimmy Nelson's return at some point and that would add to the rotation.  

Upper management, yes Stearns, made decisions to jettison some of the vets like Miley, Gonzalez, Soria, and Kratz.  His thoughts of going to a youth movement full in and not in stages cost this team when those young pitchers didn't perform.  He went largely unnoticed - but Kratz was a great receiver and a veteran who seemed to keep the team focused.  Not saying he should have been kept and not bring in Grandal - but he could have kept Kratz and moved on from Pina.  Now, we see a scramble of some sort to the roster to add one of your top prospects without really a place to play, a roster with only 1 player capable of playing SS, and the continued carrying of a .150 hitter that can't find a hit.  This, after trading your #3 prospect for a failed starter who will work out of the bullpen for 2 more months and a 29 year old minor leaguer that throws hard, but can't find the plate.  

I just hate to see a year in which the most money is being spent - what seemed to be a go all in move by bringing in Grandal and Moustakas back for a combined $28 million and having the MVP on your roster - not go well.  Maybe this team gets on fire and has an August and September like last year.  I truly hope so.  But, with each performance like yesterday, it sure feels like that won't happen.  
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db11
Not just traded your #3 prospect for a failed starter...a failed starter that is going to be used in low-leverage situations apparently...😏

Again...the plan?
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yzerman1
Miley, Gonzalez, and Soria were all free agents and could go anywhere they wanted..  I think the Brewers get unfairly criticized for those guys leaving.  Why does everyone just assume that they would come back to the Brewers?  Soria got 15 million from Oakland for two years.  No way would the Brewers have matched that offer.   There are probably 15 teams that regret not going after Miley this off season.  Gonzalez couldn't even get a major league deal this off season.  The minor league deal he got from the Yankees was better than anything the Brewers could ever offer him.  Their plan for pitching was fine this off season.  I personally never thought of Peralta as a starter, but they had five solid options for their rotation:  Chacin, Anderson, Woodruff, Burnes, and Davies.  They brought in Josh Tomlin and Burch Smith on minor league deals.  Aaron Wilkerson, Zack Brown, Adrian Houser, and Jimmy Nelson were all candidates to help the rotation as well.  That's 12 starting pitching options to begin Spring Training.  It's tough to attract pitchers on minor league deals when they know there probably won't be spot for them when the season breaks.  The Brewers problem with their pitching began once the season started.  Injuries hurt, but everyone has injuries and you have to have a plan for dealing with that.  Whenever any starter struggled, the Brewers solution is to put them in the bullpen, but they never replenished that starting depth.   Their weak minor league system and unwillingness to over pay left them unable to do anything at the trade deadline to really improve the team.  I actually the team is worse now than it was before the trading deadline.
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oldballcoach1
Sure those guys could have went anywhere, but, after the year they had last year, you can't tell me they would have not put the Brewers near the top of the list.  Wade Miley got $4.5 million from the Astros and that deal came late.  If Stearns were to have offered him the same deal prior to the Astros, Miley would be in the rotation today.  Same for Gio.  After last year, both of those guys should have been locked up quickly after last season was over.  But instead, Stearns thought Burnes, Peralta, and Woodruff would be better.  Well, Woodruff is, but the others failed miserably as starters.  And really, that was to no one surprise - other than Stearns and CC apparently.  

Yes they brought in Josh Tomlin - but for some reason, Stearns and CC didn't like him and he didn't make it through spring training.  And, the Braves seen something and grabbed him up and he has a 3.49 era over 60 innings this year.  That would look good right now.  Burch Smith - on the train back and forth and probably is headed out very soon.  And as far as the others, apparently they aren't good enough to be in Milwaukee now - other than Houser.  Wilkerson is a career minor leaguer who is also nearing his end with the organization, Brown, for whatever reason is stumbling at AAA, and Nelson is not himself.  I don't see the depth there.  There is a difference between quantity and quality.  Other than Brown, Wilkerson will never make it and Nelson won't until next year at the earliest.  And he may never get back.  And Brown, if they went with the young guys to start the year, why haven't they brought him up in these desperate times??  The only real reason can be is that they feel he isn't good enough right now to help them.  

Soria got a great deal from Oakland and I wouldn't have matched it either.  But, there were a ton of other guys that were looking for jobs that Stearns passed on.  

This organization is worse now than prior to the deadline.  To not get multiple pitchers to help immediately is just hard to fathom.  And to get two older minor league guys and a 2 month rental reliever who was terrible as a starter for your starting 1B and a top prospect is just hard to imagine.  I don't mind the move for Lyles because Ponce was similar to a bunch of others in the system - low 90's fastball, curve, slider guys.  But, that also cost them Diplan.  So it becomes 2 top 20 prospects for a guy that could be a rental.  That also pushes the cost up there.  
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Jacob Barnes gets claimed by Kansas City and Donnie Hart gets claimed by the New York Mets.  For some reason, the Brewers decided to just release Alex Wilson.  For the year, the Brewers have a team batting average of .247 which is 9th in the National League.  The league average is .252 so they are just slightly below league average in hitting.  Their OBP is .327, which is 6th, and slightly above the league average of .322.  With runners in scoring position their average is .244 which is dead last in the National League.  League average in this situation is .264.  With runners on base the hit .249 and with RISP and two outs their average is .238, which is 11th in the league.  League average in this situation is .241.  They are pretty consistent in their hitting in every type of situation.  They don't hit worse with guys on base than they do when the bases are empty.  A quick Travis Shaw hitting nugget, for the year with runners on base he is 7 for 75(.093) and with RISP he is 4 for 36(.111).  If you take him out of the equation, the Brewers are probably in the upper half of the league in hitting.

Today is a close to a must win game as their can be with 50 games to play and the Brewers decide to sit Cain, Braun, and Hiura.  Cain has been struggling at the plate, but his defense in center is so superior that it negates his lack of offense right now.  Rest guys against Pittsburgh, not the team looking to bury you in the standings.
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db11
Another clown show showing today, as the only positive was Grisham's three hits and first HR, and I guess Shaw "raising" his average to .162.
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