blade12
Fri 8/16 6:05pm
Houser 5-5 4.00 era
vs Patrick Corbin 9-5 3.41 era

Sat 8/17 6:05pm
Lyles 7-8 4.71 era
vs TBD

Sun 8/18 12:35pm
Anderson 5-2 3.78 era
vs TBD

I didn't think trades were allowed any more this year but it looks like the Brewers traded TBD to the Nats. Probably for a PTBNL.
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oldballcoach1
It sounds like Max Scherzer is going to go Saturday or Sunday.  That was not good news to hear this morning.  Strasburg went yesterday, so missing him is a relief.  This will be a matchup of the team that went to get bullpen help at the deadline against the team that liked who they had.  This series combining with the heading to St. Louis is going to go a long way to figure out if this team is going to make a push.  The Nats can hit and their starters - especially with Scherzer back this weekend - can make it tough.  Getting to the starters early is a tough task, but the best way to beat them.  Somehow of getting 2 of 3 seems important heading to St. Louis.  The Cards are again playing well and that will be a huge series.  The Cubs are with the Pirates this weekend and as poorly as the Pirates have been at home, they could sweep there.  
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It sounds like Max Scherzer is going to go Saturday or Sunday.  That was not good news to hear this morning.  Strasburg went yesterday, so missing him is a relief.  This will be a matchup of the team that went to get bullpen help at the deadline against the team that liked who they had.  This series combining with the heading to St. Louis is going to go a long way to figure out if this team is going to make a push.  The Nats can hit and their starters - especially with Scherzer back this weekend - can make it tough.  Getting to the starters early is a tough task, but the best way to beat them.  Somehow of getting 2 of 3 seems important heading to St. Louis.  The Cards are again playing well and that will be a huge series.  The Cubs are with the Pirates this weekend and as poorly as the Pirates have been at home, they could sweep there.  


Setting the over/under on Brewer K's at 11.5 on the day Scherzer pitches.  I'll take the over.
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roadkill1
I can't imagine how good this team would be if the had a solid starting pitcher!😵


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oldballcoach1
Or for that matter Road, a couple of guys in the bullpen that can get guys out.  Houser pitched well again and well enough he should have won.  The Brewer bullpen has to give up more 2 strikes hits than anyone in the league.  

The continued lack of hitting with runners in scoring position is almost bordering on ridiculous.  Last night, 2 of 10 I think - but those 2 hits didn't score a run.  There really is no one going right now that clutches up and can come through.  7 for 43 in the last 4 games.  And many of those failures are weak contact.  With the Cubs loss last night, this was a huge missed opportunity.  

Two pitching notes from San Antonio last night.  Shelby Miller starts and goes 5 innings - 3 hits and a run with 4 k's.  He looked much better apparently.  Jimmy Nelson followed him with 2 innings of no hit, no run ball with 4 k's.  Both of them continued to see their velocity up and have good command.  With the mess of a pitching staff in Milwaukee right now, both should come up in September and both may very well factor into the starting rotation options next spring training.  
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Going into today, the Brewers are now 3 losses behind the first place Cardinals.  After their 8-2 start to the year, the Brewers are just 55-57.   The Brewers don't really hit any different with men in scoring position than with the bases empty.  Their team batting average is .248, with men on base .247, with runners in scoring position is .242.  It's not like they hit worse with runners on base.  I think their biggest problem is that they rely way too much on the long ball.  51% of their runs come via the home run which is the third highest rate in baseball.  They only homer about once every 25 plate appearances.  That makes it really hard to consistently score runs.  
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Going into today the Brewers have 40 games left to play.   Here are what the various sites think of their playoff chances and win totals at the end of the year.

Fangraphs
Division
Cubs  86 wins  51% chance of winning division
Cardinals  85 wins  34% chance of winning division
Brewers  83  wins  15%  chance of winning division

Wildcard
Nationals  89 wins  
Cardinals  85 wins
Mets  84 wins
Brewers 83 wins
Phillies  82 wins

Baseball Prospectus
Division
Cardinals  86 wins  50% chance to win division
Cubs  85 wins  35% chance to win division
Brewers  83 wins  15% chance to win division

Wildcard
Nationals  88 wins
Cubs  85 wins
Brewers  83 wins
Phillies  83 wins
Mets  83  wins
Diamondbacks  82 wins

538
Division
Cardinals  86 wins  47% chance to win division
Cubs  86 wins  37% chance to win division
Brewers  83 wins  14% chance to win division

Wildcard
Nationals  88 wins
Cubs  86 wins
Phillies  84 wins
Brewers  83  wins
Mets  83 wins



  
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amped0808 wrote:
Brewers win a wild one 15-14 in 14 innings.


A Brewers game with unacceptable pitching performances? You don't say.

At least RISP kinda showed up for once alongside the long ball.

Also:

WP: J. Guerra
LP: J. Guerra

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/brewers-vs-nationals/2019/08/17/565956#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=565956
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The Brewers need to consider replacing Hiura defensively with Hernan Perez in the late innings of close games.

Also, I suggest the Crew assign Hiura to Jimmy Gantner's custody for the entire off-season to hone his defensive skills .... whether it be in an old barn outside of Eden, WI, an indoor baseball facility in a Milwaukee suburb or the Brewers' training facility in Arizona. 
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Talk about the glass either being half full or half empty.  It was about time to see the offense break out and put some good swings on the ball.  Like I have said a number of times, we have to enjoy what we see when we watch Yelich swing the bat.  Some of the things that he does should really force up to watch and enjoy what he does.  The last two seasons he has had don't come along very often.  Nice to see Braun hit and the rookie Grisham continues to prove that he belongs.  

On the other side, remember Stearns and his comment "I really like the guys we have" when he failed to address the bullpen needs at the deadline??  Yes Pomeranz did have a spotless inning, but fastball Freddie continued to be really bad, Claudio skirts barely around trouble, Black gives up a bomb, Guerra survives at the end.  Luckily, Albers continues his good run and Devin Williams had a decent inning.  

Hader, well much like the game, half empty and half full.  He is terrible early in the inning and gives up the lead and finds himself in a bases loaded no out - top of the Nats order up.  Turner, Eaton, and Rendon.  One of them is worth a fly ball right??  Nope, Hader blows them away with some clutch pitches and looks like the guy we know.  Maybe the worm has turned for him.  But, he won't be available to pitch until at least Tuesday now.  

A win today is important.  Go get this one and get to St. Louis and get 2 of 3 there.  
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db11
A win would have been nice but Anderson and Wilkerson have combined to give up 5 HRs and THIRTEEN RUNS in just three innings thus far.

Chris Hook needs to be left in DC.
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Giving up 8 home runs in a game is embarrassing.  Yes one was against Perez, but Anderson and Wilkerson were just ridiculously bad.  Aaron Wilkerson should be DFA instead of going back to San Antonio tomorrow, but because Stearns has confidence in him, he will continue to stick around.  He is an average minor league pitcher at best, but he continues to get chances for some reason.  I would anticipate him being sent out and probably Taylor Williams come back seeing Black, Peralta, and Faria haven't been out long enough to come back.  

After last nights optimism, things turn back to pessimism today.  Going into St. Louis will be a big challenge.  I would bet Goldschmidt hits 3 HR in the series.  
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yzerman1
Giving up 8 home runs in a game is embarrassing.  Yes one was against Perez, but Anderson and Wilkerson were just ridiculously bad.  Aaron Wilkerson should be DFA instead of going back to San Antonio tomorrow, but because Stearns has confidence in him, he will continue to stick around.  He is an average minor league pitcher at best, but he continues to get chances for some reason.  I would anticipate him being sent out and probably Taylor Williams come back seeing Black, Peralta, and Faria haven't been out long enough to come back.  

After last nights optimism, things turn back to pessimism today.  Going into St. Louis will be a big challenge.  I would bet Goldschmidt hits 3 HR in the series.  


Wilkerson probably gets the ride back to San Antonio for Zach Davies who will be activated tomorrow.
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