yzerman1
Hopefully this series before the All Star break in Pittsburgh goes better than last year.  Brewers enter this series being held scoreless for the last 23 innings.    Ryan Braun is available as a last resort this weekend due to knee soreness.  I don't know if the Brewers know there is a 10 day Injured List you can put players on when they are injured.  Braun didn't play yesterday, so if they put him on the 10 day IL yesterday, he would be eligible to be activated again next Sunday.  It's really hard to play when you only have 11 position players available to use each game.  

Friday:  Zach Davies (7-2, 3.16)  vs  LHP  Steven Brault (3-1, 4.07)
Saturday:  Adrian Houser (2-2, 3.26)  vs   RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 4.54)
Sunday:  Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.31)  vs  RHP Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.13)
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Deolis Guerra needs to never pitch again for Milwaukee.

What a collapse.

This might be dunzo. Last year they had a massive cushion despite losing five to the Pirates before the break. They don't have that luxury this year. Can't be doing this.
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Brewers win. I don't know why the gods allowed it but they did.

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A monumental disaster was averted last night.  Losing last nights game might have even topped the lose from the other night.  Guerra certainly didn't look good - neither of them for that matter. D. Guerra just left everything over the plate and at 92 - that was a recipe for disaster.  Guess we can just add him to the list of mediocre arms that will always walk a high wire when they pitch.  Fits in with the rest of the gang.  

I don't get the fact of having Braun not on the IL.  Last nights game was a great example.  If he isn't able to play, then get someone here that can.  Having such a short bench is just not smart. Troy Stokes or Tyrone Taylor are on the 40 man roster and could at least provide an option.  

Just an FYI - prior to last night - Travis Shaw continued in his funk at San Antonio.  Last night though, he hit 2 hr's and is showing signs of coming around.  The question of the day - what to the Brewers do with him if he starts to hit??  Not a lot of room for him in Milwaukee right now.   Saladino seems safe - for now - as the utility guy.  Shaw doesn't offer much in terms of a defensive option late in games.  He could go to 1B - but Thames is the lefty option there.  Hiura is a better 2B.  Moose is a better 3B.  He can't go to the OF.  
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Deolis Guerra needs to never pitch again for Milwaukee.

What a collapse.

This might be dunzo. Last year they had a massive cushion despite losing five to the Pirates before the break. They don't have that luxury this year. Can't be doing this.


Deolis Guerra gets Designated today and Burch Smith is back for now.  I think it's a pretty safe bet that Deolis Guerra's career in Milwaukee is going to consist of just one game.
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A monumental disaster was averted last night.  Losing last nights game might have even topped the lose from the other night.  Guerra certainly didn't look good - neither of them for that matter. D. Guerra just left everything over the plate and at 92 - that was a recipe for disaster.  Guess we can just add him to the list of mediocre arms that will always walk a high wire when they pitch.  Fits in with the rest of the gang.  

I don't get the fact of having Braun not on the IL.  Last nights game was a great example.  If he isn't able to play, then get someone here that can.  Having such a short bench is just not smart. Troy Stokes or Tyrone Taylor are on d on the 40 man roster and could at least provide an option.  

Just an FYI - prior to last night - Travis Shaw continued in his funk at San Antonio.  Last night though, he hit 2 hr's and is showing signs of coming around.  The question of the day - what to the Brewers do with him if he starts to hit??  Not a lot of room for him in Milwaukee right now.   Saladino seems safe - for now - as the utility guy.  Shaw doesn't offer much in terms of a defensive option late in games.  He could go to 1B - but Thames is the lefty option there.  Hiura is a better 2B.  Moose is a better 3B.  He can't go to the OF.  


That's the same question I have about Shaw for this year.  Shaw based on his time in Milwaukee is probably a platoon player.  He really struggles against right handed pitching.  These are his splits since he has been with the Brewers, vs RHP .254/.353/.504 and vs LHP  .204/.279/.335.  Shaw can play 1B, 2B, and 3B so he does offer some flexibility in the field.  Next year Shaw will make at least 4 million and that is a lot to give someone who right now isn't guaranteed a position next year.  He doesn't have any trade value right now.   I think the only way he comes back to Milwaukee this year is if Moustakas or Hiura get injured.  
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Brandon Woodruff will replace Josh Hader on the ASG roster as Hader wants to rest a sore back.
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We will get a chance to see one of the Brewers prospects today when Maurico Dubon plays SS in Pittsburgh.  He was called up quickly last night after the collision by Arcia and Hiura.  Arcia seems to have taken the worst end of the collision -  a possible concussion and a shoulder issue.  Reports are they are concerned with his collarbone and that would be a tricky issue for a SS.  Hiura seems to have come out ok and reports no issues.  

If Arcia has a collarbone issue, it could mean the end of his season.  It will be interesting to see how things play out if that is the case.  Dubon is one of the top trade chips the team has and if he can prove he can be a major league SS - he could either increase his trade value or become the teams everyday SS.  
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Orlando Arcia is fine and will be back at short after the All Star break.  Today is probably the only day Maurico Dubon will be on the roster.  He takes the spot of Burch Smith which means there are only seven guys in the bullpen.   They will probably go back to eight when games resume again on Friday so he probably goes back to the Missions after today's game.  He had to catch an early morning flight from New Orleans to get to Pittsburgh and is not in the starting lineup today.   If he isn't going to play every day then they should probably keep him at San Antonio.  Given the uncertainty of Ryan Braun's health probably keeps Tyler Saladino around a little longer.  They wouldn't have to make this move if they would have just placed Braun on the IL and called up someone on Thursday who could play a full game every day.  They had an open spot on their 40 man roster and could of brought up Corey  Spangenberg who can play both outfield and the infield and a different pitcher other than Deolis Guerra. 
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Good news for Arcia.  More scared than anything it sounds like.  

Couple of other notable things - In San Antonio last night - Drew Smyly pitched well. 4 innings giving up only a run on 3 hits with 7 k's.  All indications are that he threw the ball well.  He struggled earlier this year, but he has the potential to be a Gio type pickup similar to last year.  Could be a long shot, but also could find something that works.  

And, CC and Stearns seem committed to leaving Houser in the rotation.  Apparently he is going to get another start after the break.  Not sure what will happen when Gio returns in 2 weeks though.  At that point, my hope is they return him back to the bullpen where he was having success.  He may be a a starter at some point, but right now, he isn't able to give the team the best chance to win as a starter.  He is better as a reliever and more valuable to the team in the bullpen.  

With the implosion of guys that have been brought up fill out the bullpen - it is time Stearns does something other than recycle these guys.  Wilkerson, Smith, Guerra, Williams, and Barnes have all flamed out and there is no more options to use.  It is time to go out and get someone that can get guys out.  
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Really looking forward to not having to think about this team for the next week or so.
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Lets add Junior Guerra to the list of fall aparts in the bullpen.  He has walked a fine line many times and just seems like he is always working with runners on base.  Stearns has got to address the bullpen at some point and the sooner the better.  There are arms available, now he just needs to go get a couple.  One is not going to do it.  

On the positive, in the bullpen - Corbin Burnes looks like he is getting back to his form from last year and I really like that split change he is using more.  And - Jesus Aguilar is showing signs of life and he may just have saved his roster spot this weekend.  The break is coming at a good time and it is time to regroup and get home and get things going.  Thankfully the Cubs continue to play as poorly as the Brewers.  And I don't think we can sleep on the Pirates.  They can hit and will be getting some starters back - even with Brault going down.  Having that dominant closer at the end that can go 2 innings - Hader like - is a huge plus.  
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