Milwaukee Brewers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: Just 10 games into the season, but the Brewers are sitting on top of not just the National League Central (ahead of playoff teams St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds), but on top of the entire National League. The Brewers got off to an 8-2 start, which included going 6-0 on the road. They averaged five runs a game - which is pretty respectable, though the big figure is that they have only allowed 26 runs, or 2.6 runs per game. That figure leads the NL by a large margin. There are still 152 more games and five months worth of baseball to be played, but it is a nice start the team.
4/10/14: One year ago, the Brewers had a team that looked like they could possibly contend for a playoff spot. And once you get into the playoffs, then anything can happen. Ultimately, the starting rotation let the team down and they began a downward slide. Ryan Braun's suspension for his role with performance enhancing drugs only made things worse. At the end of the day, the Brewers were lumped with the Chicago Cubs in the cellar of the National League Central Division. Its a new year and new hope for the Brewers. With a retooled starting rotation, and a bit of luck, the team could be back to where they were just a few years ago.
4/3/14: The Brewers were the only NL Central team to open up the 2014 season by playing outside the division. It was also marked the return of Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun. Braun was suspended for 65 games last season for PED s. While many opposing fans have taunted and ridiculed Braun during spring training. However, that was not the case in Milwaukee. Braun received a standing ovation when he showed up to his first at-bat. Braun did not get off to a great start offensively, but did go 1-4 as the Brewers defeated the visiting Atlanta Braves 2-0.
3/20/14: The Milwaukee Brewers have been picking up discarded pitchers for a while, and they may have their best one yet in Matt Garza. Garza was an outstanding middle rotation guy in Tampa a few years ago. He was in Chicago last season, but was both injured and plagued by a terrible supporting cast. He is now in with the Brewers and does not have much love for the Cubs at this point. Some have criticized his scorn for the Cubs, but on the other hand, it is only natural to want to beat the team or organization that dumped him.
3/13/14: Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse did not have to worry about it this season, but last season he was held captive by the MLB qualifying offer system. Loshe has been quite critical of the system as it tends to punish guys on good teams. Under the system, teams may present a qualifying offer ($14.1 million this season) to a free agent-to-be. If another team signs him, then they forfeit a first round pick (unless it is in the top 10). That means that good players often do not have a chance to move elsewhere because teams do not want to sacrifice a first round pick. The Brewers did it with Loshe and the Cardinals were the beneficiaries in 2013.
3/6/14: Mike Carp was not the only reason the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, but he was a solid contributor. He posted an .885 OPS in 243 plate appearances. Being a left handed hitter, 215 of those were against right handed pitching. He offered to learn third base to stay in Boston, but that is not likely, so the Red Sox are likely to move him. The Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams keeping an eye on this scenario. They could use the help at first base, and left handed hitting is always a plus. The Brewers are not allow, however, the Pittsburgh Pirates are watching out as well and Carp could be a strong platoon with Gaby Sanchez.
2/27/14: The Brewers have started their spring training, and like everyone else, are looking to see what they have. One key piece to the puzzle is Aramis Ramirez. The third baseman underwent surgery in early January to remove a non-malignant polyp went through his first workout on Sunday and apparently there were no issues. He did all the regular drills except the bunt defense. In other news, reliever Zach Duke impressed watchers when he threw batting practice. He is there on a minor league contract but is displaying a live arm that may get him promoted to the big leagues. It is still early, but things are looking good at Brewers camp.
2/20/14: The Brewers did a nice job of bolstering their starting rotation by signing Matt Garza to a four year, $50 million deal. It also helped that they got a bit lucky as well. Garza took his wife on an anniversary vacation earlier in the offseason. While he was away, the Angels offered him four years for $52 million. He was unavailable at the time, so he never responded and the Angels rescinded the offer. While he lost $2 million by being out of touch, he does not seem particularly upset about it. The tougher part, from an outsider's viewpoint, is that he forfeited playing for a potential contender.
2/13/14: The Milwaukee Brewers have brought back a former star from their past, agreeing to a one year deal with relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod played parts of last season for the Brewers, and split time last season with the Baltimore Orioles as well. He had decent numbers in 2013 with a 2.70 ERA and 54 strikeouts in just under 47 innings. In case there was any confusion, he will not be the closer. He is expected to be a set-up man for closer Jim Henderson, according to GM Doug Melvin. Of course, his closer experience is a benefit and he may end up with the job down the road.
2/6/14: Milwaukee is trying desperately to rebuild their starting rotation this offseason and would like to be set soon. The rotation was not very effective last season and it showed with a distant finish to the top three teams in the NL Central: the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds. All three of those teams have the talent to make it back to the playoffs in 2014, so the Brewers have an uphill battle. One piece they are happy with is Kyle Lohse. He was signed a year ago and the the team gave up the No. 16 pick to get him - but he performed well all year.
1/30/14: Brewers' fans may be waiting on the big news story that the team has finally made a trade to acquire Ike Davis from the Mets. That would certainly fill the gaping hole the team has at first base, but that story has not been written yet. In the meantime, there is some minor news. The Brewers singed Jeremy Hermida and Joe Thurston to minor league deals, which can provide some organizational depth. Hermida is only 29 and may be an asset down the road. He last played in the majors in 2012, but has had a lot of injuries. He was in triple-A last season in the Cleveland organization.
1/23/14: It looks like the Brewers have given up on acquiring first baseman Ike Davis from the Mets. While it seems to be a perfect match, no deal has been made and all sides are quiet. The Brewers have now signed Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal. Reynolds has plenty of power - he is easily capable of hitting 40 homeruns in a single season (assuming he is healthy). The risk is that is he is not hitting dingers then he is striking out. However, with no one else to play first base, he may get the chance to be the Brewers first baseman this coming season.
1/16/14: This could be an interesting year for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew seemed to have a pretty good roster assembled heading into the regular season in 2013. True, they were a year removed from Prince Fielder, but did have enough talent to be a good team. That is, except for the starting pitching. The rotation struggled all of the 2013 season and Milwaukee finished near the bottom of the National League. With Ryan Braun back, and some other changes, Milwaukee could be a surprise team in 2014, though the ballclub still could use some more pitching help (as all teams do).
1/9/14: The Brewers and the Mets seem to be perfect trade partners for the services of first basemen Ike Davis. The Brewers have an big need for a first baseman for the 2014 season, Davis is probably the best that is realistically available, and the Mets are willing to part with him. But no deal has been made yet. In fact, the Mets started talking to Baltimore about Davis for a while. Now the Mets are reportedly expecting to keep Davis rather than trade him. That may be true, but could easily be a trade tactic to get the Brewers to move quicker.
1/2/14: The Brewers are still trying to find their first baseman for 2014. They have been linked heavily to Ike Davis of the New York Mets. The Mets, reportedly, are interested in Eduardo Rodriguez. The problem is that he is a prospect in the Baltimore system. That implies that the Brewers may need to sharpen their pencils and come up with a better offer than whatever they have on the table. In unrelated news, former Brewers starter Chris Narveson is heading to Japan to play with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on a one year deal worth $850,000
12/26/13: The news surrounding the Milwaukee Brewers this Christmas season do are centered squarely on a trade with the New York Mets about first baseman Ike Davis. Despite finishing 14 games under .500 and 23 games behind division winner St. Louis, the Brewers still have some talent on the team. The real problem last season was the starting rotation and injuries. Milwaukee does not have a deep farm system and cannot afford to trade away stars like Carlos Gomez or Ryan Braun. But they should be able to put together a package for Davis, if they really want him.
12/19/13: Get ready for the Ike Davis to Milwaukee rumors to heat up (again). The Brewers could not keep first baseman Corey Hart, as he opted to sign with Seattle (who, interestingly enough, also acquired Logan Morrison). Hart has been with the team for several years and is a competent player. His absence leaves a glaring hole at first base, so enter the Ike Davis speculation. The Mets appear willing to deal Davis, and it would probably benefit the Brewers to grab him while they can. Of course, Milwaukee could also use some help in the rotation, but that is a matter for a different day.
12/12/13: Milwaukee is looking for an everyday first baseman, something they have not had since they let Prince Fielder walk after the 2011 season. With the Marlins locking up Garrett Jones to a two year deal, it seems reasonable that the Brewers would have interest in Logan Morrison - who now appears to be expendable. Morrison has had some injuries over the last few years, but that is not keeping teams away, as the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox also reportedly have interest in the first baseman. Another option, of course, could be Ike Davis from the Mets.
12/5/13: Ryan Braun made his first public comments since being suspended for 65 games for PEDs. He limited his remarks to standard boiler plate answers about looking to the future and putting the past behind him. He did announce that he has been in contact with Dino Laurenzi and even made amends. Laurenzi was the sample-collector who Braun trashed in getting his first PED suspension overturned. Many people felt that Braun wrongly assassinated Laurenzi's character during the spectacle. Laurenzi must be a pretty big man to accept that apology and truly forgive Ryan Braun for his verbal assaults.
11/28/13: It is entirely possible that Corey Hart's career is not over and that he may be back with the Brewers in 2014. Hart missed the entire 2013 season with a pair of knee surgeries. However, he says he is healthy again and has dropped 20 pounds. It seems that where he plays may be dependent upon location. He and his family live in Arizona, where the Brewers have their spring training facility. Milwaukee is not the only team interested, apparently, as there are reports that the Rockies, Red Sox and Rays also have some interest in Hart.
11/21/13: In reviewing the Brewers 2013 season, it is easy to say the team just was not very good based on their 88 losses and fourth place finish in the NL Central. However, that is a simplistic analysis that overlooks a few major points. First, the Brewers were stuck in the best division in MLB, with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati all winning at least 90 games and qualifying for the playoffs. Secondly, the Brewers' starting rotation was not just subpar, but also injured. Milwaukee has some good young talent on the team like Jean Sugura and Carlos Gomez - not to mention they will get Ryan Braun back in 2014.
11/14/13: If the Brewers are going to get back into contention in the NL Central - and by extension, the National League - then they need some starting pitching. That much is obvious and has been discussed at length in many publications. At the same time, they still need to be able to produce offense and Corey Hart is a key player. The Mets also have interest in Hart and likely will meet with him and or his agent soon. The Brewers say they will also have a meeting, but no timetable is set yet. Milwaukee does not have the luxury of throwing around money and is not expected to be very active in free agency. However, maybe they can convince Hart to take a hometown discount to keep him in the fold.
11/7/13: Rebuilding the Milwaukee Brewers should be a fairly straightforward plan - get some starting pitching help. The offense was serviceable last season, and will get Ryan Braun back for 2014. However, the starting rotation was among the worst in the National League with only Kyle Lohse registering more that 20 starts and an ERA under 3.85. The Brewers should be spending the time right now scouring the free agent market to see who they can pick up. One possibility is Bronson Arroyo who spent the last eight years in Cincinnati. Arroyo's stats are similar to Lohse, so he is a good veteran arm that will eat up a lot of innings.
10/31/13: There was very little positive about the Brewers' 2013 season. The team was simply awful and did not win a lot of games - they were well over 20 games behind the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals who all made the playoffs. But outfielder Carlos Gomez is being recognized for his season. He is a finalist for a Gold Glove award and has a great chance of winning the honor. Amazingly, the Brewers have not had a Gold Glove winner since 1982 when Robin Yount won the award as a shortstop. That was also the last time the Brewers made the World Series, where they lost to the Cardinals.
10/24/13: If everyone was being honest, one would have to believe that the Brewers' organization and fans have to be rather upset about how the entire Ryan Braun situation has played out. It was just two years ago, right after the St. Louis Cardinals eliminated the Brewers from the playoffs (on their way to winning the World Series) that the Brewers essentially had to decide on keeping Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun. There was only money enough for one and they kept Braun. Now his reputation is in shambles and Milwaukee is on the hook for about $100 million dollars. And Fielder is in the ALCS with the Tigers.
10/17/13: The 2014 season will be a very interesting one in Milwaukee. The team was terrible in 2013, which was surprising because they had the talent (at least on paper) to be a competitor. In fact, several experts thought they would be able to make the playoffs. However, the team suffered a litany of injuries that doomed them from the start. Ryan Braun's suspension did not help - even if the team was out of contention by the time it occurred. Considering the skill they still have on the roster, it is conceivable that the Brewers put together a nice 2014 season, but they have to avoid the trouble they had this year.
10/10/13: The Brewers are not wasting much time to start overhauling their roster after a tremendously disappointing and trying season. The team waived Mat Gamel and Tyler Green earlier in the week (the Cubs claimed Gamel). Gamel was once a promising prospect but his career was derailed by injuries. He filled the void left by an injured Corey Hart this season and may have a chance to play every day with Chicago. In other news, Brewers' minor league pitching prospect Dylan Brock was suspended for 50 games for PED use. He played in the Arizona rookie league this past season and his suspension takes effect in 2014.
10/3/13: The good news for the Brewers is that this miserable season is over. The Brewers were expected, at one time, to contend for the NL Central. They ended up with one of the worst records in baseball and lost their star player, Ryan Braun, for the final 65 games of the season to a PED suspension. Jean Segura was a bright spot for the team and the Brewers are now planning to extend his contract. Segura hit almost .300 for the season with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. At 23, he seems like a good bet to get under a long term contract to build for the future.
9/26/13: Ryan Braun visited the Brewers' clubhouse and met with reporters last week. It was the first time since his 65 game suspension that he has stepped foot into the team facilities. Apparently, he missed being around the team. He does not have to miss them much longer. The season is almost over, though one could argue the Brewers' season ended in May. Braun will be eligible to return for spring training and all of next season. Braun also called season ticket holders a few weeks back to apologize for his actions, actually doing a nice job of re-integrating himself into the Brewers family.
9/19/13: Like the Cubs helping the Cardinals, the Brewers are doing the same thing. In fact, it was former St. Louis pitcher Kyle Lohse who led the way last Friday. He dominated the Reds on his way to a 5-1 victory and another season of double digit wins. The Reds have tailed off in the last week and now must keep an eye on the Nationals who are within striking distance. The Lohse acquisition was a costly one for the Brewers, they surrendered their 2013 first round pick to St. Louis, but has paid off in that they have a solid pitcher who can get big wins and eat innings.
9/12/13: The Milwaukee Brewers will not be playing for anything significant this year, how could they be when it is September and they trail the division leader by over 20 games? So the Brewers are trying to build for next season and get rid of any dead weight they can right now. They even let reliever Johnathan Broxton go to the rival St. Louis Cardinals. In a surprise move, disgraced and suspended star Ryan Braun made phone calls to season ticket holders apologizing for his actions. Maybe it is sincere, maybe it is a publicity stunt, but there are probably a lot of Brewers fans who feel wronged.
9/4/13: Milwaukee is trying to shut the door on this season and already making moves for the future. Last week, they traded former reliever John Axford to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. The move helps shore up the middle relief for the Cardinals and allows Milwaukee a piece of the Cardinals deep development system. The intra-division trade is odd, and usually that means that one team knows more than the other. Don't forget, the Brewers signed former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse in the offseason and had to surrender their first round draft pick to do so. That one did not work out well for Milwaukee.
8/29/13: As expected, suspended Brewers' star Ryan Braun issued his mea culpa apology in the past week. Of course, the team accepted his apology and supports him, and Brewers' fans are likely to forgive him soon. That does not stop the onslaught of media for berating the prepared statement. Braun is in a no win situation, and his massive contract may well hamper the team for years. What will probably happen now is Braun will stay silent for the rest of the year and not face any more media scrutiny until spring training - which is probably the smart thing to do.
8/22/13: Suspended Brewers' all-star Ryan Braund is reportedly about to come clean publicly about his use of performance enhancing drugs. His story has been well documented, so that will not be rehashed here. He is serving a 65 game suspension, but will be eligible to play next season. The big bombshell is that 60 Minutes reported that Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaked information about Braun's PED use. That would be a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and make A-Rod subject to a much larger punishment than the 211 games he was given (and is now appealing).
8/15/13: The Biogenisis suspensions are finally out, and that has to please Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers. Now the media and fans can move on to ripping the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez instead of piling on Braun. Braun was the first of the 14 players suspended, and made a deal for the remainder of the 2013 season (65 games). It actually worked out well for Braun. He was/is injured, so he would be out of the line up anyway. The Brewers are not going anywhere this year, and will probably end up as one of the five worst teams in the league. Braun also gets to keep over $100 million in his guaranteed contract (a contract he earned while on PEDs). But if Braun never returns to form, then he will be an anchor bringing down the Brewers for the next several years.
8/8/13: The Brewers are on the hook for Ryan Braun's contract for the next several years, and it will cost them over $100 million because the contract is guaranteed. The problem is that no one knows which Ryan Braun they are getting. If he can continue to play at a high level, then the team will be okay. If not, then the Brewers will suffer and not be in a position to pay good players. All feelings aside, it is difficult to watch a team be liable for a contract that essentially may not have been made in good faith. The fans are the ones that will suffer - having to shell out more money for a team that is handicapped by an egregious contract.
8/1/13: It is not a new story now, but Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season. He is expected to return for next year. Braun failed a PED test in 2011 and won on appeal due to a technicality. He then boasted how he was exonerated. The latest suspension is from the Biogenisis case where it appears that MLB had overwhelming proof of Braun's use of banned substance(s). Many pro players are upset with Braun for lying about his use and want his penalty to be harsher. He is in the public eye now, but probably was smart to be the first player to cut a deal and get the punishment over with.
7/25/13: There is no question that the Milwaukee Brewers will be sellers this season. The season is ruined for the team, and they currently sit about 20 games out of first place in the National League Central. The real question is who will be traded. The Diamondbacks would reportedly like Yeovani Gallardo, but are unwilling to part with their top pitching prospect in Tyler Scraggs. In the meantime, the Brewers can remember their glory days of 2011 when they won the division (but were knocked out in the NLCS by the rival St. Louis Cardinals, who also beat them in the 1982 World Series).
7/18/13: What a nightmare this season has been for the Milwaukee Brewers. The team had aspirations of being a contender in the NL Central, but finds themselves with only 36 wins at the All-Star Break. That translates into a .404 winning percentage and 19.5 games out of first place. The team has suffered irreparable injuries and who knows what will happen with Ryan Braun in the Biogenesis case - he could potentially face a 100 game suspension. For now, the team will concentrate on trading what they can to build for the future, and put 2013 behind them.
7/11/13: As difficult as this season has been for the Brewers, it is somehow managed to get worse. Ryan Braun's thumb injury is much worst than expected and he will miss more than 15 days. There is actually a chance that he could be finished for the season. It may not be a bad idea to shelve Braun for the second half. The team is 18 games out of first, and is even behind the Cubs at this point. It may make sense to bring up some prospects so they can develop at the big league level, as this season is already a lost cause.
7/4/13: The horror story that is the Brewers' season continues with another star going down with injury. Not that it really matters at this point because the team is so far out of contention that they may take the tact of selling off players and working toward the top draft pick. This time it is Corey Hart. He had been out with an injury to his right knee, but now will sit out the rest of the season to have surgery on his left knee. There is little consolation here for the team and fans, but occasionally the injury bug bites hard and completely destroys a season before it can get started.
6/27/13: The Brewers awful season just keeps getting worse. The team has been among the worst in the league since week one, playing well below expectations - many experts picked them to make the playoffs and that just is not happening this year. Ryan Braun went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a thumb injury. Now comes word that Carlos Gomez, the other bright spot for the team, may be injured as well. With the trade deadline coming up, expect the Brewers to be big sellers. They can clear some payroll and pick up some young talent.
6/20/13: It is looking more and more like the Brewers are just writing off the season at this point. The team is 16 games out of first place in the NL Central, in last place. That means that they are trailing the Cubs at this point. Ryan Braun went on the Disabled List for the first time in his career, and may be facing a 100 game suspension in the near future. At least they have their draft picks, right? Wrong. They forfeited their first round pick to, of all teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, for signing pitcher Kyle Lohse in the offseason. Loshe is 5-4 and has lost twice to the Cardinals - both times to Shelby Miller, the man who took his spot in the rotation.
6/13/13: A tough season for the Brewers got even tougher. Milwaukee is in last place in the NL Central, trailing the division leading St. Louis Cardinals by well over 20 games already. Now comes word that star player Ryan Braun is being investigated (again) by MLB for taking PEDs from Anthony Bosch and his Biogenisis clinic. MLB is reportedly looking to suspend Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and up to twenty others for up to 100 games. Braun failed a PED test in 2011, but the 50 game suspension was overturned on appeal due to a technicality. Braun has not been suspended yet, and it may be months before anything happens, but it is another blackeye on his career.
6/6/13: The Brewers were simply awful in May, winning only six games (a franchise worst) while simultaneously plummeting to the cellar of the NL Central (even behind the lowly and rebuilding Cubs). They have gotten a couple good efforts from individuals in that time however, including the 6-6 night by shortstop Jean Segura. That was followed up by a 5-5 night by Johnathan Lucroy. Two of those five hits were home runs. Milwaukee won the series against the Phillies due in part by a blown call in the ninth inning: Pitcher Francisco Rodriquez tried to pick off Jimmy Rollins at second base. Segura obviously dropped the ball, but second base umpire Mike Estabrook ruled an out.
5/30/13: Not much but bad news to report from Milwaukee. The Brewers entered the season as a contender for the NL Central and boasted a strong offense and strong pitching. But nothing seems to have gone right for the team. While St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh battle out for division supremacy - as well as being the top three teams in the majors, the Brewers are fighting out with the Cubs to avoid being at the cellar of the division. There is no single cause for the downfall this year, but at this rate the team will be looking to replace a lot of players and maybe coaches come November.
5/23/13: Nobody saw this coming. The Brewers were expected to be one of the challengers to the Cincinnati Reds this season for the NL Central title. Cincy was the odds on favorite, but the Brewers were expected by many to get a wild card spot. Now, there is still time for that, but the team is not doing themselves any favors. Somehow, they have dropped to last in the division - that means they are behind the hapless Cubs in the standings. The club just made a series appearance in St. Louis, where they lost two of three. The Cardinals beat their former starter, Kyle Lohse, for the third time this year. And for the third time, it was a rookie Cardinals pitcher who won.
5/16/13: After running up the standings for a little bit, and even trying to challenge the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers have fallen back to earth. The team is talented, but playing well below their potential, as they languish at 16-21, 8.5 games off the pace. Actually, right now they are only one game up on the lowly Cubs, and that is likely because the Cubs have played two more games than the Brewers. Milwaukee is in fourth place currently in the division, but if they can pull up from a 2-8 slide, then they can still compete in the rest of the season.
5/9/13: It was the old versus the replacement for the second time this season. The Brewers paid a heavy price to acquire veteran pitcher Kyle Lohse in the offseason. Not neccesarily for the contract (which was large, not surprising because Scott Boras is Lohse's agent), but that Brewers forfeited their first round pick next season to division rival St. Louis to get him. Lohse is a good pitcher, but the Cardinals know how to beat him (again). On Friday, Lohse's replacement in the Cardinals' rotation, Shelby Miller, shut down the Brewers, en route to a 6-1 St. Louis win.
5/2/13: The Milwaukee Brewers seem to have straightened out their issues fairly early. The Brew Crew started the season 3-8, which are simply Chicago Cubs or Miami Marlins numbers. But the team won nine in a row now, and trail the NL Central division leading St. Louis Cardinals by only a half a game. This is the franchise's longest April winning streak since opening up the 1987 season at 13-0. The Brewers have been scoring runs and playing weak opponents, a nice combination. Milwaukee should be able to contend in the division and for a playoffs spot, but they have not come up against the big competition yet.
4/25/13: The Brewers' demotion of closer Jon Axford to a set up man is paying off so far. John Henderson has taken over the role and is simply dominating the way a closer should. Milwaukee did the same thing with Axford last season for a few weeks in the summer. When he returned, he saved 17 of 18 games and was as dominant as ever. But this feels different. This time, perhaps Axford will stay in a set up role and Henderson will be the guy. The closing role is not something a team can take lightly, and the early returns are certainly on Henderson's side.
4/18/13: Milwaukee has the potential to be a very dangerous team this year. Sure, Prince Fielder is long gone, but Ryan Braun has proven to be an MVP candidate (regardless of what the drug tests may say). The team is still trying to find its offensive rhythm though. They dropped two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the game they won, they were down by three and managed to claw their way back to a 4-3 win in the 10th inning. Jim Henderson still has the closer role, and it will be interesting to see if they reinstate John Axford later on in the season.
4/11/13: For the second consecutive year, Brewers closer John Axford has lost his job - at least temporarily. Axford has been miserable this season in three appearances. He has allowed four home runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. That equals two blown saves and an ERA north of 20. The same thing happened last summer. Axford was moved to a middle releiver spot for a short time. He came back to convert 17 of his last 18 save appearance. For now, Jim Henderson (not the Muppeteer) will take the closers role, but the Brewers want Axford to be their man long term.
4/4/13: The concern is already brewing in Milwaukee that John Axford will not be the closing pitcher they want and need. Axford cam into the opening day game with a one run lead, but blew that opportunity by surroundings a game tying homer to Dexter Fowler. Maybe it is just an abberition or opening day jitters, but the Brewers should keep an eye on the situation should his troubles continue. to finish out the game, however, relief pitcher Jim Henderson came into the game in the 10th inning, retired the side in order, and picked up the win.
3/28/13: Milwaukee snagged the last of the big name free agent, strengthened their starting pitching rotation, and may have hurt a division rival in the process. The Brewers signed former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Loshe to a three year, $33 million contract. Recent struggles by Mark Rogers may have prompted the move. Loshe won 16 games and had an ERA under 3 for the Cardinals last season. St. Louis would have liked to retain Loshe, but not at the salary he wanted. Instead, they put a first round tender on him, so the Brewers are now giving St. Louis the 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft.
3/21/13: Of course everyone in Major League Baseball will deny it, but many people think that the league has a vendetta against the Brewers' Ryan Braun. Braun is the only player in MLB history to have a performance enhancing drug (PED) verdict overturned. He did not get a reversal due to being clean (no evidence either way), but rather on a technicality based on how his sample was handled. MLB is reportedly going to great lengths, even offering immunity to those who have tested positive and will testify against Braun. To Braun's credit, he followed up his PE D case with a statistically amazing season in 2012.
Just one start removed from a near perfect game bid, Mike Fiers did not have his best stuff as the Milwaukee Brewers dropped a 9-6 decision to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Fiers lasted just two innings, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and zero walks. Despite the rough start, his earned run average remains at a sparkling 2.63 on the year. Offensively for Milwaukee, Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks each went deep, while Corey Hart also added a run batted in in the loss. Overall, Milwaukee had nine hits on the day, but were just 1-6 when it counted with runners in scoring position.
Mike Fiers took a perfect game bid into the seventh, but eventually gave up a hit in what eventually turned into a 3-1 victory for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fiers pitched eight innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits and zero walks. He also added seven strikeouts over the course of his strong 113 pitch outing. Offensively, Aramis Ramirez went deep for the Brewers, a two-run shot in the first inning off Reds starter Johnny Cueto. The HR was his 15th of the season and gave him 70 RBI's to go along with it. Jason Segura also added his first run batted in after being traded to the Brewers in the Zack Greinke deal just a few weeks back.
In what turned out to be a high scoring affair on Sunday at Miller Park, the Washington Nationals defeated the MIlwaukee Brewers by the score of 11-10. Mark Rogers got the start for Milwaukee and pitched well, lasting 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk. He also added seven strikeouts over the course of his 98 pitch outing. Offensively, Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez and Corey Hart all went deep, while Jonathan Lucroy, and Cody Ransom also drove in runs in the losing effort. Unfortunately, the bullpen could not hold the Milwaukee lead and gave up nine earned runs after Rogers exited the game in the sixth.
Marco Estrada struggled and unfortunately the Milwaukee Brewers could not recover as the team dropped a close 7-6 ball game to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Estrada lasted just four innings, surrendering five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He also added four strikeouts over the course of his short 83 pitch outing. Offensively, Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun each added home runs to their season totals, while Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez and Martin Maldonado all each also drove in runs. Despite putting together a 15 hit day, the team managed only four hits with runners in scoring position throughout the game.
Despite pitching very well, Mike Fiers was the hard luck loser on Sunday as the Milwaukee Brewers dropped a close 2-1 ball game to the Cincinnati Reds. Fiers pitched six strong innings, allowing just two earned runs on five hits and zero walks. He also struck out four batters, but picked up the loss despite his solid performance. Offensively, Aramis Ramirez provided the lone run batted in of the day, his 55th of the season. The team did have plenty of opportunities, however, but failed to deliver - they were just 1-9 with runners in scoring position throughout the game.
Zach Greinke's last start for the Milwaukee Brewers was his best of the season. Greinke struck out 12 Chicago Cubs in route to throwing seven scoreless innings on June 6. The Cubs could only get two hits off Greinke as he lowered his season ERA to 3.13. Greinke has settled down in his last two starts after giving up seven earned runs in only 2 1/3 innings in Arizona on May 26. He gave up only one run in six innings against the major leajue leading Los Angeles Dodgers in his start in between the blowout and his latest gem
5/31/12 - The Milwaukee Brewers are slowly, but surely, clawing their way back to the National League Central race. The Brewers have won five of their last seven and play 12 of their next 15 games against teams under the .500 mark, with the first nine coming at Miller Park. In order for the Brewers to completely back to contend, the offense needs someone other than Ryan Braun to start hitting. More run support would help the starting pitchers like Shaun Marcum, who posts a staff best 3.63 ERA, but is only holds a 3-3 record for the season.
Despite a strong performance from starter Shaun Marcum, the Milwaukee Brewers dropped a close one on Tuesday night by a score of 2-0 to the San Diego Padres. Marcum gave the Brewers seven shutout innings, striking out six while only giving up three hits over 102 pitches. Francisco Rodriguez gave up two runs in the eighth inning, which proved to be plenty of support for Padres closer Huston Street to close it out in the top of the ninth. Yovani Gallardo will take the hill for the Brewers in the final game of the series on Wednesday night. Gallardo currently sports a 1-2 record on the year.
The Milwaukee Brewers won a big game this past Sunday night against the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals to help narrow the gap in the National League Central division. Zack Greinke gave the team a solid six innings of one run ball, striking out two batters through 99 pitches. John Axford came in and got the save for the Brewers, striking out two in his one inning of work. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a big two run double in the sixth inning that gave the team a lead that they would refuse to give up. Milwaukee will go to San Diego at the beginning of the week for a three game series against the Padres.
While the team is currently sitting at a game below .500 with an 8-9 mark, the Milwaukee Brewers find themselves in second place, just three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the crowded N.L. Central. Cory Hart currently leads an offense that ranks 11th in baseball with 73 runs scored with 4 HR's and 10 RBI's so far this season, while slugger Ryan Braun leads with a .288 batting average. The team has three games against the Houston Astros this week, followed by a three game set in St. Louis against the division leaders. If the Brewers play strong baseball, they could find themselves in first place by this time next week.
After losing their franchise player Prince Fielder to free agency in the offseason, the Milwaukee Brewers came into 2012 season hoping to rally around left-fielder Ryan Braun and a relatively young offense to help them regain their playoff form from a year ago. Staff ace Zack Greinke hopes to improve upon a 2011 season in which he won 16 games and posted an ERA of 3.83 to go along with 201 strikeouts. With the first week of the season in the books, the team began the 2012 season with a 2-2 mark and finds itself 1.5 games out of first place. The offense was paced by Corey Hart, posting a .417 average with 3 HR's and 4 RBI's in his first four games.
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The Brewers have always had great offenses over the years with sluggers like Prince Fielder, but the club has a much more balanced feel to it going into 2011. With the additions of 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to round out a solid rotation, the Brewers have a great shot at catching the Reds and Cardinals in the race for the NL Central.
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Milwaukee Brewers Tickets - 2011 Season Update
The Brewers are having a great season led by the hitting of Prince Fielder, Nyjer Morgan and Ryan Braun. Their pitching is being led by Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. Greinke isn't pitching as well has he was in Kansas City but he is still effecting. With the Cardinals having a down year, the Brewers are taking advantage and making a run for the playoffs.
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