Milwaukee Brewers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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