Saturday, April 26, 2008

Milwaukee Brewers Bats Go Silent Once Again; Blanked By Marlins in 10 Innings

Where is this big, explosive offense that was so often talked about and predicted during Spring Training? Right now the big Brewer bats are M.I.A., to say the least!

One run in its last 19 innings is what the Crew has put across the plate. Its offense is currently anemic! A team .245 average with only 69 walks and 164 strikeouts? A .313 OBP? Pathetic!!

Obviously the team is struggling and pressing offesively. What troubles me even more than this is the fact that Yost refuses to try to manufacture runs with small ball. If your team is struggling to score runs and it's the 7th inning or later and the game is tied or a one run ball game, why wouldn't you move the runner over to second base to get into scoring position? It's mind boggling to me! Bunt, Ned!! Can someone please explain to me why the Brewers aren't moving runners over late in games while they continue to struggle offesively?

From the 6th inning on last night, the Marlins tried to bunt four out the last five innings. The Brewers didn't attempt a sacrifice once last night. In fact, The Brewers have only attempted one bunt in the last 19 innings. Am I missing something here?

I would imagine the Brewers will break out of their huge offesive drought soon. At least I hope so. But in the interim, let's hope Yost finds the baseball intelligence that he so desperately lacks and starts moving runners over.

Get out to Miller Park today and/or tomorrow and try to get the Crews bats going. Let 'em here you, people.

What say you?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Brewers Pulls Out Big Win Late In St. Louis; Fielder Goes Yard

What a huge come from behind road victory for the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis today!! The game just went final with the Crew winning 5-3. Prince Fielder delivered the go ahead runs in the top of the 1oth inning with his first homerun of the year.

My previous post about this game was certainly "doom and gloom", folks. For that I apologize. I guess it just goes to show that if the Brewers are within three runs late in the game, they certainly have the firepower to get back into the game quickly.

What a big win!! Now the Brew salvages one of three games against the cards and heads to Cincinnati 3-3 on this challenging nine game road trip. 3-3 is soooooooo much nicer than 2-4.

Great job, Crew!!

Milwaukee Brewers Struggle Against Cardinals Again; Risk Getting Swept

At the time of this post, the Milwaukee Brewers are down 3-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning in St. Louis. The Crew's punchless offense is proving no match for the Cardinals. The cards came into today's game 11-4 with the major league's best starting pitching statistics.

I know it's early folks and the Brewers entered today 8-6. But, I'll tell ya what, the lack of hitting from Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder is starting to create a little concern for yours truly. Again, it's only game 15. I do like this Brewer squad and I think they will be ok. That being said, I am concerned about the fact that they can't seem to beat the Cardinals. What's up with that? Why can't they fare any better against Tony Larussa and company?

Before this long, challenging nine game road trip I would have accepted a 4-5 record. It's starting to look like 3-7 might be the best fans can hope for.

Hopefully, the Crew can get the bats going and finish this road trip on a possitive note.

The Brewers are back at Miller Park Monday and promptly face these same Cardinals that are presently making the Crew look pretty bad. Get out to the park folks and help turn things around for the Brew.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Milwaukee Brewers Sweep Giants, Improve to 5-1; Sheets Throws Shutout

The Milwaukee Brewers have got off to a hot start and are now 5-1! Ben Sheets got the Crew to 5-1, pitching his second career shutout. Benny tossed a 5 hitter, with no walks and 8 strikeouts. Sheets threw the ball very well and had good velocity and movement. His curveball was top notch.

Gabe Kapler and Ryan Braun led the way offesively with both jacking no doubter homeruns to leftfield.

The Brewers swept the punchless Giants outscoring them 25-8.

The Crew is getting contributions from many, not just a few. Billy Hall cracked two homeruns in the Brew's opener on Friday; Kapler homered in both Saturday and Sundays contests; Corey Hart is hitting, stealing and running the bases well; Rickie Weeks is scoring a lot of runs; Jason Kendall is hitting well and calling good games and the pitching staff is performing quite well.

The Brewers get a well deserved day off today, 4/7 and open a three game series with the Reds on Tuesday. Check out the latest Brewers news here. It's usually pretty up to date.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Milwaukee Brewers Win Opener in Chicago 4-3; Suppan to Pitch Wednesday

The Milwaukee Brewers started the season off on the right foot with a gutty 4-3 victory over the Cubs in 10 innings in Chicago for the '08 opener on Monday.

Ben Sheets pitched an impressive six innings despite having to wait out a couple of rain delays. His two hit, seven strikeout outing was exactly what the Brew needed to get the season started. Both Torres and Mota pitched strongly in late inning relief.

Both teams were held scoreless through eight innings, in a well played pitching duel. Both Carlos Zambrano and Sheets held their respective opponents at bay.

Tony Gwynn Jr. had two hits, a sacrafice, a steal and played a very good centerfield. The Brewers manufactured three runs in the top of the ninth inning and handed Greg Gagne a 3-0 lead.

Gagne almost came unglued and promply gave up the three run cusion, puntuated by a three run Fukadome homerun. Ned Yost decided to let Gagne work his way out the ninth and fortunately for the Crew, Gagne got the Brew to the 10th inning.

Again, the Brewers did a great job of manufacturing another run to take the lead 4-3. David Riske came in in the bottom of the 10th and impressively shut the door on the Cubs, collecting his first save as a Brewer.

It was a hard fought game that the Brewers deserved to win.

Jeff Suppan pitches Wednesday afternoon in game two of a three game series.

Opening day for the Brewers is this Friday, 4/4. Get out to Miller Park and cheer on the Crew!!

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