Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The effort was so terrible that I texted Va Jay Jay suggesting that Manny's batting music should be switched to "Undone" by Weezer. At least I was able to get a good chuckle when I saw the Brewers.com game summary.
It might be time to consider letting Cappy get a start.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Honestly, why would anyone ever think that someone who speaks German could intend to harm somebody?
The real threat here is Joe Mauer and his God damned sideburns; he's corrupting America's youth.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Referring to the Uptight Citizens of St. Louis, B-Phil sez:
“I’d play against these guys on one leg,” Phillips told Hal McCoy, a columnist for the Dayton Daily News. “We have to beat these guys. All they do is b—- and moan about everything, all of them. They’re little b——s, all of them. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”Doug Melvin, GET ME THIS MAN.
(With love to KL for the link.)
Monday, August 9, 2010
While Dickerson is already 27, I think that overall it's a good move for Milwaukee. Moving Edmonds is a low to no risk move and considering our center field situation, why not gamble on Dickerson. He has showed flashes of good offensive ability, speed on the basepaths, and is solid in the field. He'll have roughly 8 weeks to show what he can do which essentially will be an audition for next season. So as I previously stated....I'll take it.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Below are the league-average (NL) "slash" splits by position, as compared to the "slash" splits of the Brewer who plays that position:
|First baseman||.274||.358||.465||.824||Prince Fielder||.267||.400||.499||.899|
|Second baseman||.266||.333||.392||.725||Rickie Weeks||.274||.372||.486||.858|
|Third baseman||.268||.337||.427||.765||Casey McGehee||.272||.337||.446||.783|
|Left fielder||.266||.335||.435||.769||Ryan Braun||.281||.334||.463||.797|
|Center fielder||.261||.330||.410||.740||Carlos Gomez||.228||.286||.350||.635|
|Right fielder||.265||.335||.449||.784||Corey Hart||.294||.350||.568||.917|
Note a couple of things, if you would:
(1) Corey Hart's having a banner year, for sure, but the league-average SLG and OPS numbers for right field are the second-highest on this list behind first base. Point is: a slugging right fielder isn't exactly a rare commodity.
(2) Conversely, a slugging second baseman -- who's also outpacing the league-average OBP for his position by forty points -- is a rare commodity. Part of the reason I don't like the extension for Hart is that it makes it that much more difficult to sign Weeks to an extension, and second basemen with 25-homer, .370-OBP potential don't exactly grow on trees.
(3) The Big Point: At every position save for C, SS, and CF, the Brewers are outstripping the league-average OPS for the respective position -- and, in some cases (1B, even with Prince's depressed slugging numbers; 2B, with Rickie's brea ... nope, not going to say it; and RF, with Corey Hart's career year), they're far ahead of the league-average OPS.*
*As my boy KL pointed out, the better-than-league-average OPS numbers are due, in large part, to the higher slugging numbers for Brewers like Braun, Hart, and McGehee. The numbers don't look as good when you compare average OBP by position to the individual Brewers' OBPs (Braun and McGehee are right at league average, Gomez and Esky and Jon Lucroy are well below league average, and Hart's just a shade above league average), but that's not the point of the post.
And yet, and still, we're 10 games under .500 this year, a year after it took a great year from Braun, very good years from McGehee and Weeks/Counsell/Felipe Lopez, and a sublime campaign from Prince to finish two games under .500. This team, as currently constructed, will not contend.
We need pitching, and we need it desperately. It's not coming from the free agent market -- in part because that market is going to be shit after the 2010 season, and in part because Doug Melvin can't identify solid free agent pitchers -- and the farm system isn't producing anyone in the near future. And we just took our biggest in-season trade chit, who was at peak value and who could be easily replaced (either from in-house or by a veteran on a short-term deal) ... and signed him to a three-year extension.
This isn't how you build a winning baseball team.
-The Brewers offense and defense came alive at the same time providing a 26 hit 18 run performance while only surrendering 1 run to the Chubs. This could have been a bigger drubbing given that the Crew left 15 on base.
-Hart, Braun, and Fielder combining for 14 hits.
-Carlos Gomez doing his best Rickie Weeks impersonation by getting drilled in consecutive at bats; once in the head and it looked pretty effing brutal.
-Alcides Escobar doing a solid job playing center field.
-Trevor Hoffman taking his 34th career at bat in the 9th inning. I have to say, his swing didn't look that terrible.
-The interior of the Wrigley Stadium Club. While the food was good, the view sucks. Nothing like building a fine-dining facility where the only window looks out onto the corner of Addison and Sheffield.
-An Ice Fishing With Kirby sighting.
-Douchey Cubs fans.
-Scantily-clad, over-served, coeds on a Monday night.
-Several over-served mom-types with new and improved mounds that they were more than happy to flaunt.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
-Let the trade deadline pass without trading Corey Hart at what was likely the height of his value.
-Fail to move Prince who is now just winding down rest of his time in Milwaukee as his trade value rides along a time-based return curve.
-Go on a 4 game skid leaving them 10.5 games back (with Wolfy on the mound today, I don't have much confidence that this trend will change).
Have now decided to let Mat Gamel play right field and 1st base at AAA Nashville in hopes of expediting his promotion to the Majors. This is a major CYA move for the Crew who will likely be losing Prince and Corey Hart after 2011.
Given Mat Gamel's injury history, I'm hoping this attempt at versatility is to increase his trade value.