Gennett wins it for Crew after Nelson’s great start

May 25, 2016

RECAP

> After being swept at the hands of the Mets, the Brewers got their series in Atlanta off to a good start, defeating the Braves 2-1. It was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel between Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 2.92 ERA) and Julio Teheran (1-4, 2.57 ERA), but despite stellar starts from each, neither factored into the decision. Scooter Gennett ended up being the hero for the Brewers with his go-ahead hit in the eighth inning.

Milwaukee drew first blood in the fourth inning on Ryan Braun’s frozen rope to center field for his eighth homer of the year. However, the Braves tied it in the fifth on an RBI triple from Mallex Smith (who?). Atlanta’s demise came when reliever Bud Norris walked Ramon Flores and Jonathan Villar in the eighth, setting the stage for Gennett’s go-ahead RBI single. The Brewers received scoreless relief from Michael Blazek, Tyler Thornburg, and Jeremy Jeffress, who recorded his twelfth save of the year.

> Nelson didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but, as aces do, he made it work and still posted a solid start (although he was facing the worst team in the National League). He threw six innings of one-run ball, walking three and striking out eight. Just as he did in his last start against the Cubs, he had to dance around danger all night, but managed to limit the damage. One worry I still have about Nelson is the middle innings, which have given him issues at time throughout his career; Smith’s RBI triple happened to come in the fifth inning today. But, with his ERA now at 2.92 and him pitching leaps and bounds better than anyone else in the rotation, I’m in no place to complain at the moment.

Nelson’s mound opponent, Teheran, was better tonight and certainly deserved to win. The Atlanta ace went seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12. This was no surprise, however, as Teheran came into today with a 2.04 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers.

> This series is already better than the Mets series was as a whole. After Wily Peralta blew an early lead in the first game, the Brewers went on to blow two more leads in the next two games. Despite the fact Milwaukee knocked around Jacob deGrom (5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) on Saturday, Zach Davies (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) wasn’t great either. David Wright eventually hit a walk-off single off of Blazek in the ninth to give the Mets a 5-4 win.

The series finale was ugly as well. After Jonathan Lucroy’s early RBI single, Noah Syndergaard (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) went to work and carved up the Crew. Chase Anderson (5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) wasn’t awful, but wasn’t good either; his damage included a solo homer from Michael Conforto in the 3-1 loss.

NEWS

> Will Smith is on his way back to the bullpen, as he began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Brevard County today. He threw a scoreless seventh inning against Clearwater, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Phillies.

> Corey Knebel should also be back in the bullpen before long. He threw a bullpen at Turner Field today.

> The Brewers have reportedly been connected to Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez.

> Milwaukee released right-handed reliever Jim Miller today. He had pitched to a 7.41 ERA  in 17 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

STATS

> I looked at Taylor Jungmann’s Triple-A stats today for the first time in a while, and they aren’t pretty. The Brewers’ first-round pick from 2011 has a 12.76 ERA in five starts since being sent back to Colorado Springs for the first time since he was recalled in June of 2015.

Jungmann was sent down in late April after going 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA in his first five starts of 2016. However, even if he’s actually pitching well, his numbers won’t show it because Colorado (need I say more?). However, a 12.76 ERA is awful, even if he’s pitching in a hitter-friendly park.

> Teheran pulled off the rare four-strikeout inning in the second today.

> The Brewers will look to take this three-gamer from the Braves tomorrow at 6:10 p.m. CT. Junior Guerra (3-0, 3.96 ERA) will look to stay hot in his first career start against Atlanta. The Braves will counter with Mike Foltynewicz (1-2, 4.57 ERA); the flame-throwing right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his career against Milwaukee.

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The second chances aren’t working

August 11, 2012

POSTGAME

> You can say all you want about how bad the Brewers’ bullpen is. It leads baseball in blown saves. I guess it hasn’t left Ron Roenicke with many options, but lately one option has actually emerged. It’s Jim Henderson, the 29-year old Canadian who has spent 10 years in the Minors before finally getting his chance at the Major League level. And he’s been producing. Coming into today, he had a 2.57 ERA (should be 1.29), and appeared to have the closer’s role locked down.

But, Roenicke did what he’s been doing FAR too much this season; try and give the struggling relievers second chances. And it cost starter Mark Rogers.

The Brewers lost to the Astros today, 4-3, courtesy of John Axford’s eighth blown save, and his seventh loss.

It was going fine early. In the first inning, Ryan Braun drove in Nyjer Morgan, who had reached on a dropped strike three. In the second inning, Astros starter Bud Norris threw a wild pitch with Jean Segura batting, which allowed Rickie Weeks to score from third, giving the Brewers an early 2-0 lead.

The Astros didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning on Carlos Corporan’s RBI single. Up until that inning, Rogers had held the Astros hitless through four innings. This was by far his best outing as a big leaguer, as he went seven innings while giving up a run on three hits (all in the fifth inning). He walked two and struck out eight.

The Brewers tacked on one more in the seventh on Segura’s RBI single.

So Roenicke must have thought it was 2011 today, because he used Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth, and Axford in the ninth. K-Rod gave up a home run to Corporan to cut the lead to 3-2, and from there retired the side in order.

Then Axford came in, and disaster once again struck.

Axford walked Brett Wallace to start the inning, who was pinch-run for by Tyler Greene. But, Greene advanced all the way to third base because of a wild pitch. Steve Pearce promptly tied the game with an RBI single and reached second base because of an error by center fielder Carlos Gomez. Scott Moore then drilled an Axford pitch to very deep center field (a few feet up Tal’s Hill), but Gomez managed to make the play, with Pearce tagging to third base. Brian Bogusevic dealt the finishing blow with a walk-off RBI single.

By the way, some people on Twitter were trying to blame Axford’s wild pitch on catcher Jonathan Lucroy. I’ll admit he didn’t make the best effort, but there’s honestly no point attempting to defend the bullpen anymore. It is what it is.

THE ANALYSIS

> I can’t explain everything, because I’d be attempting to figure out what goes on in the mind of Roenicke. I can’t do that, nor would I ever want to.

But I can say this. The Brewers have found another closer for the time being, that reliever being Henderson. But that’s useless if Roenicke continues to go back to the reliever who have failed the Brewers time and time again.

By the way- I’m not trying to come down on Axford, at least not directly. Obviously I have to blame him for the loss, considering he took the loss. But I’ve tried to stay away from mocking players directly lately, because I recently learned a lesson, that lesson being to not say anything online (or anywhere else) that you wouldn’t say to someone in person. I made that mistake three years ago on my old Twitter account, and I’ve made it a few times on my current account and even here on BWI. But I’ve tried to imply that rule to myself a lot more often lately, because I recently ran into Axford in person. All I could do was ask for a picture. Would I ever tell him “quit blowing saves” or “you’re horrible?” Heck no. There are plenty of people who do that on Twitter, and I don’t want to one of those people. But I’m a writer, so I have to at least be critical about it.

But I’m not afraid to come down on Roenicke, because it’s gotten to the point where I would probably blow up at him in person.

Anyway, I kind of rode off topic there, but I felt the need to get that out there.

> I was going to talk about the possibility of Mike Fiers (and other pitches) getting shut down before the end of the year, but I think I’m going to save that for another day. That topic requires its own article, because I’d also need to go into my opinion of that, pitch count, and so on.

THE NEWS

> Shaun Marcum made his first rehab start today for the Timber Rattlers (Single-A). He went three innings and threw 36 pitches, 28 for strikes. He gave up a solo home run, but was otherwise solid. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. Marcum was only scheduled to throw 35-40 pitches, so the low innings and pitch count were probably because he hadn’t thrown to live hitters in awhile.

Marcum hopes to return to the Brewers by their home series against the Cubs on August 20th.

> The innings limit suggested by Roenicke counts as news, I guess.

THE NUMBERS

> The bullpen is awful. You don’t need the numbers to tell you that anymore.

> Weeks went 3-for-4 with a career-high three doubles today.

> Gomez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, all against Norris.

> Segura got his first hit that left the infield, and his first hit that drove in a run.

> Rogers’ chance at his first career win was once again blown by the bullpen.

> Tomorrow’s match-up:

Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.13 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.60 ERA)

 


Astros host Brewers for the last time as an NL team

August 10, 2012

Pregame

> The Brewers travel to Houston tonight to start a three-game series against the worst team in baseball. But, there’s a bit more to this series than that: this is the last time the Astros will host the Brewers as their National League Central rival. After this season, the ‘Stros will make their long-awaited switch to the American League, once again giving both leagues 15 teams (which makes you wonder why Bud Selig moved the Brewers to the NL in 1998 in the first place, but that’s another debate).

Despite the Astros fallout after the 2010 season, they’ve actually had some pretty good memories over the past decade in the NL Central. In 2005, the Astros came back from a dismal 16-32 start to win the NL pennant, defeating the rival Cardinals to make it to the World Series that year. They were promptly swept in four games by the White Sox, but that’s about the best memory the Astros have in recent years.

Anyway, that aside, here are the probable pitchers for the series:

Mark Rogers (0-1, 5.91 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (5-9, 5.07 ERA)

Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.13 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.60 ERA)

Yovani Gallardo (10-8, 3.79 ERA) vs. ???

Rogers will go tonight, making his fifth career start (third this year). In his first start, he was solid against the Nationals, going 5 2/3 innings while giving up two runs. In his second start, he really only had one bad inning, but he was charged with five runs in five innings against the Cardinals. Rogers has never faced the Astros.

Norris, on the other hand, is pretty enigmatic himself. After starting the year 5-1, he has lost eight consecutive decisions. His last time out against the Brewers, he went seven innings while giving up two runs, but his bullpen blew it behind him. Overall, Norris has been very inconsistent against the Brewers in his career. In his first three starts against them, he went 3-0 with a 2.32 ERA. But that all changed mid-way through 2011, and he’s now 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA against the Crew.

The News

> The Brewers are contemplating shutting down Mike Fiers for the year in the near future. I’m not happy about it, but I’ll explain my opinion on it in tonight’s postgame.

> Shaun Marcum will make his first rehab start tonight at 5:35 PM CT in the first game of a Timber Rattlers double-header. He was originally going to make his start last night, but it was rained out.

> This isn’t necessarily news, but is an interesting case. Last Friday, first baseman Corey Hart made an error in the game against the Cardinals. But, MLB has overturned the ruling, and now the run is charged towards reliever Jim Henderson. So Henderson’s ERA, which started the day at 1.29, has escalated to 2.57, due to the limited number of innings he’s pitched.

The Numbers

> Surprisingly, since their move to the NL in 1998, the Brewers have gone just 40-71 in Houston (at Minute Maid Park and the Astrodome combined). Shows how much better of a team the Astros used to be, and how much worse of a team the Brewers used to be.

> The Brewers enter tonight on a nine-game losing streak on the road.

> The top three extra-base hit leaders in the NL are all Brewers: Aramis Ramirez (54), Ryan Braun, (51), and Hart (51).

> The postgame will be up later tonight. Here’s to hoping the Brewers send the Astros packing out of the NL Central.

 


Astros rotation should flop again

January 19, 2012

Note- This is the first of a new series I’m doing where I’ll be reviewing all of the rotations in the NL Central for 2012. If you’re looking for news, then scroll down- it’ll posted afterwards.

> We all know that the Astros just plain sucked in 2011. They were an MLB-worst 56-106, and finished a whopping 40 games out of first place to the Brewers in the NL Central.

While it didn’t help that they traded away their only position players who were worth something- Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn- at the All-Star Break, their pitching was one of the primary causes for their awful season. The starting rotation was nothing special, but their bullpen was worse. Every time their starter had tossed a solid outing and Brad Mills handed it off to the bullpen, you just knew they were going to blow it some way or another.

Anyway, I’m going to review their starting rotation now, and put them in order of how I think the rotation should go in 2012, along with their 2011 stats.

#1 starter- Bud Norris- 6-11, 3.77 ERA

Norris, in my opinion, is an elite pitcher just waiting to break out. He goes unnoticed because he’s on the Astros, but this kid has one of the nastiest sliders in the MLB. Since he’s a right-handed pitcher, that slider is near impossible for righties to hit, but it makes Norris vulnerable against lefties.

I consider him a strikeout pitcher. In 2011, he struck out 176 batters in 186 innings, with an 8.7 K/9 ratio. That was slightly down from his 9.3 K/9 in 2010, but his overall numbers were much better than 2010. But, he can’t let that strikeout rate drop anymore.

Anyway, Norris now has two full MLB seasons under his belt, which should set him up for nice year next year. But, his win-loss record might not show it, because I have a feeling he’s not going to get any run support.

#2 starter- Wandy Rodriguez- 11-11, 3.49 ERA

In 2011, Rodriguez was probably the Astros’ most consistent starter. Again, his record doesn’t show it (but no Astros’ starter record shows anything other than lack of run support), though. But, he’s already 33, and it’s rumored that the Astros might be shopping him to get rid of his large contract, so he may not be around too much longer.

I guess I haven’t seen Rodriguez pitch enough to determine what kind of pitcher he is, but, judging by the amount of home runs he gives up (25 in 2011), I’d assume he’s a fly-ball pitcher. But, he’s K/9 rate isn’t bad, as it was 7.8 in 2011. His K/9 rate has steadily fell over the past few years, though, which could show a possible decline.

Overall, I think Rodriguez still has a few good years left in him. They probably won’t all be with the Astros, though.

#3 starter- Brett Myers- 7-14, 4.46 ERA

After I did my best to praise the first two starters, I might not be able to do so with the next two. Myers had a great year in 2010, going 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA, and earning him the #1 spot in the rotation. But, he followed it up with an awful 2011, as seen by the basic numbers. He also became nearly a complete off-speed pitcher, with more than 50% of his pitches being change ups and curveballs, rather than fastballs.

Myers gives up enough home runs, as he gave up 31 in 2011. He’s pretty much a fly-ball pitcher, and his K/9 is just 6.7. He also gives up a lot of hits, giving up 9.4 per nine innings.

So I don’t think Myers has much left in him. But he’s on the trade block as well, so he may not be on the Astros for much longer either.

#4 starter- J.A. Happ- 6-15, 5.35 ERA

Happ just had a flat-out bad season. I used to think he had talent, but, after last year, I don’t know anymore. There was a stretch of eight starts in which he gave up at least four runs in each of them, which explains his high ERA. And, even when he did have solid starts, guess what he didn’t get? That’s right- run support.

Happ’s  K/9 in 2011 was 7.7, and he gave up 21 home runs. I guess I don’t really know what kind of pitcher he is, but, whatever kind he is, he needs to get better at it.

I think Happ will bounce back in 2012, but not by much.

#5 starter- Jordan Lyles- 2-8, 5.36 ERA

Lyles was called up during the year to give him a taste of the big leagues, and I think he has potential. He has an extremely relaxed pitching motion, which usually means good things for a pitcher. I still haven’t seen enough of him, but I’m guessing he’ll break the rotation next year.

And that’s my review of all of them. There are a few more Astros starters who could break the rotation, like Kyle Weiland, but I think these are the five who have the best shot.

Overall, I think the Astros rotation will, like the rest of the team, once again flop in 2012. Aside from Norris, I don’t see much coming from them next season.

Anyway, come back tomorrow for another review- I’m thinking I’ll do the Cubs.

> Today, I heard that earlier this week Tony La Russa said at some lunch circuit thing that he did tell Jason Motte to intentionally hit Ryan Braun in the wild game in August.

That’s so typical of him, though. He lied and flipped out at the reporters after that game. So, after he retires, he comes out and tells the truth when he’s untouchable.

Needless to say I’m happy that prick retired. I’ve had it with his crap; I don’t care if he’s a HOF manager- he certainly doesn’t have the personality of one.

> And that’s about it. Sorry for calling TLR a “prick,” I don’t usually use language like that on BW. But trust me, I could have called him something much worse…

Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.


Brewers offense breaks out late to give Greinke win

September 3, 2011

Up until the seventh inning, I thought the Brewers were about to go cold- really cold. But, after the seventh inning, those thoughts had pretty much disappeared.

The Brewers defeated the Astros today, 8-2. If you weren’t watching the game, you’d think that it was an easy win for the Crew just by looking at the score. But, all of those runs actually came in the seventh inning or later, believe it or not. Before I get into that, though, let me say that the Cardinals fell to the Reds tonight, 11-8, meaning the Brewers extended their division lead to 8.5, and their magic number fell to 16.

Zack Greinke definitely didn’t have his best stuff today, but found a way to make it work. He had to labor through every inning and work his way out of jams, but, in the end, turned in a solid start. Greinke went six innings while giving up two runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out six to earn his 14th win of the year, which is second on the staff to Yovani Gallardo (15 wins).

The Astros got to Greinke in the fourth inning when Jimmy Paredes hit an RBI single, following a triple by Brian Bogusevic. Clint Barmes then hit a RBI double to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. Both Bogusevic and Barmes killed Greinke today, going a combined 4-f0r-7 against him. Fortunately, those would be the only two runs the Astros scored.

The Brewers offense got going in the seventh inning, but, before that, they were shut down by Astros spot starter Lucas Harrell. He, like Greinke, had to labor through a lot of innings as well, but put together a scoreless outing. He went 5 1/3 innings while giving up just three hits- all singles- to go along with two walks and four strikeouts.

The first Brewers run, which was in the seventh, came in an odd way. With two outs, Taylor Green was pinch-hitting, and managed to get a single. He was pinch-run for by the speedy September call-up Logan Schafer. Schafer eventually scored on a wild pitch by David Carpenter to cut the deficit to 2-1. Ryan Braun would follow with a two-RBI single and give the Brewers their first lead in four games.

But, the Brewers offense wasn’t done there. It needed to catch up with itself after three disappointing games against the Cardinals, and it did. Casey McGehee hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Ryan Braun had a RBI single in the ninth. Prince Fielder also hit his 31st home run of the year in the ninth.

Ron Roenicke finally decided to use some of his September call-ups in clutch situations today, as I mentioned earlier. Green started the Brewers offensive surge with a two-out single, then was pinch-ran for by Schafer. Schafer would score the Brewers’ first run. Anyway, this means that the only September call-up that hasn’t been used by the Brewers is catcher Martin Maldanado, who has been referred to as the best defensive catcher in the Minors.

Yuniesky Betancourt was hit on the forearm by Carpenter in the eighth inning, following McGehee’s two-run shot (Carpenter must have some sort of affiliation with TLR). Anyway, Betancourt is now day-to-day with an injured forearm, and Roenicke said they’ll see how he feels tomorrow.

The Brewers will try and take this series in Houston tomorrow at 6:05 PM CT (on WMLW, not FSWI). Chris Narveson (9-6, 4.28 ERA) will take the mound for the Crew in his first start in 12 days. His spot in the rotation was skipped due to a couple of Brewers off-days, but, in his last start in which he was returning from the DL, he shut out the Pirates for 5 1/3 innings. He left that start with an injured fingernail or something strange, but he should be completely healthy now. Narvey is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA in his career againast the Astros.

The Astros will counter with Bud Norris (6-8, 3.68 ERA). He’s pitched better than his record shows, but he, like so many other Astros pitchers, does not get run support. Norris had been extremely dominant against the Brewers up until his last start against them, when he gave up six earned runs. Overall, he’s 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA against the Brewers.


Brewers get swept at home for first time in 2011

September 2, 2011

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see the Brewers go to Houston.

The reason for that is because the Brewers lost to the Cardinals today, 8-4, and were swept at home for the first time this season. And that sweep came at the hands of the Cards, who were chasing the Brewers by 10.5 games in the NL Central coming into this series. Now, they trail by 7.5 games.

Unfortunately, I saw this coming, but Yovani Gallardo had another lousy start against the Cardinals. He went just 4 2/3 innings while giving eight runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out eight. But, he gave up four home runs, escalating his 2011 total of homers given up to 22. He gave up just 12 in the entire 2010 season.

As usual, the Cards hit two homers in the first inning- one by Rafael Furcal, and one by Albert Pujols. That was the third time this season that Furcal and Pujols hit solo homers in the first inning of a game against the Brewers. Also note that all four of Furcal’s home runs since coming to the Cardinals from the Dodgers have come against the Brewers. Anyway, Pujols hit a grand slam off Gallardo in the third inning to pretty much seal away the game early for the Cards.

The only offense for the Brewers came via the home run ball as well- Jonathan Lucroy, Corey Hart, and Prince Fielder all had homers. But, that wasn’t enough to keep up with the Cardinals’ potent offense.

Anyway, with that disaster of a series over, the Brewers will fly to Houston tonight and start a three-game set there tomorrow. Here are the pitching match-ups:

Zack Greinke (13-5, 4.05) vs. Lucas Harrell (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

Chris Narveson (9-6, 4.28 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (6-8, 3.68 ERA)

Shaun Marcum (11-5, 3.24 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (10-9, 3.43 ERA)

Greinke will pitch the first game of the series, and he’s coming off a good start against the Cubs in which he went 7 2/3 innings while giving up one run. He’s 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.

Harrell was just called up from Triple-A and will be making his first start with the Astros. He pitched earlier this season out of the bullpen for the White Sox.


Brewers sweep Astros, get ready for series in St. Louis

August 8, 2011

6:44p The Brewers finished a sweep today, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier from here.

Brewers-Astros Wrap-Up

The Brewers completed a sweep of the Astros today, winning 7-3. Zack Greinke got his 10th win of the year, going seven innings while giving up one run one four hits. He struck out six and walked three. His Astros counterpart, Bud Norris, didn’t look as dominant as he usually he is against the Brewers. He went five innings while giving up six runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked one.

The Brewers once again jumped on the Astros in the first inning, when Prince Fielder hit another long home run to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. They also got two more runs in the third inning when Felipe Lopez and Mark Kotsay both hit RBI singles. Then, in the fifth inning, Yuniesky Betancourt stayed hot and got an RBI single as well.

The Astros finally broke through against Greinke in the sixth inning, when Jose Altuve hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-1. But, the Brewers immediately answered in the seventh inning, when Betancourt hit his second RBI single of the day.

The Astros scored two more runs in the seventh when Carlos Lee hit a two-run single off Marco Estrada, but that would be it for them.

Big series against St. Louis coming up next

After an off-day tomorrow, the Brewers will go to St. Louis for a crucial three-game series. Unfortunately, the Cardinals are coming off a four-game sweep of the Marlins. I was hoping the Marlins would win at least one game to give us a little more breathing room in the Central, but I guess they can’t even be counted on to do that.

Anyway, the Cardinals remain three games back in the Central, meaning if they sweep the Brewers at Busch Stadium, there’s going to be a tie atop the division again. I’m confident the Brewers won’t get swept, but you never know.

We’re also going to have to deal with the antics of the whiny Tony La Russa once again. Who knows what kind of crap he’s going to come up with to make the Brewers look bad this time around. During the last Cards-Brewers series, he had Jason Motte intentionally hit Ryan Braun with a pitch after Takashi Saito accidentally hit Albert Pujols. La Russa completely flipped out at a Milwaukee reporter after the game like the psychopath he is, but I heard the reporter on the radio the next day, and he put La Russa in his place.

Anyway, one more thing before I move on: the Cardinals were also whining that the Brewers were sign-stealing during the last series. They also claimed that sign-stealing is the reason the Brewers have had so much success at home this year. But, if we were sign-stealing, we would be undefeated at home, which we aren’t. So they can go whine about something else and make themselves look like idiots for the rest of the year, while the Brewers move on and try to win the division. I guess the Cardinals are failing to understand that whining and making up excuses about losing won’t win you a division in Major League Baseball, or in any other professional sport.

Also, yet another thing: if you’re a Brewers fan, you should go look at some of those Cardinals-biased blogs. They’re actually kind of entertaining to read. There’s one I go on occasionally that absolutely hates the Brewers this year, and the writer keeps saying stuff like “Brewers fans are the new Reds fans” or “The Cardinals are better than the Brewers.” Yeah, fat chance. We’re just sick of the fact that the Cardinals win the division every year.

Anyway, now that I’m done ranting about our annoying rivals from St. Louis, let’s move on.

Up next for the Crew…

I already explained this, but here’s the pitching matchup for the day after tomorrow. The Brewers will send Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.58 ERA) to the mound. He got knocked around his last time out against the Cards, giving up six runs in six innings, but he didn’t factor in the decision. Marcum is 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Cards.

The Cardinals will counter with a pitcher who got knocked around by the Brewers even more his last time out- Edwin Jackson (8-8, 4.11 ERA). He was tagged for ten runs in seven innings against the Crew last week. Jackson is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA against the Brewers in his career.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 7 11 0
Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 8 0

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 .324
Felipe Lopez, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .220
Ryan Braun, LF 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .326
Prince Fielder, 1B 4 4 3 2 1 0 1 .304
Mark Kotsay, RF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 5 0 3 3 0 0 2 .268
Craig Counsell, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .148
Jonathan Lucroy, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .283
Zack Greinke, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .214
a-Josh Wilson PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Total 36 7 11 7 3 4 15

a-Popped out for Greinke in the 8th.

BATTING

2B: Betancourt (19), Morgan (13), Kotsay (7).

HR: Fielder (26).

RBI: Fielder 2 (85), Lopez (11), Kotsay (21), Betancourt 3 (48).

Team RISP: 5-for-13.

Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Greinke-Betancourt-Fielder).

ilwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zack Greinke (W, 10-4) 7.0 4 1 1 3 6 0 4.21
Marco Estrada 0.2 3 2 2 0 2 0 4.80
Kameron Loe 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.05

WP: Greinke 2, Estrada, Loe.

Pitches-strikes: Greinke 101-64, Estrada 20-13, Loe 21-15.

Groundouts-flyouts: Greinke 6-2, Estrada 0-0, Loe 1-0.

Batters faced: Greinke 26, Estrada 5, Loe 5.

Inherited runners-scored: Loe 1-0.