Results of the major awards

November 17, 2012

> Now that the week of debating over awards is over, the boring part of the offseason starts: waiting for all of the big name players to sign. But first, let’s look at the complete placing for each award (via Baseball Reference).

NL MVP:

1. Buster Posey
2. Ryan Braun
3. Andrew McCutchen
4. Yadier Molina
5. Chase Headley
6. Adam LaRoche
6. David Wright
8. Craig Kimbrel
9. Aramis Ramirez
10. Jay Bruce
11. Matt Holliday
12. Aroldis Chapman
13. Brandon Phillips
14. R.A. Dickey
14. Joey Votto
16. Ian Desmond
16. Clayton Kershaw
18. Michael Bourn
19. Allen Craig
20. Gio Gonzalez
20. Kris Medlen
20. Martin Prado
20. Alfonso Soriano
24. Giancarlo Stanton
24. Ryan Zimmerman
26. Carlos Beltran
26. Aaron Hill
28. Jason Heyward
28. Carlos Ruiz
30. Johnny Cueto
30. Bryce Harper
32. Chipper Jones
32. Miguel Montero
32. Angel Pagan
32. Hunter Pence

AL MVP: 

1. Miguel Cabrera
2. Mike Trout
3. Adrian Beltre
4. Robinson Cano
5. Josh Hamilton
6. Adam Jones
7. Derek Jeter
8. Justin Verlander
9. Prince Fielder
10. Yoenis Cespedes
11. Edwin Encarnacion
12. David Price
13. Fernando Rodney
14. Jim Johnson
15. Alex Rios
16. Josh Reddick
17. Albert Pujols
18. Ben Zobrist
19. Joe Mauer
20. Rafael Soriano
21. Matt Wieters
22. Felix Hernandez
22. Jered Weaver
24. Raul Ibanez

NL Cy Young Award: 

1. R.A. Dickey
2. Clayton Kershaw
3. Gio Gonzalez
4. Johnny Cueto
5. Craig Kimbrel
6. Matt Cain
7. Kyle Lohse
8. Aroldis Chapman
8. Cole Hamels

AL Cy Young Award: 

1. David Price
2. Justin Verlander
3. Jered Weaver
4. Felix Hernandez
5. Fernando Rodney
6. Chris Sale
7. Jim Johnson
8. Matt Harrison
9. Yu Darvish

NL Rookie of the Year: 

1. Bryce Harper
2. Wade Miley
3. Todd Frazier
4. Wilin Rosario
5. Norichika Aoki
6. Yonder Alonso
6. Matt Carpenter
6. Jordan Pacheco

AL Rookie of the Year: 

1. Mike Trout
2. Yoenis Cespedes
3. Yu Darvish
4. Wei-Yin Chen
5. Jarrod Parker

NL Manager of the Year: 

1. Davey Johnson
2. Dusty Baker
3. Bruce Bochy
4. Fredi Gonzalez
5. Bud Black
5. Mike Matheny

AL Manager of the Year: 

1. Bob Melvin
2. Buck Showalter
3. Robin Ventura
4. Joe Maddon
5. Joe Girardi
6. Jim Leyland
6. Ron Washington

> I forgot to mention the other day that Ramirez placed ninth in the NL MVP voting. It seems like a lot of non-Brewers fans are overlooking that he actually turned in a great year.

> The Brewers signed Eulogio De La Cruz and Zach Kroenke- both pitchers- to minor league deals.

Kroenke is a lefty, so he gives the Brewers some much-needed depth in that department. And, if you don’t recognize the name “Eulogio” De La Cruz, trust me- you do.

Does “Frankie” De La Cruz ring a bell? Yep, he’s back, and n0w I can continue vomiting over how horrible his mechanics are.

> Jack Zduriencik- a former Brewers scout, and currently the general manager of the Mariners- said they aren’t actively pursuing Josh Hamilton. That could be good for the Brewers, though Doug Melvin has been saying basically the same thing as Zduriencik.

> The Blue Jays signed Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal worth $16 million. Interpret that how you want.

> Minor moves: 

Mets: Signed Brian Bixler to a minor league deal.
Padres: Acquired Tyson Ross and A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Athletics.
Athletics: Acquired Andrew Werner and Andy Parrino from the Padres.
Royals: Signed Brandon Wood, Atahualpa Severino, Brian Sanches, and Anthony Ortega to minor league deals.

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Kottaras hits for the cycle as Brewers hammer Astros

September 4, 2011

Today’s game had the same score as the one last night, but there was a much different storyline behind it.

The Brewers crushed the Astros today, 8-2. The score was the same as last night, obviously, but the Brewers never trailed during this game. And, the offense came from some unlikely sources.

The main story was George Kottaras hitting for the cycle. It was the seventh cycle in Brewers history, and the third time it was done by a Brewers catcher. Kottaras went 4-for-5 and hit his home run in the fourth inning, his triple in the sixth inning, his single in the seventh inning, and his double in the ninth inning. Luckily, his double was a ground-rule double, otherwise he probably would have gotten another triple because of the weird hill in center field at Minute Maid Park (I’ve never understood that thing).

Anyway, Kottaras wasn’t the only story of the night for the Brewers. Taylor Green got his first Major League start, and responded by going 2-for-5 and getting his first career RBI on a double in the seventh inning. Craig Counsell also got his first home run since September of 2010, which was a two-run shot to right field. Lastly, Prince Fielder extended his league-leading RBI total to 107.

Chris Narveson made his first start in 11 days, and got his 10th win of the season, but it didn’t come easy. He struggled with his command most of the night, as he threw just 51 of his 93 pitches for strikes. But you’d expect Narveson to be a little off, since he was also injured for awhile during those 11 days. Anyway, he went five innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out four.

The September call-ups made a few more appearances today. As I said earlier, Green went 2-for-5 with a RBI double, but the other two call-ups made appearances as well. Logan Schafer got his first career at-bat, but struck out on three pitches and didn’t look very good. But, he probably had some nerves to shake off because it was his first career AB. Anyway, catcher Martin Maldanado also made an appearance, catching for Frankie De La Cruz in the ninth inning. Maldanado hasn’t gotten an AB yet, but, he hit .321 in the Minors this year, so he could be an offensive threat.

The Brewers will go for a sweep of the Astros tomorrow at 1:10 PM CT. Shaun Marcum (11-5, 3.24 ERA) will go for the Brewers, and hopefully he’ll be given some run support this time around. He’s given up a total of two earned runs over his last two starts, yet he has taken the loss in both of them. Marcum is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.

The Astros will counter with who has arguably been their best pitcher this year- Wandy Rodriguez (10-9, 3.43 ERA). Wandy has been the only Astros starter to overcome the awful run support, and is their only starter with a winning record. Wandy is 7-7 with a 3.75 ERA in his career against the Brewers.


Recap of Brewers-Pirates series

August 25, 2011

I’m back. Sorry for not getting up posts for a few days, but I was out of town. Anyway, I should probably reflect a bit on the Brewers-Pirates series in Pittsburgh that took place while I was away.

The Brewers split that four-game series. That’s alright, I guess, but when the Brewers are playing the Pirates, you’d expect an easy four wins for the Brewers. But, the law of averages had to come into play eventually, meaning the Pirates couldn’t do this horrible against the Brewers forever.

Anyway, the offense for the Brewers was on and off all series. In the first game of the double-header, they made a mockery of the Pirates’ bullpen by scoring six runs off them in an 8-1 victory. But, the Pirates countered in the night game of the double-header, tagging Zack Greinke for seven runs in a 9-2 loss for the Brewers. Seven of their nine runs came in a never-ending seventh inning off Greinke and reliever Frankie De La Cruz.

But, the Brewers had a seven run inning of their own the next day. They crushed Ross Ohlendorf, who was making his return from the DL, for seven runs in the second inning, which was part of an 11-4 blowout win.

During the final game of the series, the offense pretty much disappeared. The Pirates won, 2-0. Pirates starter Aaron Thompson was making his Major League debut, and he did alright, I guess. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, but didn’t give up a run. He allowed a lot of baserunners, but the Brewers weren’t executing with runners in scoring position at all. That was their 11th shutout loss of the year- all of which have come on the road.

Anyway, here are a few more things that took place while I was away.

Narveson moves to bullpen for the time being

Chris Narveson will be in the bullpen for the next two series or so. He’s typically the No. 5 guy in the Brewers’ rotation, but, due to scheduled off-days during the next stretch, they won’t need a fifth starter. That means they’ll be working with a four-man rotation (Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum, and Randy Wolf). This move also gives the bullpen a lefty, something the Brewers’ bullpen has been lacking nearly all season.

But, I don’t know how much I like this move. It’s true that Narveson is only an average starter- he’s 9-6 with a 4.31 ERA- and isn’t a superstar ace, meaning they can go without him for awhile. But, during the next two series, the Brewers will be playing the Cubs and Cardinals- two teams that Narveson has had a ton of success against in his career. In my opinion, a more logical move would have been to move Wolf to the bullpen for a little while, because Wolf hasn’t had nearly the success against the Cubs and Cardinals that Narveson has. But, Narveson is the only guy in the rotation with recent bullpen experience (Greinke was in the Royals bullpen a few years back), so I guess that’s what this move was based off of.

Parra has ANOTHER setback…

Brewers pitcher Manny Parra had yet another setback yesterday. He’s going to need to undergo surgery to replace a screw in his elbow that’s been giving him some trouble recently.

Parra has been having setbacks all year, though. He probably would have made the Opening Day roster as a lefty out of the bullpen, but had back problems in Spring Training that kept him from that. Since then, he’s had simultaneous issues with both his back and elbow, and definitely won’t pitch again this year, not even in the Minors. But, if he can avoid undergoing major surgery (such as Tommy John Surgery), he could be ready to go by Spring Training in 2012.

In 2010, Parra had a disappointing season as a starter, and went 3-10 with a 5.02 ERA overall. But, he had success out of the bullpen that year, putting up a 2.93 ERA during appearances out of the ‘pen. And, since the Brewers already have five capable starters, Parra would have fit perfectly into the bullpen, being a lefty.

Parra will be arbitration eligible for the second time in his career this offseason, but, if he has yet another setback, I can’t imagine the Brewers will offer him arbitration. I’m even surprised with the patience they’re giving him at this point.

Anyway, that’s about all I have right now. The only other thing I missed was that Marco Estrada will be moving back to the bullpen after making his last start on Tuesday, and De La Cruz is probably going to be sent down, but that’s a pretty minor situation. The Brewers have an off-day today and will begin a series with the Cubs tomorrow, so, before I finish, here are the probable pitching matchups for the series:

Rodrigo Lopez (4-4, 4.97 ERA) vs. Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.45 ERA)

Ryan Dempster (10-9, 4.60 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.51 ERA)

Casey Coleman (2-6, 7.59 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (12-5, 4.22 ERA)


Crew can’t get anything going against Carpenter in loss to Cards

August 12, 2011

10:41p The good news is the Brewers are still in first by four games. The bad news is we could have been in first by six games with a win tonight, which didn’t happen.

Brewers-Cardinals Wrap-Up

The Brewers lost to the Cardinals today, 5-2, which snapped a seven-game winning streak that the Brewers had going. Yovani Gallardo got roughed up by the Cards, going just five innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three. And he wasn’t helped by the defense, which committed two costly errors, and an offense that couldn’t do anything to Chris Carpenter beyond the first inning. An RBI double by Mark Kotsay and an RBI single by Prince Fielder in the first were all the Brewers could muster for the entire game.

After Gallardo was given that early lead, he immediately gave it right back in the bottom of the first when he gave up solo homers to Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols.

The unearned run came in the third when Lance Berkman hit an RBI single, following an error by second baseman Felipe Lopez. Gallardo allowed his last two runs in the fifth on a Pujols RBI single. Pujols eventually got around to third, and scored on a wild pitch by Gallardo. From there, nothing else really happened offensively.

Pujols gets it going against Crew

Coming into today, Brewers pitching had done a good job of containing Pujols all year, as he was hitting just .119 against the Brewers. Apparently Gallardo didn’t get the memo, however, as he allowed Pujols to get three hits off of him. And they weren’t cheap hits- they were all line drives that were hammered.

Pujols also tacked on another later to give him a pefect 4-for-4 night. He is now hitting .196 against the Crew this year. Obviously, that’s still an awful average, but he’s improving. Hopefully that doesn’t become a trend for the rest of the year.

De La Cruz makes Brewers debut

Frankie De La Cruz, who was called up to replace injured starter Chris Narveson on the roster, made his Brewers debut today in the seventh inning. In my opinion, he looked pretty good. His fastball velocity reached 95 MPH, and his slider had some pretty nasty break.

But, he won’t be starting tomorrow. Or at all, at least in the near future. Zack Greinke was bumped up in the rotation to start tomorrow and will be starting on normal day’s rest due to an off-day before this series. Ron Roenicke said that Marco Estrada will be starting Saturday, but I don’t know how much I like the sound of that. Estrada was decent earlier this year while filling in for Greinke, but he’s been awful as of late. He has a 4.80 ERA as a starter and in the ‘pen.

Gallardo’s struggles against Cards continue

Gallardo hadn’t had a very good time against the Cardinals in his career coming into today, as he had a 1-4 record with a 4.66 ERA. That one win was his no-hit bid earlier this year against them in St. Louis, but, his start today proved that it was a fluke.

I’d also like to point out that those two homers Gallardo gave up in the first inning were his 17th and 18th of the year. He gave up just 12 all year last year. I don’t know what’s up with him this year as far as giving up home runs, but he’s just never really found a groove with his breaking stuff this year and hangs a lot of pitches.

Up next for the Crew…

The Brewers will return to Miller Park to face the Pirates tomorrow. Yes, the Pirates. The Brewers are 5-0 against them this season, and, since the beginning of 2007, they are 33-3 against the Pirates at Miller Park.

As I mentioned earlier, Greinke (10-4, 4.21 ERA) got bumped up in the rotation and will make a start tomorrow. He is 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA against the Pirates in his career. He made one start against them earlier this year, during which he gave up five runs in five innings. It was one of his more odd starts, however, because he was no-hitting the Pirates through the first four innings, then imploded after with a five-run fifth inning, in which he had to throw 50 pitches.

Paul Maholm (6-12, 3.54 ERA) will go for the Bucs. He’s having a better year than his record shows, but he, like so many other Pirates pitchers, has had no success against the Brewers in his career. He’s 3-7 with a 4.41 ERA against them.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 2
St. Louis Cardinals 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 9 0

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Corey Hart, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .277
Nyjer Morgan, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .323
Mark Kotsay, LF 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .258
Prince Fielder, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .303
Casey McGehee, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .235
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 4 0 3 0 0 1 1 .270
Felipe Lopez, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .216
Jonathan Lucroy, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .282
Yovani Gallardo, P 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .231
a-Craig Counsell, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .154
b-George Kottaras, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Total 33 2 10 2 3 6 19

a-Singled for Loe in the 7th.

b-Popped out for Dillard in the 9th.

BATTING

2B: Kotsay (8).

RBI: Kotsay (22), Fielder (88).

Team RISP: 1-for-6.

Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Lopez (4), Hart (1).

DP: (Betancourt-Lopez-Fielder).

Milwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yovani Gallardo (L, 13-8) 5.0 7 5 4 1 3 2 3.67
Kameron Loe 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.98
Frankie De La Cruz 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Tim Dillard 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.35

WP: Gallardo.

Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 92-56, Loe 12-7, De La Cruz 12-8, Dillard 15-10.

Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 6-4, Loe 0-1, De La Cruz 2-0, Dillard 3-0.

Batters faced: Gallardo 23, Loe 4, De La Cruz 4, Dillard 4.


Wolf stymies Cards, gives Brewers cushion in Central

August 11, 2011

9:49p Last night’s win against the Cards was big. And that’s what made this win even bigger.

Brewers-Cardinals Wrap-Up

The Brewers defeated the Cardinals again today, 5-1. Randy Wolf may have had, in my opinion, his best start of the year. After giving up five runs against the Cards in his last start, he made them look foolish all night tonight, and went eight stellar innings while giving up a run on five hits. He struck out one and walked none. Wolf also only needed 92 pitches to get through eight, but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth because there were runners on base.

The Brewers jumped on Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook right away in the first when Prince Fielder hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, Westbrook, being the groundball pitcher that he is, got a double play to get out of that inning after Fielder’s sac fly, but that wouldn’t matter as the game went on.

The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the first on Albert Pujols’ sacrifice fly, but that was the only run they would be getting in the game.

The Brewers took the lead back in the third on Fielder’s RBI double and Yuniesky Betancourt’s RBI single, and that would be it until the ninth inning.

Westbrook ended up going eight solid innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He struck out four, but the number that stuck out at me was his five walks, since he’s typically a control pitcher.

Anyway, the Brewers tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning on Corey Hart’s two-run single. Cards manager Tony La Russa also got ejected that inning, but I’ll have more on that later in the post.

Francisco Rodriguez finished his first game as a Brewer, in relief of Wolf. He got into a bit of a jam after giving up back-to-back singles to David Freese and Skip Schumaker, but got a groundout to end the game. If Rodriguez hadn’t waived his $17.5 million option, which would have come into effect if he finished 55 games, when he came to the Brewers, we obviously wouldn’t have seen him finishing out that game today. But, I guess that’s not a burden to Rodriguez or the Brewers anymore, thank goodness.

La Russa gets ejected on bad call

As I said earlier, La Russa got ejected from this game in the ninth inning. He was ejected for arguing that Josh Wilson, who bunted his way on, was out, and was angry because first base umpire Greg Gibson called him safe.

Replays actually showed that Wilson was out at first and that La Russa was right, but the first baseman Pujols didn’t help out too much with that. The throw from reliever Marc Rzepcyznski was wild, so Pujols had to step off the base for a second to make sure the throw to didn’t get by him. Pujols tried to come back down and first base, which he did, but he stepped on first base repeatedly, thinking he hadn’t touched the bag. That obviously led Gibson to think he didn’t touch the bag, hence calling Wilson safe.

Anyway, whether or not Wilson was safe, it’s always awesome to see La Russa get ejected, especially after the offensive remarks he made about the Brewers and their fans.

De La Cruz called up from Triple-A

Pitcher Frankie De La Cruz was called up from Triple-A earlier today. He’s one of the candidates to replace injured starter Chris Narveson in the rotation until Narvy can return from the DL.

Apparently, De La Cruz isn’t guaranteed to start in place of Narveson yet. Ron Roenicke said he may give reliever Marco Estrada a chance for a spot start, but, with how he’s looked out of the ‘pen lately, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

First five game lead since ’82…

That’s right. With tonight’s win, this marks the first time the Brewers have had a five game lead in a division since 1982. But, they weren’t leading the NL Central. They were leading the American League East. That was back when there were only east and west divisions, and when the Brewers were still in the AL (they moved to the NL in 1998).

But that ’82 year was probably the best year in Brewers history. Stars like Paul Molitor, Jim Gantner, Robin Yount, Gorman Thomas… They had all-stars up and down that lineup, including Mike Caldwell in the rotation. Now, I’m not going to go into comparing our team this year to the one in ’82, but the Brewers went to the World Series that year. And who’d they lose to? The Cardinals. At least it isn’t possible for the Brewers to lose to them in the World Series anymore, considering they’re in the same league (and same division). But I’m happy to say we’ve pretty much had the Cards’ number all year so far.

Up next for the Crew…

The Brewers will go for a sweep of the Cardinals tomorrow. Yovani Gallardo (13-7, 3.56 ERA) will go for the Brewers and look for his 14th win, which would tie a career-high for him. Gallardo is 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA against the Cardinals in his career, but his first win against them came earlier this year, when he no-hit them through the first seven innings.

The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (7-8. 3.75 ERA). He’s having a better season than his record shows, but has struggled mightily against the Brewers in his career. He’s 4-5 with a 5.50 ERA against them. That includes in 0-2 mark against them this year, during which Carpenter’s ERA against the Brewers is 8.18.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 0
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Corey Hart, RF 3 1 1 2 2 0 1 .277
Nyjer Morgan, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .324
Ryan Braun, LF 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .304
Casey McGehee, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .235
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 .265
Jerry Hairston, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .264
George Kottaras, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .224
a-Josh Wilson, PH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Randy Wolf, P 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .190
b-Jonathan Lucroy, PH-C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Total 31 5 8 5 5 4 13

a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Kottaras in the 9th.

b-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Wolf in the 9th.

BATTING

2B: Kottaras (4), Fielder (28).

RBI: Fielder 2 (87), Betancourt (50), Hart 2 (43).

Team RISP: 4-for-9.

Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING

SB: Braun (21).

FIELDING

DP: (McGehee-Hairston-Fielder).

Milwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Randy Wolf (W, 9-8 8.0 5 1 1 0 1 0 3.48
Francisco Rodriguez 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.96

Pitches-strikes: Wolf 92-61, Rodriguez 14-10.

Groundouts-flyouts: Wolf 13-5, Rodriguez 1-1.

Batters faced: Wolf 28, Rodriguez 5.