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AXFORD AXED: With John Axford out as Brewers closer, the colorful K-Rod has a chance to close in on his 300th save. K-Rod earned a save for the Brew Crew on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
To complement our recommendations for second half hitters to watch, here are some second half pitchers to watch for the 2012 season. Picking up these strong arms can help your stretch drive to getting the Yoohoo dumped over your head.
Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers — With the demotion of John Axford in Milwaukee, K-Rod is back as a closer and he’s just 6 saves away from becoming the 24th pitcher in MLB history with 300 saves. Learn who K-Rod’s mentor was here.
Sergio Romo, Giants — Sergio Romo is not the closer…yet. But, with Santiago Casilla having blown 4 of the last 6 Giants save opportunities, he may be soon. Casilla has 6 blown saves on the year and has seen his ERA baloon from 1.59 to 3.34 in the past 10 outings as he continues to struggle with a blister. Romo, on the other hand, sport...
BEST OF MAXIM
MILWAUKEE It had been the start of what felt like a dream season for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Two years of hard work behind the plate learning the major league game had paid off. With a contract extension in hand, Lucroy was on his way to proving that he was one of baseball's best young catchers, batting an impressive .345 with 30 RBI in 43 games.
A long list of great hitters have worn a Brewers jersey over the years, but no Milwaukee player has racked up 1,000 hits as fast as left fielder Ryan Braun, who reached the milestone Friday night in Cincinnati.
Braun got hit No. 1,000 in his 815th game with the team on a fourth-inning dribbler up the middle against Reds pitcher Homer Bailey. The hit was his second of the night...
While many folks are focusing on a possible trade of Zack Greinke by the Milwaukee Brewers, the club is trying to find a way to keep the ace right-hander. Greinke on Friday confirmed a report by Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com that the Brewers offered a five-year deal for $100 million or more to keep the pitcher rather than trade him before the July 31 deadline. "I can say Heyman...
Multiple sources are reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have made a contract offer to pitcher Zack Greinke in an effort to retain him for future seasons. Budget, payroll and revenue issues aside, I’ve been in the camp that if you have a starter of Greinke’s caliber, you try your best to keep him. Even with a record-high payroll around or over $100 million for 2012, the...
If this report by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is accurate, the Milwaukee Brewers are doing everything in their power to keep Zack Greinke. But sadly, it may not be enough.
According to Heyman, the Brewers have quietly offered a deal in the neighborhood of Matt Cain’s six-years, $127.5 million deal he signed with the Giants in April. Yet, Greinke has yet to sign it. And it seems that...
At least not this season. As Todd Rosiak, and Tom Haudricourt <a href="Whether an offer has been made or not, Melvin did not sound optimistic that Greinke would stay off the free-agent market this winter. "There's talk about Cole Hamels signing in Philadelphia," said Melvin. "If he does, he will be one of the few young players to get this close (to free...
This site has long gone on record as hating to watch pitchers hit. It is a fruitless part of the game that usually results in either a strikeout or a lame sacrifice bunt attempt. Yes, call this observer an American League lemming, but the DH is the way to go, especially now with interleague games next year being the norm rather than the exception. But as long as we have pitcher&...
By ANDREW GRUMAN
Saturday was an important day for a pair of key cogs in the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation, and the results were encouraging.
Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum each threw prior to Saturdays game against Cincinnati, and both pitchers were pleased with how things went.
Marcum, on the disabled list since June 15 with right elbow tightness, threw...
Sitting in fourth place in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers have their work cut out if they hope to climb back into the mix.
Yovani Gallardo has certainly done his part of late.
Gallardo tries to win a season-best third consecutive start Saturday night as the visiting Brewers continue a three-game set with the division-leading Cincinnati Reds.
While Gallardo (8-6, 3.59 ERA...
By ANDREW GRUMAN
There were a million phrases or clichs that could have been used to describe the importance of this weekend's series in Cincinnati.
Make-or-break, crucial, or any other way it can be said, the Brewers needed a series win.
But after a three game sweep at the hands of first-place Cincinnati in which Milwaukee could muster only four runs...
MILWAUKEE -- In the two games after John Axford was removed as the Brewers' closer, replacement Francisco Rodriguez converted saves both times against St. Louis. That does not mean that "K-Rod" will be the closer the rest of the year, however. In fact, general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke made it clear that they hope to get Axford back closing games...