Found September 11, 2013 on
The Outside Corner:
This is the fourth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 2013 season for the Brewers was a mess, and I think we've already established where things went wrong - injuries, and pitching. The Ryan Braun saga was just the cherry on top of a season that had already gone off the rails.
But despite all of that chaos, Milwaukee isn't hopeless in the future. After all, this is a Brewers club that won the NL Central in 2011 and finished above .500 in 2012. The Brew Crew has a total of three free agents this offseason (not including non-tender candidates), the most significant of which is first baseman Corey Hart, who hasn't (and won't) played an inning this season thanks to knee surgery. Their whole core will return next year, including Jean Segura, Carlo...
BEST OF MAXIM
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As the unsatisfactory 2013 Brewers season winds down, it’s easy for fans to engage in wild speculation about the way forward. Several factors have contributed to this year’s disappointing results – Ryan Braun’s suspension, injuries to just about everyone, the starting rotation’s early ineffectiveness, a revolving door at the first...
(Good guys win!)
Even though I have lived in Milwaukee most of my life and Chicago isn’t that far away, I had never seen a game at Wrigley Field until this past weekend. It seems like most Brewers fans who have made the trip report the stadium itself is rubbish, but at least it’s in a nice part of town. I vaguely recall going to see bands at the Metro a couple times...
Many have tried without much luck to point to a reason why Tyler Thornburg has quickly gone from a struggling Triple-A pitcher to a consistent major-league starting pitcher.
Somehow the same pitcher who was 0-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 Triple-A starts has flourished in his opportunity in the big leagues. Thornburg continued the trend Thursday by allowing two runs over six innings to...
Turned to again in a late game situation, Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Michael Gonzalez couldn't get the job done. The veteran's late-season struggles continued to climb toward rock bottom with another dismal performance in Milwaukee's 5-1 loss to St. Louis.
The Brewers wasted a strong performance from a starting pitcher for the second straight night, leaving manager...
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers will open the 2014 campaign with a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves beginning on March 31, as Major League Baseball announced its 2014 schedule Tuesday.
The Brewers and the rest of the National League Central are paired with the American League East for interleague play. Milwaukee will jump into interleague play early in the season...
Ron Roenicke made the decision to start Sean Halton at first base tonight and the decision paid off in the biggest way possible. Halton drove in 3 of the Brewers' five runs tonight 1 in the 2nd on a single scoring Logan Schafer and 2 in the 4th on a two-run home run his first since his first stint with the team in July.
Tyler Thornburg didn't take a no-hitter farther than...
Milwaukee Brewers rookie Tyler Thornburg found himself in the middle of a pennant race Thursday night, even though it was only in a spoiler role.
''You always want to try and make it as tough for those teams who have something to play for,'' he said.
Thornburg did just that, tossing six solid innings to lead the Brewers over St. Louis 5-3. Sean Halton homered for...
In the Bizarro World only Bud Selig could conjure up, the Red Sox 2014 home opener will be against their bitter National League rivals—the Milwaukee Brewers! Yup, you'll get to see the brand spanking new, PED-free Ryan Braun and his buddies in Interleague 'Plauge' at Fenway from Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th. And, as with this year (Denver), the penultimate...
When Ryan Braun was suspended by MLB, it was natural that the event would unleash speculation on whether Braun had a long-term future in Milwaukee or whether the Brewers franchise would look to move him. In addition, the question arose on if there’d even be any takers on the market should Braun be made available. Well, the other day I heard from James and Mike of the great...
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Marco Estrada is making up for lost time.
The Milwaukee right-hander continued his string of strong performances in the Brewers' 5-1 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday. Estrada allowed two hits and one earned run in 6 2-3 innings. He did not allow a hit until Matt Carpenter singled with two outs in the sixth. Estrada left the game with a 1-0 lead.
Estrada is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA...
Aaron Rodgers once said that he didn't regret backing his friend up when Ryan Braun was suspended from Major League Baseball for 65 game for using performance-enhancing drugs. Apparently, their business relationship will be changing, though.
A restaurant group that owns a restaurant co-owned by Braun and Rodgers has cut ties with the Brewers outfielder, according to USA Today...
Ryan Braun has been busy making the apology rounds on his road to redemption, but in the process, it appears he may have skipped over the “A” names in his phone book.
After issuing a public apology, the disgraced slugger personally called up some Brewers’ season ticket holders in an attempt to mend fences, as well as admit his guilt and regret. But Braun has yet to reach out...