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Earlier today, Jim Breen / @JP_Breen - head writer at the wonderful Disciples of Uecker site and a contributor at fangraphs.com - asked fans, via twitter, if they thought Yuniesky Betancourt had "fundamentally changed as a player."
This question was asked in light of Betancourt's unexpected offensive contributions as an everyday player so far this season. For those who believe it has anything to do with a more disciplined approach at the plate:
"His 57.5% swing rate is the highest of his career. RT @Holmgren34 @JP_Breen He is much more patient. I'm a believer right now."
which is, in fact, almost identical to his swing rate of 57.4% in 2011.
Breen then goes on to add that Yuni is swinging at a career-high 43.7% of pitches outside the strike zone.
Looking back again at his 2011 season with the Brewers, Betancourt swung at 40.3% of pitches outside of the strike zone. Basically, we're watching the same guy.
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MILWAUKEE -- With talented young pitchers come growing pains.The Milwaukee Brewers know there will be plenty of outings this season in which Wily Peralta makes people take notice of his talent but that there will be plenty of other times where the young right-hander leaves them scratching their heads.
In four starts this season, the good Peralta has shown up for two outings, and...
It took only six days, but Major League Baseball has finally determined that Brewers shortstop Jean Segura and anyone else who might want to run backward on the basepaths doesn't have the right to "steal" first base.
During Milwaukee's Friday night victory against the Cubs, Segura was on second base and Ryan Braun was on first base when Segura got caught in a...
It was a tough way for the Milwaukee Brewers to have their nine-game winning streak come to an end.
With the tying run on second base and two outs, Brewers first baseman Martin Maldonado fouled a pitch that hit off the dirt and bounced up and hit him in the shoulder. Home plate umpire Paul Emmel ruled Maldonado was out of the batters' box when the ball hit him, ending the game...
Milwaukee Brewers right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Lohse dislocated
his left pinky finger during Monday night’s contests against the San Diego
Padres. While certainly painful, the injury is to Lohse’s non-throwing hand,
and the veteran told reporters – including Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel
– that he’s hoping to make his next scheduled start.
Yeah, yeah, we know this photo is from a few weeks ago, but this Morry Gash picture--lolz "Gash"--is the modern baseball equivalent of that iconic photograph of the soldier who just returned from war who's passionately kissing his wife. Or at the very least, that "Hang In There" poster with the cat.
It's a testament to Carlos Gomez's speed. It displays...
*Yuniesky Betancourt, Spring Training 2013 casualty, is now with the Milwaukee Brewers and is batting .279/.795 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. Instead of releasing him, Amaro should have signed him to a 5 YR/$125M contract. Don't ya think?!*Ben Revere might be a defensive whiz, but his offense negates any good he does with the glove. His OPS is .472, which ranks 186th out of 192...
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to roll and aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
The slumping San Diego Padres are surely glad to see them leaving town.
Seeking a 10th consecutive win, the Brewers try to sweep the Padres for the first time in 10 seasons Wednesday night.
After winning 7-1 in Monday's series opener, Milwaukee (11-8) jumped all over San Diego starter Clayton...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ANDREW WAGNER Associated Press Through the season's first 11 games, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke submitted 10 different lineup cards.
The baseball version of musical chairs was in large part due to attrition, especially at first base, where Roenicke saw his starter, Corey Hart, and backup, Mat Gamel, go down in spring training with knee injuries...
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I didn’t stay up for the whole Brewers/Padres game on Wednesday night, but reports indicate it had a blown-call finish. With the tying run in scoring position, Martin Maldonado hit a fair ball that bounced back into him, and he was called out on batter’s interference to end the game. Replays showed that Maldonado’s foot was still in the batter’s...
(Photo: TOM LYNN/AP)
Last weekend, the Brewers won two games thanks to several timely errors by the Cubs. In games started by Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman, the Brewers took the lead on unearned runs both times. It seems like a shame for Jackson and Feldman to get tagged with losses in those cases (as much as the Cubs losing can be a “shame” anyway).
It got me thinking...