Found August 27, 2012 on Brewers Bar:
Photo: Benny Sieu, US PRESSWIRE In taking two of three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers showed the kind of damage they could do to foes over the next month in terms of spoiling other teams’ chances at the playoffs.  Nearly a month ago, I waxed on the possibility of the Brewers making things hard on postseason contenders.  Ever since then, the Brewers have gone 1-3 against St. Louis, 3-0 against Cincinnati and 2-1 against Pittsburgh.  That’s not too terribly bad (except their usual suffering at the hands of the Cardinals).  The Crew still has six games against the Pirates and three each against the Reds and Cards.  There are also four against the Nats and three with the Braves.  The once smooth-sailing Pirates have hit some choppy waters, and are now two games behind the Cardinals in the Wild Card chase.  Entering play Monday, the Pirates are also a whopping eight games behind the division-leading Reds, with the Redbirds six back.  It’s (n...

Pittsburgh Pirates September Callups Preview

As September 1st approaches, the Pirates organization is currently in a position unlike they have seen in the past. The club sits eight games over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second Wild Card Spot. When looking at which players to bring up to join the club in Pittsburgh, instead of just bringing up prospects to take a look at them, they could still possibly be...

Marcum fills important role in Brewers rotation

MILWAUKEE There's no telling what would have happened if elbow tightness hadn't derailed Shaun Marcum for more than two months of his season. His name had been brought up as a trade possibility -- an expiring contract that could provide good value for a contender's stretch run. He's still being named as a waiver trade possibility. And for good reason: before Marcum...

First Pitch: It’s Time to Stop Playing it “Safe”

The Pirates have made some questionable roster moves during their playoff stretch. A lot of those moves seem as if the Pirates are afraid of playing younger players, and are more comfortable with veterans, even if the veterans aren’t putting up strong numbers. Consider that the Pirates stuck with Kevin Correia up until the trade deadline, even though Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson,...

Yadier Molina leveled in collision at plate

During Tuesday's Pirates-Cardinals game, Pirates elft fielder Jose Tabata hit a single to right field in the second inning. Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran came up throwing, and fired a laser to Yadier Molina at home plate. Josh Harrison flew into Molina like a missile...but Molina held on to the ball. Harrison's collision with Molina was completely un-necessary, as...

Brewers Starting Rotation: Strikeout Machine

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season, underperforming expectations that had them contending for back-to-back divisional crowns in the mediocre NL Central. The bullpen imploded in spectacular fashion, Alex Gonzalez suffered a season-ending knee injury early on, Zack Greinke is now pitching in Los Angeles, and Shaun Marcum threw for...

Mark Rogers’ Repertoire, Illustrated

Milwaukee right-hander Mark Rogers made his sixth start on Sunday since his late-July recall from Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville — and, while he was slightly less impressive yesterday (5.0 IP, 4.66 xFIP) than in previous outings, Rogers both (a) allowed zero runs (which is kinda the best number of runs a pitcher can allow) and (b) escaped with a still very reasonable 89 xFIP...

Irwin Pitches Six Scoreless Innings As Indians Shut Out Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  5,  Toledo Mud Hens  0 (Box)     Phil Irwin earned his second win tonight. Indians’ Phil Irwin made his third start since joining the Indians this evening at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  It was his most successful start of the three, as Irwin earned his second win with 6 scoreless innings of work, while striking out 7 batters.  His teammates...

The 1910 Pittsburgh Pirates

After winning their first World Series title in 1909, the Pirates could manage just a third place finish the following year. Led by the hitting of Honus Wagner, the managing and play of Fred Clarke, and a strong pitching staff, Pittsburgh still won 86 games against just 67 defeats. The offense that season was near the middle of the pack, finishing fourth with 655 runs scored. The...

Pedro, JMac, lead Pirates to 9-0 win

The Pirates needed a win tonight.  They needed James McDonald to step up, and they needed the offense to step up.  Both sides took that seriously.  JMac pitched 7 shutout innings, and the Pirates’ 9 runs were highlighted by Pedro Alvarez’s 2 homeruns. JMac simply shut down the Cardinals lineup tonight.  He gave up just [...]

GAMEDAY: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Cardinals (70-57) at Pirates (68-59) 7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates and Cards kick off an absolutely enormous series this week at PNC. It goes without saying that this is the biggest series in PNC Park history (as has been the case a number of times this season), but this one is especially significant because the Pirates...

Brewers place Marcum on waivers

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Milwaukee Brewers placed Shaun Marcum on trade waivers. Marcum just came off the disabled list and has only started one time since. The Brewers made the decision very strategically too, I’ll let Rosenthal explain. Marcum’s next start, Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, will take place shortly after his...

Report: Brewers' Marcum put on trade waivers

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum has been placed on trade waivers on Tuesday, according to's Ken Rosenthal. Marcum's next start was scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, but his waiver period expires at 1 p.m. ET that day, and if he were to be claimed in time, that may change. If another team were to lay claim to Marcum, that team and the Brewers would...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 130

Where the hell did that come from? Recap.   First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, ESPN, FS-M   Joe Kelly, RHP (24) Whatta we have here? A 24 year old rookie contributing for the defending World Series champions? A young gun in a big role for a team in the [...]
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