As Winter Meetings kick off, Brewers turn focus to bullpen

As Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings got underway Monday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke held their first formal press conferences of the meetings Monday evening. The most glaring weakness on Milwaukee's roster is its bullpen, which also seems to be the primary focus of Melvin. "Doug's working...
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Brewers need up-and-down bullpen to return to early-season form

MILWAUKEE -- For most of the first three months of the season, the bullpen wasn't a worry for the Milwaukee Brewers. The relief corps was one of the strengths of the team, either shutting the door or buying the offense time on what seemed to be a nightly basis. With the fragile nature of relief pitching, a rough patch was to be expected. Unfortunately for the Brewers, their entire...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers batters continue to struggle versus Tampa Bay

The Brewers are in a severe offensive funk and aren't winning because of it. For the third straight game, Milwaukee wasted a strong performance from its starting pitcher by providing little offensive support. A four-run eighth inning was enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to send the Brewers to a 5-1 loss at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. Just like Jimmy Nelson on Sunday and Kyle Lohse...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Injury Update: Will Smith dealing with back spasms

After last night's victory against against the Washington Nationals it appeared that the Milwaukee Brewers were shaking things up with the back end of the bullpen as Rob Wooten and Zach Duke were called on to pitch in the eighth inning instead of reliever, Will Smith.  But that is not the case, according to Brewers' beat writer, Adam McCalvy, Smith was unavailable due to back...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Best And Worst of the Milwaukee Brewers First Half

It's a semi-annual feature, the Best and Worst of the Milwaukee Brewers first half! The first half of the season is done so it's time for us to once again steal the Best and Worst format from With Spandex and cover the good, the bad and the ugly of the Brewers first half. But before we get into that, I need to remind you that the Miller Park Drunk Pants Party aka The Greatest Tailgate...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Outlook for Brewers in the Second Half

This year’s All-Star break came at an especially opportune time for the Brewers, allowing for a breather in the midst of their worst slump of the year. Starting on July 1, Milwaukee limped toward intermission on a 2-10 skid. St. Louis shaved the Brewers’ comfortable 6.5-game lead to a pulse-pounding margin of one game. With time on our hands during the break, stunned Brewers...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers swept by Phillies in miserable finale

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Garza was on his way to letting the Milwaukee Brewers forget about their offensive woes for a day when things completely fell apart in the eighth inning. By the time the last-place Philadelphia Phillies had completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers with a 9-1 victory Thursday, it was hard to even remember Garza taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Jimmy...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers' slide continues in 9-1 loss

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later, helping the Philadelphia Phillies complete a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 9-1 win Thursday. Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith in the eighth by singling to left to drive home two runs. Garza (6-6) had just been pulled...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers' Smith gives up first home run of season in loss to Reds

Hitless in his last 26 at-bats, Jay Bruce was due to break out of his slump sometime in the near future. The Milwaukee Brewers were just hoping to get out of town before the Cincinnati Reds slugger got it going. It didn't happen. Bruce sent a 1-2 fastball from Brewers reliever Will Smith out to left to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning, sending Cincinnati to a 4-2 victory Sunday...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers end road trip with second series loss

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jay Bruce emerged from the deepest slump of his career -- 0 for 26 -- with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds gained a game on the NL Central leaders by taking two of three in their series, moving to six back. Cincinnati has won 10 of 15 overall. The Brewers have...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers' Will Smith, bullpen parody singer Will Smith

MILWAUKEE -- Besides getting the job done on the mound this season, the bullpen crew of the Milwaukee Brewers has found time to have some fun along the way. The latest creation from the relievers that brought us "Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday" is a tribute video to Will Smith -- the actor, not the Brewers left-handed setup man. Milwaukee's Smith is joined by teammates Zach Duke, Mike...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers bullpen pays tribute to Will Smith in music video

The Milwaukee Brewers have been on a tear with viral videos this season, and the latest one is a tribute to Will Smith, starring…Milwaukee reliever Will Smith and the rest of the Brewers bullpen in a mashup of various Will Smith songs. I almost want the Brewers to keep playing well just so we can keep getting more videos like this. These are phenomenal.
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers bullpen pays tribute to Will Smith in music video

The Milwaukee Brewers have been on a tear with viral videos this season, and the latest one is a tribute to Will Smith, starring…Milwaukee reliever Will Smith and the rest of the Brewers bullpen in a mashup of various Will Smith songs. I almost want the Brewers to keep playing well just so we can keep getting more videos like this. These are phenomenal.
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

How Do Brewers Stack up Against NL Division Leaders?

“If the season ended today” certainly ranks among the least useful expressions in sports. With many months of plot twists remaining in baseball’s marathon season, a glance at the standings in June offers little meaningful information. Yet with Milwaukee playing Washington in a high-profile meeting of division leaders, fans cannot help but drool over a potential October rematch...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers Are All Stars (Pitching Edition)

The Brewers offense has been great this year, but of course it has. That's Doug Melvin's thing. He builds a team that hits a bunch of homeruns and then he fills it with pitchers who give up even more. Sure, he's built a team that hasn't done that but he did it by trading like 15 guys for one and a half good seasons of Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. It's not his strong point. This...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Revisiting the Aoki-Smith Swap with Josh Duggan

After nearly three months of the 2014 season, the December 2013 Nori Aoki-Will Smith trade between the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals looks like a brilliant move for Brewers GM Doug Melvin.  Smith has been a crucial part of the Brewers bullpen, but the lineup has shown a lingering vacancy in terms of a true leadoff hitter, at least when Rickie Weeks is in that spot. ...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith's 'slider of death' is just that to opposing hitters

MILWAUKEE -- For a pitch to get a nickname, it has to be pretty special. The origins of Will Smith's slider being called "the slider of death" are unknown, but the moniker certainly fits the effectiveness of the pitch. Although other relievers throw sliders at a higher percentage  -- Smith entered Thursday using the pitch 30.7 percent of the time -- it's hard to argue any pitcher...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins hitters come through in clutch in hardfought win

MINNEAPOLIS -- A common refrain heard inside the Twins' locker room lately has been the need to come up with timely hits with runners in scoring position. After the offense carried the slumping pitching staff in April, the bats failed to come through regularly in May and left plenty of runners on base. Finally, Minnesota got a few key hits in that situation Wednesday. Four of them...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ramirez lone bright spot in Brewers setback

Aramis Ramirez delivered the type of momentum-shifting blow that usually catapults a team to a victory, but such was not the case for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. In his first game back from the disabled list, Ramirez blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to tie the game at 4, but a rare slip up from the Brewers bullpen gave two of those runs right back...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers monthly recap: May

May record: 13-15 Andrew Gruman's player of the month: CF Carlos Gomez (.354, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 8 2B, 7 SB) Despite missing six games in May due to a suspension for his role in an April benches-clearing brawl, a back injury and an illness, Gomez continued to produce at an MVP level. Gomez had eight multi-hit games and drove in two or more runs in five May games. After serving his three...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Roenicke blames himself for bullpen miscommunication in Brewers' loss

All losses certainly bother the manager, but Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves is going to eat at Ron Roenicke just a bit more. Milwaukee's skipper took full responsibility for the bullpen mix-up that ended up playing a big role in Atlanta's decisive three-run seventh inning. With the Brewers up 4-3 and runners at second and third, Roenicke went to the mound with intentions...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers lament relinquishing late lead to D-backs

MILWAUKEE -- When games are lost in the way the Milwaukee Brewers dropped Tuesday night's contest, a variety of factors likely played a role in the defeat. First off, the Brewers couldn't score again after plating five, first-inning runs to jump out to a 5-2 lead. That allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to chip away at the deficit and eventually overtake Milwaukee's bullpen and rally...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 5 Closer Report

Welcome back to The Fantasy Fix’s Closer Report for Week 5. There doesn’t seem to be a slowdown in the upheaval in bullpens around the league. Remember, we’ve moved the chart to its full time home right here. Let’s take a look at what has changed in the last week at the top of the bullpen pecking order. I’ve recovered from my 26 hours of driving from last weekend to provide...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Lefty reliever Smith making name for himself with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The initial reaction to the trade that sent Norichika Aoki to Kansas City this past December was lukewarm at best, mostly because nobody had heard of the left-handed pitcher the Milwaukee Brewers were getting in return. Will Smith hasn't needed much time to completely change the perception of the deal. The Brewers flipped a 32-year-old outfielder in the final year of...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Ramirez homers, Brewers start series against Padres with win

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez homered, Ryan Braun drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 Monday night. Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings as the Brewers improved their major league-best record to 15-5. Peralta stuck out six. Will Smith pitched out of a base-loaded jam in the seventh inning. Tyler Thornberg worked...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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