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Deal for Matt Garza Looking Good for Brewers

The contracts given to Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco and Matt Garza by the Orioles, Twins and Brewers, respectively, were remarkably similar. Each called for at least four years and roughly $12.5 million per year, then the going rate for what the offseason market deemed to be middle-tier but still highly valuable starters. The deal between Jimenez and the Orioles looks to be a straight...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fiers Burning Brightly for Brewers

The idea that starting pitching depth wins championships should surprise no one. While the front of the Brewers’ rotation appears capable of matching up with any team in the National League, it remains to be seen whether the back of the staff can hold suit. To that end, Milwaukee recently returned Mike Fiers to the big-league rotation. The right-hander has impressed so far, posting...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 8/17/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) K-Rod Ties and Passes Fingers: Although he gave up his customary solo homerun in the process, Francisco Rodriguez earned save number 342 against the Dodgers yesterday. ...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

In Baseball, as in Life, Confidence is a not a Cure-All

Not to bash Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because his post on Mike Fiers from Wednesday is merely the gazillionth story about the “confidence” of baseball players. This dead horse, “confidence,” is a clichéd, bad metaphor for something intangible and apparently inexplicable that determines the difference between a player’s performance from one day to the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

So You Caught an MLB Baseball: Keep It, Throw It Back, or Give it to a Kid?

Despite Yovani Gallardo’s great bounce back start, the clear star of last night’s Brewers-Cubs game was the bleacher-bumming fan who caught Mark Reynolds’ homerun in the second inning.  For those of us watching in real time, it was impressive that he not only made a bloody terrific catch, but appeared to follow Wrigley Field tradition and throw it back without a moment’s...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Comparing the Remaining Schedules for NL Central Contenders

The order in which teams play each other really should not matter much. Since divisional rivals roughly wind up playing the same teams, a matchup with an opponent in April seems equivalent to one in August. However, in practice, the relative difficulty of a given team’s dog-days schedule can have a profound impact on the pennant race. The Brewers appear to have the second-hardest...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

New Mantra: Two Out of Three

It was a pillowy comfort to see the Brewers take two of three against the Giants and Dodgers on the recent homestand. After the last road series in St. Louis crumbled from potential catharsis to veritable cataclysm (because Cardinals, and oblique injuries), it was easy to predict the Brew Crew would continue their water tread and fail to win series against the NL West powers that...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 8/10/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Replay Wins Game: The main reason sports fans want replay is to correct mistakes that can determine the outcome of a game.  We got a perfect example of how replay is supposed...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the World Really Any Better with Tony Bosch off the Streets?

Earlier this week, it was announced that Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch would plead guilty to distributing PEDs to players in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.  Once Bosch is sentenced – some reports indicate his deal will result in a 3-4-year term – it will end one small chapter in the story of PED use in MLB, in which players including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez were...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerardo Parra’s Further Impact for Brewers

In the heat of a pennant race, teams often let a rival’s actions shape their own decisions. As a result, when St. Louis fired a shot across the Brewers’ bow by bolstering their rotation, Milwaukee needed to make a countermove. Of course, Doug Melvin’s retort – gaining Gerardo Parra in exchange for two minor leaguers – stands stratospheres below the Cardinals’ acquisitions...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 8/3/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Brewers Add Gerardo Parra to Strengthen Bench: As the trade deadline drew near, there were reports that the Brewers had interest in David Price and Jon Lester, two of the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Coshun & Davey Nelson Are Working on an Ambient Music Album…

Found: This track http://thebrewersbar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/106/2014/08/Spray-Charts-Post-Game-Ambient-Session-by-Davey-Nelson-and-Craig-Coshun.m4a (If it won’t play, go here, where you may download it, too, if you’d like. But, shhhh…) I’ve you’re wondering where Davey is…just a clue–there is very little space on this ambient, trip-hop, what-have-you track where...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 3B Prospect Suspended for Something 119 MLB Players Did Legally Last Year

Earlier this week, Class A third baseman Nick Delmonico was hit with a 50-game suspension for amphetamine use.  If you have friends/coworkers who are Cubs fans, they probably made some hacky Braun-related joke about how there are cheaters everywhere in the Brewers’ organization.  You had to forgive them, because Cubs fans are so pitiable it’s hard to get truly mad at them about...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tank…

Well, I was waiting for a home run to fall in the Rays tank of…rays…at Tropicana Field, but, I’ll settle for this as an excuse to put up an old comic back when I used a terrible font for comics and when my drawing skills were questionable* *and, still up for debate. There are just very few team illustrators on blogs, so, it’s like being a big fish in a small, diluted pond...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Bolstering the Brewers’ Bullpen

Baseball fans can discount nearly anything they hear at the trade deadline. Therefore, Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin’s suggestion that he might bolster his bullpen comes with enough grains of salt to fill the Dead Sea. Perhaps Melvin’s comments were merely an elaborate smokescreen designed to conceal his true intentions. Yet despite the unreliability of such statements, an upgrade...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 7/27/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds Like to Have Fun Here: After sweeping the Reds – a division rival that has had the Brewers’ number this year – players were understandably...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Health Department Must Approve Reopening of Friday’s Front Row – Does That Make You Feel Safe?

Following a kitchen fire earlier this week, Friday’s Front Row in Miller Park will reopen tomorrow on a limited basis.  Fans with tickets to Brewers home games in Friday’s seating areas will be able to experience “limited food service.”  There will be beverage service only (no food) at the restaurant bar.  Until further notice, Friday’s will not be open any other time...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Possible Trades to Upgrade Brewers at SS

In the heat of a four-headed pennant race, the Brewers could certainly benefit from some trade deadline reinforcements. In particular, Milwaukee should look for upgrades at shortstop. Starter Jean Segura has failed to live up to high expectations, posting a disappointing .585 OPS and 56 wRC+. Backups Jeff Bianchi (2 wRC+, sub-Mendoza .186 slugging) and the recently reacquired Irving...
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July 22, 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

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 7/13/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. [Programming note: The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover will be off next week, returning on July 27.  Hopefully the Brewers have another five-game lead by then.] Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Slump Prompts...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Morneau Sure Would Look Great in a Brewers Uniform

In hindsight, it looks like the Milwaukee Brewers should have signed former Twin and Pirate Justin Morneau this past December.  Morneau signed with the Colorado Rockies on a very reasonable deal which guaranteed him about $13 million for two years with a mutual option for $9 million for 2016.  Morneau has been worth 1.9 bWAR in 2014, putting him about 1.5 bWAR above the cumulative...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

5 New Questions About the 2014 Brewers

Before the season started, I had 10 Questions About the 2014 Brewers.  It’s interesting in hindsight to see what I was concerned about at the time.  In many cases, the players I was unsure of have exceeded expectations – including Khris Davis, Aramis Ramirez, and Matt Garza.  Now that more than half of the 2014 season is ancient history, I thought it might be worth raising...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Brewer Prince Fielder Comfortable in own Skin

Former Brewers slugger Prince Fielder adorns the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body” Issue, which comes around on July 11.  You may have already heard that, surprise!  He’s partially nude.  Well, pretty much totally nude except for certain private parts.  You know what?  Prince is cool with his body, and he’s not afraid to show it.  More power to him. When I first...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Naked Truth: Ramirez, Gomez Don’t Deserve All-Star Nods

In all sports, the unveiling of All-Star rosters draws attention to the perceived snubs. This summer, baseball fans will gripe about excluded players such as Ian Kinsler and complain about studs like Chris Sale suffering the humiliation of a runoff. Many may wonder if Devin Mesoraco is truly a better catcher than former MVP Buster Posey. Nevertheless, none of these questionable calls...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 7/6/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Brewers Back in All-Star Game Starting Lineups: Since Ryan Braun’s All-Star Game run from 2008-2012, Brewers fans got used to one of our own being in the starting lineup...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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