I know, I know, more Brewers talk.Â However, this is a big deal.Â I figured the Brewers could make a competitive offer, but still lose out by a good $10m, but this gives a bit of hope.
Brewer’s interim manager Dale Sveum is officially out of the running for the Brewer’s 2009 manager position.Â Seems Jim Skaalen, the hitting coach, is also out.Â I guess his method of “swing as hard as you can every pitch” wasn’t working.Â Meanwhile, GM Doug Melvin has signed a 3-year extension.
Now Melvin has to find an experienced manager who can get this team playing up to full potential and find ways to win games on defense and base hits; something that cost a lot of wins this year.Â Right now all signs are pointing to former Arizona manager Bob Brenly as the front-runner.
He’s screwed up numerous times in the post-season… in game 3 I’ve already seen two bad outs with runners on (a strikeout and bad baserunning move).Â He had the horrible double play that killed our chances in the 1st inning of game 2.Â He struck out to end a potential rally at the end of game 1.Â He’s batted .239 after the All-Star break including hitting .173 in September.Â He also led the outfield with 5 errors.
I hate you, Corey Hart.
You can tell the network interest in the first game of the NLDS matchup between the Brewers and Phillies by the TV slot.Â 3PM EST on a Wednesday.Â Thanks MLB.Â The Brewers haven’t seen the playoffs in the entire lifespan of many of their fans and yet, those of us with jobs (you know, the ones most likely to buy tickets, apparel, etc) will likely not see the game.
Regardless, this should be a good matchup.Â Two very young and talented teams.Â Seems the Phillies have the edge of being more complete and having better pitchup through the roster, but who knows.Â Anything can happen in baseball.Â Just look at the Mets losing 2 of 3 to the Marlins.Â The first two games should be good ones.Â The Brewers are putting their prized young pitcher whose name nobody can properly pronnounce (hint: it’s NOT Gah-lard-oh) against the Reds’ ace who looks more like a frozen lemonade vendor than a pitcher.
Both guys were amazing all year, but there is simply no topping what they did today.Â Game winning home run for Braun and another complete game win for CC.Â Longest post-season drout in major pro sports is over!
So I hesitated to jump on board with the millions of other journalists and bloggers talking about Ned Yost being fired.Â Why?Â What could I say that they haven’t.Â Now that the Brewers have officially moved away from Yost and played (and lost) their first game without him, I feel I should add a little perspective.
First, I tend to agree with a select few folks from the Milwaukee area on this topic.Â Several people have said that they believe Yost was the right guy to get the Brewers to where they are.Â I’ll go as far as saying he was the right guy to get the Brewers to where they were last year.Â He did a great job bringing the young players along and not doing anything to shake their confidence over their young careers.Â On another team, Braun and Fielder would probably be where they are now, but players like Weeks, Hall, Hardy and Hart would likely still be in the minors.Â A majority of people outside of Milwaukee (those who haven’t seen the Brewers play regularly the last 5-6 years) really don’t understand this.Â I’ve seen Yost portrayed by the national media as being overly stern, but he really isn’t.Â Sure, he’s a statue during games, but he’s far too kind to the players.Â Few successful managers would’ve let a player like Rickie Weeks bat lead-off an entire season.Â Few would have let Bill Hall cost runs on a daily basis.Â Few would’ve stuck with starting pitchers who regularly could not get out of the 2nd inning.Â Yost did.Â He was a great leader for doing this while the team was growing and maturing.Â Although it could be easily argued they are still in the maturation process, the upper-management has decided that this year is the time for winning.Â The Yost method is clearly not the method for winning now.
Brewer game!Â I love Friday night baseball.Â Something about the atmosphere just makes it so much more fun.Â I think it’s something about everyone finally getting out of work after a long week and just letting go and enjoying the game.Â Brewers played the Pirates.Â We had great seats, it was a fun game and the hometown boys won 10-4.
Friday was also my first fantasy football draft; for the free league I’ve run the last several years.Â Since I was at the game, I missed the draft.Â However, I spent ages pre-ranking my players and it actually worked to my advantage.Â Despite the fact that Yahoo will fill all starting roster spots before bench spots, I still got a pretty good team.Â The draft order in this league was based on last years performance, and since I sucked, I had the #1 pick (snaking order, 8 teams)Â Here’s my draft picks:
More bad pitching, selfish offense that won’t just move runners over, and another Brewer loss.Â This one was nicely capped off with Prince Fielder shoving Manny Parra after Parra gave up 6 runs in 2 innings.Â Way to go, Crew!
Well, maybe recent history.Â As of a few moments ago, Sabathia threw his third complete game as a Brewer (in 4 starts, not to mention, it was his 3rd IN A ROW).
For the record, the most complete games in a season by a Brewer pitcher in the last 20 years was by Jaime Navarro in ’91.Â He had 10 of them that year en route to a 15 win season.Â At this rate, Sabathia may get to that mark in just the 2nd half of the year!Â In his short time with Milwaukee, he’s doubled his CG total for the season.Â This guy can really eat up innings and he’s probably the best move the team could’ve made to help out the bulpen.Â Bill Castro must be feeling great about having CC on the mound, as it gives him some extra time to try and figure out how to get the relievers on track.
Sadly, I won’t be at the game.Â I’m not even going to look at what ticket prices have jumped to in the last 24 hours.Â It will be pretty amazing to see a Milwaukee game likely sell out, on a Tuesday against the Rockies.
I will definitely be watching the game though, cannot wait to see how the new ace (do you call it a “deuce” when you have two aces?) settles in his first night.
So now it looks like the starting rotation will be:
– McClung or Bush