In the News (4/14)

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

Monday’s Game: Reds 7, Brewers 6
Record: 2-5, Fifth Place
Games Behind the Cubs: 3

Monday’s Game

- The Brewers lost a tough one to the Reds. They really gave this one away. Yovani Gallardo didn’t pitch like Yovani Gallardo. Yo went only five innings giving up 7 runs on three hits and four walks.

- Ryan Braun continues to press, or so it appears. He left five on base. Braun wasn’t the only one. The Brewers left a total of 27 on base. That is ridiculous.

- It’s difficult to think of positives, but here are a couple: Corey Hart stayed hot going 2-4, including his third homer of the year. JJ Hardy hit his first home run. That’s good considering he’s looked terrible thus far. Jason Kendall had his first hit of the year and then even hit a second one. Lastly, the bullpen was actually solid giving up no runs in four innings.

Brewers News

- It looks as though Ken Macha will sit down with Jeff Suppan to discuss his lack of…good.

- KLSnow at Brew Crew Ball analyzes Jeff Suppan’s Brewers career in comparison to the worst Brewers pitchers of all-time. They come to the conclusion that Suppan isn’t the worst ever, but  is right up there. If his terrible pitching continues, Milwaukee fans will likely riot.

- Will Suppan single handedly ruin the Brewers season? Nah, the bullpen will likely get the assist.

- Jordan M at Brew Crew Ball thought that Dave Bush may have an issue with his fastball’s velocity quickly dropping off later in his starts, so they decided to analyze Bush’s Saturday start. They found that his fastball did not have a major drop off in velocity late in the game.

- Miller Park comes in at number 10 on the this list of the top MLB parks to visit. Apparently the writer hasn’t been to Miller in a few years as he talks about the manual scoreboards that were replaced a couple years ago.

- Paul Lecker of the Wausau Daily Herald says there’s not much to be excited about with the Brewers’ start to the ‘09 season. Really? Thanks!

- I can’t decide if this picture makes me want to punch the guy in it or myself. People suck.

- Check out the video of this little Brew Crew fan. Either this little girl is smart or dad is scary obsessed.

Minor Leagues

- The Timber Rattlers lost their first game of the season tonight in Appleton. They’re now 3-1 on the young season.

- Fan Graphs has a list of each NL Central team’s top 10 prospects. What’s interesting to me is that two low-A minor league players are on the list (Brett Lawrie at number three and Cutter Dykstra at number 6).

NL Central

- The Cubs shutout the Rockies today 4-0. Ted Lilly went 6 2/3 innings and gave up only two walks and a hit.

- Lou Piniella is still sticking with Kevin Gregg as his closer. You have to believe that isn’t going to last. While Gregg obviously has a better head on his shoulders, he doesn’t have the stuff that Marmol has.

- A dead goat was found hanging from the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field early this morning. Not funny. Again, people suck.

- The Astros got killed by Zack Duke and the Pirates 7-0 today. Astros starter Brian Moehler gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Moehler is set to have a sore knee checked out.

- The Astros have now lost five straight leaving them with a record of 1-6 to start the season. Crawfish Boxes is concerned about the Astros starting pitching. Cecil Cooper still predicts like 162 wins or something.

Other News

- Jay Sorgi at TMJ Channel 4 thinks the Brewers should go after Pedro Martinez. The article makes a good point with the following:

Yes, he’s the same Pedro Martinez who has only gone 17-17 in the last three years: the same guy with a serious injury issue in recent years.

He’s also the same guy who mowed down batters in the World Baseball Classic to the tune of an ERA 12.91 less than Jeff Suppan is currently pitching.

That being said, $5 million is still too much for a guy that would likely fall apart after minimal innings.

- The sad news in baseball continued today with the passing of Phillies announcer Harry Kalas.

- Our own broadcasting legend Bob Uecker weighs in on the loss of Kalas.

- Wednesday is the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. Bud Selig has asked all players and uniformed personel to wear the number 42 in his honor.

- David Wells has signed on to be an analyst with TBS.

- Sabathia dropped $15 million on a place in New Jersey.