Yesterday Yovani Gallardo pitched in what was probably his 2nd or 3rd worst start of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers. Which is funny because I never for one second thought that the game was in doubt. When Yovani hits homeruns, the Brewers win. It's just that easy, but it's more than that too. When Yovani gets the ball, we expect to win. Something is happening here. Something amazing and every time Yovani Gallardo takes the mound for the Brewers is becoming must see TV. He is the Seinfeld of the Brewers TV lineup. (Randy Wolf? The Marriage Ref.)
How good has Yovani been? Well, including yesterday's start he's been the fourth most valuable player in the National League according to WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Not pitcher, player. Think about that for a second. All season long we have heard and talked about Hart's power surge or Casey McGehee's continued success at the plate, but we haven't heard much about Yovani Gallardo. He's not only been the team's ace, but he's been the team's MVP and put himself in the conversation for best pitcher in the National League. Seriously. Thus far this season Yovani has been better than Johan Santana, Roy Halladay (not by much, but still), Tim Hudson, Roy Oswalt, Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. This is really happening.
And to think just under two months ago Anthony Witrado said this about him: Continue reading »
And all three wins were of the walk-off variety? Why isn't anyone talking about this? Let's throw in last Saturday's game against the Cardinals where they took them to the 11th inning before losing and the Brewers (not named Randy Wolf) have been playing pretty decent baseball for about a week now. Hart is hitting everything out of the park, Jeff Suppan has left the building, Gallarado can't be touched, Casey McGehee is the most clutch person on the planet and we might actually have a closer (gasp!), this is pretty good times if you ask me. At least compared to what we had before. Then again, I'm an idiot.
I am the biggest Chicago Blackhawks fan that I know. Serious.
When I was a kid my dad had season tickets and we would drive down to see the games, every Sunday. The Blackhawks at the time had GREAT players like Jeremy Roenick, Eddie Belfour and Chris Chelios, driving them towards the playoffs and a Stanley Cup appearance. (My favorite player? Stu Grimson. The team's enforcer. Of course he was.) It was an impressionable time for a youth like myself, the Blackhawks were good and hockey was a pretty cool sport. I loved the Blackhawks, I loved watching them play and I loved hockey.
Fast forward to the present. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup finals. They are leading three games to two and their next win means the first Stanley Cup championship in my lifetime. The first time any team that I deemed my "favorite team" won anything. This is a huge moment. People are excited, this is the biggest thing to happen to the Blackhawks since West Side Story was a hit. Clearly, this was a serious time and for any serious Blackhawks fan they would do whatever it took to see their team possibly win the Stanley Cup. Continue reading »
The state of Brewers pitching in 2010 is not good. Jeff Suppan is a twelve and a half million dollar mop-up man, who doesn't actually know the difference between a mop and a sandwich. Manny Parra continues to prove that it's more likely that people will stop talking about Brett Favre than it is for him to figure it out and become an effective starter. Trevor Hoffman continues to make us hate AC/DC and Randy Wolf has been solid, but completely unspectacular, interesting, intriguing, surprising or interesting. It's not been a fun two months, to say the least.
In search of pitching, Brewers fans have thrown their hopes behind young men with mustaches, freakishly tall men with 7-foot boa constrictors and a guy named Zach with a goatee from New Jersey. However, some people (your author included) are throwing their hopes and dreams behind another. A man who once won 18 games in a season, but also pitched in 22 straight losing games in another season. A former All-Star who hasn't pitched in three seasons and once appeared as a Brewer on The Young and the Restless. A pitcher who is very likely an insufferable douche based on where he went to college (it's Duke, as if I had to clarify) and actually owns a Segway. The pitcher is Chris Capuano and after 32 months away from the major leagues he is poised to start his first game for the Brewers since Amy Winehouse was relevant. To say the least, it's been awhile. Continue reading »
I figured I should probably write about some baseball today and I have a few things to say about the Brewers pitching staff, but not enough to make each individual one into it's own post. Here we go.
Yovani Gallardo: I was glad to hear that we signed this guy to a five year extension. An extension for a pitcher is always risky, but not giving a pitcher an extension when you expect him to be awesome is even riskier. That being said, I wonder if I will start spelling his name right on a regular basis by the end of the contract (always with the extra N). Or if this picture will ever get old. Doubtful on both ends.
Randy Wolf: I mentioned this on twitter and I was accused of being a bad fan. (You know because people who spend their time blogging about the Brewers obviously don't even really like them.) But I want to say it again, why did he get a standing ovation when he left the game on Tuesday? He pitched pretty good, but it wasn't amazing or even a quality start. (Not to mention the fact that he left runners on that could have potentially tied the game.) The only difference, of course, is that the Brewers had the lead when Wolf left. Is that how it works? Leave with the lead and you get an ovation? I'm curious.
Doug Davis: Not a great start for the Big Tuna exacerbated by the fact that he works slower than Betty White. I don't expect him to look that bad the next time out, but I also don't expect him to work any faster the next time out. On the bright side, a Davis start almost guarantees an extra half hour of beer sales during the game.
Jeff Suppan: Two bits of news came out on Jeff Suppan this week. The first being that he was named the team's fifth starter. I'll let Disciples of Uecker handle that. The second, that the reason he may have been injured was because of an uncomfortable pillow. The Brewers announcers did a fine job making fun of him for this.
As much as everyone hates this move (and it is a bad move in a win-now sense) I have to trust the brain trust on this one. Rick Peterson was hired to fix Manny Parra and if Rick Peterson says that Suppan should get the job while he works on Manny a bit more, I have to go with what he says. If Suppan is as bad as we think he is, he'll play his way out and if Narveson/Parra are as good as we think they are they'll play their way in. It'll all work itself out.
Trevor Hoffman: The countdown to 600 saves in left center is this year's coolest addition and makes me want to be there very badly when it finally happens. Of course, that means it will happen on the road. Second, "Hell's Bells" is still very, very awesome.