POP QUIZ HOTSHOT: Who leads the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers in OPS?
ANSWER: Ryan Braun, duh. Who else would it be?
The answer to that question is not surprising. Ryan Braun is the man. He's one of the best hitters in the league and one of the best hitters the Milwaukee Brewers franchise has ever seen. So, yeah, duh. No big surprise there.
What has surprised us though is who the Brewers second most valuable player has been because that guy is someone that we didn't see coming. That guy has always been a valuable member of the franchise, but it's never been anything quite like this. That guy has become the most popular player on the team and the new king of Milwaukee. That guy is Jonathan Lucroy.
I know, I can't believe it either. (I wanted it to be you Rickie. Sorry if the pressure got to you.)
In a season where everything seems to go wrong for the Milwaukee Brewers, everything has seemed to go right for Jonathan Lucroy. His outs come at times when the Brewers don't need him and his hits seem to come exactly when they do. Every ball he hits hard finds its way between the outfielders and every time he steps up with runners on they end up scoring. He's gritty and clutch and "a gamer" and all those other things people like to write about. (And, omg, he is so dreamy.) Jonathan Lucroy is absolutely killing it right now. I can't explain why it's happening. Baseball is a crazy game and these things just happen sometime so we should all just enjoy this while it lasts because who knows when it will end. Okay?
This isn't the part where we talk about advanced stats and do that whole thing. This is the part where we enjoy it. Continue reading »
I never ever wanted to write a negative word about Zack Greinke and hoped that time would never come, but unfortunately it has. Let's do it.
BREWERS STARTERS WITH ERA OVER 5.50 (Last 5 years)
Manny Parra 6.36 (2009)
David Bush 6.38 (2009)
Zack Greinke 5.66 (2011)
That's it. That's the whole list.
Now I know what you're thinking "Jesus, 2009 sucked" and my god did it ever. Hopefully you're also thinking "WTF IS ZACK GREINKE DOING THERE!?" 2009 was awful, but I would argue that 2011 could end up being a whole lot worse if Zack Greinke doesn't get his act together. He doesn't belong on this list, but that's how he has played thus far this season and he has sucked.
"but.. but.. he's had terrible luck! His xFIP proves it!"
"And he's winning games! He's 7-3!"
"Look at his BABIP, it's really high it will even out over time! And his LOB% is low!"
Shut up. Stop making excuses for him and shut up. You sound like an abused girlfriend who won't stop insisting that your boyfriend, Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood, is really a good guy once you get to know him. Zack Greinke has been a huge disappointment, a much bigger disappointment than Casey McGehee, and it's time everyone admitted it. 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.