Too early to panic? Most likely

Baseball April 15th, 2010

I've kind of gotten the idea that a lot of Brewers fan are really unhappy with how the season has started. Gregg Zaun, Jim Edmonds, Carlos Gomez and Alcides Escobar haven't done much of anything. The pitching hasn't really been very good allowing eleven more runs than the Brewers have scored and I count two games the Brewers SHOULD have won (yesterday and Trevor's first blown save against the Cardinals) that they didn't. To top it all off the poster boy for why 2009 sucked, Jeff Suppan, is making the start tomorrow in the sweep deciding game against the Cubs. It's not a very happy time to be a Brewers fan right now and I definitely understand all of the frustration, but let's not start jumping off the bandwagon just yet. Let's wait until Gregg Zaun gets his second hit before we do that. (Next Thursday good for you?) Seriously though, it's going to be okay. Put the Packers jersey down.

First of all, we expect to be battling the Cubs and Cardinals all season long for the NL Central title. We expect to battle them because they are good. If we lose to them, we are losing to a good team. That's not as bad as it sounds. Even if Suppan pulls a Suppan today we are 3-6 and if he doesn't we are only a game under .500. Hardly a reason to give up on the season and start watching Donald Driver Time Warner commercials on youtube. You have to try and remember that this is baseball and there are at least 250 games left. 3-6 will seem like a distant memory when the team is playing the Astros for the 15th time.

Second of all, after today's game our next five opponents are:

  • The Nationals (WOOHOO!)
  • The Pirates (Yeah!)
  • The Cubs (at home, uhh!)
  • The Pirates again (/makes thrusting motion)
  • The Padres (/takes advantage of a teddy bear)

Ummm, yeah. If after all that the Brewers are like 10-14 I can MAYBE see a reason to worry, but not now. I think they'll be fine and I'm not just saying that because Gregg Zaun and Carlos Gomez are on my fantasy team. I really believe it (and I just made up that fantasy team part because seriously, who would ever draft Gregg Zaun and Carlos Gomez to be on their fantasy team? That would be stupid.)

Besides Prince Fielder hasn't even hit a home run yet. Can we really judge the Brewers season based on a handful of games that Prince Fielder didn't even hit a home run in? I say no.

I got nothing: random notes from MPDHQ

Baseball September 11th, 2009

princegirlYou'd think after going to two games this week I'd have something on my mind, but you'd be wrong. I got nothing. Well, nothing long form at least. I do have these few tidbits.

- I SHOULD be doing a podcast on Monday night which will be posted here Tuesday day. This is not exactly by popular demand, but I think that this is going to be good and should keep you entertained throughout the offseason. If you think we don't talk enough about baseball now, you ain't seen nothing yet.

- Speaking of things that SHOULD be happening. I'm supposed to have a story going up on Decider again. The last time I wrote for them I told you "How NOT to be a Brewers fan", this time it's a bit more.... I'll say controversial.

- Is that considered selling out? Writing for "the man"? What if I told you that someone offered me a lot of money to buy the website? How would you feel about that? I'll have more on this next week.

- Stop the presses. Anthony Witrado actually wrote a decent column about the 2010 team. I don't believe it either.

- Speaking of the 2010 team I might touch on this later in the offseason, but just allow me to say that if the team gives up on Rickie Weeks I find it more offensive than the JJ Hardy thing. Weeks worked harder than anyone in the offseason to improve, showed tremendous improvement and then got hurt. There would be no Lopez without that injury and there'd be no need for Lopez without that injury. I am sick of hearing about getting rid of him and keeping Lopez in everyone's rosterbation fantasies.

- Michael Hunt is hit or miss with me, but he gets some great quotes from Doug Melvin in this article. As I've pointed out before 5 of the top 6 Brewers pitchers are having the worst seasons of their career without that, they're in it. I think they're fine in 2010.

- Next week should be good. I'm going down to "Miller Park South" and should have a nice little field trip report.

Alright, that's all I got. Only a few weeks to go here and then it's onto next season. Went by pretty fast didn't it? The team wasn't as good as we'd have all liked them to be, but I have no regrets. I had some of the best times of my life following the team this season and that's really what it's all about.

Have a good weekend everybody, have fun watching your football or whatever it is you kids do for fun.

The Miller Park Drunk E-Mail Show starring Right Field Bleachers

Baseball July 23rd, 2009

pat sajak showWell after the success of the last Miller Park Drunk E-Mail Show starring Al's Ramblings we decided to do another one with Jared and Tyler from Right Field Bleachers. They have really been doing some good stuff lately with the Halladay trade and have really come into their own since they decided to just write about whatever they wanted instead of other people's opinions. This one didn't go off as smoothly as we'd have liked and it took us kind of a long time to complete, but we had a pretty good rapport and we churned out some good stuff. Some of this may seem dated now as we started this before the All-Star Break, but I stil think you will find it enjoyable.We start off talking about if that last stretch decides the season and the team was one or two games out and now they are still two games out. So I guess it's relevant (and I guess it didn't).

Miller Park Drunk: Okay guys, let's get this thing started. As I write this the Brewers are playing the Twins and they aren't looking very good. There are people out there who think the team is donezo and really you can't completely blame them. A big part of this team's success this season was dependent on Manny Parra and Dave Bush pitching competently on now we are without both of those guys. This is one of the toughest stretches of the season for the team right now. After our hated rival Twins leave town, the current Wild Card leader with one of the best pitching staffs in the majors comes to town, followed by the Mets (who thankfully are beat up), then we go to Chicago who are just starting to heat up, division leading Cardinals and end up with the best team in baseball the Dodgers. If the Brewers go around .500 over this stretch it's not the end of the season (afterall, we still get to play the Natinals, Pirates and Padres), but it would seem the team needs to do well. I think this team will be in the hunt for the playoffs up to the very end, but even I have my doubts (and I'm drunk half the time.) There are arguments to be made that the pitching staff is broken and can't be fixed or that the team played over it's head early (coughWeekscough) or any number of things. Where do you guys see the team going from here? Is this really the stretch that decides the season? Read the rest of this entry »

Brewers flow charts

Baseball May 20th, 2009

The Brewers are 13-4 in May and have a three game lead in the National League Central. The next two games are against the Astros. The Happy Youngster deleted his blog. Thanks to links from Deadspin we have had record hits this month. Life is pretty good around here right now. So let's have some fun with flow charts.

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