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3/2 – 3/8 Brewers Week In Review

March 9, 2015

The Brewers started their Cactus League schedule this week. It is an exciting week because they are playing baseball again. The games don’t count (luckily for the Brewers, so far), but it is exciting none the less.

The Brewers and the Cubs were the only teams to finish the week without a win, both at 0-4. That does not mean anything because the teams are not always using the best strategy to win games. For instance, Taylor Williams came in to Saturday’s game in the 8th inning with a 4-1 lead against Texas. He ended up giving up 4 runs in just 2/3 of an inning. The 23 year old pitched in A Ball last year, just his second year in professional baseball. It’s a pretty safe bet that he will not be in the 8th inning of a tight game for the Brewers this year.

Overall, the Brewers lost 3 games by one game, and one by a blowout. The biggest cause for concern so far is that the Brewers committed at least one error in each game, and more than one in the first three games. The fact that the errors are trending downward is a good sign. Also, one of the errors was a great play by Aramis Ramirez. He had a bad throw to first, but they ended up getting the out at home.

Some of the hitters came out of the chute firing. Matt Clark is hitting .556 with a HR. Hector Gomez had a 3 RBI game against the Rangers on Friday. And Martin Maldonado is hitting .600. On the flip side, Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, and Ramirez have not yet gotten their first hit.

On the injury front, the Brewers are doing pretty well. Jonathan Lucroy’s hamstring is healing well and he will increase his running and first base drills. He may even face live pitching in the next week. Adam Lind’s sore back is getting better and he should see some game action this week. Dontrelle Willis, who is in camp on a minor league deal, has a stiff neck. There is no timetable for his Brewers debut at this point.

Many of the prognosticators have the Brewers finishing fourth or fifth. A lot of that is because the NL Central is extremely competitive, but some of it is how they finished last year. It seems that some of them forget that the Brewers were in first place for 150 days. They addressed some of the weaknesses from last year by shoring up the bullpen and getting Lind to man first base. If Braun’s thumb surgery was successful, he will be back to his old self, and Ramirez is hoping to end his career on a high note. Those two bats added to what the Crew did last year will have them in the playoff hunt.

The biggest weakness that the Brewers have right now is starting pitching depth. The starting 5 right now consists of Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, and Jimmy Nelson. The top 4 have proven track records (OK, so Fiers has been up and down) and Nelson looks like he is ready for the jump to the big leagues. The problem is that there are no Major League ready back ups. Taylor Jungmann is currently the next man up, but he is only in his 4th professional season. Last year, he started in AA. Tyler Thornburg is being stretched out to be a long reliever and he could also start.

I disagree with most of the experts about the Brewers. I think that they will have a solid season, and I think they will avoid the bad month that they had the last two years (May, 2013 and September, 2014). I think the Brewers will finish…

Sorry, you will have to wait for my Preseason Predictions to see where I think the Brewers will finish.

  1. Hey DJ, I’m hoping to be reading lots of stuff this season. My prediction is one of optimism, 1st. 🙂

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