Apr 25, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Travis Ishikawa (45) hits a home run on a pitch by Houston Astros pitcher J.A. Happ (not pictured) during the second inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
I sat down today with a late lunch and a dream: To answer lots of Brewer related questions while eating soup and a grilled cheese. The feature is called Twitter Lunch, and today roughly a dozen followers of the @BrewCrewBall Twitter feed took part in it. Here's what we discussed:
@ccallaway33: How much regular PT has Ishikawa earned? What's the season long solution for Narveson?
BCB: Ishikawa: None really. Two good days, but Gamel has much more upside short and long term.
BCB: As for Narveson, I think Marco Estrada would have to completely embarrass himself to be removed from that spot short term.
@acmepackingco: Do we have the most average, middle of the road starting pitching in the league? I could look it up but you're right here.
BCB: As long as Gallardo, Greinke and Marcum are still in the rotation, I think you have to rank them above that.
BCB: I'm not sure how many contending teams need a center fielder, but there must be some. Past issues lower his value.
@timmyt3477: any chance a deadline trade gets pulled even up sveum for roenicke??:)
BCB: Maybe a 3 team deal to send them both to Kansas City.
The rest of the questions and answers are after the jump. Thanks to everyone that participated, and don't forget to follow @BrewCrewBall on Twitter to be a part of the next Twitter Lunch.
@grizzly1530: when do you think we should be concerned about Weeks? Especially since they have a lead off capable bat in aoki.
BCB: At the moment I'm not concerned. If he had a stretch like this May 15-June 15, no one notices.
@jadamsky: I read your stuff occasionally but I'm still confused, do you dislike roenicke? And what's you opinion on the bullpenn?
BCB: I think Roenicke does a handful of things well. I like him better than Macha/Yost. But he's a frequent strategic fail.
BCB: I think the bullpen will be fine if starting pitchers go deeper into games.
BCB: I don't think Parra is as bad as some think, or has as much potential as others think. I doubt the org will give up on him.
@steelmann58: what minor league arms have the best chance of advancing.
BCB: I feel like it wouldn't surprise me if Jungmann and Bradley move up any day now. Drew Gagnon might have shown enough, too.
@markcoddington: The high BABIP so far: Luck, bad defense, or both? (SSS, I know)
BCB: I think some of it's bad pitching. There's some luck involved, but the balls getting through aren't softly hit bleeders.
@steelmann58: Hoe long does AR sit in the 5 hole and think the crew looking at the middle inning core for an upgrade?
BCB: Ramirez is hitting fourth, not fifth, and I'm not sure how much the team would benefit by moving him at the moment.