The Cardinals led for almost the entire game, taking the lead in the second inning and they never relinquished it. Marco Estrada kept the Brewers in the game with a quality start of six innings and three runs, but Jim Henderson put the game out of reach by giving up three runs on two home runs. Aramis Ramirez provided the only offense for the Brewers with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
It's okay to enjoy baseball.
Despite the long winning streak, there's been some negativity around the Brewers. Some fans weren't enjoying the winning streak and instead just waiting for the collapse. Derek wrote about this yesterday, acknowledging the problems with the team but also saying it's okay to enjoy the games. As fans, most of us are aware of all of the problems facing this team. However, it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy the games.
Ryan Braun probably won't get to 3000 hits.
The 3000 hit mark is one of the most treasured marks in baseball. There's only a few active players who have a legitimate chance to reach the mark. Noah analyzed the possibility yesterday and what Braun would need to do to reach the mark. Braun has the chance to get there, but there's a lot of work to do. If he continues to put up good numbers, he may still get to that mark in his career.
Clint Coulter is continuously working to improve.
Earlier this week, Clint Coulter was named the Midwest League player of the week. It's a good start to the season for Coulter as he works to get better and work his way through the Brewers system. Kyle has a story about Coulter with some quotes from him about how he is approaching the season. He's making nice progress so far this season and could keep working his way through the system. Let's hope it's just the start of a run to the major league.
Jackie Robinson Day
- Carlos Gomez is forever appreciative of Jackie Robinson, and talked to Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com about his feelings for Robinson and what that day means.
- There's a low number of African-Americans in MLB, and Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar wonders if we should be concerned about this trend.
- Jonathan Lucroy has adjusted his approach at the plate, and Ben Tannenbaum of The Brewers Bar notes that it has improved his batting average.
- Meanwhile, some of the other players haven't been as patient. Curt Hogg of Disciples of Uecker looks at the overall aggressive approach that the team has taken this season.
- While this approach has been frustrating to watch, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Ron Roenicke is ok with this aggressive approach.
- Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com also notes Roenicke's acceptance of this approach, and if other teams will exploit what they are seeing.
Other Notes from the Field
- Tuesday's game against the Cardinals was Ron Roenicke's 500th game managing the Brewers, and Bleacher Report has some notes on the mark.
- Jeff Wiser of Beyond the Box Score analyzes the bullpen of the Brewers so far and what to expect in the future.
- Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker has the FIP standings so far this season.
- Steve Garczynski of Disciples of Uecker has part 2 of his article on what the Brewers need to do to win on JRN.com.
- The debut of Wei-Chung Wang was exciting for many scouts, and Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com has some quotes from scouts about what they saw in him.
Off the Field
- Someone brought a laser pointer to Monday's game against the Cardinals and shined it at Matt Holiday's face while he was batting. Dan Zinski of Call to the Pen has some anger towards this fan, as he is making all Brewers fans look bad with his antics.
- John & Cait previewed a few new items from AJ Bombers at Miller Park, including the new "Thornburger". (Note: I had this at the game last night and it was very good.)
Minor League Update
|Nashville Sounds||AAA||5-7||Memphis 8, Nashville 4||Memphis @ Nashville|
|Huntsville Stars||AA||8-4||Mississippi 3, Huntsville 2
Huntsville 5, Mississippi 1
|Hunstville @ Mississippi|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||8-4||Brevard County 7, Lakeland 1||Lakeland @ Brevard County|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||6-4||Lansing @ Wisconsin
|Lansing @ Wisconsin
News & Notes
- Most of the Brewers minor-league affiliates play in warm weather, but the Timber Rattlers are an exception by playing in a cold league. Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects looks at how the move to Wisconsin has affected the weather the team has experienced.
- Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker looks back at the 2008 Huntsville Stars team, and notices how some of the best players on that team never worked out in the majors while a few of the lesser players are now regular MLB contributors.
- Pirates 8, Reds 7: The game started on Monday with 10 home runs hit between the two teams, including three sets of back-to-back home runs by the Pirates. Play resumed on Tuesday and Russell Martin's RBI single in the 7th inning gave the Pirates the win.
- Reds 7, Pirates 5: It was the Mike Leake show Tuesday night. He pitched 6⅔ innings and allowed three runs, but also contributed three runs to the offense by scoring a run in the second inning and hitting a two-run home run in the sixth.
- Cubs @ Yankees was postponed due to weather.
- Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Reds (Johnny Cueto) - 11:35 am
- Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka) - 12:05 pm
- Cubs (Travis Wood) @ Yankees (Michael Pineda) - 6:05 pm
The Brewers try to avoid the sweep today against the Cardinals in the afternoon finale. Starters for today's game will be Wily Peralta for the Brewers and Joe Kelly for the Cardinals. The game starts at 12:10 pm, and it will not be televised today. Jenifer Langosch has the MLB.com preview.