This Weekend's Action
Brewers 6, Red Sox 2 (Friday)
It was a day that was supposed to be all about the Red Sox. It was their home opener, and they were getting their World Series championship rings. Unfortunately for them, the Brewers didn't realize this. They struck early for a 2-0 lead, but the Red Sox tallied single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to tie the game. Both pitchers locked out the offenses after that until the ninth inning, when the Brewers scored four runs off of Edward Mujica to get the win.
If you missed the game, Noah also has some GIFs for you.
Brewers 7, Red Sox 6 (Saturday)
Bad defense was the story of this game, with four errors committed and some other defensive problems coming out. Brewers pitchers allowed six runs (five by Wily Peralta and one by Jim Henderson), but only two of those runs were earned. However, despite the absence of Ryan Braun, the Brewers scored six runs in the first three innings. After that, the Brewers couldn't buy a hit with a runner in scoring position despite ninteen hits in the game. The game ended up in extra innings, with the Brewers finally breaking through in the eleventh inning and Francisco Rodriguez locking down the win.
Brewers 4, Red Sox 0 (Sunday)
After pitching six scoreless innings on Opening Day, Yovani Gallardo continued his scoreless streak with another 6 2/3 innings on Sunday. The Brewers needed every pitch of it, with Jon Lester locking out the Brewers offense for most of the game. Unfortunately for Lester, he allowed two runs early and another two runs in his last two innings, though only two runs were earned. Between Gallardo, Zach Duke, and Tyler Thornburg, the Brewers kept them off the board to secure the sweep.
Ryan Braun's thumb is going to be an issue for a while.
We had heard reports in the offseason about Ryan Braun's thumb, but coming in to the season we didn't think it would be a major problem. That changed on Friday when reports came out that his thumb was still an issue. He does not have much feeling in the thumb and is developing blisters become he can't tell how hard he is gripping the bat. The only fix for the issue is surgery, but it's not a guaranteed fix. Adam McCalvy has some comments from Braun, who explained in more detail what the issue is. Meanwhile, Justin Schultz of Reviewing the Brew asks the question we are all wondering about: How many games will Ryan Braun play this season?
Braun played at DH and went 0-for-5 on Friday, and then was out of the lineup Saturday to rest. He did return on Sunday and went 2-for-4, but did not take batting practice.
The back end of the rotation has a lot of potential.
A successful season usually involves some good contributions from the back end of the rotation. This year, the season is starting with Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta at the back of the rotation. Derek Harvey previewed both of these players over the weekend, with a profile of Marco Estrada on Friday and then a profile of Wily Peralta on Saturday. Marco Estrada has been a great control pitcher with a high strikeout and low walk rate, but has some problems allowing home runs and staying healthy. Meanwhile, Wily Peralta is a bit of the opposite, with a high velocity fastball but less control. While the Brewers aren't depending on these pitchers as much, they still need to put together a good season if the Brewers want to compete.
As always, some Brewers will hit some milestone moments this season.
Some of the Brewers have milestone moments coming up this year. The round numbers have always meant something to baseball players, and hitting those marks help define how a career has progressed. Yesterday, I went through some of the marks that are coming up this year. It's something to watch for this year as the season goes on and we will try to note these moments as they pass.
We are still waiting for the debut of Wei-Chung Wang.
24 of the 25 players on the 25-man roster have made their season debut. The only one that has not made his debut is Wei-Chung Wang. Since he has not pitched in a regular season game above rookie ball, Ron Roenicke wants to ease him in to his debut in an easier situation. Adam McCalvy wrote about this over the weekend, how the Brewers are handling Wang so far. It's a tricky situation with Wang since the Brewers can't send him to the minors without having to offer him back to Pittsburgh. However, he has enough potential that it may be worth figuring out.
Notes from the Field
- As rough as the Brewers defense has been this season, they did have one shining moment on Saturday night. Martin Maldonado made a sensational throw that earned some attention.
- Over on Cream City Cables, Nathan Petrashek continues their preview of the positions with a look at Aramis Ramirez at third base.
- It's early, but the games still matter when it comes to the end of the season. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looked at how playoff odds changed after one series of the season.
- David Laurila of FanGraphs analyzed how a change in how Will Smith pitches has made him a more effective reliever.
Outside the Game
- We've seen more and more giant hot dogs coming out in stadiums lately. Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar goes through some of these options around MLB.
- John Steinmiller got to take a tour of Fenway Park on Saturday along with other members of the Brewers media. He posted some pictures of the experience on the John & Cait blog.
- Caitlin Moyer has a preview of an upcoming series on FS Wisconsin focused on the Brewers and baseball in the Dominican Republic.
- Cait also has a preview of a special game this Saturday dedicated to Autism Awareness.
- How did your March Madness brackets do after Saturday's game? Cait has an update on the Brewers brackets, and it looks like no one will have a correct national champion.
Minor League Update
|Nashville Sounds||AAA||2-2||Nashville 4, Omaha 2 (Friday)
Nashville 2, Omaha 1 (Saturday)
Omaha 4, Nashville 3 (Saturday)
Omaha 6, Nashville 5 (Sunday)
|Nashville @ Iowa|
|Huntsville Stars||AA||3-1||Huntsville 5, Jacksonville 3 (Friday)
Huntsville 7, Jacksonville 1 (Sunday)
Huntsville 3, Jacksonville 0 (Sunday)
|Huntsville @ Jacksonville|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||2-1||Brevard County 4, Daytona 3 (Friday)
Daytona 13, Brevard County 2 (Saturday)
|Brevard County @ Daytona|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||2-2||Wisconsin 8, Peoria 4 (Saturday)
Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2 (Sunday)
Wisconsin 3, Peoria 1 (Sunday)
News & Notes
- Kyle attended the double-header the Timber Rattlers played on Sunday, and has a recap of both games and some quotes from the team.
- Kevin Kimmes of Cream City Cables has plenty of notes from the Timber Rattlers games this weekend. He has pregame notes, a recap, and quotes from manager Matt Erickson for Saturday's game. He also has pregame notes and a recap of the double-header from Sunday.
- The Brewers have released minor-league LHP Will West after three failed recreational drug tests and one failed performance enhancing drug test.
- The June MLB draft is two months away, but it's not too early to predict who the Brewers will pick. Andrew Vrchota of Reviewing the Brew has his early big boards for the first two rounds of the draft.
- Looking for a way to identify minor-league prospects? Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs has a trick for identifying these prospects. Also, Jeff Sullivan talks about evaluating minor-league umpire prospects.
Phillies 7, Cubs 2 (Friday)
Phillies 2, Cubs 0 (Saturday)
Cubs 8, Phillies 3 (Sunday)
Pirates 12, Cardinals 2 (Friday)
Cardinals 6, Pirates 1 (Saturday)
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1 (Sunday)
Mets 4, Reds 3 (Friday)
Mets 6, Reds 3 (Saturday)
Reds 2, Mets 1 (Sunday)
- Reds (Tony Cingrani) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 3:15 pm
- Cubs & Pirates have the day off.
The Brewers were scheduled for a game against the Phillies today, but the game was postponed early due to a lot of rain. It was rescheduled to Tuesday.