The Brewers continued to struggle this spring and couldn't get their first win yesterday, falling to the Royals 5-4. Jimmy Nelson looked good in his first spring start, pitching two innings and only allowing one hit. Neil Cotts continued to struggle, allowing two runs in his appearance. Mike Strong allowed three runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work. On offense, Matt Long and Matt Clark each had solo home runs, and Jean Segura and Martin Maldonado also drove in runs in the loss.
Brewers News and Analysis
- One of the tougher cases to call came up in yesterday's BCB Community Over/Unders series, when Ryan Braun's profile came up. BCB readers are choosing to stay positive with Braun, as 72% believe that Braun will outperform his projected ZiPS line.
- Jonathan Lucroy's healing has been right on track, and now reports are coming out that he could be playing in spring training games by the end of the week. It would fit in with the timeline of missing 4 weeks, and would give Lucroy plenty of time to get ready for the season.
- With the season just under four weeks away, it's still too early to tell which projections are right and which are wrong for the 2015 season yet. However, Noah tried to draw some comparisons to see how certain Brewers compared to certain players from last season.
- Prior to yesterday's game, the Brewers created some buzz when Gerardo Parra got some work at first base during infield practice. There's no word on if this is meaningful yet, though his presence there has people considering the possibilities.
- Jimmy Nelson debuted his curveball during yesterday's game, mixing in a few during his two scoreless innings. Adam McCalvy notes that Nelson is hoping to add it to his pitch selection this season.
- Matt Clark is fighting for a roster spot in spring training, and has a more relaxed attitude this year Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a profile of Matt Clark as he works this spring to win a backup bench job.
- The Brewer Nation blog continued their Brewers by the (Jersey) Numbers series with #28 Gerardo Parra.
- The Brewers launched a new weekly podcast last week called "Brewers on Tap", which is hosted by new Brewers broadcaster Jeff Levering. Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar listened to the first episode and gave his opinion on the podcast.
NL Central Update
- Red Sox 3, Cardinals 0
- Twins 1, Pirates 1
- Reds 7, Angels 5
- Reds 2, Rockies 2
- Padres 6, Cubs 3
- Pirates @ Rays - 12:05 pm
- Cardinals @ Astros - 12:05 pm
- Cubs @ Indians - 3:05 pm
- Reds @ Brewers - 3:05 pm
- The Mariners signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
- On the ESPN SweetSpot blog, David Schoenfield ranked all thirty projected MLB closers entering the 2015 season. At the end of the list is Francisco Rodriguez, who Schoenfield does not trust at all.
- Want to troll the Indians twitter account about their lineup? The Indians may have a response for you. Chris Cwik of Big League Stew notes that the Indians have a unique response to lineup criticism on Twitter.
- Now that Pablo Sandoval is out of San Francisco, he's not keeping his feelings about the Giants secret. Mike Oz of Big League Stew has some quotes from Sandoval, who was ripping the Giants about how they treated him in his last season with the team.
Still seeking their first win of the spring, the Brewers will face the Reds at Maryvale Baseball Park today at 3:05 pm. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin and tape-delayed on MLB Network. It will also be broadcast on the Brewers radio network.