The Brewers were led yesterday by Gerardo Parra, who hit a three-run home in the fourth inning to help blow the game open for the Brewers. He also had a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Khris Davis drove in two runs with a double in the first, and another run with a double in the fifth. Wily Peralta struggled a bit yesterday, but managed to pitch 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and a run. The one run he allowed came from a monster home run by Mike Moustakas.
Ron Roenicke's option for 2016 has been exercised.
This morning, the Brewers decided to extend Ron Roenicke's contract by picking up his option for 2016. Noah covered the decision in a post this morning, including what it means for the team. Right now, this decision doesn't really mean much. It gives the Brewers some security to keep him if he has a good season, and if he does not, the team can still remove him with little extra consequence. This doesn't really change anything else as the season gets closer to starting. Roenicke will be scrutinized as the season starts, and a bad start could still mean that he's gone.
Brewers News and Analysis
- You voted for Michael Reed at #17 in the BCB Community Prospect Rankings. The vote for #18 is about to close, and the result will be revealed later today.
- In the BCB Community Over/Unders, 88% of voters believe that Matt Garza will perform over his ZiPS line in 2015.
- Jean Segura's birthday was earlier this week, and a bunch of his friends took him out for a night to celebrate. Noah posted a picture from Carlos Gomez from the party, which included several MLB players.
- Decision day is looming for the bullpen, and there are a few candidates competing for a spot on Opening Day. Rob Wooten is one of them, and he continues to work hard to try to grab one of those spots on Opening Day.
- Pitching coach Rick Kranitz has an idea for a rule change to help starting pitchers get work during the spring: During Spring Training, a starting pitcher can re-enter the game after being removed one time. This would help protect pitchers from blow-up innings but allow them to get their work in.
- Adam Lind was feeling good after his first work of the season at first base yesterday. He plans to start at first base again today, getting around four innings of work in.
- Ryan Braun is expected to play back-to-back games for the first time this spring, starting today against the Giants and then tomorrow against the Diamondbacks.
- Continuing in his season preview series, Marcus Young of Miller Park Prospects has five left-handed starting pitcher prospects for you to watch this season.
NL Central Update
- Cubs 7, Dodgers 5
- White Sox 9, Reds 4
- Pirates 8, Tigers 7
- Cardinals had the day off.
- Mets (SS) @ Cardinals - 12:05 pm
- Pirates @ Orioles - 12:05 pm
- Rangers @ Reds - 3:05 pm
- Cubs @ Diamondbacks - 8:40 pm
- The Marlins have decided to lock up another of their young players. They have agreed to a seven-year, $49.5 million deal with outfielder Christian Yelich.
- The Braves have released reliever Jose Veras. He had been on a minor-league deal and was trying to make the team out of camp.
- The Orioles have shut down catcher Matt Wieters due to right elbow tendinitis. Wieters is recovering from Tommy John surgery and still hopes to be ready for Opening Day.
- How legal is it to play fantasy baseball? As the season approaches, Nathaniel Grow of FanGraphs analyzes the laws around gambling to find out where fantasy baseball falls.
- The Texas Rangers have decided to not just add one food that's bad for you, but an entire stand of food starting this season. Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that the Rangers are opening a stand called "State Fare", which will have many fried foods that you could normally find at state fairs.
- The New Britain Rock Cats are moving to Hartford starting next season, and a team naming contest was issued to decide the new team name. Mike Oz of Big League Stew has the details on the new identity of the team: the Hartford Yard Goats.
The Brewers return to Maryvale to play the Giants this afternoon at 3:05 pm. The game will be televised on both Fox Sports Wisconsin and MLB Network, and the Brewers Radio Network will have the radio broadcast.