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Round 1, Region 4: Least Liked Brewers of the Last Decade Bracket

Many might see the top seed as a lock, but there is some competition in the Jeff Suppan Region.

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Brewers fans had this exact reaction many times when top-seeded Garza was on the hill.
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More than 50,000 votes have been cast thus far (thanks!), and now the final 16 Milwaukee Brewers appear in the Jeff Suppan Region of the “Least Liked Brewers of the Last Decade” bracket. At the bottom of this post, you can see the whole 64-man field laid out before we close up all 1st round voting and move forward.

Voting for the previous 3 regions is now closed, but feel free to check out the Sheffield, Gagne, and Hammonds Regions to get a lowdown of each player. For this region, Matt Garza get the top spot, but don’t be surprised to see him pushed a bit on his way to a potential Final Four bid.

Reminder: You are voting for the player you want to advance because you like them the LEAST. It is not a prediction of who will be chosen as the least liked. Have some fun with it and spread the word!

How many of the 16 men in this region have a shot at the Final Four?

#1 Matt Garza vs. #16 Yovani Gallardo

After one decent season with the Brewers, Garza was a train wreck. In his 3 final years he was 18-31 with a 5.10 ERA (82 ERA+) with a 1.512 WHIP, 10.2 H/9 and just 6.2 K/9 compared to 3.4 BB/9. For a guy making $12.5 million per season, it was ugly. He owned a -2.0 bWAR over those 3 years and suffered from multiple injuries throughout his time. On at least one occasion, Garza refused to move to the bullpen, had extreme difficulties throwing the ball to the bases (especially first where numerous tosses went sailing), and his personality/comments on and off the field gave fans even more fuel for their disdain.

Gallardo spent 8 seasons in Milwaukee and was consistent, reliable starter for most of his tenure, including 4 straight seasons with 200 strikeouts. As with everyone, though, fans picked on his flaws. He often struggled to get through 5 or 6 innings with long innings of nibbling around the zone, while not seemingly ever getting to the lock-down “ace” level some fans believed he was supposed to be. He was named an All-Star only once, and was arrested for drunk driving in 2013 — also his worst statistical season with the Brewers.

Poll

Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    #1 Matt Garza
    (1210 votes)
  • 2%
    #16 Yovani Gallardo
    (34 votes)
1244 votes total Vote Now

#8 Zach Davies vs. #9 Junior Guerra

Davies was probably better than most give him credit for as a starter. His 3.91 ERA (110 ERA+) with the Brewers was solid, though some numbers may indicate a bit of luck. Davies’ FIP worsened in each of his last 3 seasons (4.22, 4.39, 4.56) with his career WHIP in Milwaukee sitting at 1.299. Most never felt comfortable with him the mound, he seemed to rarely work past the 5th inning, and his perpetual teenage appearance even bothered some. His injury-hampered 2018 season likely soured opinions (2-7, 4.77 ERA, 86 ERA+), and despite a 3.55 ERA (125 ERA+) in 2019, it felt like a lot of smoke and mirrors.

I’ll bet many here never believed Guerra would be in the bracket (Hi, Lesniewski) — but here he is. After an impressive 2016 (9-3, 2.81 ERA, 152 ERA+), he got hurt on Opening Day the next season and struggled through 2017 badly (5.12 ERA, 6.58 FIP, 2.3 HR/9). Combining 2017 and 2018 (4.43 ERA, 5.02 FIP, 1.429 WHIP), he had issues as both a starter and reliever. Guerra was frustrating to watch and difficult to trust as he allowed 4.2 BB/9 and 1.6 HR/9 those two seasons. He had a nice bounce back in 2019 as a full-time reliever, but was still susceptible to the long ball, thus seeing more medium and low leverage situations. Plus, the “Junior Guerra Day” love fest likely turned some people off as well.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    #8 Zach Davies
    (293 votes)
  • 75%
    #9 Junior Guerra
    (913 votes)
1206 votes total Vote Now

#4 Jonathan Schoop vs. #13 Chase Anderson

Meant to boost the Brewers offense for the pennant chase and postseason in 2018, Schoop did VERY little in his 46 games in Milwaukee — and it made fans mad. You know it’s bad when they wanted Villar back. Schoop’s .202/.246/.331/.577 slash line (53 OPS+) was difficult to even comprehend. He whiffed 41 times with just 7 walks, had a .604 OPS with men on base during the season, and saved his worst for the last month with a .196/.232/.294/.526 finish to the regular season. And nothing changed in the playoffs where he went 0-for-8 with 3 strikeouts (0 walks). Forgettable and gone in a flash.

Anderson had a fantastic 2017 (12-4, 2.74 ERA, 160 ERA+), though it was in only 141.1 innings. Beyond that, a mixed bag of quality stretches and head-banging starts. In 2018, his 3.93 ERA looked nice, but the 5.22 FIP and 1.7 HR/9 (thanks to a league-worst 30 homers allowed) told a more frustrating story. His ERA worsened in 2019 (4.21 ERA), his 8.2 H/9 was his worst in 4 seasons and long balls were still a major issues (1.5 HR/9). Overall, you’d take the production for the cost the past 3 seasons ($5.82 million per year on average).

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    #4 Jonathan Schoop
    (1151 votes)
  • 7%
    #13 Chase Anderson
    (90 votes)
1241 votes total Vote Now

#5 Mat Gamel vs. #12 Alex Claudio

Maybe it’s unfair to put an injury-saddled player in the 5-seed, but Gamel turned out to be a frustrating prospect that fizzled. He was the #34 prospect in all of MLB according to Baseball America, and though he destroyed minor league pitching, he finished his career with a.229/.305/.367/.671 slash line. Yes, he twice tore his ACL, but there was lots of talk of Gamel showing up to Spring Training late and not ready to go. Perhaps a sign his super laid-back attitude meant he wasn’t putting enough work in and playing a role in his multiple injuries. Gamel was a -0.5 bWAR player in the 2010s for Milwaukee and contributed to the long holes at third and first base for the Brewers.

He lead the league in appearances (as many lefty specialists are wont to do), but that didn’t make fans feel better each time Claudio came out of the pen. His “eh” 4.09 ERA was trumped by a far worse 4.92 FIP and 1.31 WHIP, while allowing 3.5 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 – his worst marks in 4 full MLB seasons. Watching him face right-handed batters was a nightmare (.274/.357/.469/.826), and he allowed at least one base running in 54% of his appearances — most of which lasted less than 1 inning. Other than the stats, it almost seemed like people disliked him for throwing so slow, too.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    #5 Mat Gamel
    (659 votes)
  • 46%
    #12 Alex Claudio
    (562 votes)
1221 votes total Vote Now

#6 Hernan Perez vs. #11 Travis Shaw

Valued for his versatility and liked for his post-game celebrations, Perez’s offensive production dropped in each of his last 4 seasons with the Brewers – and it isn’t like his best year was amazing (91 OPS+). He had an OBP over .300 just once in 5 seasons, with a slash last year of .228/.262/.379/.642 (64 OPS+). Whether by his choice or the coaching staff, Perez also went from 34 stolen bases in 2016 to a total of 29 swipes the last 3 years combined. There was always plenty of griping when fans saw Perez in the starting lineup as he seemed to be a favorite of Counsell’s for whatever reason.

Shaw is an interesting case as he was a huge part of the Brewers’ 2017 and 2018 success, averaging 32 home runs, 94 RBI, and an .844 OPS (120 OPS+). So what the heck happened last year? Shaw looked completely lost and created a black hole in the lineup, finishing with a .157/.281/.270/.551 slash line (45 OPS+) with 7 dingers and 16 RBI in 270 plate appearances. It’s also never good when you have 27 more strikeouts than total bases. He was sent down to the minors, came back up at the expense of Keston Hiura (which irritated fans even more), and never figured it out — even intimating the Brewers were partly to blame for his struggles.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    #6 Hernan Perez
    (517 votes)
  • 57%
    #11 Travis Shaw
    (688 votes)
1205 votes total Vote Now

#3 Logan Schafer vs. #14 Domingo Santana

Schafer just kept hanging around the Brewers like a gnat, despite little evidence of valuable production, albeit in a time the Brewers weren’t winning much. Maybe because a guy like Schafer played in 134 games one season. In his full 3 seasons with the Brewers, Schafer went .207/.284/.310/.593 (63 OPS+), and despite his supposed speed, swiped only 10 bases in 268 games. With no power or much else going on for him at the plate, his defense wasn’t nearly good enough to give him any value. Considering Schafer was Milwaukee’s 2009 Minor League Player of the Year, his career was beyond bad.

Part of the Carlos Gomez trade, Santana looked like a gem in 2017 with 30 homers and a .278/.371/.505/.875 line (126 OPS+). His 115 OPS+ in 4 seasons with Milwaukee was solid, but overall, many failed to latch on to Santana. Plenty of strikeouts were a result of his extreme passive approach at the plate, and his lumbering, limited-range outfield play frustrated many as he struggled to consistently make plays more outfielders would. His -3.1 dWAR in Milwaukee may be a generous value, as bad as that is already.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    #3 Logan Schafer
    (1034 votes)
  • 14%
    #14 Domingo Santana
    (179 votes)
1213 votes total Vote Now

#7 Khris Davis vs. #10 Ryan Braun

Between the big strikeout numbers, low OBP, and defensive concerns, fans were quick to move Davis out of Milwaukee. Starting with the defense, he was a -2.0 dWAR in his 2 full years with the Brewers and had one of the weakest throwing arms in MLB. For casual fans to notice and get mad at such soft tosses, that takes a lot. At the plate with the Brewers, Davis averaged 122 strikeouts to 38 walks in those 2 years, with a .309 OBP — though above average OPS+ (114). Based on the comments from fans across different mediums, they were happy to get anything for Davis after 2015 — who made things “worse” by averaging 44 homers and 112 RBI (130 OPS+) in Oakland from 2016-2018.

We all know the main reason Braun even makes the tournament as a 10-seed. Despite being one of the best Brewers in franchise history by production, he tarnished his legacy with his PED use, denials that included attacking another person, and the subsequent suspension when he eventually admitted to the infraction when clear evidence was coming out. Some never liked his California swagger, and others have complained about his contract hurting the team the last few years, especially as various injuries have had to be managed. Maybe we will see just how much or little he is actually liked in the first round.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    #7 Khris Davis
    (906 votes)
  • 25%
    #10 Ryan Braun
    (309 votes)
1215 votes total Vote Now

#2 Manny Parra vs. #15 Prince Fielder

Baseball America ranked Parra as the Brewers second-best prospect entering 2008, he mostly dominated minor leaguers (including a perfect game in Triple-A) and he had terrific “stuff.” Something about a million dollar arm and a ten cent head? In his last 3 seasons with the Brewers, Parra had a 5.61 ERA (73 ERA+), with a 1.72 WHIP and 4.9 BB/9 and a -3.8 bWAR. Parra seemed to have a bit of an attitude — perhaps why Fielder went after him in the dugout. Regardless, Parra was one of the most disappointing Brewers at a time when they needed young, talented pitching to develop.

Fielder was clearly one of the best players in franchise history with a crazy-good .929 OPS (143 OPS+) in 7 seasons with the Brewers. He holds single-season team records with 50 homers and 141 RBI, and is among the best in other categories. As for detractors? His defense was poor (-13.7 dWAR in Milwaukee), some lamented his weight, and many were mad he left as a free agent for more money, especially after Braun took a discount to stay. It’s a stretch, but he isn’t supposed to win this “rematch” anyway.

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Suppan Region, Round 1: Who do you like least?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    #2 Manny Parra
    (1165 votes)
  • 4%
    #15 Prince Fielder
    (57 votes)
1222 votes total Vote Now

That wraps it up for the first round of the “Least Liked Brewers of the Last Decade” bracket. Voting will go on for a couple days before moving onto the Round of 32.

You can see the entire bracket below and we hope you keep participating with your fellow fans!

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