After more than 80,000 votes, we have arrived at the Final Four in the “Least Liked Brewers of the Last Decade.” Like most NCAA tournament style brackets, there were plenty of shocking upsets to go along with some favorites making to this point – although, maybe fewer 1-seeds than expected.
In fact, Yuniesky Betancourt was the only top seed to even reach the Elite 8. He had a formidable opponent in 3rd-seeded Matt Albers, but Betancourt came out on top 59%-41% to cut down the nets in the Sheffield Region. Yuni’s combo of skills was too much for Albers, who looked good for a bit before crashing and burning — per usual.
In the finals of the Gagne Region, 2-seed Ken Macha took on 4th-seeded Oliver Drake in a rather unique matchup. It wasn’t much of a contest as Macha continued his march as the only manager left in the field. His 81%-19% drubbing sets up a potentially epic battle in the Final Four.
The other side of the bracket featured a pair of 2-seeds, a 4-seed and a 9-seed. Voters continue to surprise many of the analysts with their decision-making. But hey, that is what can make these things rather interesting.
The Hammonds Region was home of the 9-seed, Juan Francisco, in a tough battle with 2nd-seeded Wily Peralta. As could have been expected, Francisco took a big swing and whiffed. Peralta proved he still had a little left in the tank, taking down his fellow big boy by way of a 64%-36% advantage. Peralta sits just two wins shy of the title as he heads to the Final Four.
The Suppan Region final saw 2nd-seeded Manny Parra against 4th-seeded Jonathan Schoop. Apparently, Schoop was either underrated or simply loathed by more people than we thought, as he whipped Parra 73%-27% in the end. Perhaps a product of recency bias, Schoop took down a pitcher who frustrated a ton of people over the years – and now Schoop has a shot at another one in the Final Four.
#1 Yuniesky Betancourt (Sheffield Region) vs. #2 Ken Macha (Gagne Region)
Player vs. manager, though they never were together – until now.
Betancourt seemed like the presumptive favorite in this whole tournament. However, a solid number of people have expressed their positive vibes for Yuni. Some actually liked the dude, while others just think, “Eh, he was all right, played on a great team, and there are far worse people.” Can those fans keep him out of the championship game?
Macha might be the perfect guy to knock him from that pedestal. Even before the Gagne Region was revealed, commenters were begging for Macha to be in the field. He has since taken out all of his opponents in rather impressive fashion. Does ol’ Sleepy Ken have enough energy to reach the championship?
Final Four, Game 1: Who do you like least?
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#1 Yuniesky Betancourt
#2 Ken Macha
#2 Wily Peralta (Hammonds Region) vs. #4 Jonathan Schoop (Suppan Region)
Peralta has been consistent throughout the tourney – something he failed to do in his actual career. But he is going up against the hot hand in the bracket. Like with many single elimination tournaments, it is often the competitor who is playing their best most recently that goes all the way. Schoop represents the more recent frustration for fans.
This may come down to the age of the voters in the Final Four, depending on the memories and experiences with Peralta. How much does “time in Milwaukee” matter? How about a team’s needs versus a “nice to have?” That is the beauty of this tourney – everyone has their own criteria.
Final Four, Game 2: Who do you like least?
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#2 Wily Peralta
#4 Jonathan Schoop
Two games to decide the final survivors in the “Least Liked Brewers of the Last Decade” bracket. It’s put up or shut up time for the competitors (and the voters).