2013 Brew Crew News

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  1. BigSmooth33

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    REUNITED!!!
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    Check in here for all team news pertaining to the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers... Big moves have already happened this off season, as the Crew has brought back it's Prince!​

     
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    The Brewers have started off hot thanks to the pitching staff.

    Despite the loss of Yovanni Gallardo for the year in spring training, FA acquisitions Jake Peavy and Jason Hammel have filled in admirably. An early season trade to pick up Chad Billingsley has also paid off.

    Sitting at 12-5, the Crew is 1 game up on the up and coming Pirates.

    Offensively, Corey Hart, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Braun have carried the team. Jimmy Rollins is running hot after missing a few early games and Rickie Weeks has been struggling with a hamstring issue. To fill in for Weeks this week, Ryan Gennett has been called up from AAA Nashville, where the Crew hopes he will continue his .442 BA and 4 HR's.
     
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    After a lightning fast start, the injury bug has plagued the Brew Crew.

    Superstar leftfielder Ryan Braun is out for what looks to be the remainder of the season with a fractured fibula, joining Yovanni Gallardo in the big names/big injuries list in Milwaukee.

    Luckily, big Prince Fielder has been coming on strong as of late, but Braun's injury and a nagging injury to Rickie Weeks has left the offense a little stale, as the Brewers are riding a 7 game losing streak into a much needed All-Star break.

    After the break, things don't get easier for Milwaukee, as they have to travel to Detroit to take on the toughest starting rotation in the bigs against Sharkman37 and the Tigers, following up with a huge 4 game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and PAgamer07. ​
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    The team has performed very well, in fact, well enough to lead in 33% of the divisions in the majors, and are only 1.5 out of the Wild Card lead. With that said, the Brewers front office is going to have to make a move to fill in for some of the offense lost w/Braun's injury. Rumor has it that a major deal has been agreed to that will be shipping a few of the Brewers top prospects for some immediate help in the outfield. To replace Braun, Caleb Gindl and Miguel Velasquez have been called up and have been platooning in LF. Both young men can hit for power, but the inability to get on base and avoid the K's may have forced one or both of the young men back to Nashville. ​
    Here is a statistical summary of the Brewers performance so far this season.​
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    As you can see, it's been the pitching that has carried this team this far, and it's going to need to pick it back up to early season form if the Brewers have any hopes of making it to the postseason.
     
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    Big moves this past 10 days in Milwaukee has the Brewers faithful pumped up...

    Major deals, sending Chad Billingsley, Byron Buxton, Taylor Jungmann, and others around the major leagues to procure the services of Nelson R. Cruz, presumably on a rental basis until Ryan Braun is back and healthy, as well as freeing up the cash necessary to resign Corey Hart has sent ripples through the NL Central.

    The bullpen has been bolstered in a major way as well, adding LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Chen Lee, and LHP Erik Bedard, as well as Felipe Paulino to the starting rotation and Evan Meek in the minors.

    Meek has been pitching lights out in AAA Nashville and could see a call to the show soon if Marco Estrada doesn't turn things around quickly.
     
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    After the first few games with the new and retooled Brewers, the Crew went 6-4 over their last 10 and head into a pretty critical stretch of the schedule.

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    Interleague play, hosting the Cleveland Indians then travelling to the defending World Champion KC Royals will be no easy trip. Topping that off, the Brewers have a home stand against the Marlins and Phillies before the most important stretch in August, squaring off with Reds and Pirates. ​
    The next four series should all be winnable for the Brewers and they should be in a prime position to push for that NL Central lead, or at least get some breathing room for the Wild Card. ​
    Time will only tell though. One thing is for certain, the Brewer faithful have their fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for Ryan Braun, and the Brewers will have one of the most offensively dangerous outfields in the National League. ​
     
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  6. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Nice winning 2 of 3 against the Yankees and Rangers. Unfortunately, NL Central> All
     
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    Sweeping the AL Central leading Tigers too... (y)

    The NL Central is just disgusting...
     
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    HEART BREAK IN MILWAUKEE!!!
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    Milwaukee lost an absolute heartbreaker to the Miami Marlins in Milwaukee in 17 innings this past week. Down 8 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, the Brewers were able to rally around Miguel Velazquez's 3 run homer to tie the game to send it into extras. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they could not capitalize further, as both teams nearly played an entire extra game, and exhausted a lot of each other's bull pens.

    Chen Lee was not able to go any further and Erik Bedard was brought in and promptly gave up 6 runs in the top of the 17th, after a solid showing in teh 15th and 16th.



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    Needless to say, the Brewers upcoming week and a half are monumental in their hopes of pushing for the NL Central crown. The Brewers finish up their series with the Marlins before welcoming the Phillies and division leading Reds to town.
     
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    JohnnyClutch They only hear my truth

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    Why Koehler came in to pitch the 9th is beyond me. He's a starter.
     
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    If I were to guess, is that all the bullpen pitchers were tired so the least tired pitcher was the SP.
     
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    Did you see how I had Bedard come in to pitch, a day or something like that after he started, and Jason Hammel?

    Bullpens were straight gassed.
     
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    JohnnyClutch They only hear my truth

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    Just noticed that on yours. Mine shouldn't of been taxed as Bauer went 8 innings. I'm sure I had a better guy to come in and pitch one inning.
     
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    Sitting at 4.5 games up on the 2nd wild card, the Brewers are hoping for a late season push to steal the NL Central crown from the Reds. The schedule isn't awful, especially comparing to the competion. The magic number to clinch the playoffs is 8.

    Milwaukee's remaining schedule:
    • @ Oakland 65-84 (3 games)
    • vs. Chicago Cubs 66-82 (4 games)
    • @ Cincinnati 89-59 (3 games)
    • vs. Detroit 85-64 (3 games)
    A decent slice of top and bottom teams, and some insiders believe that the Crew could catch up to the Reds.
    Cincinnati's remaining schedule:
    • @ Los Angeles Angels 87-61 (3 games)
    • @ St. Louis 80-68 (4 games)
    • vs. Milwaukee 85-64 (3 games)
    • vs. Pittsburgh 79-70 (4 games)
    As you can see, not many have a tougher road to finish the end o the season than the Reds.
    So keep your fingers crossed my beer and brat loving friends, cause your Brewers could make a concerted push for the NL Central crown.
     
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    The season ended in the Wild Card playoff against the St. Louis Cardinals, and thanks to the bat of Adam Wainright.

    Yeah.

    No typo.

    Adam frickin Wainright. He went bonkers and single handedly won the game for the Cards in Milwaukee.

    Milwaukee fans were not upset though as they gave a roaring applause for a team that battled injuries from huge components throughout the year and still came out at the head of the NL class.

    Needless to say, 2014 will be full of expectations as Gold Glover Jimmy Rollins isn't getting any younger, and the Crew should return a healthy Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Yovanni Gallardo.

    Rookies Jed Bradley and John Stillson look ready to contribute, and strong rumor is that Hanley Ramirez will be joining the Brewers at the hot corner, pending league full approval.

    This may be a quiet offseason, but the Brewers are in prime position to make a big run at things this next year.

    Team awards:

    MVP: Jimmy Rollins
    Pitcher of the Year: Jake Peavy
    Unsung Hero: Jason Jaramillo
    Rookie of the Year: John Stillson
     

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