2014 Brew Crew Central

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  1. BigSmooth33

    BigSmooth33 Walk On

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    There's only one mission this year... ​
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    Last year's heartbreaking Wild Card lost to Adam Wainright lit a fire under GM Paul Molitor's rear to make the moves necessary to take the next step with this Brewers team. ​
    For the Brewers faithful, Molitor did just that, making some big moves, yet heavily relying on youth to help them turn the corner. ​
    Coming up to Milwaukee from Nashville for good this season are LHP Jed Bradley and RHP John Stilson. Bradley and Stilson figure to be the 3-4 starters in the rotation. ​
    From a free agent perspective, the Brewers wanted to improve their #5 starter, and signed vets AJ Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez to low risk deals. If either of them can beat out and hold on to that #5 spot over incumbent Jason Hammel, the Brewers look pretty solid from a starting rotation perspective. ​
    Offensively, 3B was the only position of real need that Molitor needed to address. To do so, the Crew took the risk in shipping out a VERY solid #3 SP in Colby Lewis and 2B prospect Scooter Gennett in exchange for Hanley Ramirez. Molitor's top priority was extending Ramirez to a low risk deal, and was successful in doing so as soon as he came to Milwaukee. ​
    Throughout the rest of the lineup, many things remain unchanged for the Brewers, as everyone is returning. The only real changes fans may notice is more playing time for C Jason Jaramillo, unless Lucroy can hold him off, and Juan Sanchez seeing some PT at SS and 3B.​
    IF the Brewers can hold off that pesky injury bug, they appear primed for a deep post season run.​

     
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    The injury bug has already settled in for the Milwaukee Brewers, effectively losing prized trade acquisition Hanley Ramirez for the year with a broken elbow. Luckily for the Brewers several 3B have been waiting for an opportunity, and it looks like rookie TJ Mittelstaedt is ready to answer the call.

    Jumping out the gates with a .394 AVG, 2 HR, and 4 RBI, Paul Molitor has been very pleased with the young man's performance. This injury also opens up opportunity for Juan Sanchez for regular playing time, and a call up from 3B/1B Michael Walker. Walker has killed AAA pitching, and Molitor would like to see how he will do in the bigs.

    The biggest concern so far is the performance of 2013's ace, Jake Peavy and rookie wonder Jed Bradley. Peavy has been roughed up in his first two outings, and to let Bradley gather himself after two subpar performances, he's been sent to Nashville to regain some confidence.

    In the meantime, Jason Hammel has been brought back up to the bigs and Molitor and company are hoping that he will perform like he did in 2013.

    The bullpen has been solid as has the offense. Gallardo is pitching in his 2012 Cy Young form, Stillson is proving scouts right, but #2, 4, and 5 SP's need to pick it up a bit if they want to contend for a World Series.
     
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    The Brewers escaped a tough 10 game stretch at .500.

    John Stilson had a nice turnaround in his most recent outing, picking up the W after 7.1 IP against CJ Wilson and LA Angels. Jake Peavy had a masterful outing as well against 2013 NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and the SF Giants.

    Offensively, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart have been leading the way. Braunie did well enough to be awarded NL Offensive Player of the Month, raking out 9 HR's in April.

    From a roster standpoint, very few moves have been made for the upcoming 10 day stretch. Tsuyoshi Wada has been called up from AAA to spot start. Wandy Rodriguez has been relegated directly to the pen, and Matt Thornton has been optioned down to Nashville to refocus. Michael Walker and TJ Mittelstaedt have performed admirably thus far at the hot corner in HanRam's absence. No clear winner has been found in the battle, but right now, Walker has the slight edge based on his performance.

    The Brewers have to finish up their road trip to LA with the Angels, then go to St. Louis for 3 before landing in Milwaukee for 3 against the Dodgers. The Crew gets a day off before welcoming AL Central leading Detroit to Milwaukee for a weekend series.
     
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    Looking to solidify that starting rotation, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Houston Astros have agreed to send SP Matt Garza to Milwaukee in exchange for up and coming OF'ers Miguel Velazquez and Scott Krieger, along with MR Matt Thornton.

    Milwaukee is also receiving cash and SP prospect Richard Rodriguez.

    This apparently won't be the last move for the Brewers this season, but nothing will be as big as this one. Odds are, one or two SP's will be shopped around for some young talent to be groomed down on the farm.
     
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    The last two weeks have been huge for the Brewers, as they have recaptured the NL Central from the Chicago fucking Cubs. Rickie Weeks ran up a 21 game hitting streak, noted above, and Prince Fielder was swatting baseballs out of the park. ​
    Ryan Braun returns in 7 days from shoulder tendinitis, and just in time for a NL Central showdown with the Reds. ​
    It will be a tough week and a half though, with another series with the SF Giants wrapping up, and the hated fucking Cubs coming to Milwaukee. ​
     
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    Look at those Pirates moving up. Only 1 game under .500 after a horrible start
     
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    Awful 8 game stretch.


    Braun is back though.

    Added Max Scherzer to the starting rotation.

    Have to turn shit around and another sweep by Cincy can't happen.
     
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    After a terrible August, September has started off well with an 11-3 start, and only 1 game out of the Wild Card... With 12 games to play against NL Central leaders, the Crew could yet make the playoffs as the Wild Card.

    Fingers are crossed all around Cheesehead land.
     

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