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Through August 11, the Crew is sitting 3 games up on the Wild Card and 3.5 games out of the NL Central lead. Injuries have been a major problem with the pitching staff, and the numbers have reflected the same. Middle of the road bullpen ERA, despite having one of the premier closers in the game is strictly attributable to Alexi Ogando's absence from the pen. From a starting rotation standpoint, only Cole Nelson has consistently performed. John Stilson has just come off the DL from a torn tricep, and Anibal Sanchez has been demoted to the bullpen for Jenry Mejia to prove his worth on the big league roster. Offensively, the power of Justin Upton, Kevan Smith, and Phil Wunderlich have kept the Crew moving, but hitting for average ahs been quite a problem. Paulo Peito, Clark Francis, Tilly Boomers, and James Croom MUST turn this around if the Brewers plan on contending with the big boys. This upcoming sim may make or break the season for the boys from Dairyland. Finishing up a road stand with the rival Cards followed by a trip to the Queen City to take on the formidable Reds. The sim will end in Milwaukee, but hosting two of the premier NL teams in Atlanta and Washington. Health, performance, and a little bit of luck will be needed in this upcoming 10 day stretch.
The Brewers escaped a brutal stretch of games with Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Washington finishing up only 4-5. A minor victory considering how close some of the games were.
No injuries to speak of (knock on wood) and bright spots continue to poke through. Jed Bradley appears to be shaping back up into early season form. Jorge Rivera is hitting his stride as he now is the #1 closer in the NL.
Phil Wunderlich was the offensive stalwart this past sim, hitting .361, with a 1.011 OPS, 2 HR, and 8 RBI's. Paullo Peito appears to be turning the corner as well, turning in a .385 AVG sim, with a HR and 6 RBI's himself.
From a roster standpoint, Anibal Sanchez may have pitched his final outing with Brewers, as he was designated for assignment allowing for the Brewers to bring up set up man Jake Negrette from AAA Nashville. No other roster moves are planned for this upcoming sim, as the Brewers plan to stay the course for the next ten days prior to roster expansion. Cole Nelson was finally pulled off of his 75 pitch limit, so there is room for optimism from the club management.
The Brewers will finish up their 4 game home stand with the Nationals and close out the homestand with the fucking Cubs before hitting the road to New York to face the Mets. The sim will close out with fellow Wild Card leaders, the Philadelphia Phillies, coming to Miller Park with their big bats.
Every sim matters from here out.
In the farm system some notable promotions:
Recently acquired Eden Martinez and Justin Nicolino were promoted to AAA Nashville.
Marcell Ozuna was brought up to AA Huntsville to see if he continue mashing.
2B Chris Kinse was promoted from rookie ball to A Brevard County
He was part on the aforementioned Rondon deal.
Which you turned away...
Since then he has taken a even though we are 14-4 in August he has 2 BS already in August
That's what you get.
Bless you boys - http://www.detroitnews.com/article/...pitcher-Bruce-Rondon-catches-Alex-Avila-s-eye
After the last 10 game stretch, the Brew Crew turned in a 6-4 outing. Not awful but not good considering Cincinnati Reds were able to gain several more games in their lead for the Central Division, and are now sitting 0.5 games out of the wild card.
Not all is lost though, as the Brewers finish up a series with the Phillies (current WC leader). Then the season maker/breaker, travelling to Arizona to take on Colemanchu and his D-backs.
Last, a match up with Pittsburgh travelling to Miller Park before heading out one last time to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field for Shaun Mason and his fucking Cubs.
The sim will wrap up with a HUGE series in Philly to take on the WC leading Phillies.
For the playoff push the following have been promoted to the Major League roster:
Jose Garcia - former 1st round pick; speed demon, solid glove, will be leading off this next sim vs. RHP
Wil Myers - former blue chip prospect; will play in LF vs. LHP
Miles Mikolas - former set up man, worked well in AAA this year, brought up to bolster the back end of the bullpen
Luis Parra - former top prospect of the organization, Parra will get opportunities in long relief if needed
Good luck against my AAA squad, try not to hurt any of them.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 -
Fresh off a disappointing Wild Card showing, the Milwaukee Brewers were primed and ready to turn the page and push for a longer run into the playoffs in 2019.
With very minimal transactions in the offseason, the entire core of the Brewers has returned.
The only new face that figures to make an immediate impact will be rookie LF Jason Parrish. Parrish blossomed last season in A Wisconsin and has made his ML debut scorching hot... .375 BAA, .400 OBP is exactly what we'd love to see continue.
Starting pitching has its holes... Jenry Meija was roughed up his first time out. But John Stilson has been lights out and the #1 closer in the league has kept up his momentum from 2018.
It will be interesting to see if Huston Street continues to struggle in the set up role, and if Meija can turn things around... Otherwise, veteran Jarod Parker is in the bullpen ready to retake his rotation spot.
Starting off 5-3 is slightly disappointing, but considering the competition, we are generally pleased. Splitting with the division favorite Reds, taking the series from the Marlins and talented Nationals is a good start. This next sim will be challenging as the Brewers hit the road to Los Angeles to take on sawemoff and the Dodgers followed up immediately with a cross continental trip to Pittsburgh to take on PAgamer07 and his pesky Pirates.
The injury bug hopefully will be wearing off soon, as starting 2B Paullo Peito and 3B Tilly Boomers should be returning this sim.
April 21, 2019 -
Starting off 11-3, with the bats on fire!!!!! Leading the league in runs, OBP, and batting average for the first time since taking over the franchise.
Brewers fans everywhere are ecstatic, but the front office has refused to become complacent. Two major transactions took place the past 10 days.
First, 3B Robel Garcia was acquired from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Tilly Boomers (fans will hate to see him go), and prospects 3B Eden Martinez, SP Elmer Grier, and 3B Trey Ford. Second trade, and much smaller, sent SP prospect Juan Ramos to the Chicago White Sox for Tony Wright to bolster the bull pen.
The Brewers are not done here, as rumor has it that Rick Porcello may be expendable out of the pen now that Wright is coming to town.
This upcoming sim will have division implications, as the Brewers welcome the 2nd place St. Louis Cardinals and ryty32 to town for an important 4 game stand. Prior to this, perennial power house SF Giants are in town before finishing up in LA to take on the Angels and krtgolfing 's new team.
May 1, 2019 -
After starting the last 10 games off 8-0, with a huge 4 game sweep over the rival Cardinals, the Crew has dropped the last two games to the LAA Angels. Clark Francis is serving a 2 game suspension and Justin Upton is out for 4 games with a tight hamstring. These issues will give former 1st round pick Jose Garcia some playing time and the red hot bat of Peter Hissey more opportunity for playing time. The negative is clearly the offensive numbers from Upton, but on the positive, there is no doubt that the outfield with Clark Francis, Jason Parrish, and Peter Hissey is by far and away the best defensive outfield in the majors... They would do wonders roaming the outfield of Petco for NeuroticTruth, that's for sure.
The next 10 games feature finishing up the road trip to LA, a trip to STL for a 3 game stint against ryty32 again, before coming back to Milwaukee for 3 against sawemoff and the Dodgers and starting up a series with Fmode11 and the Tigers.
Transactions will be at minimum this upcoming period. Newly acquired Tony Wright will see his first action out of the pen in a Brewer uniform and Brandon Morrow has been designated for assignment to make room for Jarrod Parker. There is a bit of a log jam at the major league level in the bullpen and the Brewers are actively shopping some reliable arms for cheap.
In other news, SP John Stilson was awarded NL Pitcher of the Month. Finishing 5-0 in 5 starts, posting a 1.53 ERA over 35.1 innings and striking out 26.
Do you remember how this series resulted last year? We'll have to see how the pitchers can hit. I still think that MLB needs to decide one way or another on the DH rule. This shit is out of control and leaves the advantage to the NL.
June 1, 2019 -
Nearing the All Star break, and your loveable Brewers still have the NL Central lead by 6 games over ryty32 and the St. Louis Cardinals.
To this point, it's been a complete team effort. Outscoring opponents 324 - 209, yielding the 2nd best AVG, best OBP, top 3 in HR's, while pitching lights out.
David Hurlbut was named May's NL Pitcher of the Month, and Jed Bradley is turning the corner a bit. Stilson has come back down to earth, but still only holds 1 loss.
Injuries hurt us the last sim, losing Justin Upton for 3 weeks and defensive superstar Peter Hissey for 4-5 months with post concussion syndrome. It's a shame for Hissey too, considering he may not be brought back next year.
This upcoming month will largely decide whether or not the Brewers are for real in the NL Central, as they face off with division rival and preseason division title favorites, the Cincinnati Reds 10 times before finishing up the month with the Cardinals.
Transaction wise, the Brewers made a surprise move for Kyle Drabek from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for some prospects. Drabek figures to be the #5 starter for the Brewers down the stretch. He is coming off a terrible arm injury so many are concerned with his ability to contribute. This very well could be the John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander trade of this era, but if Drabek helps bring the Crew a championship, I'm not sure many will care...
Heading into the 2019 All Star break, your Milwaukee Brewers hold a 9 game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central and hold the best record in baseball.
David Hurlbut was just named NL Pitcher of the Month for the second consecutive month and rookie CF Jason Parrish won his 2nd NL Rookie of the Month Award.
Justin Upton has returned form injury and the offense is still hitting on all cylinders. Ranked 2nd in the majors in runs scored and leading the NL in batting average, runs, OBP, and slugging percentage, top to bottom, this lineup is not showing a lot of holes.
On the defensive side, not much to complain about either... Ranked #1 in starter and bullpen ERA, allowing the least amount of runs in the NL, the entire pitching staff has been stout. Defensive efficiency has some room to improve, especially over at the hot corner. Robel Garcia has been struggling at 3rd, however James Croom's gold glove caliber abilities have been making up for it. Hopefully Garcia can turn things around similar to his days in Cleveland w/ JFace907.
The month of July will be another critical month for the Brewers. Staying injury free will be important as it is for everyone and big NL matchups with Colemanchu and the Diamondbacks in home and home series, another series with Cincinnati, and a home and home with Drifterbub and his NY Mets.
We are also awaiting word on the NL All Star roster, but it looks like the following Brewers have a solid chance at being named to the roster:
C Kevan Smith
1B Phillip Wunderlich
SS James Croom
CF Jason Parrish
RF Justin Upton
SP John Stilson
SP David Hurlbut
CL Jorge Rivera
July 21, 2019 -
Your Brewers are still holding on to the best record in MLB, sitting at 66-30.
This upcoming schedule closes out the series with Arizona at Miller Park, a visit from ryty32 and the hated Cardinals, before a road trip to take on PAgamer07 and the pesky Pirates. Brock Holt is always a concern, and the Crew hasn't had much luck in PNC Park in recent trips. The schedule closes out with Drifterbub and the NY Mets coming to Milwaukee for a 3 game series.
Injuries have still been avoided and the Brewers will need to continue their lucky streak if they plan to hold on to their dreams of holding down the best record in baseball through the playoffs and into the World Series, similar to Sparky Andersen's "Bless You Boys" Tigers of 1984.
You're due for a 2nd half collapse.
Honestly, only injuries will make that happen... And unfortunately, JUpton's glass body is a major portion of this offense... And Parrish isn't exactly the most durable either...
The 2019 regular season is wrapping up, and your Milwaukee Brewers are the 2019 NL Central Division Champions!
Led by LF Jason Parrish and the starting pitching of David Hurlbut, Cole Nelson, and Jed Bradley, the Brewers have led the NL with the best record from the start and more than likely through the finish of the 2019 season.
For the final 15 games, there is not much to play for other than keeping injuries at a minimum and checking out some AAA guys for a potential tryout for 2020.
Should be interesting in the award chase, but the Brewers have finalists in all of the major categories.
Jason Parrish - Should walk away with Rookie of the Year and potentially challenge for the MVP
David Hurlbut - Contending for Cy Young
Jorge Rivera - Challenging for his 2nd consecutive Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
Paul Molitor - Favorite for GM of the Year
It's been a terrific season, and we all hope that this can continue with a deep run ending with a World Series title.
2020 has started off rough for the beloved Brewers, continuing from the 2019 playoff fiasco.
Star SS James Croom was out for 6 weeks, 3B Robel Garcia was lost for 4 weeks, and the starting pitching has been leading the NL in BABIP enroute to a very tough start.
But here we are, in mid May, in the middle of a 7 game winning streak, 1 game under .500 and only 5 games behind the recently swept Reds.
Croom and Garcia are back, and the team has been shaken up a bit thanks to a big trade with NeuroticTruth. Your Crew sent fan favorite John Stilson, along with 4 of the top 20 prospects in the organization to San Diego in exchange for IF Dan Davis and SP Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi has struggled since leaving KC, but Milwaukee leadership hope he performs up to his capability with a first rate defense and potent offense to support him.
The lone bright spot has been reigning NL MVP and ROY, Jason Parrish. Parrish continued where he left off from 2019, hitting for a high average and causing chaos for opposing pitching.
Sources say that the Brewers front office isn't done making moves either, as some fan favorites are in contract years or may be replaced due to a lack of productivity.
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