What started out as an ordinary, boring Monday turned out to be one of the best days ever. Well, if you’re a Brewers fan, anyway.
Jeff Suppan was finally released.
Happy, happy. Joy, joy.
Suppan’s last appearance for the Crew came in Friday night’s 8-0 loss to the Cardinals. I was out watching the game and, upon seeing him come out of the bullpen, immediately wanted to pick up my empty pint glass and hurl it at one of 2 things: the 60 in. NON HD television (seriously? No HD?) or the speaker sitting directly next to it that was blasting Nickelback instead of game analysis. Instead, I calmly set my glass back on the table and excused myself and went into the bathroom for fear of seeing something catastrophic. Thankfully, I didn’t witness the final straw that was 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 ERs.
The organization will eat the $2 million buyout and Jeff will likely sit around, hoping some other team as naive as the 2007 Brewers come along.
But, being the stand-up guy that he is, Suppan will continue to donate to Brewers charities until the end of the season and handled his release extremely professionally.
In reaction to the release, the Brewers bought reliever Chris Smith’s contract from Triple-A Nashville. In 23 appearances for the Sounds, Smith is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. He’s allowed 17 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), and 6 walks, but has 29 strikeouts. So as far as right-handed relievers go, he’s waaaaaaay better than Suppan.
Also, Todd Coffey was placed on the 15-DL with a thumb injury, so the Brewers are expected to make at least one more roster move to fill the bullpen. David Riske is the likely replacement, who needs to make one more appearance in Triple-A on Wednesday and also needs to be put back on the 40-man roster.
And, since I’ve been talking about pitchers this whole time, how about that Manny Parra, huh?
Last night, Parra pitched relatively unscathed through 4 solid innings, striking out a career-high 10 batters (including 7 in 2 innings. Yes, that’s right.) before giving up a home run to Albert Pujols in the 6th. After that, Parra lost whatever it was that was finally working for him. After walking the bases loaded with only 1 out, Dave Bush was called out of the ‘pen for one batter, Kameron Loe finished out the inning. Loe continued into the first 1/3 of the 8th, but after giving up the game-tying run, Zach Braddock held on for the final 2 outs of the inning and got his first major league win after Corey Hart hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th. Then, you know, John Axford pitched the 10th and, once again, made me forget about Trevor Hoffman for a little bit.
Go Brewers! (Don’t let the Cubs and interleague play ruin this homestand, please!)
I first must tell you all that I have finally gotten a new computer. Therefore, I am blogging from bed, iTunes and Twitter are running simultaneously and should I need to do any last minute research while posting, it will not be a problem. Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I’ve been able to run more than one program at a time? No? Well, let me just say it’s been a long *** time. This is sooooo nice!
But on to baseball…
Did you all hear that the Brewers were moving to Orlando? Some dude running for Congress down there wants a Major League team to move, thus some reporter took that to include the Crew, thus we all think he’s an idiot. It would’ve taken 2 minutes to find out that wasn’t true.
A few guys settled before arbitration hearings are to get underway. Dave Bush agreed to terms with Milwaukee, signing for a year and earning $4.215 million. But, there are a lot of possibilities out there for Bush. He may not make the cut when it comes to the starting rotation. Hell, he may not even make the bullpen with the other guys competing out there. Bush also stands to make up to $110,000 in bonuses but if that’s to happen, he’s gotta shrink that 6.38 ERA.
Also signing this week was starter-***-reliever-***-starter-***-reliever Carlos Villanueva. Villa asked for just over a mill, but signed on for 2010 for $950,000.
The only player yet to sign is right fielder Corey Hart. Hart seems to think he deserves $4.8 million coming off a, well, let’s face it, bad year. And 2009 was only made worse by a missed month with an emergency appendectomy. If Hart and the Brewers don’t come to an agreement, Corey could be on his way out and, I’m gonna just say it: that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
Milwaukee claimed utility man Joe Inglett off of waivers on Wednesday. This gives the Brewers another left handed bat and an another extremely versatile player should he make the roster out of Spring Traning. His addition meant clearing room on the 40-man, thus designating reliever Chris Smith for assignment. Since Inglett has experience in both the infield and outfield, he’s got increased odds of making the team since the Crew is still in need of bench players that can do either.
In a move that had little to no rumblings in us fans’ heads, the Brewers signed near-40-year-old Jim Edmunds to a minor league contract yesterday. Just last week Edmunds made it clear that he wanted back in the Bigs and GM Doug Melvin was quick to make a move. Should Edmunds make the squad come April, he’s got a chance to hit some career milestones before officially calling it quits. He’s got the goods should he make it to Miller Park, including a career .284 BA, 4 trips to All-Star games and 8 Gold Gloves. Plus, he’s another lefty that can play any spot in the outfield. It’s been reported that Edmunds stands to make as much as $2-2.5 million if he makes the 25-man roster and reaches certain achievements, such as playing a full season.
So, the Brewers have been busy this week but still have a few things to be addressed before the end of February. If the club can’t come to terms with Hart, there’s right field, for starters. And speaking of starters, Melvin still has his eye on Mark Mulder. It may seem like there’s still a lot of time before the start of Spring Traning, but January’s almost over. I do have to say that I’m quite happy with what’s happened this winter, though. This team is really shaping up to be a contender. So…yay!
The offseason is starting to finally produce some newsworthy content and I’m happy to report (even though I’m a little behind) that the Brewers organization is actually doing some useful things this winter.
Since I don’t really care much to talk about the Brewers current slump, I’m posting some happy memories of the 2 recent games I attended.
Last Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies was overshadowed by by 4-year-old niece, Piper. First of all, I’m super jealous that she got to even set foot on that field, but also, she’s so into baseball, she didn’t even care about dancing. She was just so happy to be out where the Brewers play.
And since we got to be so close to watch the little dancers, I had to get a good pic of whoever was left warming up on the field. Just these 2. Corey has since managed to pick up his average and came up with a couple homeruns yesterday, but JJ? Ugh. I hate to be using that word so much lately in relation to the Brewers, but unfortunately, it’s fitting.
We all know how I feel about Dave. Awe!
Chris Smith’s first pitch as a Milwaukee Brewer.
It just cracks me up that Frank’s last name doesn’t fit on the scoreboard.
The next few come from Friday night’s win against the White Sox. My favorite kind of game–lots of offense that makes the opposing fans really bitter and leave early!
Squishing the outfielders.
Trio of Racing Sausages, recreating the race. Cinco has won the last 2 games I’ve been to. Awesome!
Aaaaaaand it wouldn’t be a game without a picture of Ryan’s bum.
So, there. Happier times at Miller Park. (Even though that Rockies game was a loss.)
The Crew won’t be back home until next Tuesday and they’ve got 2 more stops on the Interleague Express before Minnesota makes their way here. I have to say, I’ll be quite happy when interleague play is over with. It hasn’t treated the Brewers too well, thus far. Every team they play has had the same or worse record than Milwaukee, yet the Brewers have a losing record when faced with American League teams.
Currently, I’m not pleased with the 1/2 game lead over St. Louis either, but I’ll take it since it’s still first place.
Only 2 games going tonight, and the Crew has one of them. It’s my fave, Dave Bush (3-3, 4.58 ERA) against Carl Pavano (6-5, 5.40 ERA). Milwaukee is at 34-29 and leads the NL Central, while Cleveland sits in the basement of the AL Central at 29-36. I’m hoping the Brewers are able to pull off some wins on the road, and also hoping that those players hovering in major, major slumps (they know who they are) can pick up and start producing for their team.