Brewers win five of six series.
Picked only loss of weekend. Boo!
Raaaaaaaandy! What’s up with the homers?
Errors. Great baserunning. Hart with 19?
Narv Dog killed first, next seven.
Rickie’s lead-off spot getting productive. Homerun!
Evan, BJ, play nice! Remember Zambrano…
Old Man Moyer gives up 506th.
White Sox beaten by baby bears.
468 feet. Hamilton aiming for god.
Yankee Hater. Dodgers hold lead, please.
It’s been awhile. I know. Bear with me.
I’ve decided to forego talking about the World Series because I’ve been reading The Yankee Years and my disdain for that team is doing nothing but growing. Needless to say, I was disappointed in the outcome.
I’ve also decided to save my thoughts on the JJ Hardy-Carlos Gomez trade for another entry, as I’m getting kind of sick of people asking me about it and have far too much to say. Let’s leave it at this for now: excellent move for the Brewers. Mike Cameron, I’ll miss you.
Instead of all that, I’ve decided to let you all in on my votes for the This Year in Baseball Awards. I’ve literally been on that website for at least the last hour mulling over the choices. And instead of just voting for all the Brewers nominees and whomever else I liked the most throughtout the season, as I have in the past, I think I’ve actually made some very well thought out decisions this year.
My team did have 2 nominees this year in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Looking at everyone’s numbers, Braun probably could’ve been bumped off the list, but needless to say, I was happy to see his name.
Naturally, I voted for Fielder. True, his average was kept just shy of .300, but he had held it quite near that mark the majority of the season. Ending at .299 was probably a bit of a disappointment, but his other numbers made up for it. Fielder led the league for RBIs, tied at 141 with Ryan Howard, went 2nd to Albert Pujols with 46 HRs, led in OPS with 1.014 and capped out with 103 runs.
If it weren’t for Prince, I was leaning towards Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and his league-leading .365 AVG and 28 HRs or the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez’s .342 AVG coupled with 106 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.
Of course, with the Brewers’ abysmal starting rotation, there were none of my own boys to choose from, so I went with Zach Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. I’m sure he’ll walk away with this honor given his 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA, which led all other pitchers in the category. Not to mention he struck out 242 batters.
I picked Greinke over St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, whom I do think is a strong contender for Cy Young this year with his 19-8 record (the Brewers spoiled his 20th win. Ha!) and 212 Ks. I also was considering Detroit’s Justin Verlander because of his 19-win season and 269 Ks, leading in that category.
Rookie of the Year
Picking a single winner is going to be tough. As far as batting goes, it’s a tough call. But so is pitching.
You must know that I voted for Casey McGehee, not only because of his strong offensive numbers, but because I was able to watch him on the field all season, too. Sure he led the rooks in RBIs with 66 and was 2nd in just about every other major batting category (.301 AVG, .859 OPS, 58 R and 16 HRs), but he battled his way to an everyday spot starting for the Brewers at third base and did a pretty damn good job at it, too.
If it weren’t for Casey’s name on the list, I more than likely would’ve voted for Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins. Coghlan led with a .321 AVG and 84 R, while knocking in 47 runs, stealing 8 bases and hitting 9 out of ballparks across the country.
As far as pitching, I just find it really hard to compare to everyday players at any other position. Tommy Hanson of the Braves went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA, struck out 116 batters and had a WHIP of 1.18. Oakland’s Andrew Bailey went 26/30 in save opportunities while striking out 91 batters, keeping his ERA well under 2.0 and had a mere .88 WHIP. (But I still finding batting stats way more impressive. Sorry.)
Although the winner will most likely be the Yankees’ Joe Girardi, who led his team to the best record in the MLB at 103-59, my vote goes to Jim Tracy. Tracy took over the sagging Colorado Rockies partway through the season and led them to a NL Wildcard victory with a 92-70 record.
Milwaukee’s own Trevor Hoffman was 37/41 with a 1.83 ERA, 48 Ks and a WHIP of .91. Not the greatest, but he gets my vote because, well, he’s Trevor Hoffman. Jonathan Broxton of the LA Dodgers had a crazy-high 114 Ks and the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera did only blow 2 saves. He also had the lowest ERA with 1.76. But, as I’ve previously stated, I don’t like the Yankees. Therefore, I vote for NO YANKEES!
Who to choose? The Giants’ Jeremy Affeldt had the lowest ERA (1.73) and tied Matt Guerrier of the Minnesota Twins with 33 holds. Oakland’s Michael Wuertz led in strikeouts with 102 and with .95, had the lowest WHIP.
Even though there was a Brewer on this list, I just can’t vote for Todd Coffey with guys like Wuertz and Affeldt sharing the nomination. My vote foes to Jeremy Affeldt.
I can’t quite get a grip on what’s better: putouts or assists? Fielding percentage is one thing, but what should I be more impressed with–the number of outs you make, or the number of outs you help make? My vote is for the Angels’ Torii Hunter. He only made 1 error, giving him a fielding percentage of .997, while also having 286 putouts. Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies was also pretty impressive with .986 fielding percetage and 433 assists. But I based my decision solely on fielding percentage and went with Hunter.
Yovani Gallardo offered a stellar game vs. Pittsburgh in late April, taking the win entirely into his own hands. Gallardo went 8 innings, struck out 11 with no ERs and smacked a solo homerun, accounting for the only run the Brewers would need to secure a victory. But I didn’t vote for Yo.
White Sox starter Mark Buhrle gets a lot of praise for his perfect game against the Rays, but with only 6 strikeouts, I think a lot of the credit should really go to his teammates. So I didn’t vote for him, either.
Troy Tulowitzki impressed me the most hitting for the cycle, going 5-5 with 7 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Why was this feat more impressive than the rest? Welllllllll, it was against the Cubs!
I watched evey play, waiting for the best reaction. I needed to be impressed. Making a leaping catch at the wall to rob someone of a homerun? Big deal.
The winner? The flip from Angels’ Maicer Izturis to Erick Aybar. Izturis flipped the ball from his glove directly to the waiting bare hand of the human projectile that was Aybar in time to throw Kurt Suzuki out at first. I watched that clip twice just to be sure I was actually impressed. I was.
Hands down, the Angels’ tribute to fallen pitcher Nick Adenhart after winning the AL West. No other moment put a bigger smile on my face.
This is the one that I vote on purely because of what makes me laugh the hardest.
I still get a kick out of Milton Bradley’s stupidity, but the absolute take-down of Racing President Teddy Roosevelt had tears in my eyes. That Peirogi was brutal!
Tag-teaming with my vote for Jim Tracy, I picked Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd for being the man with the plan. Who knows where Colorado would’ve finished in ’09 if O’Dowd hadn’t had a hand in firing Clint Hurdle, but kudos for making the move. It certainly paid off.
With numbers all over the place, it was hard to decide on this one. I went with Jayson Werth of the Phillies. His .268 AVG, 36 HRs and 99 RBIs helped get his team to the post season yet again. But with names like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, then adding Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez, a name like Werth gets lost in the mix. (Although, after this post season, it probably won’t be lost for long.) Ben Zobrist of Tampa Bay was a very, very, very close second.
Post Season Moment
After Dexter Fowler leapfrogged Chase Utley in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the NLDS between the Rockies and Phillies, Colorado stirred up an eventual 4-2 lead going into the 9th. But, Ryan Howard smacked a 2-run double off of Rockies closer Huston Street to tie the game, giving the Phils enough momentum to eventually take the series. Since I’m a bit of a sucker for the Phillies (only after the Brewers, of course!), I chose that moment of Game 4 over Fowler’s gymnastics.
So there you have it. My picks. It’ll be interesting to see how many of my choices are actually winners. I’m guessing probably not many, but that’s alright. I have my reasons for voting the way I do and I’m quite impressed with myself for not just outright voting for the Brewers and Phillies like I’ve done in years past.
So that’s all I have in me after not posting for I don’t even know how long. But I promise I’ll keep it up a bit more, especially with all the free angents that will be floating around soon. And with the Brewers mounting need to pick up some key players. There will be much to write about soon enough.
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.
Manny Parra is off the list.
Fittingly, I suppose, he was number 5 on the list of my Top 10 Baseball Hotties. The spot is wide open in more ways than one. The Hottie list will require some shifting, as will Ken Macha’s starting rotation.
I’m not even gonna go into details, but after last night’s incredible come from behind 2-inning rally that shut the White Sox fans up pretty quickly, the Brewers certainly deserved a better fate than the one Parra handed them today.
Macha should put him in the corner (otherwise known as Triple-A) on a timeout and make him think long and hard about what he’s done.
That’s really all I care to say about the situation.
I’ve been going over the Brewers schedule for this season, circling all the games I’ll be attending and I’m just getting so antsy!
There are only 25 days (25 days!) until the Brewers host the Cubs for the first time in ’09 and I’m finding it hard to believe that I’ve already got as many games lined up as I do.
Here’s what my schedule looks like for the season so far:
April 10 v. Cubs
April 11 v. Cubs
April 12 v. Cubs
April 15 v. Reds
April 27 v. Pirates
May 2 v. Diamondbacks
May 3 v. Diamondbacks (Ryan Braun bobblehead day!)
Awe, it’s his grandslam!
May 8 v. Cubs
May 10 v. Cubs
June 12 v. White Sox
June 27 v. Giants
July 12 v. Dodgers
July 25 v. Braves
August 16 v. Astros
September 6 v. Giants
September 23 v. Cubs
September 26 v. Phillies
September 27 v. Phillies
So, as you can see, I’ll be a busy girl. I’m sure there will be many more games that will pop up throughout the season as they usually do (especially with a buttload of Old Time BPA vouchers), and I’m definitely ready for more baseball than I already have slated. I’m going to try to make it to another stadium again this season, too. Although with my Vegas trip and Dave Matthews and Summerfest, I don’t know exactly when I’ll be able to slip that little trip in or to where it would even be. I do know that while in Vegas, the girls and I will be catching the Brewers v. Reds game on May 29th at ESPN zone, because we just can’t not do that.
The Opening Day Drunk Lot Tailgate is starting to take shape, and I’m preparing myself to serve 2000+ people at the Leff’s party the next day (the girls and I made the website photos from last year!). I don’t know if I’ll even be alive to make it to the 3rd day of Opening Weekend! Haha. Right. We all know I live for this!
And I’m finishing up the Top 10 Hotties roster, so head’s up for that, but until then, the countdown continues as usual. Today’s pics are of my niece, Piper. The whole family is grooming her to be a good little Brewers fan. Her favorite player may not be “Obin Ount” like her dad’s was, but who can blame her? She’s growing up in the era of Ryan Braun!
Piper with Papa C’s hat, her Hot Dog Racing Sausage and foam finger. Awesome.
Riding the bar shuttle with her Auntie and her favorite foam finger. (Don’t worry. She waited outside the bar. But she was super excited about riding on the bus!)
PS, the Crew topped the Cubs today 9-6 and Corey Hart is continuing to step up his game, going 3-4, including a 3-run homer. Chicago needed twice as many pitchers as Milwaukee, after Jeff Samardzija allowed 5 runs in the 1st inning.
…the Brewers were losing to the White Sox. I have yet to see the final score of today’s game. What I did see was that my favorite high socks-wearing pitcher Dave Bush went scoreless for 4 innings and is being quite persistent in his push to break into the Top 10 Hotties. (What can I say? I love the beard!) I also saw that Jorge Julio allowed 3 runs, and the Brewers had yet to get a homerun on the board, while the Sox had 2. I believe that was the 8th inning.
I’m going to check the final score now…
That’s it, folks. My reaction.
Mat Gamel started the game off with the Brewers first RBI (charged to former Crew member Scott Linebrink) and, quite fittingly, the only other run was batted in by a fellow named Brewer. Brent Brewer, to be precise. Good old Rickie Weeks had some solid baserunning. Oh, wait no he didn’t.
Okay, I’m over the loss. Onto bigger and better things. Like the countdown to Opening Day at Miller Park! There are 30 days until the Home Opener. 30 days, 1 month, until I will basically live at Miller Park for 3 days straight and sleep off all the excitement the following Monday. 30 days until the official Flip Cup bracket, assorted meats cooked on a grill, my crazy-awesome retro logo cupcakes, the world famous Leff’s Tailgate Party (technically not Opening Day, but I’m still way excited for it!), the first Sausage Race of the season, ladder golf, cornhole and washers. 30 days until non-stop Brewers v. Cubs debauchery with 45,000 of my closest friends and most importantly, 30 days until I get to see my boys in action after a long, cold winter!
Today’s picture is bringing you back to Opening Day 2005. It was the first Leff’s Tailgate party for us girls. We were finally of legal drinking age, and who better to serve us than my lovely mother? The next year, we took on the task of being the servers and haven’t looked back since.
Me, Mom, Nik and Mol. We’ve graduated from being the crazy drunks to serving the crazy drunks!