Posted by: Opey | June 6, 2007

Crew Week In Review: May 30 – June 5

This past week provided a view at what the Brewers could have done in the month of May.  Over the past week, the Crew was able to muster a 4-3 record against the Braves, Marlins and Baby Bears.  I would have been more than happy with even a slightly above .500 showing in the month of May, but instead we got a slightly below .500 mark going 14-15.  There were 7 games during last month that were lost by 2 runs or less, and in those games there were opportunities that the Brewers were not able to take advantage of.  There are a few reasons why the month was serviceable, but not the kind of month a potential playoff team should have.  First, and this weakness continues to this day, our bullpen has come back to Earth.  After being one of the best parts of the team through April and early May, the pen has become a question mark.  There are two pitchers that have been lights out, Villanueva and Cordero, but everyone else has been subject to giving up some runs.  Secondly, we played some much better competition over the last few weeks.  No longer able to beat up on the NL Central, we instead had to take on the Mets, Twins, Dodgers and Padres.  We managed a 3-9 mark against those tough teams.  Finally, there was the lack of offense from our 3B position, but that has now been solved by the arrival of 3B air-apparent, Ryan Braun.  Things are looking up for June with the Crew again taking on the struggling NL Central, but they also must play at Detroit and Minnesota for interleague play.  I would be more than happy going 4 games over .500 for this month.  One last thing.  On last nights FSN broadcast, there was a question about Brewer’s All Star locks.  At this point, I would have to say there are two: Fielder and Cordero.  The only other players with potential to jump up to that level are Hardy and Suppan.  So, at most, I predict 4 Crew All Stars.

Brewer of the Week: It’s got to be Prince Fielder.  He leads the majors in home runs and his defense has been nothing but steady.  He is also widely known as one of the clubhouse leaders.  Not bad for someone my age.

Today’s Game: Baby Bears @ Brewers, 1:05 pm CT

  • Television: FSN, WGN
  • Pitching Matchup: Carlos Zambrano (5-5) vs Jeff Suppan (7-5)
  • Predictions
    • Jeff Suppan will have a solid afternoon.  He needs to to avoid the shaky pen.  7IP, 4K, 2BB, 3ER
    • Fielder manages to add another HR to his league leading total and adds another hit
    • Hart manages to stay hot in the leadoff spot, reaches base 3 times.
    • That all being said, Zambrano gives us fits.  He is going to come out fired up after his last outing, and if he doesn’t kill someone and get ejected, he is bound to have a great game.
    • Final Score: Brewers 2, Cubs 4
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