Posted by: Opey | July 18, 2007

Crew Week In Review: July 13 – 17

Bittersweet is perhaps the best way to describe this past few days for the Brew Crew.  The team has managed to win 4 of 5 coming out of the all star break and they have started to win the one run ball games that get teams into the playoffs.  We also managed to regain a game up on the Cubs with our victory last night.  This all, however, is balanced against the fact that the Crew has lost their ace for the near future.  Ben Sheets, it now appears, will be out for 3 – 4 weeks, if not more.  He suffered a partial tear in his finger during his last start.  It was initially thought he would be able to come back in a week or two, but it is now being reported that he will rest for 10-12 days before even beginning rehab with the aid of a splint.  This will hurt us, there is no question.  Where there is some debate is how much it will hurt us.  Sheets had played the role of stopper tremendously over the past several weeks of the season.  The Crew would go into minor slumps, only to be pulled out of them by the masterful pitching of Sheets.  The rest of the rotation will need to perform well or a dynamic pitcher may need to step up.  But, there is hope for the later.  Enter Mr. Yo.  He will finally get some innings and he has shown he has the ability to pitch very well.   In addition to all of that, there appears to be a different attitude in the coaching staff these past few days.  This was really visible with Yost.  He has now shown that he will bench Weeks for under-performing and he no longer has a problem making a mound visit to give it to his pitcher when necessary.  These are both steps that will also help with this young team.  Our schedule for the next 10 days is favorable (2 more against Arizona, and then a 3 game set with the Giants and a 4 game trip to Cincinnati).  Hopefully the Crew can continue to pull away from the charging Cubs.

Brewer of the Week:  This week there were two players that really stuck out as deserving of some recognition.  They were two players that many had called out for poor performance in the recent past and this week they managed to turn it around.  They are Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush.  Both had struggled in their last few starts.  This week, both managed 6 IP with 3 or less earned runs allowed.  They also came through offensively for the team.  There is work to be done and both need to continue to perform, especially in light of Sheet’s injury, but this week they played well enough to be honored.

Today’s Game: DBacks @ Brewers, 7:05 PM CT

  • Television: FSN WI     Radio: Brewers Radio Network (1310 WIBA AM in Madison)
  • Pitching Matchup: Doug Davis LHP (6-10, 4.19 ERA) vs Chris Capuano LHP (5-6, 5.16 ERA)
  • Predictions:
    • This game looks to provide Cappy with a perfect time to work through his troubles on the mound.  The DBacks are suffering from a lack of offensive production, so Cappy will have the ability to work his way back to form.  That being said, he cannot succumb to the big inning.  Predicted line: 6.1 IP, 4K, 3BB, 3ER
    • Offensively, I see the Brewers breaking out against their old teammate.  Braun has had some great success against lefties this year.  In addition, look for both Counsell and Graffy in the lineup because both have had some great success against Davis in the past.  I see both Braun and Counsell with doubles and Graffy getting a couple hits.
    • I see this as a turning point game.  Cappy will show that he is able to avoid another big inning and our offense will break out of the minor slump they have been in the past few games.  Final Score: Arizona 3, Brewers 7
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