Posted by: Opey | July 25, 2007

Crew Week In Review: July 18 – 24

This last week did not go so well.  The Brewers came away with a 3-4 record last week, managing to only take 1 of 3 from the Giants at Miller Park.  The Brewer’s pitching staff did manage to hold Mr. Roids homer-less though, so that is at least a positive.  Last week also saw the first major rumor of the trade season for the Crew.  It was reported on a Milwaukee sports radio station and on Brewerfan.net that Milwaukee was in the process of acquiring Adam Dunn from the Reds for a package that included Matt Wise, Tony Gwynn Jr., an infield prospect and possibly Derrick Turnbow.  That rumor was quickly quashed on the same day that it flamed up by the Moustached Wonder himself, Doug Melvin.  At this point, I don’t see any trades in the near future for the Brewers.  Team Canada in the Brewer’s front office has shown the desire to hold on to and develop their young stars and it is those young stars who would be sent elsewhere if a trade is to occur.  In addition to that, the Brewers will have two large internal additions over the course of the last part of the season.  Bill Hall will return this week and Ben Sheets will return by the end of the season.  Bill Hall’s return presents an interesting dilemma, what roster move to make.  The Brewer’s have a double header and a string of several back to back games coming up, so the pitching staff will probably need to be held firm, even though I would love to see Mr. “Ball Four” go down.  The question then is what hitter.  The obvious choice would be Gwynn.  He needs to miss some games this weekend and has been rather unproductive.  The problem is, with Gross having been sent down in the last week, our outfield, specifically in the CF position is thin.  Estrada is hurt so he could go to the DL, but we would need to bring up another catcher to back up Miller, so that move is out.  At this point it would have to be either Balfour or Gwynn, but both moves have their problems.

Brewer of the Week:  Is there really any doubt about this one?  Fielder has had a down week, the pitching staff has been hit or miss and the rest of the team, minus one player, has been inconsistent.  The shining light over the past week has been Ryan Braun.  He has been unstoppable this past week and shows no signs of slowing down.  With Hunter Pence now hurt, he also appears to be the odds on favorite for Rookie of the Year honors in the NL.

Today’s Game: Brewers @ Reds,  6:10 PM CT

  • Television: FSN WI     Radio: Brewers Radio Network (1310 WIBA AM in Madison)
  • Pitching Matchup: Jeff Suppan RHP (8-8, 4.92 ERA) vs Kyle Lohse RHP (5-12, 4.71 ERA)
  • Predictions:
    •  Jeff Suppan’s season has been a string of highs and lows.  He has given up 5 or less runs in his last 6 starts though, and against an offensive team like the Reds, those numbers might be enough. Lohse too has had his problems, other than two 1 run starts in the last month, he has given up a lot of runs this year.  Look for Suppan to be “good enough” this time on the mound: (5.2 IP,  3K, 3BB, 4ER)
    • The Brewer’s bats showed signs of life last night, but the offensive production needs to continue in order to get the Brewers back on a winning streak.  The Great American Ballpark is a launch pad and we need to see some signs of power, because it is only a matter of time before we see some out of the Reds.  Look for Fielder to put one over the fence, and for Braun and Hart to come up with 2 hits each.
    • This is just short of a must win for the Crew.  Milwaukee is the only team in the NL leading a division that is under .500 on the road.  That will not bode well in the end of the season and in the playoffs.  A win today guarantees at least a split of the set with the Reds.  I think they will manage to pull it out, but it will continue to be close: Brewers 6, Reds 5
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