Posted by: Opey | August 22, 2007

Crew Week In Review: August 15 – 21

I said last week that this team was showing signs of life.  Well, the team appeared to flat line when it went into St. Louis, but somewhere a switched clicked on and a pulse came back.  The Cinnci series was unimpressive, but the offense appeared to be emerging out of the doldrums.  Then came the last two games in Arizona.  What more can be said about the man I refer to simply as Yo.  Not only did he pitch 7 scoreless innings, but he also recorded two hits of his own, including his first ever MLB HR.  The team ended up going 3-4 for the week, but it looks like the pitching may have turned things around to join the offense on a late summer resurgence.  Thankfully, it is just in time.  The Brewers have not fared well on the road this year and this road trip will be one of the toughest of the year.  The last game in Arizona will be a tough one.  The D-Backs are a good, young team cut from a similar mold as the Brewers and they are just waiting in the grass waiting to strike (like the snake imagery?).  Then comes a trip to San Francisco.  Now, many will overlook this series, but the Brewers have played horribly on the West coast historically.  Whether it is Los Angeles or San Francisco, the Crew just seems to not enjoy the Pacific Time Zone.  Then comes the big one, a three game set against the Cubs at the “friendly confines”.  The Brewers have had some measure of success this year at Wrigley, but the Cubs have been playing great baseball as of late.  I will go out on a limb right now.  I think whomever wins the Brewers/Cubs series at Wrigley will win the NL Central.  I know the Cardinals are charging hard, but I just don’t see them having enough to overtake either the Cubs or Brewers.   Both of their schedules appear, at least on the surface, to be easier than the Cards September slate.

Brewer of the Week:  Welcome back to the show Mr Gross.  Ever since being recalled from AAA, Gross has been tearing the cover off of the baseball.  In the past seven days, Gross has been hitting .400 with 3 HR and 8 RBI which puts him in at least a tie for the team lead in each of those categories over the 7 day span.  Congrats on finding your swing Gabe.

Todays Game: Brewers @ D-Backs, 8:40 PM CT

  • Television: FSN WI, MLB.TV     Radio: Brewers Radio Network (1310 WIBA AM in Madison)
  • Pitching Matchup: Jeff Suppan RHP ( 8-10, 4.89 ERA) vs Brandon Webb RHP (13-8, 2.63 ERA)
  • Predictions
    • Suppan does not have a win in his last ten starts and has only gotten out of the 6th inning once, and that was only for one out.  He also has pitched horribly on the road this season, with an ERA of 5.84 vs a home ERA of 3.97.  Brandon Webb, on the other hand, has been on a tear as of late.  He has won each of his last 5 starts and did not give up an earned run during that stretch.  In fact, he has had three consecutive complete game shutouts (@Dodgers, vs Nats, @Braves).  This does not look like the pitching matchup the Brewers want when they are working on putting together a streak on the road.  Suppan’s predicted line: 5IP, 3K, 2BB, 4ER   For some fun, I see Webb going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs, with only 1 of them earned.
    • Offensively, the resurgent offense will have trouble keeping the heat up against Webb.  Although Webb does pitch relatively worse at home, he still only has a home ERA slightly under 3.  Look for Gross to stay hot and for Braun to break out of his mini downturn that he has been going through with a HR.
    • Not looking good for the Crew today.  Webb has been unhittable his past several starts and the Brewer’s offense just isn’t back to a point yet where they can strike fear in the heart of a pitcher the caliber of Webb.  Final Score prediction: Brewers 3, Arizona 6
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