Posted by: Opey | September 5, 2007

Crew Week In Review: August 29 – September 4

Thought I forgot about the blog and Crew Week in Review posts did you? Nope, I’m still chugging along. Just expect most posts to come at night, especially during the week as law school has sapped my day from me. In terms of the Crew, the past week has been a story of high highs and low lows. The week started out great when the Brewers managed to beat the Cubs at Wrigley on Wednesday. The mood quickly soured when the team lost the following day. The highs returned with a sweep of the Pirates at the true friendly confines, Miller Park. The lows came back with a vengeance, though, with the horrendous loss to the Astros on Labor Day. Tuesday brought hope that the Brewers will look to get back on the bright side of life. Our starting pitching seems to maybe, possibly be coming out of the several month slump it has been in and our offense has started to show a steady pulse again. Unfortunately, with those two positives also came the ever present negative for the Brewers over the past few years: an inconsistent bullpen. The Brewer’s bullpen will make or break this playoff run. We now sit only .5 games back behind the Cubs and the pen will have a major say in the final outcome of the season. This is so much the case that Melvin went out and got LHRP Ray King, even though he is not eligible for the Brewer’s playoff roster. Moves like that prove to me that Melvin is trying all that he can to get this team into the playoffs. Now, if only a certain manager would be doing the same…

Brewer of the Week: This week was a tough one. There were a few guys who all deserved it, but I’m going to go with a bit of an emotional bias. This week the award goes to Rickie Weeks. Since returning from AAA Weeks has been on fire when it comes to getting on base. Every time i turn around he is either getting a hit or taking a walk. Weeks has had a .500 OBP over the past 7 days and is second behind Prince with 7 BB in the same period. If he had been doing this since the beginning of the season, who knows where the Brewers would have been. It’s good to see that Rickie has hopefully turned it around.

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

  • Television: FSN-WI, MLB.TV Radio: Brewer’s Radio Network (1310 WIBA AM in Madison)
  • Pitching Matchup: Matt Albers RHP (4-6, ERA 5.36) vs Yovanni Gallardo RHP (6-4, 4.66 ERA)
  • Predictions
    • Albers has pitched rather well his last two outings. He went 7 innings in each and picked up a win and a no decision. The man named Yo is coming off a great start against the Pirates where he went 7 innings and gave up only 2 ER in the game to pick up the win. That outing came on the heels a not so good outing against the Giants. Yo has been a bit inconsistent over his last handful of starts, but I see him faring pretty well against this Astros team: 6.2 IP, 5K, 2BB, 2ER
    • I can see the signs of a Brewer’s hit parade tonight. Albers has faced Milwaukee twice already, so there should be nothing surprising about him. He fared pretty well against the crew in each of his previous outings, but look for that to change. I predict a Prince HR, Braun to get 3 hits, and Rickie to contribute with a double and a walk or two
    • Can you smell it? Well, can you? It smells like first place for the Brewers tonight. The Dodgers are red hot right now and the Crew is looking to put a hurt on the ‘Stros: Brewers 6, Astros 2

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