Sunday, August 28, 2011


The Brewers have not lost back-to-back ballgames since July 23-24.  They are now on a streak of 31 consecutive games in which they have not lost back-to-back.  This ties the second longest such streak in the entire history of the franchise.  The longest streak ever - 34 games - was earlier this year, from May 7th through June 12th.

Do you remember that the Brewers started this season 0-4 and had a 7-game losing streak in early May?  Since then, over the last 103 games, they are 68-35; a .660 winning percentage.  That percentage over 162 games would net 107 wins.

In fact, the Brewers have never in their history won 68 out of 103 games.  Even if you've been following them since 1970 like I have, you have never seen them as hot as they are right now.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Monday, August 22, 2011


There's been a lot of wondering whether the Brewers should try to acquire a left handed reliever for the stretch run and playoffs.  First, every day that goes by makes the stretch run less and less relevant.   The math for winning the division is way in the Brewers favor right now.  And for the playoffs? - they've already got one - Chris Narveson.  Almost every team's 5th starter goes to the bullpen in the playoffs.  Even with fewer days off in the playoff schedule this year, it's highly unlikely that the Brewers would consider Narveson in a starting role when they could pitch Grienke, Gallardo, Marcum or Wolf on normal rest.  There - problem solved.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Subtraction by Addition

Rumor is that the Philadelphia Phillies may be trying to swing a deal for Jim Thome.  The current Twins slugger would serve in a pinching hitting role down the stretch and would DH in the World Series should the Phillies make it that far.

Umm... shouldn't Doug Melvin be all over that?  ...trying to swing that same deal for us?  Wouldn't it seem that the Brewers would match up much better in an NLCS against the Phillies if Jim Thome played for us rather than playing for them?

By any of the various calculations online, the Brewers chance of winning the NL Central are well over 90%.  It's time to start looking ahead.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Making the Most of the Least

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turn 3

Very nice graphic on JSOnline by Enrique Rodriguez on the Brewers triple play last night:

(I was going to get a rip in by saying that this was the hardest that anyone at the paper has worked this year on a Brewers feature.  But I won't.)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Irrelevant Card

The third person this week has pointed out to me that the Brewers are starting  to catch the Braves in the Wild Card standings and that's significant because if the Cardinals get hot, the Brewers would have a good chance to make the playoffs anyway.  I think it started with the TV guys and somehow caught on.

Well it's not significant at all.  If the Brewers finish with a better record than the Braves, they will almost certainly win their division.  If they finish with a worse record than the Cardinals, they will also almost certainly finish with a worse record than the Braves and be out of the playoffs.  In other words, despite their current record and the fact that they are so close to the Braves in the standings, the Brewers chance of being the National League Wild Card is almost zero.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I think the people who are calling Chris Narveson an idiot for cutting his finger are themselves idiots.  Chris Narveson is an adult.  He was using a useful tool designed for adults. That tool broke and unfortunately he cut himself.  It sucks, but it was an accident.  That's it.

What other things is Chris Narveson not supposed to use?  Steak knives?  Razors? A lawnmower?  Is he supposed to not drive a car?  Ride a bike?  Walk across the street?  We need to grow up and quit coddling people.  If I'm going to call out players for bad things they do off the field, I'm not going to start with the guy who's trying to fix his ball glove with a pair of scissors.

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