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The Brewers Can’t Let Till Dillard Go (At Least Not Permanently)

As I write this on Wednesday evening, the Brewers’ AAA affiliate Nashville Sounds are playing their last game at Greer Stadium, which the team called home for 37 years.  They’ll start the 2015 season in a new stadium, which naturally was financed by the usual indefensible corporate welfare. Leaving that aside, via

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Three Call-ups Who Could Help Brewers

Roster expansion on September 1 stands as one of the most unique events in all of sports. MLB allows teams to stretch their September rosters from 25 to 40 men, remaining the only major sports league to adjust the roster size in-season. These September call-ups figure to play a very different role for the Brewers […]

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Feeling a Case of Wild Card Jitters Coming On

According to JSOnline’s Matt Montgomery, by beating the Pirates yesterday the Brewers increased their odds of making the playoffs to a cool 83.4%.  If the Brewers had lost and the Cardinals had won against the Phillies, Milwaukee would have dropped nine percentage points.  Meanwhile, the goddamn Cardinals are still slight favorites to win the division […]

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Deal for Matt Garza Looking Good for Brewers

The contracts given to Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco and Matt Garza by the Orioles, Twins and Brewers, respectively, were remarkably similar. Each called for at least four years and roughly $12.5 million per year, then the going rate for what the offseason market deemed to be middle-tier but still highly valuable starters. The deal between […]

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Fiers Burning Brightly for Brewers

The idea that starting pitching depth wins championships should surprise no one. While the front of the Brewers’ rotation appears capable of matching up with any team in the National League, it remains to be seen whether the back of the staff can hold suit. To that end, Milwaukee recently returned Mike Fiers to the […]

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In Baseball, as in Life, Confidence is a not a Cure-All

Not to bash Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because his post on Mike Fiers from Wednesday is merely the gazillionth story about the “confidence” of baseball players. This dead horse, “confidence,” is a clichéd, bad metaphor for something intangible and apparently inexplicable that determines the difference between a player’s performance from one day […]

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So You Caught an MLB Baseball: Keep It, Throw It Back, or Give it to a Kid?

Despite Yovani Gallardo’s great bounce back start, the clear star of last night’s Brewers-Cubs game was the bleacher-bumming fan who caught Mark Reynolds’ homerun in the second inning.  For those of us watching in real time, it was impressive that he not only made a bloody terrific catch, but appeared to follow Wrigley Field tradition […]

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Comparing the Remaining Schedules for NL Central Contenders

The order in which teams play each other really should not matter much. Since divisional rivals roughly wind up playing the same teams, a matchup with an opponent in April seems equivalent to one in August. However, in practice, the relative difficulty of a given team’s dog-days schedule can have a profound impact on the […]

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New Mantra: Two Out of Three

It was a pillowy comfort to see the Brewers take two of three against the Giants and Dodgers on the recent homestand. After the last road series in St. Louis crumbled from potential catharsis to veritable cataclysm (because Cardinals, and oblique injuries), it was easy to predict the Brew Crew would continue their water tread […]

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Is the World Really Any Better with Tony Bosch off the Streets?

Earlier this week, it was announced that Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch would plead guilty to distributing PEDs to players in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.  Once Bosch is sentenced – some reports indicate his deal will result in a 3-4-year term – it will end one small chapter in the story of PED use […]

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Gerardo Parra’s Further Impact for Brewers

In the heat of a pennant race, teams often let a rival’s actions shape their own decisions. As a result, when St. Louis fired a shot across the Brewers’ bow by bolstering their rotation, Milwaukee needed to make a countermove. Of course, Doug Melvin’s retort – gaining Gerardo Parra in exchange for two minor leaguers […]

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