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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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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 Masahiro Tanaka leads all […]

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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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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 John Lackey. Yet Melvin’s aggressiveness demonstrates his urgency […]

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Bolstering the Brewers’ Bullpen

Baseball fans can discount nearly anything they hear at the trade deadline. Therefore, Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin’s suggestion that he might bolster his bullpen comes with enough grains of salt to fill the Dead Sea. Perhaps Melvin’s comments were merely an elaborate smokescreen designed to conceal his true intentions. Yet despite the unreliability of such […]

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Possible Trades to Upgrade Brewers at SS

In the heat of a four-headed pennant race, the Brewers could certainly benefit from some trade deadline reinforcements. In particular, Milwaukee should look for upgrades at shortstop. Starter Irving Falu (-19 wRC+) are non-factors offensively. The latest experiment, playing outfielder Starlin Castro – get posted on the block, they would cost too much for the […]

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Outlook for Brewers in the Second Half

This year’s All-Star break came at an especially opportune time for the Brewers, allowing for a breather in the midst of their worst slump of the year. Starting on July 1, Milwaukee limped toward intermission on a 2-10 skid. St. Louis shaved the Brewers’ comfortable 6.5-game lead to a pulse-pounding margin of one game. With […]

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Naked Truth: Ramirez, Gomez Don’t Deserve All-Star Starts

In all sports, the unveiling of All-Star rosters draws attention to the perceived snubs. This summer, baseball fans will gripe about excluded players such as Ian Kinsler and complain about studs like Chris Sale suffering the humiliation of a runoff. Many may wonder if Devin Mesoraco is truly a better catcher than former MVP Buster […]

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Breaking Down Wily Peralta’s 5-0 June

Based on the start of this season, the baseball gods appear to have mixed feelings toward Wily Peralta. The Dominican right-hander caught some bad breaks in the first two months of the year, receiving just four wins despite a sparkling 2.73 ERA. Yet in June, although Peralta’s ERA ballooned by a run and a half, […]

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How Do Brewers Stack up Against NL Division Leaders?

“If the season ended today” certainly ranks among the least useful expressions in sports. With many months of plot twists remaining in baseball’s marathon season, a glance at the standings in June offers little meaningful information. Yet with Milwaukee playing Washington in a high-profile meeting of division leaders, fans cannot help but drool over a […]

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Measuring the Brewers’ Outfield Unit

Baseball is less of a unit-based sport than, say, football. For example, a defensive lineman’s ability to pressure the quarterback has a clear and straightforward effect on how the rest of the defense performs. In contrast, in baseball what one outfielder does has a relatively small impact on what the other outfielders do. Yet it […]

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The Brewers and the MLB Draft

At this time of year, most Draft addicts are typically going through Mel Kiper withdrawal syndrome. Fortunately, draftniks do not need to wait too long before their next fix, and can enjoy the MLB Draft that begins on Thursday night. While it lacks the pizzazz and immediate impact of its football and basketball counterparts, picking […]

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The Usefulness of Pitcher Jimmy Nelson

As Tommy John surgery spreads across baseball like the bubonic plague, perhaps it would be worthwhile to re-name the Cy Young award after the famed sports surgeon James Andrews. Fortunately, Milwaukee has avoided this mighty scourge of arm injuries. The Brewers managed to get to Memorial Day weekend with their rotation completely intact. Unfortunately, such […]

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What is Rickie Weeks Worth?

Back in March, the only sports story Wisconsinites were talking about more than the Badgers’ Final Four run was the Brewers’ second-base battle. Young Scooter Gennett, coming off a fantastic rookie cup of coffee, challenged incumbent Rickie Weeks for the starting job. After a full slate of games down in Maryvale, manager Ron Roenicke essentially […]

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