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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 Jean Segura has failed to live up to high expectations, posting a disappointing .585 OPS and 56 wRC+. Backups Jeff Bianchi (2 wRC+, sub-Mendoza .186 slugging) and […]

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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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Rising or Falling: The Trending Yovani Gallardo

As far as aces go, Yovani Gallardo has always been difficult to figure out. On the one hand, he has been one of the most prominent pitchers in Brewers history. He is sixth – and rising – on Milwaukee’s career Wins list, and has the second-most Opening Day starts in club history. Yet despite his […]

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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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How Heavy is the Absence of Aramis Ramirez?

While this baseball season has been full of surprises, Aramis Ramirez getting injured is not a shock to anyone. The Dominican third baseman, who turns 36 next month, is scheduled to go on the disabled list with hamstring issues. Again, most observers should have seen this coming. Although Ramirez has been durable for much of […]

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Key Ingredients: Brewers and Baserunning

While it is generally a good idea to obey the Ten Commandments, the Brewers may be taking “thou shall not steal” a bit too far. The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article this week describing how base stealers have been much more successful in 2014 than in the past. Base thieves have been effective […]

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Key Ingredients: Lyle Overbay at the Bat

One person influential to the Brewers’ strong start was not even alive when the season began. When Eddie Overbay was born on April 17, his father, Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay, was hitting just .100 with a .480 OPS. However, since being reinstated from the paternity list, the elder Overbay has gone on a tear. […]

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Analysis: Why Do Brewers Seem to Own Pittsburgh?

In all sports, good teams tend to have an opponent that they just own. Whether it is the Red Auerbach-era Boston Celtics beating the Los Angeles Lakers in seven different NBA Finals, or the 1927 Yankees going 21-1 against the hapless St. Louis Browns, teams often match up well against a given rival. In recent […]

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Lucroy Fortifies his Patience at the Plate in 2014

Before the season, it would have taken a lot of Leinenkugel’s for even Bernie Brewer to predict that the team would have baseball’s best record. After this hot start, you would certainly be justified in praising nearly any player on the roster. However, one guy that stands out in particular is catcher Jonathan Lucroy. After […]

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