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Posted on: August 1, 2010 9:30 am
 

LONG LIVE BAMBI -GEORGE BAMBERGER

Last night, I seat at Minute Maid field in Houston Texas. It was day 10 of 10 straight days
of watching baseball. I watch the Brewers get shut-out for the 2nd straight time against
a poor Houston Astros team. This morning, I prepare for my flight to go home, back
to Milwaukee. I look at see, what former Milwaukee Brewer birthday falls on this date
August 1st.  First I see Tony Muser, but he was only a Brewer player one season. He
did coach in Brewers for 7 seasons. Then I scroll down further and I find someone
who was important in Brewers baseball history.

we go back to 1977, the Brewers are 67-95 under manager Alex Grammas. GM Harry Dalton, decides to tap into his Baltimore Orioles ties. He makes the call to the 54 year old pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles, he would ask a person who had never managed before. But w...as the master of the Orioles, one season, was able to produce 4-20 game winners. He calls on George Irvin Bamberger to be the new manager of the Brewers in 1978. He would be know by his nickname Bambi. Bamberger would be born on Staten Island. He attends High School at McKee High School on Staten Island. At the age of 23, in the year of 1946, he is signed as amateur free agent by the New York Giants. He pitches 2 games of the Giants in 1951 and 5 more in 1952. 7 years later in 1959, he throws 3 more for the Orioles. The pitching master, would only 10 games in the majors and had an era of 9.42. In 1968, Orioles Hank Bauer would hire of him to be the Orioles pitching coach. In that 1968, the future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, would get over for Bauer during the season. The great Weaver/Bamberger duel was born. Bambi would coaching the Orioles pitching from 1969 to 1977. The Orioles would win the American League East 5 times in those 8 years. Bamberger in his 1st season with the Brewers turns a 67 game winner in 1977, to a 93 winner in 1978. Its the 1st time in Brewers franchise, they win more games, then they lose. He puts the Brewers on the baseball map for the 1st time. In 1979, he even does better, he wins a team record 95 games. In 1980, he can manage at the beginning of the season, due to health issues. He does manage 92 games with a record of 47-45. Again health issues and Bambi has to step down in the 1981. In 1982, he returns to managing, but with a Brewers uniform, but in a Mets uniform. He suffers his worst season as a manager going 65-97. He starts the 1983 season with the Mets, has a record of 16-30, when he is done in the Big Apple. He returns to manage the Brewers in 1985, but even Bambi can win with 1985, they fall to a record of 71-90. 1986, is his last season in a Brewers uniform, he sits with a record of 77-84, when he resigns and gets replaced by Tom Trebelhorn. Bamberger hangs it up for good. In 2004, he would passes on and can be found Bay Pines Florida. Bambi would be 87 today. This one Brewer fan that thanks him for those 1978 and 1979 seasons, unfortunately I spent those 2 winning seasons, serving the United States Air Force at Hahn Air Force Base in GermanySee More

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 16, 2010 4:25 am
 

MAT GAMEL UPDATE

I have been asked numerous times, whatever
happen to Brewers prospect 3rd baseman Mat
Gamel. Is Mat Gamel still with the Brewers ???

Well tonight, he is in the same place he has
been for the last 39 games. If you were at Greer
Stadium in Nashville Tennessee, the home of the
Brewers Triple AAA, Nashville Sounds, you would
have found him, manning the hot corner. Gamel
would be batting 3rd in managers Don Money
batting order. Gamel is working his way back
to playing in the Big Leagues.

The season started, with the Brewers sending first
to High A, Brevard County. He plays in 6 games for
the Manatees, of the Florida State League. He hits
.100, with 0 homeruns and 2 rbis.

The next stop the Brewers send him to Double AA,
playing for the Huntsville Stars, of the Southern League.
Gamel plays better for the Stars in 8 games. He goes
for 11 for 28, which is a .393 batting average. He had
1 homerun and 5 rbis.

The Brewers then promote him to his current home,
the Nashville Sounds. He has 139 at bats for the Sounds.
He has 8 doubles, 3 homeruns and 23 rbis, he is hitting
.266. Gamel has an ob% is .354, with 35 K's.

He will be in the line-up again, against the Royals, triple
AAA, Omaha Royals. When will Gamel return to the Crew.
I wish I could give you the answer. Gut feeling he will
be a September call-up.  Then go to spring training in
2011, trying to make the Brewers. I suggest he grabs
an outfield glove, especially if the Brewers trade
outfielder Corey Hart.

Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:42 am
 

CREW -GOING SOUTH

The Brewers are headed south, not just in the standings in the National League, but in the directions of south to Atlanta Georgia. Its a 4 game series with the best team in the National League East record wise....No not the Phillies or Mets, but the Atlanta Braves. Its Bobby Cox's last season filling out the Braves line-up card. So they are trying to give the veteran manager a send off present of post-season play.

The Brewers in their last home stand, were the Brewers of 2010. They struggle against Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants 3rd ranked pitching staff, in which they got swept at home. That drops the 2010 Brewers to a record of 13-28 against pitching staffs that ranked 6th or better. Then 2010 Brewers were able to win all 3 over the 15th ranked John Russell Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers overall track record against the men from the Peach state is not good. The Brewers are overall have a record of 33-50 and 18-25 in Atlanta.
In 2009 the Brewers were able to take 2 out of 3 from the Braves.

Friday - June 5th 2009 - 23,327 Yovani Gallardo vs Jair Jurrgens....The Braves get a double off the bat of Martin Prado in the 3rd. In the top of the 4th, with 1 out, Prince Fielder doubles and Mike Cameron walks. They bought score on Mat Gamel double to center. The Brewers score 2 more in the 5th, forece out by Mike Cameron and single by Gamel. Brian McCann doubles to lead off the 7th. Thats all the hits, the Braves would get off Gallardo in 8 innings of work, he walks 4 and K's 6. Carlos Villanueva throws the 9th. Brewers win 4-0

Saturday July 6th 2009 -32,721 --Jeff Suppan vs Javier Vazquez. The scoreboard is full of goose eggs until the top of the 5th. Prince Fielder hits his 15th of the 2009 season a solo shot. In the top of the 6th, Jason Kendall leads off with a single and scores on a double by Craig Counsell. In the bottom of the 6th, Brian McCann leads off with a triple. Garrett Anderson hits a ground ball to Prince, he gets McCann trying to score. Suppan is done, after throwing 5 1/3, allows 6 hits. Todd Coffey and Mitch Stetter finish the 6th. In the top of the 7th, Eric O'Flaherty surrenders the 2nd homerun to Prince Fielder. Trevor Hoffman throws the 9th for his 15th save of the Brewers.

Sunday June 7th -Manny Parra vs Tommy Hanson -Its the major league debut of Tommy Hanson. In the bottom of the 1st, Yuniel Escobar singles and scores on the future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones triple. In the 3rd, Chipper Jones takes Manny Parra deep. The Brewers tie in the top of the 4th, JJ Hardy reaches on Escobar's error. Then Ryan Braun hits his 12th of the season. In the top of the 5th, Kendall singles to right and then steals 2nd. Kendall scores on Manny Parra double. Parra gets the 1st 2 outs in the 5th, then walks Nate McLouth and Escobar walks. Then Jones gets his 2nd homerun of the game. In the top of the 6th, Hardy leads off with a walk and Braun gets his 2nd long ball. Then Prince Fielder singles and Mike Cameron goes deep, 7-5 Brewers. In the bottom of the 8th, Carlos Villanueva replaces Todd Coffey. Prado leads off single. McCann pinch-hits and gets a double and Prado scores. Nate McLouth double and McCann scores and ties the game. McLouth scorces on a single by Escobar. Mike Gonzalez pitches the 9th for the Braves, 8-7.

The Braves

Bobby Cox -Cox is in his 25th and final season with the Braves. He is in his 2nd tour of duty with the Braves. Robert Joseph Cox was born in May of 1941, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He plays his high school baseball for the Bears of Selma High School in Selma California. He plays his college baseball at Reedley College in Reedley California, the home of the Tigers. Cox was signed as amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. He plays 3rd/2b for the Yankees in 68 and 69. He is named manager for the Braves in 1978 and manages them until 1981. In 1982, he goes north of the border and manages the Toronto Blue Jays. He manages the Jays until losing in the AL Championship series to the Royals in 1985. He returns to the Braves in 1986. He has got the Braves to the NLCS 9 times and Fall Classic 5 times. Winning the World Series in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians.

The Coaches

Terry Pendleton - Hitting Coach -Terry Lee Pendleton is in his 9th season as hitting coach of the Braves. He replaced Merv Rettenmund in 2002. Pendleton was born in July 1960, in Los Angeles California. Pendleton the major league 3rd baseman is 5-9 178, switch-hitter. He played his high school baseball for the Raiders of Channel Island High School in Oxnard California. He plays his college baseball, first at Oxnard College and later Fresno State. In 1982, he is a 7th round pick of the Cardinals. He plays for the Redbirds from 1984 thru 1990. He goes free agent in 1991, and wins the batting title and MVP, in his 1st season with the Braves. He leads the NL in hits in 1991 and 1992. Plays for the Braves from 1991 thru 1994. He plays the 95 season with the Marlins and starts 96 season and returns to the Braves. Plays the Reds in 1997 and Royals in 1998.

Roger McDowell - Pitching coach -Roger McDowell is in his 5th season as pitching coach for the Braves. He took over for Leo Mazzone in 2006, who went to the Orioles for 2 seasons. Roger Allen McDowell was born in December 1960 in Cincinnati Ohio. McDowell is 6-1 182, right-handed pitcher. He plays his high school baseball for the Cardinals of Colerain High School in Cincinnati Ohio. He plays his college baseball for the Falcons of Bowling Green. In 1982, he is a 3rd draft pick of the New York Mets. McDowell plays for the Mets from 1985 to part of 1989. Pitches for the Phillies from 1989 to part of 1991. Its off to the Dodgers in 1991 and pitches for them until the end of 1994. Pitches for Texas in 1995 and Orioles in 1996.

Glenn Hubbard - 1st base -Hubbard is in his 12th season coaching 1st base for Cox and the Braves. Glenn "Mother" Dee Hubbard was in September of 1957, at Hahn Air Force Base West Germany. Hubbard a major league 2nd baseman, 5-7 170 right-hander. He plays his high school baseball for the Scots of Ben Lomond, in Odgen Utah. He is a 20th round pick of the Braves in 1975. He plays for the Braves from from 1978 thru 1987. He goes free agent and plays 2 seasons for the A's, 1988 and 1989.

Brian Snitkar -3rd base coach -Snitkar is in his 2nd tour of duty coaching with the Braves. Brian Gerald Snitkar was born in October 1955 in Decatur Illinois. In 1985 in his 1st tour of duty as the Braves bullpen coach, until 1990. He returns to the Braves in 2007.

Chino Cadahia - Bench -He is in 4th season, being Cox's right-hand man on the bench. Aurelio C. Cadahia was born in November 1957 in Havana Cuba.

Eddie Perez - Bullpen -the former Brewer is in his 4th season as the Braves bullpen coach. He took over for Pat Corrales in 2007. Perez was born in May 1968, in Cuidad Ojeda Venezuela. Perez is 6-1 185 right-handed hitting former catcher. He as signed as amateur free agent by the Braves in 1986. He plays for the Braves from 1995 thru 2001. He plays for the Tribe in 2002. Plays for the Brewers in 2003. Finishes back with the Braves in 04 and 05

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C - Brian McCann - the 2010 All-Star Game MVP. Brian Michael McCann is a peach state player. McCann is 6-3 190, left-hnaded stick. McCann was born in February 1984 in Athens Georgia, the home of the University of Georgia. He plays his high school baseball for the Wildcats of Duluth high school in Duluth Georgia. In 2002, the Braves would draft him the 2nd round, after they draft outfielder Jeff Francouer in the 1st round.

1B -Troy Glaus, considering that Glaus played only 14 games for the Cardinals in 2009, 14 homeruns, 58 homeruns is more then Braves should have expected. Troy Glaus born in August 1976, in Tarzana California. Glaus is 6-5 240 right-handed stick. He plays his high school baseball for the Lancers of Carlsbad high in Carlsbad California. The same school that gave us Brady Anderson and former Brewer pitcher Scott Karl. In 1994, he is a 2nd round pick of the Padres, but does not sign. He plays for Bruins of UCLA. In 1997, he is the 1st pick and 3rd overall by the Anaheim Angels. The Tigers had the #1 pick, they took Rice Owl pitcher Matt Anderson.

2B - Martin Prado -Prado leads the NL in hits and At bats and made the All-Star team for the 1st time. Martin Manuel Prado was born October of 1983 in Maracuay Venezuela. Prado is 6-1 190 right-handed stick. He is signed as amateur free agent at the age of 18, by the Braves in 2001

SS -Alex Gonzalez - will be making his Brave debut. During the All-Star break, the Braves decided to part with the young Yuniel Escobar and get the veteran shortstop with the nickname Seabrass. Alexander Gonzalez was born in Febraury 1977, in Cagua Venezuela. He is 6-0 170 right-hander. He is signed as amateur free agent at the age of 27, by the Florida Marlins in 2004.

3B -Chipper Jones - its the final season for the future Hall of Famer ??? Larry Wayne Jones is in his 18th season with the Braves. Jones is 6-4 210 switch-hitter. Born in April 1972 in Deland Florida. He plays his high school baseball for the Bulldogs of The Bolles School in Jacksonville Florida. The school would also give us former major league catcher Rick Wilkins.

LF -Omar Infante - with the return of Heyward, I figure Infante who has been playing rightfield, will probably move to left. The 2010 surprise All-Star. Omar R. Infante was born December 1981 in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. Infante is 5-9 150 right-handed utitly player. Signed as amateur free agent by the Tigers in 1999.

CF - Melky Cabrera -played leftfield, until Nate McLouth went on the DL and move to center. Cabrera has 2 nicknames, Melk man and Leche. Cabrera was born in August 1984 in Santo Domingo Domician Republic. He is 6-0 200, switch hitter. Sign as amateur free agent by the Yankees in 2001.

RF - Jason Heyward -will it be Heyward or Strassburg to be the NL rookie of the year. Like McCann,Heyward was raise in the Peach state. Jason A. Heyward was born in August 1989 in South Ridgewood New Jersey. Heyward is 6-4 220 left-hander. He plays his high school baseball for the Warhawks of Henry County High School in McDonough High School. The Brewers would take Matt LaPorta with the 7th pick in 2007, the Braves would draft Heyward with the 14th.

The Braves enter the 4 game series with a record of 52-36. The Braves have a record of 30-10 at Turner Field. Only the Rockies with 31 wins, have more wins at home then the Braves. Even the Braves have won on the road with a record of 17-15. They have a record of 15-6 against the National League Central.

The Braves came out in the gate slowly with a record of 9-14 in the month of April. In the month of May, they caught fire with a record of 20-8. They maintain that record in the month of June 17-11. So far in the month of July they are 6-3.

Runs - Braves average 4.61 runs per game. That is 6th best in the NL. The Brewers are 5th with an average of 4.70

Homeruns -Brewers are best in the NL with 110 long balls. The Braves have 70 homeruns, which ties them with the New York Mets, for 11th in the NL

Steals - Braves have 40 stolen bases. with ranks the Braves 14th in the NL. The Brewers have 49 which ranks them at 12

Batting Average -.260 - the Braves and Brewers are hitting the same. That makes them 6th in the NL

On Base % - .343 - the Braves are best in the National League when it comes to getting on base. The Brewers are .336, which 5th in the NL

ERA - 3.60 the Braves are the 4th best in the NL

K's - 636 makes the Braves the 6th best in the NL

Whip -1.282 is the 3rd best in the NL, of course you know the Crew are dead last

The Match-ups

Thursday - Dave Bush vs Jair Jurrgens -Bush will be making his 18th start of the season, he has a record of 4-6 with an era of 4.16. Talk about a turn around in 2010, Bush in his last 5 starts and has thrown 32 2/3 and allowing just 8 runs, which is era of 2.20. Bush in 2010 is 2-2 with an era of 3.92 on the road. Earlier in the season, Bush did face the Braves at Miller Park, 6 innings and 3 runs. Career wise against the Braves, he will be making 5th start. He is 1-1 with an era of 2.33

Jair Jurrjens is making his 3rd start since April 29th and his 8th of the season. His record is 1-3 with an era of 5.40. Jair Francoise Jurrjens is 6-1 200 right-hander. Born on my birthday date, January 29th, but in 1986, in Santa Maria Curaco. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Tigers in 2003. He is traded to the Braves for shortstop Edgar Renteria in 2007. Jurrjens faced the Brewers last season at Turner field, reported earlier, 7 innings, allowing 4 runs. Its the only time Jurrjens has faced the Brewers

Friday Night - Randy Wolf vs Tommy Hanson -Wolf would be making his 20th start, which is the most in the NL. After 2 great starts in July, he had an average start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wolf on the bad side, also has allowed the most homeruns and walks in the national league. Wolf faced the Braves twice in 2009, he was 0-1 with an era of 4.85. Wolf career wise has had his struggles against the Braves. He has made 25 starts, his record is 4-12 with an era of 5.31. He is 4-7 with an era of 5.04

Thomas J. Hanson was born in August 1986 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Hanson is 6-6 210 right-hander. Hanson will be making his 19th start of the season with a record of 8-5 with an era of 4.13. He plays his high school baseball for the Wildcats of Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands California. He plays his college baseball for Riverside Community College. He would be a 22nd round pick of the Braves in 2005. Hanson faced the Brewers earlier at Miller Park, he threw 8 innings of 4 hit shut-out baseball.

Saturday night - Chris Narveson vs Tim Hudson. I seat at Miller Park and watch in person Nav's last start. 4 runs, 3 homeruns and ZERO outs in the inning. Giving the Freak Tim Lincecum a 4 run lead before touching the mound. I jump in my seat and screamed...get him out of here. I just was not talking about the game, I meant out of a Brewers uniform. His record is 7-6, but an era of 6.02., but that era of 13.50 in the 1st inning, is just down right ugly. Navreson has NEVER faced the Braves, at least we have that going on Saturday.

Tim Hudson is in his 6th season with the Braves. Hudson will be making his 19th start of the season. He has a record of 9-4 with an era of 2.30. Timothy Adam Hudson is 6-1 175 right-hander, born in Columbus Georgia. He plays his high school baseball for the Gators of Glenwood High School in Smith Station Alabama. The Oakland A's would draft Hudson in the 35th round in 1994. Hudson decides not to sign, instead pitches for the Tigers of Auburn University. In 1997, he is drafted again by the Oakland A's, this time in the 6th round. He is traded to the Braves in Decemeber of 04, for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas. On May 11th, Hudson beat the Brewers at the Keg. He threw 6 innings of 1 run baseball. Hudson will be making his 7th career start against the Brewers. he has a record of 2-2 with an era of 3.18

Sunday - Manny Parra vs Derek Lowe -The Bad Manny Parra has shown up in his last 3 starts. 15 2/3 and 13 runs, for an era of 7.46. Parra made 2 starts against the Braves in 2009, throwing 10 2/3 and allows 9 runs for an era of 7.42. At Turner field 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Those 2 starts are the only starts against the Braves.

Derek Lowe is in his 2nd season with the Braves. After having a 15-10 season in 2009. He also will be making his 20th start, his record is 9-8 with an era of 4.35. Derek Christopher Lowe was born in June of 73, in Dearborn Michigan. Lowe is 6-6 230 right-hander. He plays his high school baseball at Edsel Ford in Dearborn Michigan. He is drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th round in 1991. Lowe beat the Brewers on May 12th, he allowed 2 runs in 6 innings of work. He beat the Brewers in 2009, with the same type performance. Lowe has faced the Brewers 9 times, in which he started 7 of them. His career record is 3-1 with an era of 3.38.

The Brewers enter the series against the Braves, 9 games below .500. After this series, the Brewers could be a a dozen games below .500 or even a baker dozens. If Im not mistaken, that is going south !!!!

Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:42 am
 

BATTLE OF SUNKEN SHIPS ...BUCS VS CREW

The Crew will try to snap their 5 game losing streak and get a W in front of the fans at Miller Park. Back in the end of March, Pittsburgh Pirates broken spring training from Bradenton Florida and the Brewers broke from Chandler Arizona. When the teams broke north for the 2010 season. Pirates fans knew from the beginning, it was another season of trending water in their sinking Pirates ship.

Its been a long time since their were more Wins then loses for those Pittsburgh Pirates fans. You have to go back to 1992, under the leadership of Jim Leyland, the Pirates won 96 games and advance and lost to Atlamta Braves in the NL Championship.

The story is different for the young man that left the desert sun of Arizona. Talk of 90 wins, return to the playoffs. The team is said to be loaded with Talent. That talent team is 13-28 against any pitching staff ranked 6th of better. They enter this series against the Bucs, playing .430 baseball. That puts them on pace to win just 70 games. That puts them in the same class as the Pirates, manning a ship that is taking in water. Lets remember the 2003 and 2004 Brewers under Ned Yost won 68 and 67 games.

Whats even worst for the Brewers nation fans is that the Brewers are not capable of winning at home. The Brewers have the WORST record at home in the National League. They have 17 wins at Miller Park, 1 of those W's was against the Pirates in their first apperance. But like so mant others the Crew would drop the next 2 to the Pirates at home.

Lets look at those games

Monday April 26th - 25,982 - Zach Duke vs Yovani Gallardo. On this monday nights, the Brewers bats were able to beat-up on the 15th ranked pitching staff of the Pirates. Gallardo help his own case, with a 2 run double, that scores Casey McGehee in the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Geoff Zaun rips a 3 run double. The Brewers send Pirates pitchers Zach Duke to the showers, with 8 runs in 4 innings. The Brewers get long balls from Casey McGehee and Alicdes Escobar. They cruise to a 17-3 win.

Tuesday April 27th -28,991 -Randy Wolf vs Jeff Karstens....The Pirates get on the scoreboard 1st in the top of the 2nd. They get a sac fly by Akinori Iwamura. The Brewers tie the score with a double by Craig Counsell. In the top of 4th, Jeff Clement hits a solo shot. The Crew would tie the game again in the bottom of the 7th, a solo shot by George Kottaras. In the bottom of the 8th, Prince Fielder puts the Crew ahead. Its time for Hells Bells and Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman throws Ronny Cedeno a 0-1 pitch and the game is tied. Later Hoffman faces Ryan Doumit with the bases loaded. Its just on the fair side of the rightfield foul pole for a grand slam. Bucs win 7-3

Wednesday afternoon - April 28th -28,401....Paul Maholm vs Chris Navreson. Its Navreson has a starter. He surrenders a single to Iwamura and then 2 run homerun by Andy LaRoche. Andrew McCutchen also goes deep. The Brewers come right back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Maholm walks weeks and then surrenders 2 run homerun to Carlos Gomez. With Ryan Braun at 3rd and McGehee at the plate, Maholm uncorks a wild pitch. The Crew pull ahead in the bottom of the 4th, solo lead off homerun by Cory Hart. Its 4-3 going to the top of the 9th, Trevor Hoffmann tries for another save. Its a 2-1 pitch to pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit and he puts in basically the same place as the night before. We go to the 10th, Claudio Vargas gives up a solo shot to McCuthcen. Octavio Dotel in the bottom of the 10th, gives up a double to Braun and Braun scores on McGehee single. Its the top of the 14th, Manny Parra gives up a lead off single to Iwamura. He scores on a double by Garrett Jones. D.J. Carrasco gets the W, when he gets care of the Crew 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 14th.

Who are the Pittsburgh Pirates

John Russell manager -is in his 3rd and maybe last season as skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates. John William Russell was born in Janaury 1961, in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. Russell is 6-0 205 right-handed former catcher/outfielder. Russell plays his high school baseball at Norman High School in Norman Oklahoma, the home of the Tigers. In 1979, he is drafted in the 4th round by the Montreal Expos. Russell does not sign and stays in Norman and plays for the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma. In 1982, the Cubs take Shawon Dunston with the overall #1, 12 picks later the Phillies drafted Russell. Russell plays in the majors from 1984 thru 1993. He plays for the Phillies, Braves and the Rangers. In 2003, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon asks John Russell to be the Bucs 3rd base coach. He has that job until the end of the 2005 season. He return to the Steel city as manager in 2008.

The Coaching Staff

Don Long - Hitting coach - Long is in this 3rd season with the Pirates as their hitting coach. Long is from Bremerton Washington and at one time was the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Seattle. Long never played in the majors and only majors league experience is the 3 season as John Russell's hitting coach

Joe Kerrigan - pitching coach - Kerrigan is in his 2nd season as pitching coach for the Pirates. Joseph Thomas Kerrigan born in January 1954 in the city of brotherly of love, Philadelphia. Kerrigan is 6-5 210 right-hander, who play his high school baseball for the Crusaders of Father Judge High School. He stays in the city of Philadelphia for college baseball, when he plays for the Temple Owls. In 1974, Janaury draft he is a 1st round pick of the Expos. He pitches in the majors from 1976 thru 1980, he plays for the Expos and Orioles. In 1983, Expos manager Bill Virdon calls on Kerrigan to be the bullpen coach. He does that with the Expos until the end of 1986 season. In 1992, Tom Runnells and later Felipe Alou asked him to be a pitching coach for the Expos. He holds that position until 1997, when Red Sox manager Jimy Williams asked him to be the pitching coach. In 2001, Williams is fired and Kerrigan manages the Red Sox for the last 43 games. In 2003, Phillies manager Larry Bowa calls on Kerrigan services to be the Phillies pitching coach. He hold that job untilt he end of 2004 season. In 2006, Joe Torre is next to ask for Kerrigan, he does the Yankees for 2006 and 2007.

Carlos Garcia -1st baseman -the former Pittsburgh is coaching 1st for the 1st time. He replaces Perry Hill at 1st base. Garcia was born in October of 67 in Tachira Venezuela. He is signed as amateur by the Pirates in 1987. Garcia was 6-1 185 right-handed hitting infielder. Garcia played in the Big leagues from 1990 thru 1999. He played the the Pirates, Blue Jays, Angels and Padres.

Tony Beasley - 3rd base Coach -Beasley is coaching 3rd for his 3rd season. Anthony Wayne Beasley was born in Fredericksburg Virginia. He coaches for the 1st time at 3rd base, for Washington Nationals in 2006, for manager Frank Robinson.

Gary Varsho -Bench Coach - The Marshfield Wisconsin native, 3rd season being the bench coach for the Pirates. Varasho born in June 61, he is 5-11 175 left-handed outfielder. He plays his high school baseball at Marshfield. He plays his college baseball for the Titans of the University of Oshkosh. In 1982, he is a 5th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs. He plays in the majors from 1988 thru 1995. He plays in the majors with the Cubs, Pirates, Red and Phillies. In 2002, Phillies manager Larry Bowa asked him to be the bench coach. 2005, Larry Bowa is fired and replaced by Charlie Manuel. Varasho is Manuel bench coach for 05 and 06.

Luis Dorante - Bullpen -Dorante is in his 3rd season as Bullpen coach for the Pirates. He was born in October 68 from Falcon Venezula. In 2005, Florida Marlins Jack McKeon calls on Dorante to be the Marlins bullpen coach

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C - Ryan Doumit -Ryan Matthew Doumit is 6-1 210 switch hitter. Born April 1981, in Mose Lake Washington. He plays for the Chiefs of Moses Lake High School. He would be drafted by the Pirates in the 2nd round of 1999 June draft.

1B - Garrett Jones - Jones was finally given a chance by the Pirates. After spending 3 years in the Braves farm system and 7 years in the Twins. Yes the Twins, gave him a cup of coffee of 31 games in 2007. Garrett Thomas Jones is 6-4 205, left-handed hitter. Jones was born in June of 1981 in Harvey Illinois. He plays his high school baseball for the Thunderbolts, of Andrew High School in Tinley Park Illinois. The Braves would draft him in the 14th round of 1999 draft.

2b Neil Walker - the homegrown Pirate, born and raise in the Pittsburgh area. Neil Martin Walker is 6-3 230 switch hitter. He played his high school baseball Pine-Richard in Gibsonia Pa, the home of the Rams. In 2004, the Pirates with the 1st round and 11th pick overall pick, draft the high school catcher. The Pirates remove him from behind the plate and first play him at 3rd, but in move to 2nd.

SS Ronny Cedeno - another player the Pirates are giving him a chance to play. Ronny Alexander Cedeno was born in February 1983 in Carabodo Venezuela. Cedeno is 6-0 170 right-handed batter. He would be signed as 16 year old kid by the Chicago Cubs in 1999.

3B Pedro Alvarez - the Pirates are working and looking to the future at the Hot corner. Pedro Manuel Alvarez is 6-3 225 left-hander. He is born in New York City. He plays his high school baseball at Horace Mann in the Bronx. He is a 14th round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2005. In 2008 he is the 2nd overall pick of the draft by the Pirates

LF - Jose Tabata - comes to the Pirates in the trade that sent Xavier Nady to the New York Yankees. Jose Nicolas Tabata is 5-11 210 from Anzoategui Venezuela. Sign as amateur free agent by the Yankees at the age of 16 in 2004.

CF -Andrew McCutchen -another 1st rounder. McCutchen was born in October 86 in Fort Meade Florida. McCutchen is 5-11 175 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball at Fort Meade. The Pirates with the 11th overall pick in 2005

RF -Lasting Milledge - the sand in the sand bottle is running out on this top prosepect. Its been 7 years since he was drafted with the 12th overall pick in 2003. Lasting Darnell Milledge is 5-11 200 right-handed hitter. Born and raised in Bradenton Florida. Played his high school ball for the Mustangs of Lakewood Ranch. Milledge is fighting or platooning with Ryan Church. Ryan Matthew Church is 6-2 215 left-handed hitter in Santa Barbara California. He plays for the Braves of Lompac High School. He plays his college at Nevada Reno. He is a 14th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2000

What do the Pirates bring to the table -they enter tonights contest on the night the Brewers honor their former rightfield, that wore #5 Geoff Jenkins. In my opinion, Jenkins is worthy of the honor. He was the nucleus of the Brewers in his playing days. The Pirates are 30-54, in which they are 19-20 at that awesome ballpark in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately when away from the ballpark on the 3 rivers, the Pirates are 11-34

The Pirates were the following in the months
April 10-13
May 11-18
June 6-20
July 3-3

I will love to give this stat, the Pirates have 30 wins, 9 of them are over the evil empire of the Chicago Cubs !!!!!. They are 9-3 over the Cubs !!!!

Runs - 3.24 the Pirates are the worst team in the National League to find ways to cross homeplate

Homeruns - 53 - the same for the long ball, dead last in the National League

Steals -53 - 6th best in the National League

Batting Average - .237 which is also dead last in the National League.

On base % - .303 is not dead last, its 2nd to last to the Houston Astros.

ERA - 5.13 - which is ranked 15th in the NL, only the D-Backs are worst

K's - 506 - 15th ranked in the NL,,,,The Nats are in last with 505

Whip 1.518 - the Pirates have the 3rd worst in the NL....ONLY the Brewers and D-Backs are worst

Friday night match -up.....Paul Maholm and Doug Davis....Paul Gurner Maholm is 6-2 220 left-hander. Born in June 1982, in Greenwood Mississippi. He plays at Germantown High School in Germantown Tennessee. He plays his college ball for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. He is a 1st round and 8th overalll pick of the Pirates. He will be making his 18th start in 2010. He is 5-7 with an era of 4.50. After pitching 8 innings of 1 run baseball at Wrigley field, Maholm pitched against the Phillies at home and suffer his worst start of the season. 7 runs in 3 innings. He actually has pitched better away from PNC in 2010, he is 2-2 with an era of 3.40. Compare to era of 5.80 at PNC. In 16 career starts against the Crew he is 3-6 with an era of 4.66. In 9 starts at Miller Park, he is 2-3 with an era of 4.26

Doug Davis returns to the mound for the 1st time since, he faced the Atlanta Braves on May 10th at Miller Park. So far in 2010, in 3 starts at Miller Park, he is 0-2 with an era of 5.06. In 22 career starts against the Pirates, he is 8-6 with an era of 4.82

Saturday night - Jeff Karstens and Dave Bush

Sunday afternoon - Brad Lincoln and Randy Wolf

The rest of the match-ups will be done friday night, while watching the Bucs and Brewers

Its a series of ships that are taking water in 2010. The questions which one will take more water after this 3 game series, before the All-Star break.

Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: July 6, 2010 11:17 am
 

CREW NEED TO TAKE A GIANT STEP

The Brewers return to the Keg for a 4 game series against a team that is rich in baseball tradition, San Francisco Giants. Some Brewer fans might be happy with a 2 game split with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch. But playing .500 baseball only keeps the team a float, they will need on this home stand to take a Gaint Step to play better then .500. Currently playing at .451 clip, they are playing they would finish with a record of 73-88. That is NO record to hang your hat, if you are Doug Melvin and Ken Macha. The Brewers must step forward against the likes of the Giants and Pirates in this homestand, before the All-Star break

The 1st place Reds are playing .566 baseball. They are on pace to win 91 games in 2010. Those 1st place Reds have played 83 games so far this season. Meaning they have 79 games left in 2010. Lets say they go 39-40 the rest of the way out, less then .500 baseball. That would give them 86 wins and 76 loses for 2010. For the Brewers to catch them, they would have to go 49-31, which is 612.5 baseball, meaning splitting series, will not get the job done. They must take a Gaint Step.

The first step will be the 4 game series against the boys from the city by the bay. The Brewers are 44-50 overall against the Giants. They are 26-26 in Milwaukee and 19-18 at Miller Park. The first time the Giants and Brewers would go at it, would be April 17th 1998 at County Stadium. The Gaints manager Dusty Baker would send Shawn Estes to the bump. Brewers manager Phil Garner would send Jose Mercedes. Darryl Hamliton the former Brewers leads off with a single and later scores on a double play by Barry Bonds. The Brewers with 2 outs, get a walk by John Jaha and single to right by Jeromy Burnitz. Marques Grissom then rips a double. 14,545 would watch Jose Mercedes throw 6 innings of 4 hit, 2 run baseball. They see Doug Jones get his 5th save, in the Crews 5-2 win. Shawn Estes is nailed for 5 runs in 6 innings.

In 2009, the Giants and the Brewers played 6 games at Miller Park. They would split those games 3-3. Lets take a look

Friday June 26th -37,345....Yovani Gallardo vs Matt Cain...The Panda strikes 1st in the top of the 1st . But the Crew strike back in the bottom of the 1st. Craig Counsell leads off with a triple to left. He scores on a double by Ryan Braun to right. Braun scores on a double by Casey McGehee. Thats all the offense G-Man needs, he throws 7 2/3 innings, only run is the homerun by Pablo Sandoval. The Brewers tag Cain for 5 runs in 7 innings.

Saturday June 27th -42,065 Barry Zito vs Seth McClung...The Giants score 2 runs in the top of the 2nd, rbis by Travis Ishikawa and Juan Uribe. In the top of the 3rd, Pablo Sandoval goes deep again. In the top of the 5th. Pablo Sandoval strikes again in the 5th, this time off Chris Smith. The Giants have a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, with 2 man on Prince Fielder takes Barry Zito deep. Bruce Bochy calls on Brandon Medders, he gives up a long ball to Casey McGehee. The game is tied 4-4 going into the top of tne 9th. Trevor Hoffman is on the hill, the Giants get sac-flys from Bengie Molina and Edgar Rentaria. The Giants call on the hard throwing Brian Wilson to get the save. The Brewers are able to rally, rbi single by Corey Hart and JJ Hardy. Then Prince Fielder double wins the game 7-6.

Sunday June 28th - an afternoon affair 43391...Ryan Sadowski vs Jeff Suppan. Its the day of the Leagues tailgate party. Sadowski is called up from Triple AAA Fresno, to make his major league debut. The Giants score 3 runs in the top of the 2nd. An rbi double by Edgar Rentaria. Later an rbi walk by Randy Winn. A rbi single by Fred Lewis. Thats all the runs Sadowski needs, he throws 6 innings of 4 hit shutout baseball. Bob Howry throws 2 innings and Jonathan Sanchez the last. The Giants roll to a 7-0 win

Friday September 4th -37511....Barry Zito vs Jeff Suppan....The Crew score 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Brewers get a double steal by Jason Bouregios and Ryan Braun. Bouregios scores on Prince Fielder ground ball. Braun scores on Mike Camerons single. Jeff Suppan actually pitches well, its still 2-0 in the top of the 6th. The Giants are able to tied on an error by Mike Cameron. Todd Coffey is in his 2nd inning of relief in the top of the 8th, when Bengie Molina leads off with a homerun. Its give Brandon Medders the W and Wilson the save. The Brewers only give up 4 hits.

Saturday afternoon - September 5th -30,254 - Matt Cain vs Yovani Gallardo...In the top of the 4th, Juan Uribe hits a homerun. Nate Schierholtz singles and scores on Aaron Rowand double. In the bottom of the 4th, single by Braun and then scores on a double by Fielder. In the top of the 5th, Eugenio Velez leads off with a triple and scores on Randy Winn double. Cain goes 7 and allows 4 runs and 2 runs. Because in the bottom of the 8th, Jason Kendall starts the inning with a double. Kendall scores on a single by Felipe Lopez. Brian Wilson gets the save.

Sunday -September 6th -36,590...Jonathan Sanchez vs Brendan Looper. Velez starts the game with a double and scores on Sandoval single. In the bottom of the 6th, the Brewers are able to tie the game. Felipe Lopez walks and scores on a single by Casey McGehee. The scoreboard is silent until the bottom of the 12th. With Merkin Valdez on the mound, he surrenders a homerun by Prince Fielder. It gives Mitch Stetter the win. The homerun is the famous Fielder jumps on the plate and everyone falls around him.

Lets meet the San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy - manager -Bochy is the manager for the Giants for the 4th season. Bruce Douglas Bochy was born in April 1955, in Landes de Bussac France. Bochy is 6-3 205 right-handed hitting catcher. He plays his high school baseball for the Bulldogs of Melbourne High School in Melbourne Florida. He then plays his college baseball at Florida State. He is a 8th round pick by the Chicago White Sox in Janaury draft of 1975. He does not sign. He is drafted in 1st round by the Houston Astros in the June secondary draft in 1975. He plays 9 seasons in the majors, from 1978 thru 1987, he is not in the majors in 1981. He plays for the Astros, Mets and Padres. In 1993, Bochy coaches for the 1st time, he is asked to be the 3rd base coach for the Padres by manager Jim Riggleman. He returns in 1994 for Riggleman again. In 1995, he is named to be the replacement for Jim Riggleman as manager of the Padres. He manages the Padres from 1995 thru 2006. He leads the Padres to 4 divisional series and 1 Championship series. He gets the Padres to the World Series in 1998 and they lose to the Yankees 4 games to none.

Coaching Staff

Hensley Meulens - Hitting Coach -Meulens is the hitting Coach and Coaching for the 1st time in 2010. He replaced the Giants hitting coach in 2009, Carney Lansford. Meulens was born June 67, in Willemstad Curacao. The player who had a nickname of Bam/Bam. He is signed as amateur by the Yankees in 1985. He plays in the majors form 1989 thru 1993, 97 and 98. He plays in the big leagues with the Yankees, Expos and Diamondbacks.

Dave Righetti - Pitching Coach -Righetti is in his 10th season, coaching the pitchers in San Francisco. David Allan Righetti was born in November of 1958, San Jose California. He is 6-4 195 left-hander. He played for the Mustangs of Pioneer High School in San Diego. He plays his college baseball at San Jose City College. He is a 1st round draft pick in the January draft in 1977 by the Texas Rangers. He plays 16 seasons in the majors from 1979 thru 1997. Righetti played for the Yankees, Giants, A's, Blue Jays and White Sox. Its Dusty Baker in 2000, that gives Righetti is 1st pitching coach job

Roberto Kelly - 1st base -Kelly is in his 2nd season coaching 1st base for the Giants. Roberto Conrado Kelly is 6-2 198 right-handed former outfielder. Born in Panama City Panama. He is signed has an amateur free agent by the Yankees in 1982. He plays in the majors from 1987 thru 2000. Making stops with the Yankees, Reds, Braves, Expos, Dodgers, Twins, Mariners and Rangers.

Tim Flannery - 3rd base...he is in his 2nd tour of duty with Bochy, rejoin him with the Giants in 2007. Before that was a member of Bochy's staff with the Padres from 1996 thru 2002. Timothy Earl Flannery is 5-11 175, former infielder. Born in September of 1957, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He plays his high school baseball for the Colonists of Anaheim High School. He plays his college baseball for Divisional III power-house Chapman Univeristy in Orange California. He is a 6th round pick of the Padres in 1978. He plays 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Padres. From 1979 to 1989.

Ron Wotus - Bench Coach -Wotus is in his 13th season coaching with the Giants. In 1998, Giants manager Dusty Baker asked him to coach 3rd base. In 1999, Baker move him to bench coach and he has been there since. Ronald Allen Wotus was born March 1961 in Hartford Connecticut. Wotus a former major league 2B/SS is 6-1 164 right-hander. Wotus play his high school baseball for the Bobcats of Bacon Academy in Colchester Connecticut. He would be a 16th round draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. He play a total of 2 season, both with the Pirates in 1983 and 1984.

Mark Gardner - Bullpen Coach -Gardner has been with the Giants since 2003, when he was asked by new manager Felipe Alou to be the bullpen coach. Mark Allan Gardner was born in March 1962 in Los Angeles California. He plays his high school baseball for the Cougars of Clovis High School in Clovis California. He is drafted in the 6th round of the January draft by the Angels in 1983. He plays for Fresno City College. In 1984, he is drafted in the 17th round by the Indians i n 1984, He did not sign, instead goes to Fresno State. In 1985, he is drafted for a 3rd time, 8th round by Expos. Gardner pitches in the major leagues for 13 season. He makes stop at Montreal, Florida, Kansas City and San Francisco

The Giants normal starting 8

C- Buster Posey - with the trade of Molina to Texas, the Florida State rookie will be behind the dish the rest of the season. Gerald Demp Posey was born in March of 1987 in Leesburg Georgia. He played his high school baseball for the Trojans of Lee County High School. He played his college baseball for the Semiholes of Florida State. The Giants came calling in the 5th round of the 2008 draft. He would recieve a 3.5 million signing bonus.

1B -Travis Ishikawa -one person who was glad to see Molina traded, is probably Travis. With DeRosa on the DL, Huff will stay in the outfield. Posey behind the dish, making Travis the starting 1st baseman. Travis Takashi Ishikawa was born September 1983, in Seattle Washington. Tarvis is 6-3 190 left-handed stick. He played his high school baseball for the Eagles of Ferderal Way High School, in Federal Way Washington. He would be the 22nd round pick of the Giants in 2002

2B - Freddy Sanchez -On July 29th 2009, GM Sabean does it again, he sends a minor leaguer Tim Alderson, for batting champion in 2006 Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez is probably extremely happy to get out of the losing world of Pittsburgh. Frederick Phillip Sanchez was born in December 1977, in Hollywood California. He plays his high school baseball for the Bulldogs of Burbank High School in Burbank California. He then plays his college baseball for the Stars of Oklahoma City University. He is 11th round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2000.

SS -Edgar Renteria -became a Giant, when signed as a free agent in December 2008. In 2010, he has had a rough time, staying healthy. So you could see the veteran infielder Juan Uribe here. Edgar Enrique Renteria was born in August 1976, in Barranquilla Columbia. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Marlins at the age of 16 in 1992. Renteria is 6-1 200 right-hander. Before he plays for the Giants, he has made stops in Florida, St. Louis, Boston, Atlanta and Detroit.

3B - Pablo Sandoval - the player that has 2 nicknames, Kung Fu Panda and Round Mound of Pound. Sandoval is 5-11 245 switch hitter, born August of 1986, in Carabobo Venezuela. He is signed as amateur free agent at the age of 17 in 2003.

LF -Aubrey Huff - On January 10th 2010, Giants GM Brian Sabean signs Huff to a 1 year, 3 million dollar contract. Huff has been so far in 2010, money well spent. Aubrey Lewis Huff was born in December of 1976, in Marion Ohio. Huff is 6-4 230 left-handed stick. He plays his high school baseball for Brewer High School in Fort Worth Texas.He starts his college baseball at Vernon College in Wichita Falls Texas. He only hit 2 homeruns in high school, but the 1st season for the Chaparral he hits 17 bombs. He transfers from Vernon College to the University of Miami. Huff would be drafted by the Devil Rays in the 5th round in 1998


CF - Aaron Rowand -The former White Sox and Phillie, is in his 3rd season with the Giants. Aaron Ryan Rowand is 6-0 220 right, born in Portland Oregon. He plays his High school baseball at the home of the Tartans, Glendora High School in Glendora California. In 1995, he is a 40th round pick of the New York Mets, but does not sign. Instead he play his college baseball at Cal-Fullerton. After his junior year with the Titans, he is a 1st round and 35th overall by the Chicago White Sox

RF - Andres Torres - After not getting a chance with the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, the 32 year old Torres is getting that chance to be an everyday player. Andres Vungo Torres is 5-10 175 switch hitter. He was born in January of 1978, in Aguadilla Puerto Rico. He goes to Dr. Gonzalez High School. He is drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 23rd round in 1997, but did not sign. Plays college baseball at Miam-Dade College. In 1998, he is a 4 round pick of the Detroit Tigers.

Where are the Giants numbers. In 2009, the Giants finish 3rd in the NL West with a record of 88-74. They would be 52-29 at ATT Park, compare to 36-45 away for ATT Park. In 2010, the Giants are almost on the same pace, they are 25-17 at ATT Park and 16-23 on the road. They were 13-9 in April, 14-14 in May and 13-14 in June.

Runs ....4.17 per game, ranks the Giants 11th in the NL

Homeruns - 71 -thats puts the Giants at 9th in the NL

Steals - 32 - that ranks them dead last with the Chicago Cubs

Batting Average -.259 -that ties them to be ranked 7th...Atlanta, Philadelphia and St. Louis

OB % -.323 -ranked 12th in the NL

ERA - 3.54 - which is 3rd best in the NL -Only the Padres and Cardinals are better

K's - 646 - 2nd best in the NL, only the Padres with 650 are better

Whip 1.32 - is the 7th best in the NL

Monday afternoon -Jonathan Sanchez vs David Bush .....Sanchez comes into this contest with a record of 6-6 an era of 3.26 in his 16 starts. Jonathan O. Sanchez is 6-2 190 left-hander. Born in Novmber of 1982 in Mayaquez Puerto Rico. He plays his high school baseball at Escuela Superior Blanca Maloret in Sabana Grande Puerto Rico. He comes to the states to play his college baseball. He goes to the city of Columbus Ohio and plays for Ohio Domician University, the home of the Panthers. He is a 27th round pick of the Giants in 2004. He will make his 83 career start on Monday. His record is 27-36 an era of 4.50. He is just 13-22 with an era of 4.74 on the road. Its the 1st time in 2010, that Sanchez will be facing the Crew. In 2009, Sanchez appeared 2 times against the Brewers, in which he started 1. He had no record, but an era of 1,29. Throwing 7 innings of 3 hit 1 run baseball. Lifetime, thouigh, in 8 appears and 4 starts, he is 0-1 with an era of 8.31 against the Brewers. That lost would come at Miller Park, where his era is 9.39

David Bush avoided the getting knock out of the rotation, probably because he throws from the right-side. Back to back outing throwing 6 innings of 2 runs baseball, but he did walk 5 in his last outing. In his 8 start at Miller Park is 1-4 with an era of 4.87. He is aso 0-2 with an era of 5.06 in day games. Bush only pitched 1 inning of relief against the Giants in 2009. He got tagged for 2 runs. In 6 appearances, with 4 starts against the Giants, he is 1-2 with an era of 4.75 in 30 1/3 innings of work.

Tuesday Night -Madison Bumgarner vs Randy Wolf....Madison Bumgarner will be making his 3rd professional start on tuesday night. He is 0-2 with an era of 4.50 so far in his first 2. Madison K. Bumgarner was born August of 1989, in Hudson North Carolina. Bumgarner is 6-4 215 southpaw. He played his high school baseball at South Caldwell in Hudson North Carolina, the home of the Spartans. He is a 1st round, 10th overall pick in 2007 by the Giants.

Randy Wolf ...Wolf is coming off a W against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. His 1st win in the city of St. Louis. In his first 8 starts at Miller Park in 2010, his record is 2-3 with an era of 5.25. Wolf faced the Giants 3 times in 2009, he would be 2-0 with an era of 1.35. Wolf has faced the Giants 16 times in his career, he is 8-4 with an era 3.23

Wednesday Night - Tim Lincecum vs Chris Narveson...The Freak and 2 time Cy Young award winner has struggled in his last 2 starts. 8 runs in his last 9 innings. Timothy LeRoy Lincecum was born June of 1984, in Bellevue Washington. Lincecum is 5-11 170 lefty, who played his high school baseball at Liberty High School in Renton Washington. After playing for the Patriots, he is drafted in the 48th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2003. He plays his college baseball at the University of Washington. He is drafted again in 2005, by the Cleveland Indians in the 42th round. In 2006, he is 1st round and 10th overall pick by the Giants. The Brewers would only face Lincecum at ATT Park in 2009, he only last 3 innings, allowing 3 runs. In 5 career starts, he is 1-2 with an era of 5.67. In 2 starts at Miller Park, he is 1-1 with an era of 4.50

The biggest question are Narveson and Parra pitching for a job against the Giants ??? The normal Narveson show up at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals, giving up runs in the 1st inning again, getting himself behind the 8-ball early. The good news is that Chris Narveson does pitch, better at the Keg. His era at Miller Park is 4.58 and 5.93 on the road. Narveson will be making his 1st start against the Giants, heck he is only pitched a total of 1 1/3 innings against the Giants in his career

Thursday Afternoon ---Barry Zito vs Manny Parra ....Its Barry Zito 4th season with the San Francisco Giants, for the 1st time, he has a winning record. Heck just back in 2008, he lead the National League in loses with 17. Of course you remember that in 2002, while playing for the other team in the Bay Area, he went 23-5 and was the American League Cy Young award winner. So far in 2010, in 17 starts, he has a record of 7-4 with an era of 3.75. Zito has not see a W, since June 12th against his former team, the Oakland A's. Thats 5 starts ago. In his last start at Coors field he was tagged for 6 runs in 5 innings. Barry Wiliam Zito was born in May 1978, Las Vegas Nevada. Zito is 6-4 215, left-hander. He plays his high school baseball at the University of San Diego High School, the home of the Centurions. In 1996, he is drafted in the 59th round by the Seattle Mariners. His freshman year in College, he plays at Cal Santa Barbara. He transfers to a junior college in his sophomore year, Pierce College in Los Angeles. In his junior year, he transfers to USC. In 1998, he is drafted in the 3rd round by the Texas Rangers. In 1999, he is a 1st round and 9th overall pick by the Oakland A's. Zito started twice at Miller Park in 2009, having no record, an era of 4.66. He threw 9 2/3 innings, allow 6 hits, 5 runs and K's 8. Career wise in 6 starts, he is 1-3 with an era of 6.19. In 5 starts at Miller Park, he is 0-3 with an era of 7.88

Manny Parra, just like Narveson could be on his last legs. Its the old saying...what have you done for me lately....His last 2 starts, 10 2/3 innings and 9 earned runs. Parra in 2009, was awful against the Giants, 1 start, 4 1/3 and 5 runs for an era of 10.38.  Parra has faced the Giants 6 times, in which he starts 3 of them. His career record is 2-1 with an era of 4.37

The Brewers are 11-23 against pitching staff that are ranked 6th or better. I have pointed out that the G-Man are 3rd best in the NL. It will be a great test for the Crew. If they really want to get to the next...they will have to make that GIANT STEP

Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:20 pm
 

CREW MUST PUT-UP OR SHUT AGAINST THE CARDS

Its down I-55 to the show-em-state and a 4 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Normally Brewer fans should be happy with the Brewers current 6-3 homestand. But in reality, they should have done a little better. The hardest block would have been the Minnesota Twins, but the Crew were able to break out the broom against our neighbors to the west. They did ok 2-1 against the hapless Seattle Marniers, but a 1-2 mark against the Houston Astros was not acceptable.

Its off to the St. Louis for the 2nd time in 2010. The Brewers have their backs into corner and this series they MUST PUTUP, that are a team to deal with the National Central or basically SHUT UP. This series could define in my opinion, the course of directions the Brewers take the rest of the season. I do not give a darn, if its only July 1st, when you are currently on pace to win 73 games (which is unacceptable), other thinks have to be considered.

The Brewers in their visit in June would lose 2 out of 3 games to the Redbirds. Its not like last season, in which the Brewers won 7 of 9 games at the ballpark, that is just blocks away from the Bowling Hall of Fame. Lets take a look at those 3 games

Friday night - June 4th -43,261 Randy Wolf vs Adam Wainwright....The Cards score the only 2 runs they would need on this friday. RBI fielders choice by former Milwaukee Brewer Felipe Lopez and sac fly by Albert Pujols in the bottom of the 3rd. Adam Wainwright would go the distance and limited the Brewers to 2 hits and would strikeout 8. The Cardinals get a 2 run homerun by Colby Ramus off Wolf in the 6th. Wolf gets nailed for 5 runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Cardinals win 8-0

Saturday after June 5th - 44,180 Chris Narveson vs Adam Ottavino -Ottavino is pitching in his 2nd career game, the Cardinals 1st round pick in 2006. Rickie Weeks goes deep off Ottavino to start the game. But Chris Narveson the former Cardinal, does what he normally does in the 1st inning, spot the Cardinals 4 runs. He surrenders 2 run bomb to Albert Pujols and 2 run double to Colby Rasmus. In the top of the 6th, the Brewers are able to rally, thanks to rbi by Casey McGehee, Corey Hart and George Kottaras. The game is tied after 9 innings and we go extra. Ryan Franklin throws the 10th and strikeouts the side. Mitchell Boggs pitches the 11th for the Cardinals. Jonathan Axford goes to the bottom of the 11th, for his 2nd inning of work, he gets Matt Holliday to ground out. Then singles by Yadier Molina and Aaron Miles. One more by Colby Rasmus, is the game winner 5-4.

Sunday night (ESPN) - June 6th -Manny Parra vs Jaime Garcia...The Brewers score 2 runs in the top of the 1st. The first is unearned, when a run scores on a ground ball hit by Ryan Braun, which is booted by Felipe Lopez. Then a sac fly by Casey McGehee. Rickie Weeks goes deep in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Colby Ramus takes Manny Parra deep. Albert Pujols then takes Parra deep to start the 6th. Parra day is done, throwing 5 innings, with 10 K's. The RedBirds tie in the bottom of the 8th, Ryan Ludwick gets a lead off double off Kameron Loe. Ludwick scores on a sac-fly hit by Randy Winn, off Carlos Villanueva. In the top of the 10th, with Jason Motte on the hill, the Crew get a sac-fly from Corey Hart. Zach Braddock would be the winning pitcher and Jonathan Axford gets his 4th save of the season.

Tony LaRussa is in his 15th season managing the St. Louis Cardinals. He became the manager of the Cardinals in 1996, when he replaced the fired Joe Torre from the season before. Anthony LaRussa was born in Tampa Florida. He played his high school ball for the Dragons of Jefferson High School in Tampa. LaRussa was sign as amateur free agent at the age of 18, by the Kansas City A;s in 1962. LaRussa played for the A;s in 1963 and does not come back to the majors until 1968 with the Oakland A;s. Play for the A;s from 1969 thru 1971. Later in 1971, he plays for the Atlanta Braves He returns to the majors in 1973 with the Chicago Cubs. Plays in the minors until 1977. On August 3rd 1979, LaRussa is asked to replaced Don Kessinger as the manager of the Chicago White Sox. He manages the White Sox until June 19th 1986, when he fired and replaced by Jim Fregosi. He never gets the White Sox to the post-season. He is not out of work long, on July 7th 1986, the Oakland A's hire him to replace, former Milwaukee Brewer coach and A's manager Jackie Moore. LaRussa managed the A's until the end of the 1995 season. He wins the divisional titles from 1988 to 1991. They are World Series Champions in 1989, when they sweep the Giants in the bay series and earthquake series. In the 14 years with the Cardinals, he has won the divisional titles 8 times. Only Connie Mack and John McGraw have more wins then LaRussa in the Big Leagues.

The Coaching Staff

Mark McGwire -Hitting coach -Its Big Mac first season of coaching. Mark David McGwire was born in Pomona California. Play his high school ball for the Spartans of Damien High School in La Verne California. He is drafted in the 8th round by the Montreal Expos, but does not sign. He plays at USC, after his junior year he is drafted in 1st round and 10th overall by the A's in 1984. McGwire played in the majors from 1986 thru 2001. He has 583 career homeruns.

Dave Duncan - pitching coach - you have LaRussa, you have Dave Duncan in the same dugout. David Edwin Duncan was born in Dallas Texas. He plays his high school baseball for the Colts of Crawford High School in San Diego. He is signed as amateur free agent just like LaRussa, the Kansas City A's in 1963. The catcher plays for the KC A's in 1964 and 1967. For the Oakland A's from 1968 thru 1972. He is traded to the Cleveland Indians and plays for the Tribe 73 and 74. Next stop was for the Orioles in 75-76. He gets his first coaching in the Big Leagues, when he is a member of Jeff Torberg staff in 1979 with the Indians. He is with the Tribe until the end of the 1981 season. In 1982, Mariners manager Rene Lachemann names him the pitching coach. In 1983, he reunits with LaRussa in Chicago and the rest is history

Dave McKay - 1st base coach -McKay has been with LaRussa since 1984 in Oakland. David Lawrence McKay born in Vancouver British Columbia. He plays his college baseball for the Blue Jays of Creighton University in Omaha. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Twins in 1971. McKay plays in the big leagues from 1975 thru 1982. The infielder plays for the Twins, Blue Jays and A's.

Jose Oquendo -3rd base coach -the player that had the nickname - Secret Weapon. He join LaRussa staff in 1999, as their bench coach. In 2000 he is asked to coach 3rd and still does that today. Jose Manuel Oquendo was born in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico. He is signed as 16 year old amateur by the Mets in 1979. He plays in the majors from 1983 thru 1995. First 2 seasons were with the Mets and the rest with the Cardinals

Joe Pettini - bench -Pettini joined LaRussa staff in 2002 as the Cardinals bench coach, his 1st time coaching in the Big Leagues. Joseph Paul Pettini was born in Wheeling West Virginia. He plays his high school baseball at Brooke High School in Wellsburg West Virginia. He played his college baseball at Mercer College in Macon Georgia. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Montreal Expos in 1977. The infielder played for the San Francisco Giants from 1980 to 1983.

Marty Mason -Bullpen - Marty has no major league experience as a player. He was born in Central City Kentucky. He joined LaRussa staff in 2000.

The RedBirds starting 8

Yadier Molina - C -Yadier Benjamin Molina is 5-11 230 right-hander from Bayamon Puerto Rico. He plays his High school baseball at Vega Alta Puerto Rico. He is a 4th round pick of the Cardinals in 2000

Albert Pujols - 1B - Pujols was born in January of 1980, in Santo Domingo Dominician Republic. He is 6-3 230 right-hander. He plays his high school baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence Missouri. He plays his college baseball for the Monarchs of Maplewoods Community College in Kansas City. He is drafted by the Cardinals in 13th round in 1999

Skip Schumaker -2B -Jared Michael Schumaker was born February 1980 in Torrance Californa. Skip is 5-10 195 left-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball for the Wolverines of Aliso Niguel. He plays his college baseball at Cal Santa Barbara. He is a 5th round pick of the Cardinals in 2001

Brendan Ryan -SS - Brendan Wood Ryan was born March 1982, in Los Angeles California. Ryan is 6-2 195 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball for the Knights of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks California. He makes his way to Lewiston Idaho to play his college baseball, at Lewis-Clark State College. The Cardinals would draft the former Warrior in the 7th round in 2003.

Felipe Lopez - 3B (David Fresse is on the DL) -the former Milwaukee Brewer will be manning the hot corner. Felipe Lopez was born March 1980in Bayamon Puerto Rico. Lopez is 6-1 175 switch hitter. Lopez plays at the same High school as Milwaukee Brewers Rickie Weeks. That would be the home of the Patriots,Lake Brantley in Altamonte Springs Florida. He is a 1st round and 8th overall pick by the Tornoto Blue Jays in 1998.

Matt Holliday - LF -On July 24th 2009, the Cardinals were able to obtain Holliday from one of the have not team, Oakland A's...for the famous future prospects !!!!....Brett Wallace already gone to the Jays. Outfielder Shane Peterson batting .230 at double AA Midland and pitcher Clayton Mortenson 10-2 with an era of 3.58 at Triple Sacramento. Nothing helping the A's, while Holliday helped the Cardinals win the central. The player that is called Big Daddy is 6-4 235 right-hander from Stillwater Oklahoma. He played his high school baseball for the Pioneers of Stillwater High School. In 1998, he is a 7th round pick of the Colorado Rockies. He is signed by the Rebirds for 120 millions and 7 years.

Colby Rasmus -centerfield was born in August of 1986, in Columbia Georgia. Rasmus is 6-1 175 left-handed hitter. He plays his high school at Russell County High School in Seale Alabama. Colby Ryan Rasmus would be a 1st round and 28th overall by the Cardinals in 2005.

Nick Stavinoha -will be playing for the hurting Ryan Ludwick. Nicholas Lee Stavinoha was born May of 1982 in Houston Texas. Nick is 6-2 225 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball as a catcher, with the Falcons of Jersey Village in Houston. He started his college career playing no baseball by Linebacker at the University of Houston. He transfers to San Jacinto College (a junior college) to start to play college baseball. He later transfers to LSU. He is a 7th round pick of the Cardinals in 2005

What the Cardinals bring to the table. (due to the flu I was not able to get this done before the Thursday night game) Going into friday night the Cardinals are 43-36 in 2010. They are 25-14 at home and 18-22 on the road. In the month of April they were 15-8
May 15-14 and June 13-13.

Runs -4.34 runs per game are scored by the Cardinals which is 10th in the NL

Homeruns - 78 - that puts the Redbirds 6th in the NL

Steals 50 -tied for 5th with the Pirates and Dodgers

K's - 547 -6th least in the NL

batting Average - .259 -tied for 8th with the Phillies and Braves

OB % -.333 - 5th in the NL....the Crew are 4th with .335

ERA - 3.25 - 2nd best in the NL for the Redbirds - the Crew are 12-21 against pitching staff ranked 6th or better in era. Garcia/Carpernter/Wainwright will be a major test

Homeruns allowed - 65 -6th least in the NL

Strikeouts -552 - 11th in the NL

Whip 1.259 - 2nd best in the NL

Friday Night - Game #2 - Chris Narveson vs Jaime Garcia....the former Cardinal Narveson is coming off his best performance against the M's. he allows 4 hits and 1 walk and K'd 7. His record away from Miller Park in 2010, is 4-2 with an era of 5.77. He was tagged for 4 runs in his last performance at Busch Stadium.

Jaime Garcia is having a great season, he is 7-4 an era of 2.27 in 15 starts. Jaime Omar Garcia is 6-2 215 left-hander born in Reynosa Mexico. He plays his high school baseball at Sharyland High School in Sharyland Texas. He is a 22nd round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2005. In 6 starts at Busch Stadium, Garcia has been down right awesome. He is 2-1 with an era of 1.42. Garcia has already started twice against the Crew, he is 1-0 with an era of 2.25.

Saturday and Sunday match-ups will be done friday night

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THE CREW GET A 2ND TIME AROUND WITH THE ASTROS

The Crews homestand continues with the boys from the Lone Star State, the Houston Astros. The Brewers have the Brewers nation excited with their play of late, going 5-1 on this homestand. They enter these 3 against with Houston, with a winning % .453, which still is only 74 wins in a season. The Astros are flying in late, after playing a night game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. This the 2nd time the Astros are coming to the Keg.

The Astros would come to the Keg, from May 25th thru May 27th. Brad Mills squad would be able to take 1 of 3 of the series. Lets take a quick look at that series.

Tuesday May 25th - 27,363 are at the Keg. It was Randy Wolf vs Felipe Paulino. The Crew score a pair in the bottom of the 1st. Richie singles and scores a homerun by Ryan Braun. Thats all the runs Randy Wolf would need. Wolf would throw 7 shutout innings or 4 hit baseball. The Brewers win this one 6-1

Wednesday May 26th -30,151 - Roy Oswalt vs Chris Narveson -In typical Narveson style the Astros score a run in the top of the 1st, Mike Bourn who walked, scored on a rbi single by former Brewer Carlos Lee. Former Brewer draft pick Hunter Pence and Carlos get rbi's in the 3rd. That all Roy Oswalt needed against the Crew. He throws 8 innings of 4 hit shutout baseball. Astros win 5-0.

Thursday afternoon - May 27st - myself would be in the Quad luxury box for this one. Brett Myers vs David Bush. The Astros get 2 unearned runs in the top of the 1st, due to an error by Alicdes Escobar. Brett Myers would be tough, he does allow an rbi single by Carlos Gomez in the 3rd and Casey McGehee in 5th. In the top of 6th Marco Estrada loads the bases with walks. It looks like he would get out of the inning, by an error on a ball hit by Mike Bourn by Weeks puts the Astros up 3-2. Its not until the bottom of the 9th. Carlos Gomez gets an rbi single off Matt Lidstorm. John Axford pitches the top of 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, with the bases loaded, he draws a walk off Matt Lidstorm. The Crew win 4-3

Lets take a look at the Astros. First the manager and his coaching staff. Then the Astros regular starting 8.

Brad Mills - Manager - Its Brad Mills first season andd first chance as a Manager to fill out the line-up card. James Bradley Mills was born in January of 1957, Exeter California. Plays his high school baseball at Exeter Union. He would be drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the January draft, 16th round in 1977, but does not sign. Plays his college baseball for the Wildcats of the University of Arizona. He would be drafted again, 17th round by the Montreal Expos in 1979. He plays a total of 106 games for the Expos from 1980-1983. The former major league infielder, coaches in the big leagues for the first time in 1997. He would be the 1st base coach for Terry Francona and the Philadelphia Phillies. He coaches in the city of brotherly love until the end of 2000 season. In 2003, Expos Manager Frank Robinson, asks Mills to be his right hand man, bench coach of the Expos. In 2004, he is reunited to Francona, being the Red Sox bench coach. He does that job until the Astros come calling this season.

Sean Berry - Hitting Coach - Berry one time wore the uniform of the Crew, numbers 17 and 7 for the Brewers in 1999 and 2000. Berry born in March of 1966, in Santa Monica California. Plays his high school baseball at West Torrence. Drafted in the 4th round by the Red Sox in 1984, but does not sign. He plays his college baseball at UCLA. In January secondary draft in 1986, he is a 1st round pick of the Kansas City Royals. Played in the majors from 1990 to 2000, made stops in Kansas City, Montreal, Milwaukee, Houston and Boston. Hire by Phil Garner in 2006, to be the Astros hitting Coach. Kept his job when Coop becomes the Astros manager.

Brad Arnsberg - Pitching Coach -Bradley James Arnsberg was born in August of 1963, in one my favorite cities, Seattle Washington. He plays his high school baseball in Medford Oregon.In 1981, he is a 19th round pick oif the Cleveland Indians, but does not sign. He plays his college baseball at Merced College. Arnsberg is draft 3 more times, Cardinals, Orioles and Angels, The 5th time is the finally the right one, he is drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round, in June secondary draft in 1983. He pitches in 94 games from 1986 thru 1992. He plays for the Yankees, Rangers and Indians, In 2000, he coaches in the majors for the 1st time in his career, he is the bullpen coach for Felipe Alou and Montreal Expos. During the season Alou, sends Bobby Cuellar the pitching coach packing. Arnsberg is promoted to pitching coach. He is the Expos pitching coach in 2001. In 2002, he moves on to Florida and pitching coach for manager Jeff Torborg. He does that again in 2003. He does not coaches in the big leagues in 2004. In 2005, he is hired by the Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons. Arnsberg has this position with the Jays until the end of 2009. Its Arnsberg first season with the Astros.

Bobby Meacham -1st base - Robert Andrew Meacham was born in August of 1960, in Los Angeles California. He plays his high school ball at Mater Dei in Santa Ana. He would drafted in the 14th round by the White Sox in 1978, but does not sign. He instead plays his college baseball at San Diego State. In 1981, he is a 1st round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He plays 457 games in pinstripes for the Yanks from 1983 thru 1988, but never in the playoffs. He coaches for the 1st time, when Joe Girardi has him coaching 3rd for the Marlins in 2006. In 2007, he is 1st base coach for the Bud Black and the San Diego Padres. He back in pinstripes for Joe Girardi coaching 3rd in 2008.

Dave Clark - 3rd base -Dave Earl Clark was born in September 1962, in Tupelo Mississippi. He plays his high school ball for the Red Raiders of Shannon Mississippi. He plays his college baseball at Jackson State. In 1st and 11th overall, he is drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Clark plays the outfield in the big leagues from 1986 thru 1998. He played in Cleveland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. He coaches for the 1st time in 2002, as Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon hitting coach. He was the Astros manager the last 13 games of the 2009 season, in which he went 4-9.

Jaime Quirk - bullpen -another former Milwaukee Brewer, played for the Crew in 1977. James Patrick Quirk was born in October 54, in Whittier California. He plays his high school baseball at St. Paul in Santa Fe Springs California. He is a 1st round pick of the Royals and 18th overall in 1972. Played 18 seasons in the majors from 1975 thru 1992. He plays for the Royals, Brewers, Cardinals, White Sox, Indians, Yankees, A's and Orioles. In 1994, he named the bullpen coach for Hal McRae and the Royals. In 1996, he is named the bench coach for manager Bob Boone. He coaches with the Royals from 1994 thru 2001. In 2002, he is bullpen coach for Jerry Narron and the Texas Rangers. In 2004, he is named Bench coach for the Rockies under manager Clint Hurdle. He is the bench coach for the Rockies until 2008.

Al Pedrique - Bench coach -Alfredo Jose Pedrique was born in August 1960 in Valencia Venezuela. He signed by the Mets as amateur free agent in 1978. He plays in the majors as infielder from 1987 thru 1989. He plays in a total of 174 games in the majors. He plays for the Mets, Tigers and Pirates. He starts coaching for the D-Backs in 2004, as Bob Brenly 3rd base coach. Later in that 2004 season, he is asked to be the D-Backs manager. He struggles with a record 22-61 in 83 games. In 2009, he is Cecil Cooper 3rd base coach.

The starters

1st base - Lance Berkamn - the 34 year old switch hitter. The player know has Big Puma and Fat Elvis, William Lance Berkman. Berkman is 6-1 230, born in Waco Texas. He plays his high school baseball at Canyon High School in New Braunsfel Texas. He plays his college baseball for the Owls of Rice University. He is a 1st round and 16th overall pick in 1997.

2nd base - Jeff Keppinger -Jeffrey Scott Keppinger is 6-0 180 righty from Miami Florida. Keppinger born in April of 1980. He plays his high school baseball for the Panthers of Parkview in Liburn Georgia. He plays his college baseball at the University of Georgia. He would be a 4th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001. He is traded by the Reds to the Astros for a player to be named later, Drew Sutton

3rd base - Chris Johnson - the veteran Pedro Feliz has been told to take a seat. Christopher Dalton Johnson is 6-3 220 right-handed hitter, born in Fort Myers Florida . He plays his high school baseball at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers Florida He plays is college baseball at Florida Altantic and later transfers to Stetson University. He is 4th round draft pick of the Astros in 2006.

Shortstop -Oswaldo Navarro - the starting shortstop with the injury to Tommy Manzella. Oswaldo Rames Navarro is 6-0 150, switch hitter, from Marcay Venezuela. Born in October 1984 and plays his high school baseball at Aquiles Nazvoa. He is signed as amateur by the Seattle Marniers in 2001. In 2009, he is signed as a free agent by the Astros

catcher -Jason Castro - the Astros #1 pick in 2008, was called up from Triple AAA, Round Rock. Jason Michael Castro is 6-3 210 right-handed hitter from Castro Valley California. Castro was born in June of 1987 and plays his high school baseball at Castro Valley, the home of the Trojans. He is a 43rd round pick of the Red Sox in 2005, but does not sign. Instead he plays for the Stanford Cardinals. He is 1st round and 10th round pick in 2008.

Leftfield - Carlos Lee -the former Milwaukee Brewer in 2005 and 2006. Of course we know his nickname is El Caballo. Carlos Noriel Lee is a 6-2 205 righty from Aguadulce Panama. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Chicago White Sox in 1994. Lee is signed by the Astros for a 100 million in 6 years in 2006

Centerfield - Mike Bourn -Michael Ray Bourn is 5-11 180 left-handed hitter. Born in Decemeber of 1982 in Houston Texas. He plays his high school baseball at Nimitz High school, the home of the Cougars. In 2000, he is a 19th pick of the Astros, but he does not sign. Instead he plays his college baseball for the Cougars of the University of Houston. He is the 4th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003. He becomes an Astro in the trade that sends Brad Lidge to the Phillies.

Rightfield-Hunter Pence -who have love to see him in a Brewers uniform. The Brewers would draft him in the 40th round in 2003, out of high School, but does not sign. Hunter Andrew Pence is 6-4 220, righty, from Forth Worth Texas. He plays his high school for the Colts of Arlington High School. After he does not sign with the Crew, he plays his college baseball at the University of Arlington. he is a 2nd round pick of the Astros in 2004.

What do the Astros bring to the table -The Astros are 29-47 in 2010. They are 16-24 at Minute Maid Park and 13-23 on the road. Astros were 9-14 in the month of April. They were 9-20 in the month of May. Astros still have a losing record in the month of June, but only 1 game below .500. Their record in the month of June is 12-13.

Runs scored - the Astros cross the plate, 3.42 times a game. That is ranked 15th in the NL, only the Pirates are worst, with 3.27 runs. The Brewers are #1 with 4.88 runs per game

Homeruns - the Astros are dead last in the NL with 44 long ball. On the other end, the Brewers are #1 with 91

Steals - the Astros have 42, which is tied for the 10th in the National with the Rockies. The Brewers are 12th with 41

Batting Average - the Astros are dead-lst again here, with a team batting average of .236. The Reds are #1 with a batting average iof .271. The Crew are 5th with a batting average of .261

OB % -the Astros are last here to. They have a team average of .360. Like everything else, they are dead last

ERA - the Astros bring a team era of 4.66 to this series, which is 13th in the NL with an era of 5.12. The Brewers are next at 14, with an era of 5.16

Strikeouts -the astros have 535 team strikeouts, which is 8th in the NL. The Brewers are 3rd with 584

Whip - the Astros post a whip of 1.504, which is ranked 13th in the NL. The Brewers are no longer the worst team in whip, that honor, currently belongs to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers are 15th with a whip of 1.519


The Brewers again dodge a bullett in this series, against the M's they did not have to face King Felix and Cliff Lee. In this series, they do not face the Astros ace, Roy Oswalt.

Monday night - Bud Norris vs Manny Parra --Norris is coming off the DL for this start. He has not pitch for the Astros since May 23rd at Minute Maid against the Rays. Im sure he will be a pitch count for this encounter against the Crew. David Stefan Norris, goes by the nickname Bud. He is 6-0 230 right-handed. Born in March of 1985, in Greenbrae California. He plays his high school baseball for the Mustangs of San Marin High School in Novato California. He plays his college baseball at Cal-Poly. He is drafted by the Astros in the 6th round of the 2006 draft. Norris will be making his 20th career start against the Crew. His numbers are not pretty career wise, 8-8, but an era of 5.53. Norris has struggle in 2010, with a record of 2-5 an era of 6.80, in 9 starts. Norrris made 2 starts against the Crew and pitched well. He is 1-0 with an era of 2.45. Throwing 11 innings of 6 hits 3 run, 1 walk and 8 k's baseball. That includes 5 innings of 1 run ball at Miller Park.

Manny Parra has done everything the Brewers have asked in the month June, since he was asked to go back into the rotation. In his 4 starts, his record is 1-2, but his era is 3.52. 9 runs in 23 innings with 29 K's. He has yet to face the Astros as a starter or reliever in 2010. In 2009, he faced them twice has a starter, his record was 1-1 with an era of 3.52. Careeer wise, he has started 7 times against the boys from Houston. His record is 4-3 with an era of 4.91. Giving up 6 homeruns in 36 1/3 innings pitched.

Tuesday night -Brett Myers vs Yovani Gallardo ---one pitcher that has had great success against the Crew, is named Brett Alan Myers. He is 4-1 with an era of 1.94 against the Crew lifetime. That does not included the playoff game, when he was with the Phillies. Myers is 6-4 215 righty, born and raise in Jacksonville Florida. He played at the same high school that gave us Ryan Freel and Daniel Murphy, Englewood, the home of the Rams. In the 1999 draft, the Phillies pick him with the 12th overall pick. He faced the Crew earlier in the 1st series, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. It will be Myers 3rd career start at the Keg, he is 1-1 with an era of 2.92

Yovani Gallardo - the Brewers ace will square off with one of the Astros best. Myself had the honor to watch his last start at the Keg against the Twins. He was down right awesome, he pitched like an ace should. Making his 17th start, with an record of 7-3 with an era of 2.36. Gallardo has pitched well against the Astros. He has 7 career start against the Astros. His record is 5-2 with an era of 2.30

Wednesday afternoon -Wandy Rodriguez vs David Bush....While Myers has pitched well against the Crew, Rodriguez has been up and down. He has made 14 starts against the Brewers, his record is 5-6 with an era of 4.76. All 6 loses were done at Miller Park. Rodriquez might just be afraid to step on the mound at Miller Park, in 9 starts, he is 2-6 with an awful era of 7.28. Wandy Fulton Rodriguez is 5-11 195, lefty handed, from Santiago Rodriguez, Dominician Republic. The 31 year old Rodriguez was sign as amateur free agent by the Astros in 1999.

David Bush last 2 starts have been good ones. He has thrown 13 1/3 innings and allowed 3 runs. He has put W's by his name, in those last 2 starts. Bush did face the Astros at Miller Park in the earlier series, 5 innings of shutout baseball. He beat Astros last season in Miller Park, throwing 6 innings of 2 run baseball. In 14 appears and 12 starts, their is no team, that Dave Bush has beaten then the Houston Astros. He is 6-1 with an era of 3.25

Its huge for the Crew to take all 3 of these games against the struggling Astros. It will have them prepare and ready for the HUGE 4 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals later this week.

Enjoy your baseball.....Go Crew
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CREW HOST BIG Z'S - M'S NEXT TO THE KEG

The Brewers nation is get a tease from the Milwaukee Brewers of late. Its been 25 years, since the Brewers swept the Twins in the Crews backyard. It was 1985, when the American League Brewers took all 6 games at County Stadium against Twins managed Billy Gardner/Ray Miller Twins.

Next on the Brewers schedule is Big Z and his Seattle Mariners. Former Milwuakee Brewers Scouting director, Jack Zduuriencik would dip in the GM game in 2009. The Mariners were 85-77 in Big Z's 1st year at the helm. The 2010 season is quite different, with the M's being 12 games under .500. The Mariners have really struggle away from maybe the best ballpark in Safeco. The M's are 10-24 on the road. They are played better of lately going 7-3 in their last 10. Taking 2 out of 3 from the Evil Empire Chicago Cubs in Seattle.

Its been 6 years, since the Seattle Mariners would take up space in the visitors dugout. It was Thursday afternoon on June 17th, with manager Bob Melvin running the Mariners. Willing to wager. most Brewer fans could not tell you, what former Milwaukee player was in the M's dugout ??? He would be the M's hitting coach for 2004. That former Brewer was future Hall of Fame, by the nickname of Molly. Paul Molitor after being a coach in 2000 and 2001 with the Twins, would be the M's hitting coach for 1 season, that was 2004.

Lets go down memory lane and looking at the starting line-ups from that last game in 2004

The M's
1. Randy Winn - CF
2. Jolbert Cabrera -1B
3. Ichiro Suzuki-RF
4. Brett Boone -2B
5. Scott Spiezio-3B
6. Hiram Bocachia-LF
7. Dan Wilson-C
8. Ramon Santiago-SS
9. Ryan Franklin - P (closer for the Cards)

The Crew
1. Scott Podsednik-CF
2. Junior Spivey-2B
3. Geoff Jenkins-LF
4. Lyle Overbay-1B
5. Bill Hall-3B
6. Ben Grieve-RF
7. Chad Moeller-C
8. Craig Counsell-SS
9. Chris Capuano-P

Calling the shots for the M's in 2010, is manager Don Wakatmatsu. Wakatmatsu is in his 2nd season has a major league skipper and with the Seattle Mariners. Wakatmatsu born in pacific northwest, in Hood River Oregon. He was a major league catcher for 18 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1991. Wakatmatsu would get in coaching 2003, for manager Buck Showalter, while with the Texas Rangers. He would the Rangers bench coach from 2003 to 2006. In 2007 Ron Washington would move him to be the coach at 3rd base. He would be relieve of his duties at the end of that season. A's manager Bob Geren would hired him to be the bench coach for the 2008 season.

Here is his coaching staff

Alonzo Powell - hitting coach - Alonzo Sidney Powell is coaching in the big leagues for the 1st time in 2010. Powell the former major league outfielder was born and raise in the city of San Francisco. He is signed as undrafted amateur free agent by the Giants in 1983. He played in 22 games for the Expos in 1987 and 57 games for the M's in 1991.

Rick Adair - Pitching -Michael Richard Adair was born in Spartenburg South Carolina. Adair was drafted by the Mariners and spent 7 seasons in the M's farm system. He would be a Midwest League All-Star, in 1981, while playing at Wausau. Adair gets his 1st coaching opporutnity, when then Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove called on him to be the pitching coach in 1992. He share the dugout with Brewers announcer Davey Nelson with the Tribe. He would be with the Tribe in 1993. In 1996, Tigers manager Buddy Bell comes calling for Adair to be the Tigers pitching coach. He has that job until 1999 season. After 10 years in 2009, he returns to the big leagues.

Mike Brumley - 3rd base -Anthony Michael Brumley is coaching in the big leagues for the 1st time in 2010. He has been coaching in the minors, prior to be named to the staff in 2010. Brumley who was born in OKlahoma City Oklahoma, played his high school baseball at Union High in Tulsa. He is drafted by the Phillies in 16th round in 1980. He does not sign and plays college baseball for the University of Texas. In 1983, he is drafted in the 2nd round by the Boston Red Sox. The major leaguer infielder, played in the majors from 1987, 1989 thru 1995. Played for the Cubs, Tigers, Mariners, Astros and A's.

Lee Tinsley - 1st base -Lee Owen Tinlsey is born in Shelbyville Kentucky. He played high school baseball at Shelby County. He was the 11th overall pick in the 1st round in 1987. The 5-11 swinging hitting outfielder played in the majors from 1993 thru 1997. He played for the M's, Red Sox and Phillies. In 2006, Arizona Diamondback manager gives Tinsley is 1st coaching job. He is the D-backs 1st base coach from 2006 thru 2008

Ty Van Burkleo -Tyler Lee Van Burkleo was born in Oakland Calfornia. Played his high school ball at Chatsworth California. The 1st baseman is signed as an amateur free agent by (YES) the Milwaukee Brewers in 1981. He spends 3 seasons in the Brewers farm system, then was released in 1984. He does play in the majors. 12 games for the Angels in 1993 and 5 games with the Rockies in 1994. In 2007, he is asked to be the hitting coach for manager Bob Geren and the Oakland A's He has that job with the A's until the end of 2008 season.

John Wetteland - Bullpen Coach - the one hard throwing relief pitcher is in his 2nd season with the M's. John Karl Wetteland was 6-2 195 right-handed relief pitcher. Born in San Mateo California and played his high school baseball at Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa Californa. In 1984, he is drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round. He does not sign and plays a year of college baseball at San Mateo College. In 1985, he is drafted in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a 2 time all-star with the Texas Rangers. He plays in the majors from 1989 thru 2000. He plays for the Dodgers, Expos, Yankees and Rangers. He coached for manager Frank Robinson and the Washington Nationals in 2006.

Who are the Marniers starting 8 (most of the time)

1B - Josh Wilson - Gut feeling this will be his 1st baseman for this series. They have used Casey Kotchman and Mike Carp for the most of the season. But both are hitting below the former Mariners famous Mario Mendoza line. He made his 1st start yesterday against the Cubbies. Joshua Aaron Wilson, was born in March 1981, in Pittsburgh Pa. Played his high school baseball for Mount Lebanon, the home of the Blue Devils. He is a 3rd draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 1999. Casey Kotchman was born in St. Petersburg Florida and was a 1st round draft pick of the Anahiem Angels in 2001. Michael Carp was born in Long Beach California. He is a 9th round draft pick fo the New York Mets in 2004.

2b - Chone Figgins -just signed to a 4 year 36 million dollar contract by the M's in December. The 32 year old switch hitting Figgins is 5-8 180, born in Leary Georgia. Plays his high school baseball for the Eagles of Brandon High school in Brandon Florida. In 1997, he is a 4th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies

SS - Jack Wilson -Wilson returns after missing 43 games from being on the DL. Jack Eugene Wilson is 6-0 200 and born in Westlake Village California. He plays for the Lancers of Thousand Oaks High School. He plays his college baseball at Oxnard College. In 1998, he is a 9th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. On July 29th he is traded along with Ian Snell to the Mariners for 4 players, 3 of them are minor leaguers and catcher Jeff Clement

3B - Jose Lopez -Jose Celstino Lopez is in his 7th season with the M's. The veteran infielder is 6-0 205, born in Barcelona Venezuela. He plays his high school baseball at Anzoategui. He is signed as amateur by Seattle in 2000

Leftfielder -Milton Bradley -Milton Obelle Bradley who can be headache is 6-0 215, switch hitter. He was born in Harbor City California. He plays his hig school baseball at Polytechnic in Long Beach California, the home of the JackRabbits. Bradley is a 2nd round pick of the Montreal Expos in 1996. The Cubs would trade him to the M's for pitcher Carlos Silva.

Centerfielder - Franklin Gutierrez ...Franklin Rafael Guiterrez was born in February 1983 in Caracus Venezuela. Guiterrez is 6-2 190 right-handed hitter. He is signed as amateur free agent at the age of 17 by the Dodgers in 2000. He is later traded by the Dodgers to Indians, that brings teammate Milton Bradley to the Dodgers. He comes the the M's in a 3 way trade, between the Mariners/Tribe/Mets.

Rightfielder - Ichiro Suzuki - just thinking how many hits he would have, if he started his career in the majors leagues. Suzuki was born in October 1973 in Kasuagi Japan. He plays his high school baseball at Aikoudai Medlen. He is 5-11 157 lefty. He signs with the M's in 2001. I had the honor of seeing his 1,000 hit at Safeco in 2005

Catcher -Rob Johnson -Robert James Johnson was born in July 1983. He is 6-0 195, right-handed hitter born in Aneconda Montana. He plays for Central High school in Butte Montana. In 2002, he is drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round. He then goes to Saddleback Junior College in California. In 2003, he is drafted again in the 18th round by the Phillies, does not sign. He enrolls at the University of Houston. He is the M's 4th round pick 2005.

What do the M's bring the table in 2010 - Has I stated earlier they are 10-24 on the road, compare that to 20-18 at Safeco. In the month of April they were 11-12. It was a rough May with a record of 8-19. They are 11-11 in the month of June.

Runs - 3.43 - the M's are 2nd last in the AL in the process of crossing the plate

Homeruns - 42 the M's are dead last in the American League

Steals - 63 are 3rd best in the AL, behind the Rays with 84

Batting average - .240 - 2nd worst in the AL, only the hope less Orioles are worst

On Base % - .310 is also 2nd worst in the AL, only the Blue Jays are worst

ERA -3.84 - the M's are the 2nd best era in the AL

Homeruns allowed - 64 is the 5th least in the AL

Strikeouts - 453 - the M's are 3rd last in the AL, only the Indians/Orioles are worst

Whip -1.284 - the M's are 4th best in the AL, the Rays-Yankees and Twins are better

Friday night
Ryan Rowland-Smith vs David Bush -Ryan Benjamin Rowland Smith. Smith is 6-3 240 lefty forn in October of 1983. Smith was born and raised in Sydney Australia. He is sogned as amateur free agent in 2000. Smith has had his struggles in 2010. He will be starting his 13th of 2010 season, with a record of 1-6 with an era of 5.98. Smith is coming off his best start for 2010, at Safeco against the Cincinnati Reds. He threw 6 innings of shutout baseball. The relief pitcher, turn into starter, will be making his 104 appearances and 40 starts. Smith has never faced the Brewers and will be starting at Miller Park for the 1st time. He is 4-6 with an era of 5.09 on the road

Dave Bush - Bush returns to the rotation after being skipped to face the Twins. This was done due to his 1-6 record against the Twins. Bush enters the game, coming off his best outing against the Angels in California. Bush hopes to turn around his luck at home tonight. So far in 2010, he is 0-3 with an era of 5.57, in 6 starts. He faced the Mariners 3 times in his career, with a record of 1-1 4.96

Saturday afternoon -Doug Fister vs Randy Wolf -Doug Fister is coming off the DL on this Saturday afternoon, he has not pitched since May 31st. Alot of baseball fans have never heard of Fister, but if he keeps pitching the way he has in 2010, they will. Douglas Wildes Fister is 6-8 1985, lefty from California. Born in Merced California in February of 1984, in Merced California. He played his high school at Golden Valley California, the home of the Cougars. He first plays his college baseball at Merced College, the home of the Blue Devils. He transfers to play at Fresno State. In 2006, the M's come calling in the 7th round of the draft. Fister in 2010, has made 10 starts with a record of 3-3 an era of 2.45. He has made 3 starts on the road with a record of 1-1 with an era of 2.65. He will be making his 21st career start on Saturday. He is 6-7 with an era of 3.24. It should be no surprise he has never faced the Brewers or pitched at Miller Park.

Randy Wolf -Wolf pitches for the 1st time at Miller park, since his worsting out has a Milwaukee Brewer. The Cubs would nail him for 8 runs in 4 innings. He does enter the game Saturday, coming off 2 great starts on the road against the Angels and Rockies. Throwing 14 innings 3 runs, 6 hit baseball. In 7 starts at Miller Park, Wolf is 2-2 with an era of 5.09. Wolf has faced the M's, twice in his career, it happen both times in 2008. He is 0-2 with an era of 4.66. He has throw 9 2/3, allowing 15 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned against the M's

Sunday afternoon -Jason Vargas vs Chris Navreson...Jason Vargas is another Seattle pitcher flying under the radar. While King Felix and Cliff Lee get all the ink. Vargas says one reason he is 6-2 with an era of 2.63, is because of the tips he has received from Cliff Lee, Jason Matthew Vargas was born in February of 1983, in Apple Valley California. He is 6-0 215 lefty, who played his high school baseball at Apple Valley, the home of the Sun Devils. His college baseball career was a journey along travel. Its starts at Cypress College and later transfers to LSU. He is not done, he transfers again, this time back to the California and Long Beach State. In 2004, he is a 2nd round draft pick of the Florida Marlins. He comes in Big Z 3 way trade with the Mets and Indians. At the time Vargas was property of the Mets and the popular JJ Putz became a New York Met. Vargas last season with the M's was 3-6 in 91 2/3 innings of work. What is different in the 91 innings plus in 2010. Last season Vargas was nailed for 16 gopher balls in those 91 innings, compared to 7 in 2010. Vargas is making his 15th start of 2010, he has 5 quality starts, his last one, he threw 7 shutout innings. He will be making his 69 major league appearances and 49th start. He is 15-16 with an era of 4.62. Even with his days with the Mets/Marlins, he has never faced the Brewers or pitched at Miller Park.

Chris Navreson - is he pitching for a job or the last time as a Milwaukee Brewer. Someone has to go, when Doug Davis comes back on the 29th. True he got the W, thanks to his teammates. But it was another nightmare first inning, that put him behind the 8 ball early. He has a record of 6-4, but with an era of 5.76. His era in the 1st inning is 12.27 His 2nd inning is 4.91. Can the Brewers ill afford to keep him around with these performances. His era at Miller Park is 5.74 at home and 5.77 on the road. Hence he is awful at either place. No surrpise he has never faced the M's.

Its a huge series for the Brewers, they are coming off a red-hot series against the Twins. The M's are quite beatable, with them and the Astros next. This is time to produce or throw in the towel for 2010.

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