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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

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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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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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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

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