The Milwaukee Brewers finally win a series at home, with their defeat of the LAST place Hiouston Astros 2 games to 1. Again, they struggle against a quality pitcher in Roy Oswalt. In game 3 of the series against the Astros, they needed to rally in the 9th , to tie the game, then get a gift bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th, to win it.
The next test for the Brewers to see if they have turn it around, will be the New York Mets. The Mets are coming to Miller Park with a 5 game winning streak. The last series at Citifield, they would shut-out one of the best offense in baseball, the Phillies in all 3 games of the series. The Mets are 25-23, but have won 6 of their last 7, which just puts them 2 1/2 games behind those Phillies for the lead in the NL West. The question is can the Mets win on the road, they are 19-9 and score 133 at home. But on the road they are 6-14 and have just scored 80 runs. After going 14-9 in the month of April, they are just 11-14 in the month of May
The Mets are managed by the man, that would take over for current Brewers bench coach, Willie Randolph on June 17th 2008. The Mets were sitting with a record of 34-35, and just beaten the Anahiem Angels in Anaheim by a score of 9-6, when the axe would fall on the manager, who had the Mets 6 1/2 back of the Phillies. Manual would finished 55-38 the rest of the season. The Hahira Georgia born Manuel would play 5 seasons in the majors for a total of 96 games. 2 seasons with the Tigers, Expos and 1 season with the Padres. The father in law of Rondell White, would get his 1st coaching job for Expos manager and former Brewers Buck Rogers in 1991. Rogers would be fired and replaced by Tom Runnells. Manual would be the Expos 3rd base coach from 1991 thru 1996, under managers Rogers, Runnells and Felipe Alou. In 1997, even though Alou was still the manager of the Expos, Manual would move on, and join the staff of Jim Leyland and the Florida Marlins. He would be the Marlins bench coach and what a good move that would turn out to be, first the Marlins win the World Series and 2nd the Chicago White Sox come calling for him to be their manager. He would be the man in the dugout for the White Sox from 1998 thru 2003. In 2000, the Sox win the Central and are knocked out by Lou Piniella and the Seattle Mariners in the divisional series. Manuel is replaced in the windy city by current Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. He returns to the big league in 2005, when he is hired by the Mets to be Randolph bench coach.
Manuel coaching staff is the following
Hitting coach - Howard Johnson
Pitching coach - Dan Warthen
1st base coach - Razor Shines
3rd base coach - Chip Hale
Bench coach - Dave Jauss
Bullpen coach -Randy Niemann
The Mets in 2009 would be 1-2 at the Keg against the Brewers. Mets have a record of 16-11 at Miller Park and 26-13 in Milwaukee overall. The Brewers are 17-26 in the Big Apple and overall 30-52.
The first time the New York Mets made a visit to Milwaukee would be April 10th 1998. Manager Phil Garner would send Salem Mass native Jeff juden to face the Mets in front of 10,330 at County Stadium. Mets manager Bobby Valentine would counter with the righty from Cleveland Ohio, Bob Mlicki. The Crew get on the scoreboard first in bottom of the 2nd, when they get a lead off homerun by Jeromy Burnitz. Mlicki is still on the mound, its the bottom of the 6th. Jeff Cirillo starts the inning with a single. Cirillo goes to 2nd on a passed ball by catcher Tim Spehr. Cirillo goes to 3rd on a ground ball by Jose Valentin. They give Jeromy Burnitz an intentional walk. Marques Grissom K's. Burnitz then steals 2nd. Bob Hamelin is given an intentional walk. Marc Newfield hits a 2 run double to left. Jesse Levis is also given an intnetional walk. Mark Loretta is called on pinch-hit for Jeff Juden and doubles. Sending Mlicki to the showers, Lefty Dennis Cook gets the last out of the inning. Juden throws 6 shutout innings, allows 3 hits 5 walks and K's 8. Garner calls on Al Reyes to pitch the 7th. He walks Luis Lopez and Edgar Alfonso to start the inning. They both score on Carlos Baerga triple. Barega scores Bernard Gilkey single. Chad Fox is asked to relieve Reyes. Doug Jones throws the 9th for the Crew, for the save of the Brewers 5-3 win over the Mets.
Lets look at the Game at Miller Park in 2009
Monday June 29th - 39872 Fernando Nieve vs Braden Looper....The Crew would get on the scoreboard 1st, in the bottom of the 2nd. With 1 out, Mike Cameron rips a single to left. Frank Catalanotto singles to right. Cameron scores on an infield single by Jason Kendall. The Crew score again in the bottom of the 3rd, a solo lead off homerun by JJ Hardy. In the bottom of the 4th, the Brewers make it 3-0. Catalanotto starts the inning with a double. Kendall gets his 2nd rbi with a single. The Brewers would load the bases with 1 out, Manuel goes to the bullpen for former Brewer Elmer Dessens. Braun flies into a double play to right, because they get Looper trying to score on the sac fly at home.
The Mets get within 1 in the top of the 6th. With 2 outs, Ryan Church singles to left. Fernando Martinez reaches on an error by Casey McGehee. Brian Schneider scores 2 with a double to center. In the bottom of the 6th, Brian Stokes on the mound and the Brewers would basically put the game on ice. With 1 out Craig Counsell singles, JJ Hardy doubles and Prince Fielder is given an intentional walk. Casey McGehee clears the bases with a Grand Slam. 7-2 Brewers.
In the 7th, Fernando Tatis leads off with a triple. Argenis Reyes lines out to 3rd. Dan Murphy walks. Todd Coffey is called on to pitch, he surrenders an rbi single to another former Brewer Gary Sheffield. Mitch Stetter is called to finish the inning 7-3.
Pat Misch pitches the 7th for the Mets, Kendall singles and scores on a Bill Hall double. The Brewers score again in the bottom of the 8th. With Bobby Parnell on the bump, Fielder doubles and scores on Corey Hart double, Hart scores on Bill Halls single.
In the top of the 9th, the Mets get 5 hits and 3 runs off Carlos Villaneuva with only 1 out. Trevor Hoffman gets the final 2 outs for his 18th save. Brewers win 10-6 and they have 19 hits.
Tuesday Night - June 30th -35369 Johanna Santana vs Mike Burns. Alex Cora draws a walk and scores on a David Wright homerun in the top of the 1st. The Brewers cut the lead to 2-1, when lead-off hitter for the game Corey Hart singles, JJ Hardy then singles. Hart scores on a single by Braun. Brewers in the bottom of the 4th, Burns draws a walk with 1 out. Hart doubles and Hardy walks to load the bases. Mets pitching coach Warthen makes a visit to the pitchers mound, on his way back to the dugout, he yells something to home plate umpire Joe Wolf. Wolf does not like what was siad and ejects Warthen. Braun hits a 3 run double, and scores on an error. 5-2 Brewers. Fielder goes deep in the 7th off Santana, ending his night. Martinez goes deep off Coffey in the top of the 9th. Brewers win 6-3, Mike Burns earns his 1st W as a Milwaukee Brewer.
Wednesday afternoon July 1st 2009 -35,409 Mike Pelfrey vs Yovani Gallardo -the scoreboard would be quite quiet on this summer afternoon. Its the top of the 6th, Luis Castillo starts the inning with a double. Gallardo gets David Wright looking. Ryan Church rips a single and that scores Castillo. Gallardo throws 7 innings, allows 5 hits that 1 run, unfortunately on this day, that 1 run was too much. He K's 12. Mike Plefrey throws 7 2/3, allows 6 hits, but ZERO runs. Sean Green throws a 1/3 of the inning. Francisco Rodriguez throws the 9th for his 21st save. Mets win 1-0
Where does the 2010 New York Mets ranked in htting and pitching going into this weekends match-up. The Met average age for hits is 29.7, with the league average being 29.2. Milwaukee is 29.1 On the mound, the league average is 29.0 The Mets are 28.5 and the Brewers are 3rd oldest staff with 30.4, only the Braves and Phillies are older
Runs scored - the league average is 4.44 per game and thats what the Mets are averaging so far this season. That puts them 9th in the NL. The Brewers are 2nd with an average of 5.06. The Diamondbacks are #1 with an average of 5.15
Homeruns -The Reds and D-Backs are tied for #1 with 58. The Mets are 20 behind that with 38, tied with the Braves for 11th in the NL. The Brewers are 3rd with 56
Steals -The Padres are the jack-rabbits of the NL with 54 team steals. 2nd in the NL are the Mets with 48. The League average is 29, the Brewers just 1 below that with 28
Batting average - the Dodgers are king in the NL with a team batting average of .271. The Brewers are 3rd with an average of .267. The league average is .257. The Mets are below that with .251, which makes them ranked 12th in the National League
Ob % - thanks to guys like Prince Fielder walking a ton, the Brewers have the best ob% which is .344. The league average is .330. The Mets are below that also with .323, ties them for 12th with the San Francisco Giants.
Strikeouts by batters -The league average is 342, the Brewers are above that with 348, which is the 6th most in the National League. The Mets have 329, which is 7th least in the NL
Earn Run Average -The league average is 4.13. The Mets have an era of 3.64, which is the 4th best in the National League. The Cardinals, Padres and Giants are better. We know the Brewers struggle against the Cardinals and Padres, already, got a bad feeling here. The Brewers era is 5.23, ONLY the losing Pirates and D-Backs are worst. Being Old and bad is not a good combo
Homeruns allowed - the League Average is 43, the D-Backs have the worst, allowing 82. The Crew are 3rd with 51. The Mets are below the league average, with 40
Strikeouts - the Chicago Cubs are the best in the NL with 377 team K's. The Mets are just 4 short of that with 373, which is 2nd best in the NL. The Crew have 356, which is 6th best.
Whip - the Padres are king with a whip of 1.205. The league average is 1.376. The Mets and Brewers are both, below the league average. The Brewers are last with 1.61. The Mets are 13th with a whip of 1.438
Friday night - May 28th - Johan Santana vs Yovani Gallardo. Its the battle of the aces. Johan Alexander Santana, the 2 time Cy Young award winner. He is 6-0 210 lefty from Tovar Merida Venezuela. He plays his high school baseball at Liceo Nucete Sandi in Venezuela. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Houston Astros in 1995. Santana will be making his 321 appearances and 245 career start. His record is 126-62 with a career era of 3.13. Santana is good on the road with a career record of 59-33 with an era of 3.33. He is even better at home, he has a record of 67-29 with an era of 2.94. He will be making his 11th start of the season, his record is 4-2 with an era of 3.41. Santana was 1-1 with an era of 3.46 against the Crew in 2009. Santana was beat-up at Miller Park, but at Citi field, he threw 7 shutout innings. Santana has faced the Crew 13 times, with 9 starts. His overall record is 4-3 with an era of 3.53. He is 1-2 with an era of 5.00 in 6 appearances and 4 starts at Miller Park.
Gallardo would love to have that first inning back from Target Field. Because of that inning, he would have his worst start, since he surrender 6 runs to the Cardinals, way back on April 10th. He has not seen a W, in his last 3 starts. Gallardo will also be making his 11th start of the season, his record is 4-2 with an era of 3.51. Gallardo was a hard luck pitcher against the Mets in 2009, I already report that 1-0 lost to Mike Pelfrey. He throws 6 innings of shutout baseball at Citi Field and did not get the W either. Those 2 starts against the Mets in 2009 was the only 2 appearances in his career against the Mets
Saturday night May 29th - Fernando Nieve vs Manny Parra....Fernando Alexis Nieve is 6-0 170 right-hander from Puerto Cabello Venezuela. He too is signed as amateur free agent by the Astros in 1999. Nieve leads the National League in appearances so far in 2010, but NO starts until this Saturday. Nieve is making his 87 career appearances and 17 career start. His career record is 7-9 with an era of 4.32. So far in 2010, he has a record of 1-2 with an era of 5.09. The only appearances in 2009 against the Brewers was the one I reported on before, 3 runs in 3 1/3. In his career, he has made 5 appearances and 2 starts at Miller Park, with a record of 1-1 an era of 4.30
Manny Parra -Parra who lost his chance to start at Target field, because Macha use him in game 2 in the extra innings of the game. Parra will be making his 2nd start of 2010. Im sure he will be a on a pitch count, like he was at Cincinnati. He did pick up the W in the final game of the series against the Twins, despite giving up 3 hits and 2 walk in just 2 innings of work.. In those 2 innings he throws 45 pitches. Parra did not face the Mets in 2009. Parra has faced the Mets, 3 times, in which he started 2 of them. His record is 0-1 with an era of 4.70
Sunday Afternoon - R.A. Dickey vs Randy Wolf - The 36 year Robert Alan Dickey, the knuckle-baller, was once property of the Brewers. He would spend the whole 2007 season with the Brewers Triple AAA farm team in Nashville. Dickey is 6-3 205 right-hander born and raise in Nashville Tennessee. He plays his high school baseball at Mongtomery Bell Academy, the home of the Big Red. After his high school days, he is drafted in the 10th round by the Detroit Tigers. He would not sign, instead makes his way to Knoxville Tennessee, to play at the University of Tennessee. In 1996, current Brewers GM Doug Melvin, would drafted him, while he is GM for the Texas Rangers. Melvin drafts him the 1st round and 18th overall in 1996. The New York Mets are the 6th team to sign for the service of RA Dickey in his career. Dickey will be making his 3 start on Sunday for the Mets, he has a record of 1-0 an era of 1.50. Dickey will be appearing in his 147 major league game, in which he will be making his 51 start. His career record is 23-28, with 2 saves an era of 5.32. Dickey faced the Crew 2 times with the Twins in 2009, he had no record an era of 0.00. He threw 3 innings 1 hit baseball. Its the only time Dickey faced the Brewers
Randy Wolf is coming off his best start of the season. It was good to see for us Brewers fans. He will be making his 11th start of the season. His record is 4-4 with an era of 4.52., but an awful whip of 1.557. Wolf threw against the Mets, twice last season. He was 1-0 with an era of 2.57. Randy Wolf has more wins over the Mets, then any other team he has faced in his career. His career is 12-5 against the Mets, with an era of 3.29. He has faced the Mets 30 times in his career.
Gut feeling the Brewers will struggle against the 2-time Cy Young winner. Gallardo will have the keep the Brewers in the Game and hope to steal one from the Mets. True the Mets staff is 4th best in the NL, but the Brewers do dodge a bullet, by facing Nieve in his 1st start and journey-man RA Dickey. It will be a major test for the Brewers, to see if they still have fight in them, or already just going thru the motion.
Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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