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
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)
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
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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