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Old 11-09-2015, 03:18 AM   #81
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2016 August: State of the Brew Crew

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Looks like we sparked this team with the trades and a couple of callups and collected a 20-7 month. The boss is quite happy with the results and we didn't give up all of our farm to get here... tho some of the guys were quite painful to deal here an there. With the deadline passing... I tried to get a lefty reliever before the window closed but there were no clear cut deals that wouldn't have costed us at least Jungmann + another prospect.

We have been rather good bashing the ball over the wall this year with Vargas up leading the pack and our 3B platoon combining for 34HR between Reynolds/Moustakas and pinch hit appearances. While the lineup apart from 3B seems set for the next year, we have surplus of starting pitching right now and for next year with Jose Berrios getting close to the majors right now.

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Rotation:
NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9WARStatus
Kevin Gausman(R)25ML9-92.8323GS1.087.02.8(MIL/BAL)
Josh Johnson(R)32ML7-63.3422GS1.188.01.7
Jimmy Nelson(R)27ML13-02.5320GS1.266.42.1
Aaron Sanchez(R)24ML7-103.1222GS1.407.71.3(MIL/TOR)
Tyler Thornburg(R)27ML9-73.3921GS1.487.41.6
Carlos Frias(R)26AAA10-52.9121GA1.096.82.7All stats AAA
Taylor Jungmann(R)26AAA6-21.8812G/7GS1.176.90.6All stats MLB
Wily Peralta(R)27AAA5-75.0417GS1.517.31.4All Stats MLB
Jose Berrios(R)22AA13-42.4122GS1.079.92.7All Stats AA
David Burkhalter(R)21A6-135.4723G1.637.81.6All Stats A
Hunter Harvey(R)20A8-83.5422G1.1811.82.6All Stats A
Jose Urias(L)19A5-62.8222G1.1510.93.8All Stats A

Some odd numbers here. Johnson hasn't gotten a decision in July despite a 1.74ERA while Jimmy Nelson was 4-0 with a 4.84ERA... slowly coming down to earth. Kevin Gausman was 3-1 2.48 in five starts since coming over and looks like a keeper... and we pay him to be one.

Down in the farm, almost everybody is doing fine. Yes, David Burkhalter's ERA is a bit ugly but he is doing this with a BABIP of .361 and a FIP of 4.04 which is... respectable for a 21 year old in A ball. Harvey struggles with movement but has some flashy stuff while Urias had 1.09ERA this month... and that calls for a move.

Berrios to AAA
Urias to AA
Time to move those prospects up a level... both are already rated 1.5-2* overall by most scouts.

Bullpen:

NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9SVWARStatus
Jeremy Jeffress(R)28ML1-22.1250G0.9610.8290.9
Shawn Kelley(R)32ML5-12.37551.0313.021.1
Corey Knebel(R)24ML2-13.02541.1611.130.6
Boone Logan(L)31ML4-12.2554G0.9010.620.3
Angel Nesbitt(R)25ML2-02.0829G0.9612.510.8(DET/MIL)
Juan Nicasio(R)29ML4-33.1530G1.277.130.7
Will Smith(L)26ML4-23.8935G1.168.01-0.1
Chris Hatcher(R)31DL0-01.9320G0.917.720.2DL 6-7 weeks bone chips
Michael Blazek(R)27AAA1-23.5654G1.009.220.5All stats AAA
Zach Rosscup(L)27AAA3-22.0847G1.0711.200.3All stats AAA
Chris Withrow(R)27AAA0-32.5647G1.189.3160.7All stats AAA

Led by Jeffress, there is not alot to complain about... especially figuring in that most pieces in this pen were stolen together off waivers or on cheap free agent deals. If I were to complain about something... it would be Will Smith like last year, but with O'Flaherty out for the year and Rosscup not quite being to our scouts liking... we will wait it out for the next weeks. Nesbitt fitted in perfectly and is dirt cheap so there is a good chance Hatcher won't be on there when he returns late in the year.


Catchers:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
Jonathan Lucroy(R)30ML.273-9-45.75094GS2.7460/0
Martin Maldonado(R)29ML.206-1-6.59433G/14GS0.382/2
Tim Federowicz(R)28AAA.246-6-40.70670GS1.3350/1All stats AAA

Lucroy collecting his second career All-Star came as a surprise but is seems he has become hot at the right time. We will definitly pick up his 2017 team option for $5.25M... and will have to become creative after that year. Asking him about an extension beyond that... he said 10y/$132M...

Infield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
1B Kenny Vargas(S)25ML.283-31-89.906104GS2.4622/6
2B/3B Luis Valbuena(R)30ML.143-2-8.47349G/7GS-0.371/1
3B Mike Moustakas(L)27ML.274-16-39.90192G/60GS2.6442/2
3B Matt Reynolds(R)32ML.249-18-38.90691G/48GS1.8350/1
SS/2B Luis Sardinas(S)23ML.274-5-37.705102GS2.76233/49
SS Orlando Arcia(R)21ML.282-1-8.72020G/20GS0.591/2
1B Greg Bird(L)23AAA.223-11-42.728101G/100GS1.0480/0All stats AAA
SS Jorge Mateo(L)21AA.201-9-33.592100GS0.34419/24All stats AA

Trading for Kennys Vargas NOW instead of playing a replacement level 1B till Greg Bird looks like a good decision for now as Bird isn't getting things done now and with Vargas, we snagged one of the best power hitters as for today. The other story obviously is Orlando Arcia. I hoped for great defense and a .250 bat. So far, I got both and he already has amassed 0.5WAR in 20 games... That's a impressive pace.

Outfield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
LF Oswaldo Arcia(L)25ML.234-18-59.760100GS1.0532/6(MIL/MIN)
LF Khris Davis(R)28ML.265-15-40.81395G/83GS2.2470/0
CF Tyrone Taylor(L)22ML.269-6-27.79475G/72GS2.9379/13
CF Logan Schafer(L)29ML.221-0-13.56648G/35GS0.1104/4
RF Ryan Braun(R)32ML.286-17-54.81089GS1.3535/8
OF Brandon Guyer(R)30AAA.230-2-6.59659G/24GS0.2193/3All Stats MLB
CF Monte Harrison(R)20AA.266-12-50.78496GS2.55821/23All Stats AA
RF Mike Papi(R)23AA.268-9-46.80879GS1.3454/5All Stats AA

Last month, I said that Ryan Braun needs to pick up the slack....327-7-17 .989OPS is just that I would say. Arcia has been not that great since coming over but I trust our scouts here and if he breaks out Having Khris Davis on the bench means another pinch hit option if needed and did a decent job there. In the end, we loaded up our outfield with quality bats... and a young center fielder.
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2016 Week 18

Week 18: 3@ Chicago Cubs, 3vs Washington Nationals

August 1st

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 6-2
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 7IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 6K, 1-3 R
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 3-4 R 3SB(36)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R 2RBI HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-2 R 2RBI DB
MIL 3B Matt Reynolds 2-4 R 2RBI HR
HR MIL: Ryan Braun(18), Matt Reynolds(19)
HR CHC: Alex Gordon(11)
W: Kevin Gausman(10-9 2.82) L: Jon Lester(13-4 2.79)
We jumped on Lester for three runs in the 1st including a 2-run Reynolds homer and we chased Lester after four.

News:
Padres 2B Kolten Wong(25, 4/4.5*) had a big 4-5 day in his sixth game with San Diego, going 4-5 R 5RBI TP in a 9-3 win over Cincinnati. After He spent five years in the Cardinals organisaion before getting dealed over at this trade deadline, batting .299-3-28 .775OPS in 56G.

August 2nd

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 0-5
MIL SP Josh Johnson 7IP 10H 5R 4ER 2BB 7K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 DB
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-4
HR MIL: none
HR CHC: Javier Baez 2(12)
W: Kyle Hendricks(8-7 2.92) L: Josh Johnson(7-7 3.43)
Johnson kept it close before getting left in one inning to long... and dropping four runs in the 7th.

News:
Cubs 2B Javier Baez(23, 5*) bashed two home runs in a 5-0 win over the Brewers, going 2-3 2R 4rBI BB 2HR and improving to bat .214-12-37 .653OPS. His hurler SP Kyle Hendricks(26, 3/3.5*) pitched eight scoreless in the W today, going 8IP 5H 0ER 2BB 6K and add to a 8-7 2.92 94K year.

August 3rd

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 2-7
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 4.1IP 7H 3R 3ER 5BB 4K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL PH Logan Schafer 1-4 SB(5)
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(32)
HR CHC: Javier Baez(13)
W: Ian Kennedy(8-7 3.21) L: Jimmy Nelson(13-1 2.65)
Nelson's perfect streak is over and the Cubs took home the series win.

News:
Twins SP Jake Reed(23, 0.5/3*) pitched a beauty against the Royals tonight in a 4-0 win, going 8.1IP 7H 0ER 1BB 5K. Reed is a pretty solid SP prospect... but was rushed by the Twins and is 7-9 5.84 83K in 22 starts therefore.

Cubs 2B Javier Baez(23, 5*) continued to clobber Brewers pitching tonight with a 4-5 3R 3RBI TP HR day in a 7-2 win. Drafted 9th overall in the 2011 draft, he is in his first full season, batting .223-13-40 .681OPS in 95 games.

The Nationals suffered a severe loss today... as SP Stephen Strasburg(28, 5*) left today's start with some arm pain and was diagnosed with a torn triceps. The injury will keep him out for the year. He was 10-3 2.23 173K in 24 starts.

August 4th
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News:
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado(25, 3.5*) collected five hits and helped his team to a 5-2 win over Atlanta, going 5-5 2RBI 2DB. Arenado is already a 3x Gold Glover at age 25 and is batting .306-19-64 .845OPS in 105 games.

August 5th

Washington Nationals - Milwaukee Brewers 1-11
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R SB(6)
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-3 2R RBI BB HBP HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 3-5 2R 2RBI HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 3-3 3R 3RBI BB DB HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-2 3RBI BB
HR WSH: Anthony Rendon(10)
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(33), Oswaldo Arcia(19), Mike Moustakas(17)
W: Aaron Sanchez(8-10 3.05) L: Jordan Zimmerman(13-4 2.53)
We took out one of the marquee pitchers fora 4.2IP 5R ride before dropping six more on their pen to start a 3-game set... which is nice.

News:
The White Sox won 10-2 against the Tigers, and a couple of batters had big days in the win. 2014 Rookie of the Year 1B Jose Abreu(29, 4.5*) enjoyed a 2-3 4R 3RBI 2BB 2HR day, adding to his .293-29-80 .908OPS year which is actually a small step back compared to 2015. RF Avsail Garcia(25, 3.5/4*) had a similar day, going 2-5 2R 4RBI 2HR and improving to bat .281-18-48 .858OPS for the year.

Cubs C Kyle Schwarber(23, 4/4.5*) bashed two home runs in a 13-2 rout of the Dodgers, going 3-4 3R 3RBI BB 2HR. Schwarber is in his rookie season, batting .220-16-41 .702OPS in 85 games.

August 6th

Washington Nationals - Milwaukee Brewers 6-1
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 6IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 6K, 1-2
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-3 R BB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-3 DB
HR WSH: Ian Desmond(12)
HR MIL: none
W: Taylor Jordan(1-0 1.13) L: Tyler Thornburg(9-8 3.65)
The Nats recalled Taylor Jordan to replace Strasburg... and got their money's worth. Thorny kept it a 1-run game until he imploded in the 7th...

News:
Nationals SS Ian Desmond(30, 2.5*) hit around in Milwaukee today in a 6-1 win, going 4-4 3R 2RBI 2DB HR. The 3x Silver Slugger got extended till 2019 by his only career team and is batting .243-12-46 .709OPS in 96 games this year.

Cubs SP Jon Lester(32, 4.5*) pitched eight scoreless in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers, going 8IP 3H 0ER 4BB 9K. The 4x All-Star really arrived Chicago this year, going 14-4 2.66 146K in 24 games.

The Dodgers also got the injury diagnosis on RHCL Kenley Jansen(28, 5*) today... and it is not pretty. He suffered a torn elbow ligament and won't play again for 10 month. He only appeared in five games last year due to an injury and was 0-2 31SV 3.05 44.1IP this year.

August 7th

Washington Nationals - Milwaukee Brewers 7-5(10)
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 7.1IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 6K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-6 R 2RBI HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 2R 2BB
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-5 R 2RBI DB HR
HR WSH: Anthony Rendon(11)
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(34), Jonathan Lucroy(10)
W: Drew Storen(3-1 2.18) L: Jeremy Jeffress(1-3 2.70) SV: Addison Reed(21 3.38)
Our pen got a 5-3 lead handed to them... and Jeremy Jeffress singlehandedly made it a 7-5 loss...

News:
Twins SP Phil Hughes(30, 1.5*) dominated Houston today in a 4-0 win, going 8.2IP 5H 0ER 2BB 1K today. The control wizard is in his third year in Minnesota and doing just fine, posting a 8-6 3.48 100K year in 24 starts.

Orioles ace SP David Price(30, 4*) had his way against Seattle today in a 4-1 win, going 8.2IP 4H 1ER 0BB 11K. The lefty missed the start of the season with a partially torn labrum suffered in spring training and is 4-4 3.70 49K in nine starts since.

Reds SP Homer Bailey(30, 3*) had a big strikeout game today in a 4-2 win against the Redbirds, going 7IP 1H 1ER 2BB 13K. Bailey is commanding a $18M salary and posting a 9-6 3.67 118K year in 22 starts to earn it.

Week: 2-4(1-2@ CHC, 1-2vs WSH)
Power Rankings: #2(-1)
Runs scored: 516(2)
Starters ERA: 3.58(8)
Bullpen ERA: 2.70(1)
Defensive Eff.: .701(2)
Fan Interest: 89(+1)

Who's hot?
1B Kennys Vargas 7G 11-29 .379 5HR 13RBI

Who's not?
C Martin Maldonado 11G 1-23 .043 0HR 2RBI

Orioles 1B Christian Walker(25, 1.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 11-26 4HR 9RBI's. Drafted in the 4th round in 2012, Walker is batting .287-21-56 .851OPS in his first full season as the teams first baseman, playing in 110 games.

Phillies 1B Adam Lind(33, 2*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 12-22 2HR 6RBI's. Lind spent most of his career in Toronto, winning a Silver Slugger in 2009 there, but spent his last year in Milwaukee and Baltimore before signing with Philadelphia. He is batting .259-11-38 .747OPS in 88 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers69-42-
Pittsburgh Pirates62-497
Cincinnati Reds62-507.5
Chicago Cubs60-519
St. Louis Cardinals51-5917.5
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2016 Week 19

Week 19: 4@ San Francisco Giants, 3@ Seattle Mariners

August 8th

Milwaukee Brewers – San Francisco Giants 7-6(10)
MIL SP Josh Johnson 6IP 4H 3R 1ER 4BB 4K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-5 R DB
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 3-5 2R DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 3R 3RBI BB HR
MIL PH Khris Davis 1-1 2RBI
HR MIL: Tyrone Taylor(7)
HR SFG: Joe Panik(4), Adam Duvall
W: Juan Nicasio(5-3 2.90) L: Casey Janssen(1-1 2.60) SV: Corey Knebel(4 3.59)
A couple of bullpen blowups by Jeremy Jeffress and Sergio Romo and a game winning RBI-single by Lucroy top 10th... entertaining game.

News:
The Mariners had to announce that team owner Howard Lincoln passed away due to illness recently. His son, Howard Lincoln Jr. will be his successor and the local media expects this to have a big influence in the team's future... as Junior has often criticised his father for spending too much money on a losing team. The Mariners are 49-63 so far.

August 9th

Milwaukee Brewers – San Francisco Giants 1-4
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 6IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 9K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-4 R
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-4 RBI DB
HR MIL: none
HR SFG: Asdrubal Cabrera(13), Hunter Pence(14)
W: Tim Lincecum(5-8 3.84) L: Jimmy Nelson(13-2 2.60) SV: Casey Janssen(2 2.50)
No offense and Corey Knebel imploded then gave up a 3-run homer to Cabrera that ended any dream of a victory in the 8th. Timmy went 8.1IP with 1ER and 10K today... meh.

News:
Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw(28, 5*) dominated the Cardinals today in a complete game 5-hitter, a 3-0 win over the Cardinals. Kershaw walked one and struck out six. He is one of only few hurlers that also won a MvP Award twice and could look for another one with a 12-4 2.34 172K in 22 starts.

August 10th

Milwaukee Brewers – San Francisco Giants 5-0
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 8.2IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 7K, 1-3 2RBI BB DB
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-5 RBI DB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-3 R 2BB
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-4 RBI
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 R RBI
HR MIL: none
HR SFG: none
W: Aaron Sanchez(9-10 2.87) L: Jordan Lyles(8-6 4.33)
Sanchez came out firing on all cylinders but wasn't able to make it a complete game after a HBP and a walk in the 9th.

News:
Padres SP Casey Kelly(26, 1.5*) 3-hit the Orioles today in a 3-0 win, allowing no walks and striking out five. Kelly was drafted by the Red Sox and was later part of the Adrian Gonzalez deal in 2010, This is his first full year as a starter and he is 5-13 4.71 89K in 23GS.

Brewers SP Aaron Sanchez(24, 4*) blanked the Giants in a 5-0 win, going 8.2IP 3H 0ER 1BB 7K. Sanchez, a 1st rounder in 2010, saw his first season as a starter cut short with a torn labrum last year, and was dealed over from Toronto for a package of players in July this year. Sanchez is 9-10 2.87 124K in 24 starts and 4-3 2.75 since coming over.

Athletics C Steven Vogt(31, 2*) mashed two homers today in a 6-3 win in Cincinnati, going 2-3 2R 4RBI BB 2HR. Vogt was drafted by the Rays in 2007 and came over in 2013, becoming the starting catcher quickly. He is batting .231-19-59 .737OPS in 100 games, easily exceeding his career high in HR by four already.

August 11th

Milwaukee Brewers – San Francisco Giants 4-5
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 R RBI HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 R RBI
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-4 R RBI DB
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(35)
HR SFG: Brandon Belt(8)
W: Greg Holland(3-4 2.18) L: Juan Nicasio(5-4 3.22)
The good news, we scored four runs. The bad news, they still walked off on a 2-run Belt HR.

News:
Royals 3B Garin Cecchini(25, 1* HS, 2.5* OSA) had a big four hit game in a 11-1 win over Boston, going 4-5 R 4RBI BB. Dealt over from exactly the same team in June 2016, Cecchini has played in 54 games at third this year, batting .286-2-25 .756OPS.

August 12th

Milwaukee Brewers – Seattle Mariners 7-5
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 8IP 9H 5R 5ER 0BB 6K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-5 RBI DB
MIL DH Mark Reynolds 1-2 3R RBI BB HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-3 R RBI BB DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 2R RBI SB(10)
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-2 R 2RBI BB DB SB(3)
HR MIL: Mark Reynolds(20)
HR SEA: Brad Miller(14)
W: Kevin Gausman(11-9 2.98) L: Carson Smith(4-3 2.83) SV: Corey Knebel(5 3.96)
Gausman gave us the length to keep our pen alive another day while our offense chased Walker after 3.2IP.

News:
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera(33, 5*) collected hit #2500 of his career in a 7-2 win over the Yankees. The 2x MvP, 6x Silver Slugger and 9x All-Star is a career .317/.396/.559 446HR 1534RBI hitter with 2501H and 1336 runs scored and is locked up in Detroit till 2024.

Cubs SP Jon Lester(32, 4.5*) added more misery for the Cardinals today, going 8.1IP 3H 0ER 0BB 3K in a 3-0 win. The 4x All-Star cashed in big after a successful career in Boston and is 15-4 2.53 149K in 25 starts.

Padres LF Matt Kemp(31, 4.5*) had a career night today in Cincinnati, going 5-6 3R 6RBI 2HR in a 10-5 win over the Reds. The 2x Gold Glover and Silver Slugger is wildly regarded as a disappointment in San Diego, mirroring his 2015 numbers with a .231-15-55 .674OPS campaign.

August 13th

Milwaukee Brewers – Seattle Mariners 1-0
MIL SP Josh Johnson 8.1IP 4H 0R 0ER 0BB 3K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 DB
MIL RF Khris Davis 2-3
MIL DH Luis Valbuena 2-4 RBI DB
HR MIL: none
HR SEA: none
W: Josh Johnson(8-7 3.18) L: James Paxton(4-5 3.97) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(30 2.62)
Johnson outpitched Paxton today and only got one run of support off the bat of Luis Valbuena as two (now) bench guys came through today.

News:
Brewers SP Josh Johnson(32, 3*) continued a great year in a 1-0 win in Seattle, going 8.1IP 4H 0ER 0BB 3K. Johnson recently signed a rather cheap 2y/$7M extension giving what he would command on the open market as he is 8-7 3.18 141K in 25 games.

Astros C Tyler Heineman(25, 3/3.5* HS, 3* OSA) and his team won 9-4 in Texas and was 2-3 2R 5RBI BB 2HR for the day. Drafted in the 8th round in 2012, Heineman is batting .254-15-66 in .756OPS in 102 games in his rookie season.

The Dodgers took a huge blow as SP Clayton Kershaw(28, 5*) left today's game with some elbow pain... and was diagnosed with a torn labrum and will miss seven month of play. The superstar was 13-4 2.25 177K in 23 games prior to injury.

August 14th

Milwaukee Brewers – Seattle Mariners 3-4
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 5K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 R DB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 R RBI HR
MIL C Martin Maldonado 2-3 R 2RBI
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(20), Martin Maldonado(2)
HR SEA: none
W: Danny Farquhar(3-6 3.40) L: Boone Logan(4-2 2.22)
Nelson wasn't good today and while our offense equaled what he gave up.. it was our pen that blew it in the 9th.

News:
Reds 3B Ryan Rua(26, 3.5*) tore through Padres pitching in a 15-4 win tonight, going 3-4 2R 6RBI 2HR for the day. Acquired from Texas at the 2016 deadline, Rua developed into a decent bat, hitting .247-18-64 .719OPS in 117 games.

Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista(35 4.5*) bashed two over the wall against the Athletics, collecting a 2-3 3R 4RBI 2BB 2HR game. Bautista has passed Vernon Wells for second most HR with the franchise with 270 and is batting .274-25-72 .946OPS in 92 games.

Week: 4-3(2-2@ SFG, 2-1@ SEA)
Power Rankings: #1(+1)
Runs scored: 544(2)
Starters ERA: 3.50(6)
Bullpen ERA: 2.75(1)
Defensive Eff.: .701(3)
Fan Interest: 90(+1)

Who's hot?
SP Josh Johnson 2G 1-0 0.63 14.1IP 7K
SP Aaron Sanchez 2G 2-0 0.61 14.2IP 13K
LHRP Boone Logan 20G 1SV 0.60 15IP 19K

Who's not?
2B Luis Sardinas 7G 1-26 .038 0HR 2RBI

Rangers LF Nick Williams(22, 1/2.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 12-23 1HR 5RBI's. Drafted in the second round in 2012, this is Williams' rookie season and he is hitting .264-6-27 .719OPS 11/16SB in 67 games.

Padres LF Matt Kemp(31, 4.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 12-21 3HR 9RBI's. The veteran is batting .234-16-58 .694OPS in 89 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers73-45-
Pittsburgh Pirates66-516.5
Chicago Cubs63-549.5
Cincinnati Reds63-549.5
St. Louis Cardinals55-6217.5
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2016 Week 20

Week 20: 2@ Texas Rangers, 4vs Cincinnati Reds

August 15th
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News:
Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira(36, 1.5*) hit career HR #400 today in a 6-5 win over the Angels. Tex started his career in Texas and after short stints with the Angels and Braves, he joined the Yankees in 2009 and has never looked back. Over his career, he collected five Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers and two All-Star nominations, batting .267/.358/.504 400HR 1277RBI 1838H in 1848 career games in the process.

Marlins SP Jose Urena(24, 3.5/4*) pitched a complete game 10-1 win in Kansas City, going 9IP 5H 1ER 0BB 4K. Urena has developed some pinpoint control in the farm and is having a nice rookie season, going 11-7 3.53 109K in 25G/22GS.

August 16th

Milwaukee Brewers – Texas Rangers 9-6
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 4.2IP 8H 6R 5ER 2BB 8K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 4-4 R 4RBI 2BB TP
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-5 RBI DB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-3 R 2BB
MIL DH Khris Davis 3-5 R
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-3 2R RBI 2BB SB(11)
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-2 2R 2RBI BB
HR MIL: none
HR TEX: none
W: Boone Logan(5-2 2.15) L: Martin Perez(5-14 6.03) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(31 2.57)
Sanchez had a rotten start but we clobbered Perez and their pen while our relievers were flawless.

News:
Cardinals SP Chris Bassitt(27, 2*) pitched eight scoreless against the Pirates today, posting a 2015-like 8IP 3H 0ER 1BB 5K performance. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award Winner has responded nicely to get traded to the NL, going 5-2 2.03 in eight starts since then, and improving to 11-9 3.41 104K in 24 starts for the year.

White Sox 1B Mike Napoli(34, 2*) had a career night in a 10-9 win over the Tigers today, going 2-3 2R 6RBI 2BB 2HR day. The veteran slugger played for the Angels, Rangers and Red Sox prior to signing a 2y-deal prior to this season... and responding with a .223-11-49 .689OPS season in 108 games.

Brewers 2B Luis Sardinas(23, 3/4* HS, 3.5* OSA) had a big day at the plate today in a 9-6 win over the Rangers, going a perfect 4-4 R 4RBI 2BB TP. The Rangers are is former team... who included him in the Gallardo trade back in January 2015. Sardinas is having another nice season, batting .270-5-43 .692OPS 37/54SB 65R in 115 games.

August 17th

Milwaukee Brewers – Texas Rangers 10-8
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 6IP 9H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 3-5 2R RBI 2SB(39)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 R RBI BB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-4 R 4RBI HR
MIL DH Khris Davis 2-5 R 3RBI HR
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 2R BB
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(21), Khris Davis(16)
HR TEX: Pat Cantwell(2)
W: Kevin Gausman(12-9 3.07) L: Travis Wood(2-7 7.83) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(32 2.54)
The game was only close because Knebel imploded for 3ER in the 9th trying to end the game... and Jeffress had to be summoned.

News:
Giants SP Madison Bumgarner(27, 4/4.5*) missed a complete game by one out in a 4-0 win over the Nationals, going 8.2IP 5H 0ER 1BB 5K. MadBum is a 2x All-Star and World Series MvP and is having a decent, but not great 11-14 3.68 142K season in 26 starts.

Tigers SS Jose Iglesias(26, 2.5/3.5*) made quick work in Chicago today, lifting his team to a 12-2 win with a 4-5 R 7RBI R DB HR day. Iglesias, a 2015 Gold Glover, is a former Red Sox farmhand and came over in 2013 via trade. He is batting .255-3-35 .608OPS in 118 games with great defense.

Braves C Christian Bethancourt(24, 3.5*) collected a big 5-5 game in a 12-2 win over the Phillies today, going 5-5 2R 6RBI DB HR. The defensive catcher won a Gold Glove at age 23 already but is only batting .239-6-40 .604OPS in 109 games this year.

August 18th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 3-6
MIL SP Josh Johnson 7IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 9K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4 R DB
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R RBI 2DB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 R
MIL PH Khris Davis 1-1 R 2RBI HR
HR CIN: Jay Bruce(9)
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(36), Khris Davis(17)
W: Josh Johnson(9-7 3.11) L: Homer Bailey(9-8 4.00)
Johnson pitched a 2-hit beauty but Nesbitt gave up two runs(not hits) to make it 'close'.

News:
White Sox SP Chris Sale(27, 5*) pitched a complete game 6-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Twins, allwoing 1BB and 4K in the process. The left-hander and 4x All-Star is having a 13-9 3.01 171K year in 26 games.

Tigers SP Scott Kazmir(32, 1.5*) had a great night in a 6-0 win over the Royals, going eight scorless with 3H 0ER 1BB 5K. The veteran yourneyman and 4x All-Star signed a HUGE 5y/$93M contract with Detroit this offseason and is 10-11 3.65 89K in 25 games.

August 19th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 5-0
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 4K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-4 DB
HR CIN: Ryan Rua(19), Billy Hamilton(16), Joey Votto(21), Brandon Phillips(3)
HR MIL: none
W: Tony Cingrani(7-3 2,77) L: Tyler Thornburg(9-9 3.90) SV: Aroldis Chapman(25 2.65)
They hit alot of balls hard off Thorny and we didn't off Cingrani and their pen...

August 20th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 1-0
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 8IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 4K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R RBI 2DB
MIL C Martin Maldonado 2-4 DB SB(7)
HR CIN: none
HR MIL: none
W: Michael Lorenzen(7-4 3.11) L: Jimmy Nelson(13-3 2.60) SV: Aroldis Chapman(26 2.60)
Taking an educated guess... this one is on our offense. Abraham Almonte doubled in Hamilton to start the game... and that was all the action on both sides.

News:
Marlins SP Adam Conley(26, 2*) collected a complete game win in a 9-1 game against the Giants today, going 9IP 7H 1R 0ER 0BB 7K. Conley is in his rookie season, and apart from getting suspended for two games due to a brawl, he is 9-3 3.35 90K in 19G/18GS.

Reds SP Michael Lorenzen(24, 3*) beat the Central leading Brewers 1-0 today, going 8IP with 4H 0ER 0BB and 5 strikeouts. After appearing in exactly one game last year, the right hander is 7-4 3.54 117K in 22 games in his rookie season.

Yankees RF David Peralta(29, 2.5*) bashed out four hits in a 8-5 win over the Red Sox, going 4-4 2R 3RBI BB DB HR to be exact. Acquired from the D'backs in May, Peralta is batting .261-11-40 .749OPS since coming over.

August 21st

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 2-3
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 7IP 2H 2R 2ER 3BB 5K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-3 R SB(42)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 R 2RBI DB HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 R DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-4 RBI DB
HR CIN: nobody
HR MIL: Ryan Braun(19)
W: Jeremy Jeffress(2-3 2.48) L: Jumbo Diaz(9-5 3.45)
Why not walk-off in the 9th on a Orlando Arcia double to tie the series? Ryan Braun homered and doubled in a run to even their run output and today, our pen kept it close for two innings.

News:
Mariners C Mike Zunino(25, 4.5*) left Globe Life Park twice today in a 7-2 win over the Rangers, going 2-4 2R 4RBI 2HR for the day. Drafted 3rd overall in 2012, Zunino is already in his fourth year in Seattle, batting .220-13-45 .655OPS in 110 games.

Week: 4-2(2-0@ TEX, 2-2vs CIN)
Power Rankings: #1(+-0)
Runs scored: 572(1)
Starters ERA: 3.54(8)
Bullpen ERA: 2.75(1)
Defensive Eff.: .700(4)
Fan Interest: 89(-1)

Who's hot?
SP Josh Johnson 3G 2-0 0.84 21.1IP 16K
LHRP Boone Logan 22G 1SV 0.51 17.2IP 23K
LF Khris Davis 12G 11-21 .524 2HR 8RBI

Who's not?
RHRP Corey Knebel 19G 3SV 7.63 15.1IP 16K

White Sox LF Melky Cabrera(32, 1.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 14-32 2HR 3RBI's. Cabrera missed a total of six weeks last year but managed to hit .331 while being healthy. He is having a .291-10-62 .780OPS in 116 games.

Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton(26, 5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 13-22 1HR 7RBI's. The 3x All-Star has once again missed some time due to injury but is having his best season so far, batting .307-25-81 .967OPS in 105 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers77-47-
Pittsburgh Pirates69-547.5
Cincinnati Reds67-5710
Chicago Cubs66-5710.5
St. Louis Cardinals59-6417.5

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2016 Week 21

Week 21: 3vs St. Louis Cardinals, 3@ Cincinnati Reds

August 22nd

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 4-5
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 5.2IP 10H 4R 4ER 5BB 6K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-3 2R RBI BB HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-4 2R 3RBI 2HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-4 R RBI HR
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-3
HR STL: Greg Garcia(3)
HR MIL: Orlando Arcia(22), Jonathan Lucroy(11), Mike Moustakas 2(19)
W: Angel Nesbitt(3-0 2.20) L: Nick Hagadone(0-5 4.14) SV: Corey Knebel(6 4.25)
Gausman left trailing 0-4 but Lucroy, Arcia and Mous homered off Martinez to chase him in the 7th... and the Moose then hit a 2-run jack in the 8th to finish them off.

News:
Reds C Devin Mesoraco(28, 3.5*) helped his team win 13-4 against the D'backs, going 3-5 2R 4RBI DB 2HR. The reigning Silver Slugger at C is batting .271-21-61 .826OPS in 113 games and with that being better numbers than last year... is looking for a repeat.

Brewers 3B Mike Moustakas(27, 2*) hit the deciding blow in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals, going 2-4 2R 3RBI 2HR and hitting the game winning 2-run HR. Claimed off waivers last year, Moustakas is batting .262-19-49 .857OPS in 111 games and 75 starts as platoon 3B.

August 23rd

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 5-4
MIL SP Josh Johnson 7IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 2K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-5 SB(43)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-5 R
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-3 R 2RBI HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-4 R
HR STL: Jason Heyward(9)
HR MIL: Mike Moustakas(20)
W: Nick Hagadone(1-5 4.05) L: Jeremy Jeffress(2-4 2.75) SV: Kelvin Herrera(25 1.50)
Johnson was left in an inning to long and gave up two runs in the 7th and Jeffress then blew the effort in the 9th.

News:
Braves SP Matt Wisler(23, 2.5/3.5*) pitched eight scoreless in a 1-0 win over the Mets today, going 8IP 6H 0ER 1BB 4K today. The former #40 prospect(2015) is in his first full year as a starter after coming out of the pen mostly last year, going 6-8 3.79 130K in 26 starts so far.

Dodgers SP Zach Greinke(32, 4.5*) pitched a beauty that his pen nearly blew, still beating the Marlins 3-2 while going 8IP 4H 0ER 1BB 4K for the day. Greinke had a couple of bad outings earlier this month and his ERA moved over three and he is 10-7 3.00 142K in 26G/25GS.

The Cubs will be without their star 3B Kris Bryant(24, 5*) for basically the rest of the season due to a fractured finger. Last year's All-Star has been struggling in his sophomore year, batting .232-15-49 .723OPS in 104 games prior to the injury.

August 24th

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 1-7
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 8IP 7H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K, 0-2 R BB
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-2 2R 3RBI 2BB HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 3-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-4 RBI DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-4 R RBI
HR STL: Matt Carpenter(8)
HR MIL: Luis Sardinas(6), Kennys Vargas(37)
W: Tyler Thornburg(10-9 3.75) L: Michael Wacha(10-10 3.74)
A rare 3-run blast by Sardinas and a solo shot by Vargas made it 4-0 in the 3rd inning and we never let up on both sides of the ball.

News:
Padres SP R.A. Dickey(41, 0.5*) had everything going today and collected a complete game 5-1 win over the Pirates, going 9IP 5H 1ER BB 8K. The knuckleballer won the 2012 Cy Young Award but his star has been falling since then and he had to wait till May to get picked up. For 2016, he is 3-6 3.68 49K in 20G and 9 starts.

Blue Jays SP Zach McAllister(28, 1*) also went the distance in a 5-1 win over the Yankees, going 9IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K. Acquired from the Indians in May 2015 for a couple of low level prospects, McAllister is 7-11 3.81 101K in 25G/24GS for the 61-67 Blue Jays.

Rockies SP Justin Masterson(31, 2.5*) pitched eight innings of 1-hit ball in a 1-0 win over the Phillies, going 8IP 1H 0ER 2BB 8K. Masterson mostly relies on his sinker and his movement to generate grounders, but he hasn't been really successful since the 2013 season, posting a 8-10 4.48 107K year in 26 starts on a 1y-deal.

August 25th
offday

News:
Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood(26, 0.5/1.5*) followed up Masterson's game with a complete game 2-hitter, beating the Phillies 4-0 while allowing 2H 2BB 6K. This was only his third start since the start of 2015 as he was relegated to the pen, and he is 6-3 5.20 52K in 83IP this year.

Pirates SP Jordan Jankowski(27, 3*) rolled over the Giants in a 4-0 today, going 8IP 3H 0ER 0BB 4K. Jankowski, nicknamed 'J.J.' for obvious reasons, came over from the Astros in May and has been rock solid since then, going 7-4 3.98 78K in 21G/18GS.

Reds C Devin Mesoraco(28, 3.5*) continues to roll this week, going 3-5 2R 5RBI 2HR in a 9-8 win over the Diamondbacks, clinching a 3-1 series win. Locked up till 2018, the 3x All-Star is batting .273-23-66 .841OPS in 115 games now.

August 26th

Milwaukee Brewers – Cincinnati Reds 5-2
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 8IP 3H 0R 0ER 4BB 8K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 3-5 2R RBI HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 2R 2RBI BB HR SB(3)
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-5
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-4 R RBI HR
HR MIL: Orlando Arcia(2), Kennys Vargas(38), Ryan Braun(20)
HR CIN: Josh Hamilton(7)
W: Jimmy Nelson(14-3 2.47) L: Dan Straily(4-9 4.23)
Despite Knebel's best effort to sabotage Nelson's great outing, we brought this one home... after Jeffress came in to get the final out.

News:
Cubs SP Johnny Cueto(30, 3.5*) collected a complete game 8-1 win over the Padres, going 9IP 4H 1ER 0BB 4K. Signed to a 5y/$64.7M deal, the 2014 All-Star is only 8-14 4.41 120K in 25 games and wildly regarded as a disappointment.

Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson(27, 2.5*) continued his magic in a 5-2 win over the Reds, going 8iP 3H 0ER 4BB 8K and collecting another W. Nelson was a 2nd rounder in 2010 and after struggling to get his ERA under 4.50 the last two years, he started 13-0 into the season and is 14-3 2.47 121K in 25 starts, good for 2.9WAR.

August 27th

Milwaukee Brewers – Cincinnati Reds 2-4
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 5.1IP 7H 4R 4ER 4BB 3K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-3 DB BB
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-3 RBI
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-4 RBI
HR MIL: none
HR CIN: Ryan Rua(21), Kyle M. Waldrop(7)
W: Jose Cisnero(12-7 4.19) L: Kevin Gausman(12-10 3.26) SV: Ryan Rua(28 2.96)
Gausman had another rotten start and today, our offense couldn't pick him up.

August 28th

Milwaukee Brewers – Cincinnati Reds 11-4
MIL SP Josh Johnson 8IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 6K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-3 R 2RBI BB SB(45)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R RBI BB HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-5 2R 2RBI 2HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 3-5 R 2RBI DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-4 2R BB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 2R 2RBI 2BB SB(4)
HR MIL: Ryan Braun(21), Kennys Vargas 2(40)
HR CIN: Yoilan Cerse(10), Abraham Almonte(2)
W: Josh Johnson(10-7 3.19) L: Homer Bailey(10-9 3.91)
Johnson pitched a decent game and the bats clobbered Bailey and their pen into submission for a series win.

News:
Tigers SP Drew VerHagen(25, 3.5*) collected a complete game 5-hitter, allowing 2BB 4K in a 9-0 win over the Mets. The young right hander is having a decent 8-8 3.96 85K year in 26 starts and scouts see potential for a #3 starter in him.

The Reds took a huge blow today... as 1B Joey Votto(32, 4.5*), who left a game against the D'backs earlier this week, was diagnosed with a torn PCL an will be out for 9-10 months. Votto was batting for a hot .309-21-72 .947OPS while being on pace for the highest WAR since his MvP season.

Week: 4-2(2-1vs STL, 2-1@ CIN)
Power Rankings: #2(-1)
Runs scored: 606(1)
Starters ERA: 3.54(6)
Bullpen ERA: 2.77(1)
Defensive Eff.: .701(4)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Jimmy Nelson 2G 1-1 0.56 16IP 12K
LHRP Boone Logan 23G 1SV 0.47 19IP 25K
RF Ryan Braun 5G 10-21 .476 2HR 2RBI

Who's not?
RHRP Corey Knebel 18G 3SV 8.22 15.1IP 16K

Rays 2B Nick Franklin(25, 2.5/3.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 10-18 2HR 7RBI's. The switch hitter was drafted in the 1st round by the Mariners in 2009 and was part of the Price/Tigers deal in 2014. He is batting .285-6-19 .860OPS in just 38 games after spending most of the year in AAA.

Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter(30, 3*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 10-21 2HR 11RBI's. The 2x Silver Slugger is locked up till 2019 with a 2020 $18.5M team option. He is batting .283-9-55 .761OPS in 125 games this year.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers81-49-
Pittsburgh Pirates72-589
Cincinnati Reds71-6010.5
Chicago Cubs70-6011
St. Louis Cardinals63-6718
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2016 Week 22 Part 1

Week 22: 2@ Pittsburgh Pirates, 3vs Los Angeles Angels

August 29th
offday

News:
Phillies SP Henderson Alvarez(26, 3*) collected a complete game 5-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Mets, issuing no walks and striking out four. Acquired from the Marlins last year, he lost a total of 21 games but is 9-10 3.89 79K in 27 starts this year.

August 30th

Milwaukee Brewers – Pittsburgh Pirates 2-3(13)
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 8IP 4H 0R 0ER 2BB 6K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-6 2R DB TP
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-6 RBI
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-6 RBI
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-6
HR MIL: none
HR PIT: Francisco Pena(1)
W: Tommy Harlan(2-5 3.16) L: Boone Logan(5-3 2.22)
We gave a 2-0 lead to Jeremy Jeffress... and left the 9th 2-2 before Polanco doubled and Josh E. Bell singled to walk-off in the 13th.

News:
Indians SP Garrett Richards(28, 4.5*) collected a 3-0 win over the Braves in Atlanta, pitching eight scoreless with 3H 1BB 6K. He netted his first All-Star nomination this year, posting a 11-7 2.35 161K season in 27 starts.

Phillies CF Colby Rasmus(30, 4*) homered twice off Matt Harvey in a 8-3 win over the Mets, going 2-34R 5RBI 2BB 2HR. Rasmus signed a 4y/$29.4M deal this offseason after a bad year in Houston... and his 2016 is only a bit better as he is batting .208-24-68 .679OPS in 124 games.

August 31st

Milwaukee Brewers – Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 7IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-5 R RBI
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-5 RBI DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 R
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 3-4 2R RBI DB SB(3)
HR MIL: none
HR PIT: Josh E. Bell(12)
W: Tyler Thornburg(11-9 3.64) L: Jordan Jankowski(8-6 4.53) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(33 2.89)
With ten hits collected, we drove in three off Jankowski and two off veteran righty Matt Lindstrom... and Jeffress didn't blew it today.

News:
Cubs SP Johnny Cueto(30, 3.5*) got another good outing to go, beating the Dodgers 2-0 while pitching eight scoreless with 4H 2BB 1K. That got Cueto's season up to 9-14 4.20 121K in 26 starts and equaled his win total from last year.

Athletics RF Steven Piscotty(25, 4*) collected five hits today in a 5-2 win over the Tigers, scoring once, driving in three and collecting a home run. Piscotty is on fire since joining Oakland for AL Cy Young winner Chris Bassitt, batting .325-7-30 .926OPS in 50 games.
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With 30 games to go, we are in a comfortable position on top of the NL Central, a nine game lead. However, we will play four more against the Pirates and a total of seven games against the Cubs, both teams that are still in expanded striking distance. To keep this going, we called up a bunch of relievers and Taylor Jungmann to bolster our pitching staff... while our position players are more or less set... I realized just now that our 40-man is a bit shallow here... injuries could hurt us.

Staying positive... we are only 0.5G behind the Dodgers for the best record in the NL... and in baseball. With Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Kenley Jansen on the DL, they have to use veteran lefty Sean Marshall as closer, and Iglesias(#3), Billingsley(#4) and Tom Koehler(#5) behind Greinke and Ryu in the rotation.

Rotation:
NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9WARStatus
Kevin Gausman(R)25ML12-103.2629GS1.177.13.1(MIL/BAL)
Josh Johnson(R)32ML10-73.1928GS1.167.62.0
Jimmy Nelson(R)27ML14-32.4725GS1.286.83.0
Aaron Sanchez(R)24ML9-102.9127GS1.297.82.4(MIL/TOR)
Tyler Thornburg(R)27ML11-93.6426GS1.487.41.6
Taylor Jungmann(R)26MLB6-21.8812G/7GS1.176.90.6All stats MLB
Jose Berrios(R)22AAA3-22.896GS1.076.00.4All Stats AAA
Carlos Frias(R)26AAA13-63.2127GS1.136.82.9All stats AAA
Wily Peralta(R)27AAA5-75.0417GS1.517.31.4All Stats MLB
Jose Urias(L)20AA2-13.826G1.1811.50.4All Stats AA
David Burkhalter(R)21A6-155.9829GS1.618.01.5All Stats A
Hunter Harvey(R)20A11-103.7928G1.1912.22.9All Stats A

Gausman was hit around a bit and had a 5.03ERA last month, but for the most part, the rotation has been rock solid and we are really happy with Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg having good years . In AAA, Wily Peralta is 3-5 2.97 62K in 12 starts since we acquired Gausman... but I decided that we don't want to mix around the rotation that got us here... he will work with Berrios and Frias to finish a .515 win pct. season down there.

Bullpen:

NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9SVWARStatus
Jeremy Jeffress(R)28ML2-42.8963G1.0711.7331.2
Shawn Kelley(R)32ML5-12.03661.0913.421.4
Corey Knebel(R)24ML2-14.31671.3110.560.1
Boone Logan(L)32ML5-32.2263G1.0111.520.7
Angel Nesbitt(R)25ML3-02.4341G1.0513.810.8(DET/MIL)
Juan Nicasio(R)29ML5-43.0438G1.247.330.8
Will Smith(L)26ML4-23.4045G1.097.21-0.1
Chris Hatcher(R)31DL0-01.9320G0.917.720.2DL 2 weeks bone chips
Michael Blazek(R)27MLB2-33.5569G0.999.420.7All stats AAA
Zach Rosscup(L)27MLB5-22.6362G1.1510.700.2All stats AAA
Chris Withrow(R)27MLB1-32.6461G1.169.0240.9All stats AAA

Knebel is having tons of problems these days, posting a 9.26ERA in August in 11.2IP and Ronnie keeps using him in high leverage situations... as he also amassed three saves. We brought up a bunch of arms and may try out Rosscup a bit more to challenge Will Smith. Jungmann(see SP) will get a shot or two and Chris Hatcher will return in a couple of weeks... however without rehab assigment... I'd rather have our normal group out there.

Catchers:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
Jonathan Lucroy(R)30ML.269-11-56.733119GS3.1550/0
Martin Maldonado(R)29ML.231-2-8.68337G/17GS0.692/2
Tim Federowicz(R)28AAA.244-7-51.689104GS1.4460/2All stats AAA

All in order here, a bit more bang from Lucroy would be nice.

Infield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
1B Kenny Vargas(S)25ML.276-40-108.899131GS3.1783/7
2B/3B Luis Valbuena(R)30ML.158-2-9.49360G/10GS-0.371/1
3B Mike Moustakas(L)27ML.265-20-55.850118G/82GS3.2532/2
3B Matt Reynolds(R)33ML.231-20-41.861111G/54GS1.8420/1
SS/2B Luis Sardinas(S)23ML.277-6-50.705128GS3.67345/64
SS Orlando Arcia(R)22ML.287-2-21.74046GS0.9224/5
1B Greg Bird(L)23AAA.239-16-55.762131G/130GS1.8701/1All stats AAA
SS Jorge Mateo(L)21AA.200-11-43.580128S0.45625/33All stats AA

I stopped mulling about Vargas a while ago, but in other news, Greg Bird won AAA Player of the Month, batting .288-5-13 .873OPS in August. In the majors, our 3B platoon has cooled off a bit since the trade deadline and Mark Reynolds called twice... about an extension. He wants 3y and $8.7M annual... at age 33... that is not going to happen. Mr. Arcia(the younger one) continues to impress with a OPS+ of 109... but surprisingly not quite bringing the defense.


Outfield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
LF Oswaldo Arcia(L)25ML.225-22-68.748126GS1.2673/7(MIL/MIN)
LF Khris Davis(R)28ML.277-17-49.835117G/87GS2.6500/0
CF Tyrone Taylor(L)22ML.260-7-37.763101G/98GS3.45411/18
CF Logan Schafer(L)29ML.221-0-14.55458G/37GS0.0115/5
RF Ryan Braun(R)32ML.293-21-65.824115GS2.5727/11
OF Brandon Guyer(R)30AAA.230-2-6.59659G/24GS0.2193/3All Stats MLB
CF Monte Harrison(R)20AA.273-20-79.827123GS4.37625/27All Stats AA
RF Mike Papi(R)23AA.258-10-54.793109GS1.8667/8All Stats AA

Braun is really going off now that he has been healthy for more than two months, batting over .320 since returning from his ankle injury in July . Arcia(the older one) is still not really clicking here but I will simply leave him there... e.g. say Ron he should do nothing. Since Khris Davis is coming off the bench, he is batting .406... that is a weapon we have right there.
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2016 Week 22

Week 22: 2@ Pittsburgh Pirates, 3vs Los Angeles Angels

September 1st

Hey look... Rockies LHRP Cliff Lee is on waivers... how about no.

Milwaukee Brewers – Pittsburgh Pirates 2-6
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 6IP 8H 2R 2ER 3BB 7K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-4 R
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-4 RBI DB
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-4 RBI DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 3-3
HR MIL: none
HR PIT: none
W: Francisco Liriano(11-8 3.45) L: Corey Knebel(2-2 4.89)
It was all fun and games and a tied game... before Knebel walked four and saw all four plus two more cross the plate with Nicasio pitching.

News:
Mariners 3B Kyle Seager(28, 4*) hit two over the wall in a 5-2 win in Houston, going 2-3 2R 3RBI BB 2HR. Seager is locked up till the end of 2020 with double diget millions per year starting 2017. He is batting .264-20-59 .781OPS in 127G.

September 2nd

Los Angeles Angels - Milwaukee Brewers 3-2
MIL SP Josh Johnson 8IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-3 2R BB
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 BB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-3 2RBI BB
HR LAA: Todd Frazier(8)
HR MIL: none
W: Mike Morin(2-3 3.13) L: Jeremy Jeffress(2-5 3.13) SV: Wade Davis(35 0.95)
Why not blow another 2-1 game in the 9th...

News:
D'backs SP Aaron Blair(24, 1.5/2.5*) made his fourth start this season today and dominated the Giants 5-0, going 8.1IP 2H 0ER 3BB 8K. The former #38 prospect is 3-3 4.02 38K in 15G/4GS.

Reds SP Jose Cisnero(27, 4*) pitched a beauty at Coors Field today, beating the Rockies 3-0 in a 8IP 3H 0ER 2BB 5K performance. Cisnero is piching off a great fastball & slider with two more pitches, posting a 13-7 3.97 157K year in 28 starts.

Dodgers SS Corey Seager(22, 4.5/5*) collected a 4-4 day in a 8-5 win over the Padres, hitting a triple and a HR with 2R and 5RBI's. The young left handed batter is having a torrid 2016, going .324-10-60 .886OPS in 130 games.

September 3rd

Los Angeles Angels - Milwaukee Brewers 3-8
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 7IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 6K, 1-3 R 2RBI DB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-3 2R BB
MIL 3B Mark Reynolds 2-4 2R 3RBI DB HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-4
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-4 R RBI
HR LAA: none
HR MIL: Mark Reynolds(21)
W: Jimmy Nelson(15-3 2.53) L: Patrick Corbin(8-11 4.26)
A 2-run Reynolds homer in the 1st and a 6-run 6th did the trick today.

News:
Rangers SS Jurickson Profar(23, 4.5/5*) was clutch today in a 10-5 win over Minnesota, going 3-5 2R 5RBI DB with a 3-run homer. Profar, a first time All-Star this year, is batting .326-20-71 .953OPS in 104 games while missing four weeks to a strained hammy earlier this year.

Cubs LF Alex Gordon(32, 4.5*) was on base all day today in a 10-4 win over the Phillies, going 3-3 2R 4RBI 2BB 2DB. The big offseason acquisition is batting .254-12-46 .740OPS in a disappointing first year of a 2y deal.

September 4th

Los Angeles Angels - Milwaukee Brewers 3-6
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 3-3 3R RBI 2BB DB HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 3-4 R 2RBI BB DB HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-4 R RBI BB DB HR
HR LAA: Carlos E. Perez(1)
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(23), Mike Moustakas(21), Kennys Vargas(41)
W: Juan Nicasio(6-4 3.23) L: Fernando Salas(5-4 3.98) SV: Boone Logan(3 2.17)
It was a 3-3 game when Arcia and Moose went yard in the 8th.

News:
Indians SP Garrett Richards(28, 4.5*) dominated the Tigers with a 3-hit shutout, allowing only 3BB and 6K's in the win. With Kluber out for more than seven additional months, Richards now is the clear cut ace of the Indians, posting a 12-7 2.24 167K season in 28 start.

White Sox ace SP Chris Sale(27, 5*) spared his bullpen today in a 5-1 complete game win over the Red Sox, allowing 7H 1ER 1BB 7K. Sale is 10 strikeouts away from reaching 200K's for his fourth season, posting a 15-10 2.97 190K in 29 starts.

Week: 3-3(1-2@ PIT, 2-1vs LAA)
Power Rankings: #2
Runs scored: 631(1)
Starters ERA: 3.47(5)
Bullpen ERA: 2.95(1)
Defensive Eff.: .701(3)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Jimmy Nelson 3G 2-1 1.57 23IP 18K
RHP Taylor Jungmann 5G 3-0 0.00 18IP 11K
1B Kennys Vargas 10G 15-39 .385 5HR 10RBI

Who's not?
RHRP Corey Knebel 17G 3SV 9.39 15.1IP 16K

White Sox RF Avisail Garcia(25, 3.5/4*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 11-26 3HR 9RBI's. The young right handed batter is having a breakout year, batting .302-22-68 .892OPS in 112G.

Nationals RF Bryce Harper(23, 4.5/5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 9-17 4HR 5RBI's. The 2x All-Star is having a good but not great year, batting .314-17-62 .901OPS in 124G for 2016.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers84-52-
Pittsburgh Pirates76-608
Chicago Cubs75-619
Cincinnati Reds73-6414.5
St. Louis Cardinals66-7018

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2016 Week 23

Week 23: 3vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 3@ Chicago Cubs

September 5th

A six game week against division rivals in range... time to shine.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Milwaukee Brewers 0-1
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 7IP 1H 0R 0ER 3BB 8K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4 DB 2SB(47)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 R
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-4
HR PIT: none
HR MIL: none
W: Corey Knebel(3-2 4.81) L: Tom Harlan(2-6 3.08) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(34 3.08)
While it was Oswaldo Arcia who collected the game winning sac... it was Thorny who earned this one with seven great innings of work.

News:
Indians SP Trevor Bauer(25, 4*) brought home a complete game win, 7-1 versus Baltimore, with a 9IP 3H 1ER 0BB 7K showing at Progressive Field. Acquired in 2012 in a three team deal with ARI and CIN, Bauer is having his best MLB season, going 10-11 3.81 157K in 28 starts.

Twins SP Trevor May(26, 0.5* HS, 0.5/1* OSA) pitched a hell of a game in a 5-0 win over the Astros, missing a 3-hitter by one out with a 8.2IP 3H 0ER 3BB 6K performance. May was a 4th rounder in 2008 by the Phillies and later part of the Revere/Worley deal in 2012. In 14 starts, the right hander is 5-5 4.02 67K.

September 6th

Pittsburgh Pirates - Milwaukee Brewers 2-1
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 7IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 12K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4 RBI
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-3 R DB
HR PIT: Pedro Alvarez(5)
HR MIL: none
W: Francisco Liriano(12-8 3.35) L: Kevin Gausman(12-11 3.23) SV: Mark Melancon(33 3.43)
Gausman pitched a hell of a game but we couldn't rally in time to win this one.

News:
Royals SP Brandon Finnegan(23, 1.5/2.5*) collected a impressive 1-0 win over the Mariners, allowing no runs through 8.2IP with 3H 1BB 5K. Finnegan got into the spotlight as surprising bullpen part of the Royals 2014 run for the AL Crown, but is only 8-7 4.82 66K in 20 starts this year.

Athletics SP Jesse Chavez(33, 2*) cut his team's magic number to 16 with 8.2IP scoreless in a 6-0 win over the Rangers, allowing six knocks, three walks while striking out eight. For the first time in four years in Oakland, he is a full time starter, posting a 10-8 3.31 124K record in 28 starts.

Dodgers SS Corey Seager(22, 4.5/5*) saw a impressive 21-game hitting streak end in a 4-3 win over the Rockies. After making his debut last year and batted .368 in the playoffs... for a World Series winning team, he is batting .325-11-64 .893OPS in 134 games in his first full year.

September 7th

Pittsburgh Pirates - Milwaukee Brewers 4-5
MIL SP Josh Johnson 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4 R DB
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-3
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-3 R RBO BB DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-4 R 2RBI
HR PIT: none
HR MIL: none
W: Will Smith(5-2 3.22) L: Tony Watson(2-4 2.11) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(35 3.03)
The Pirates dropped a four-spot on Johnson's head in the 2nd, we answered back with four runs in the 4th... and Oswaldo Arcia once again drove in the winning run in the 7th with a double down the line in right.

News:
Angels SP Cam Bedrosian(24, 4.5*) kept his team in the Wild Card race in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay, going 8IP 3H 0ER 0BB 7K. The young right-hander is having a breakout season, going 13-10 3.36 149K in 30 starts... while walking 68 batters.

September 8th
offday

News:
Red Sox C Blake Swihart(24, 5*) was on fire today and swatted three home runs in a 13-12 loss at Yankee Stadium, going 4-6 3R 4RBI 3HR. Already a 2x All-Star, Swihart is batting .340-16-73 .960OPS in 124 games and underway to a batting title.

The Brewers got some bad news today... as AAA SP Wily Peralta(27, 2.5*) suffered a torn flexor tendon(elbow) and will be out of commission for 11 months. The right hander struggled this year with a 5-7 record and a 5.07ERA in 17 starts.

September 9th

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 0-7
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 4IP 7H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-4
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-3
HR MIL: none
HR CHC: Mike Olt(10), Arismendy Alcantara(1), Alex Gordon(13)
W: Jon Lester(17-5 2.39) L: Jimmy Nelson(15-4 2.73)
Well... that's a pitcher underway to NL Cy Young consideration... and I'm not talking about Nelson.

News:
Cubs SP Jon Lester(32, 4.5*) pitched a complete game 5-hitter in a 7-0 win over the NL Central leading Brewers, allowing only one free pass while striking out seven. Lester is in the second year of a 7y/$140M contract, cruising along with a 17-5 2.39 177K year in 30 starts.

Mets SP Zack Wheeler(26, 4*) also brought home a 4-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Indians in interleague play, walking one and whiffing four. This is already his second shutout of the year and he is underway to a 9-13 3.79 168K year in 30 starts.

Rockies SP Christian Bergman(28, 2*) dominated the Padres completely in a 3-0 win, pitching a six-hitter with one walk and 3K today. The right-handed control pitcher just made his fifth start and was hammered in his first four, posting a 2-3 7.16 16K year overall.

September 10th
Rained out and resheduled to a double header tomorrow... not the end of the world as we have an offday on Monday anyways.

News:
Rays OF Steven Souza(27, 3.5*) had some fun visiting Seattle today... as his team won 10-4 and he drove in five in a 3-4 night with a 2-run home run. Souza, a third rounder by the Nats in 2007, bacame part of the Myers/Padres trade in 2014 after making his MLB debut that year. In his second year in St. Petersburg, the right-handed batter is .252-22-88 .743OPS in 137 games.

September 11th

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 4-5(14)
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 8IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 4K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-5 2R 2DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-5 R 2RBI BB DB HR
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-6 R TP
HR MIL: Tyrone Taylor(8)
HR CHC: none
W: Mark Rzepczynski(2-4 1.76) L: Boone Logan(5-4 2.31)
And once again, we had a lead going into the 9th.... and Jeffress blew it...

Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs 3-4
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 6IP 7H 3R 3ER 2BB 8K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-4 R DB
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 DB
HR MIL: Mike Moustakas(22)
HR CHC: none
W: Johnny Cueto(10-15 4.23) L: Boone Logan(5-5 2.45) SV: Neil Ramirez(26 2.68)
Well, we ran into their #1-3 starters and got swept... great work guys... this is how you blow a division lead in September.

News:
White Sox LF Melky Cabrera(32, 1.5*) collected five hits AND two home runs with 3R 3RBI in a 7-4 win over the Orioles today. The switch hitter was signed to help this team back to the playoffs and has done a great job, batting over .300 once again with a .303-13-76 .807OPS year in 130 games.

Week: 2-4(2-1vs PIT, 0-3@ CHC)
Power Rankings: #3(-1)
Runs scored: 645(2)
Starters ERA: 3.48(5)
Bullpen ERA: 2.95(1)
Defensive Eff.: .702(2)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Tyler Thornburg 3G 2-0 0.82 22IP 17K
RHP Taylor Jungmann 5G 3-0 0.00 18IP 11K
RHRP Shawn Kelley 19G 0-0 0.54 16.2IP 28K

Who's not?
RHRP Corey Knebel 17G 3SV 8.82 16.1IP 15K

Red Sox 1B Jon Singleton(24, 1.5/2*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 8-18 4HR 8RBI's. Acquired from the Brewers in a Winter Meeting deal last offseason, Singleton has hit .217-12-34 .707OPS in 83 games as platoon 1B.

Phillies RF Jaff Decker(26, 3*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 7-17 2HR 5RBI's. Drafted 42nd overall in 2008, Decker made his way from the Padres to Pittsburgh and to Philadelphia via trade and in his first full year, he is batting .248-25-81 .802OPS in 139 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers86-56-
Chicago Cubs79-637
Pittsburgh Pirates77-659
Cincinnati Reds76-6811
St. Louis Cardinals72-7114.5
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2016 Week 24

Week 24: 3@ St. Louis Cardinals, 3vs Cincinnati Reds

September 12th
offday

News:
Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen(31, 2*) won a close cookie against the Yankees 1-0, pitching eight scoreless with 2H 1BB 7K. The veteran left-hander has a couple of bad years now, going 9-12 5.07 113K in 30 starts after coming off a 6.02ERA year.

September 13th

Milwaukee Brewers – St. Louis Cardinals 5-6
MIL SP Josh Johnson 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 4BB 4K, 1-2 3RBI DB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-4 R RBI HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 1-2 R BB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 RBI
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(42)
HR STL: Matt Carpenter(11)
W: Kelvin Herrera(5-2 1.55) L: Corey Knebel(3-3 4.70)
Johnson dropped five and while he hit a 3-run double... we didn't rally in tome and saw Matt Carpenter walk us off with a RBI-double.

News:
Padres RF Wil Myers(25, 5*) knocked five hits in a 11-1 win over the Phillies, going 5-5 R 4RBI DB for the day. After winning the 2013 RotY Award in 2013, Myers was dealed over to the Padres prior to the 2015 season. He is batting .306-21-85 .866OPS in 138 games this year.

September 14th

Milwaukee Brewers – St. Louis Cardinals 6-2
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 7.2IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-4 2R BB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-3 R 3RBI HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 RBI DB
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(24)
HR STL: none
W: Jimmy Nelson(16-4 2.66) L: Carlos Martinez(10-11 3.55) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(36 3.24)
Arcia crushed a 3-run homer in the 1st and we never looked back... well... a bit when Nesbitt couldn't put them away in the 9th and Jeffress had to come on.

News:
Pirates SP Gerrit Cole(26, 4.5*) pitched a complete game 2-hitter against the Rangers in a 7-0 win, walking none and striking out 11. After three great years, Cole is due for a big raise in arbitration with a 12-7 2.91 182K in 32 games.

Rangers SS Jurickson Profar(23, 4.5/5*) saw his 32-game hitting streak fall apart today... against Gerrit Cole. The young switch hitter netted his first All-Star nomination this year with a .325-20-75 .934OPS year in 114 games.

Dodgers SS Alex Guerrero(29, 2.5*) only had two hits... but drove in five in a 11-2 win over Arizona, going 2-3 2R 5RBI BB DB HR. His teammate CF Joc Pederson(24, 5*, .227-25-74) also went over the wall twice. Guerrero is batting .259-4-22 .680OPS in 65 games so far.

September 15th

Milwaukee Brewers – St. Louis Cardinals 1-2
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 8IP 5H 0R 0ER 4BB 4K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-3 RBI
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-4 R
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-4 DB
HR MIL: none
HR STL: none
W: Kelvin Herrera(6-2 1.52) L: Jeremy Jeffress(2-6 3.49)
Always a pleasure to see Jeffress blow a 1-0 lead.
CHC 4 PIT 1, 5 game lead

News:
Angels SP Jeff Samardzija(31, 3*) dominated the Blue Jays today with a complete game 2-hitter in a 4-0 win, allowing only three free passes and 5K's. Playing for his fifth team in four years, the Shark is 12-10 3.73 159K in 30 starts.

September 16th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 9-4
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 3.2IP 6H 7R 3ER 6BB 2K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-3 R BB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 R 2RBI HR
HR CIN: none
HR MIL: Kennys Vargas(43), Oswaldo Arcia(25)
W: Michael Lorenzen(9-5 3.50) L: Aaron Sanchez(9-11 3.11)
Sanchez was godawful today and the Reds took full advantage of that.
CHC 2 PIT 3, 5 game lead

News:
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera(33, 5*) drove in seven runs in a 12-4 win over the Royals, going 2-4 2R 7RBI BB 2HR for the day. The 6x Silver Slugger is underway to another good season, batting .287-27-91 .885OPS in 146 games.

September 17th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 2-0
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 8.2IP 6H 2R 1ER 3BB 4K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 3-4
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-4
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 1-3 BB DB
HR CIN: none
HR MIL: none
W: Jose Cisnero(14-8 4.06) L: Kevin Gausman(12-12 3.12) SV: Aroldis Chapman(31 3.36)
A combined 7-hit shutout...
CHC 0 PIT 8, 5 game lead

News:
D'backs SP Archie Bradley(24, 1.5*) collected a complete game 8-hitter, beating the Rockies 7-0 while walking none and striking out 5. Drafted 7th overall in the 2011 draft, Bradley was on top of alot of prospect lists but hasn't quite worked out, going 9-12 4.09 139K in 29 games and struggling with his control.

Rangers 3B Joey Gallo(22, 4/5*) hit a couple of jacks in a 11-7 win over Oakland today, going 3-5 3R 5RBI 2HR. While Gallo has shown elite power, he struggles to hit consistently as he is batting .194-21-61 .689OPS in 118 games.

Royals RF Kyle Parker(26, 2* HS, 3/3.5* OSA) took part in a 8-1 win over the Tigers with a 2-4 2R 4RBI BB day with two home runs. Parker came over from Colorado for Edison Volquez this spring and appeared in 113 games since then, batting .269-15-67 .780OPS.

September 18th

Cincinnati Reds - Milwaukee Brewers 0-2
MIL SP Josh Johnson 7IP 6H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K, 1-2 RBI
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 R RBI HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-3 BB TP
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-3 R
HR CIN: none
HR MIL: Ryan Braun(22)
W: Josh Johnson(11-7 3.23) L: Tony Cingrani(8-5 2.97) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(37 3.42)
Johnson pitched a beauty and really helped us out to somehow not loose more ground.
CHC 6 PIT 2, 5 game lead

News:
Blue Jays C Russell Martin(33, 4*) was spot on in a 16-6 win over Baltimore, going 3-5 3R 6RBI BB DB with two home runs. The veteran catcher and 4x All-Star has provided the team with elite defense behind the plate, but is struggling with offensive consistency, batting .221-13-62 .658OPS in 131 games this year.

Athletics SS Marcus Semien(26, 3.5/4*) made himself a delayed birthday present, beating Texas 10-5 while having a 3-5 2R 5RBI 2HR day. Semien had big time struggles with the bat since coming over from the White Sox, batting .232-12-45 .703OPS in 121 games... a step forward from last year(.205).

Week: 2-4(1-2@ STL, 1-2vs CIN)
Power Rankings: #5(-2)
Runs scored: 663(4)
Starters ERA: 3.43(4)
Bullpen ERA: 2.99(1)
Defensive Eff.: .700(4)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Tyler Thornburg 2G 2-0 0.00 15IP 12K
RHP Taylor Jungmann 6G 3-0 0.00 18.1IP 12K
RHRP Shawn Kelley 19G 0-0 0.00 16.2IP 24K

Who's not?
LF Khris Davis 23G 0-22 .000 0HR 2RBI

Athletics RF Steven Piscotty(25, 4*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 11-22 3HR 7RBI's. Piscotty came over this year from the Cardinals and has been ON FIRE since, batting .323-11-44 .939OPS in 66 for Oakland while hitting only .235 in St. Louis.

Mets C Kevin Plawecki(25, 3.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 11-22 2HR 8RBI's. Plawecki became the starting catcher when they traded d'Arnaud to the Orioles and for 2016, he is batting .300-9-59 .783OPS in 133 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers88-60-
Chicago Cubs83-655
Pittsburgh Pirates81-687.5
Cincinnati Reds78-7110.5
St. Louis Cardinals75-7413.5

We have a crucial 4-game set against the Cubs at home coming up next week... that could decide whether this pennant race goes down to the wire.
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2016 Week 25

Week 25: 4vs Chicago Cubs, 3vs St. Louis Cardinals

September 19th

Chicago Cubs - Milwaukee Brewers 4-2
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 8K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 R RBI HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 3-4 R RBI HR
HR CHC: Anthony Rizzo(27)
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(26), Mike Moustakas(23)
W: Kyle Hendricks(12-8 3.00) L: Shawn Kelley(5-2 1.93) SV: Neil Ramirez(29 2.55)
Not enough offense and our pen was bleeding runs left right and center...
4 game lead

September 20th

Chicago Cubs - Milwaukee Brewers 5-0
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 6IP 5H 3R 2ER 3BB 6K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-4 DB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 DB
HR CHC: Kyle Schwarber(22)
HR MIL: none
W: Jon Lester(19-5 2.28) L: Tyler Thornburg(11-10 3.31)
Watch closely kids... this is make things close again...
3 game lead.

News:
Twins SP Phil Hughes(30, 2*) collected a complete game 5-1 win over the White Sox, allowing 6H 1ER 0BB 7K. The 2010 All-Star is having another good season in Minnesota, going 9-10 3.42 134K in 32 starts.

Bad news in Philadelphia, SP Cole Hamels(32, 4.5*) is out for the year with bone chips in his elbow. Hamels was 8-9 3.15 127K in 25 starts this year.

Another hurler went down recently as Mariners SP Taijuan 'Sky' Walker(24, 4.5*) will be out for 9 month with a stretched elbow ligament. He was 9-8 3.76 97K in 22 starts.

September 21st

Chicago Cubs - Milwaukee Brewers 0-4
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 8IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 9K, 1-3 R RBI HR
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 0-4 HBP 2R 2SB(52)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-3 R 2RBI BB HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 DB RBI BB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4
HR CHC: none
HR MIL: Aaron Sanchez(1), Ryan Braun(23)
W: Aaron Sanchez(10-11 2.97) L: Ian Kennedy(10-12 3.15)
Sanchez did it all today... eight scoreless and a homer.
4 game lead

News:
Brewers SP Aaron Sanchez(24, 4*) pitched eight scoreless in a 4-0 win over the Cubs, allowing only 5H 1BB and 9K. Acquired from the Blue Jays at the deadline, Sanchez is 5-4 3.00 89K in 16 starts since coming over.

Reds RF Abraham Almonte(27, 3/3.5*) had a big four hit night in a 16-1 win over the Astros, scoring 3 runs, driving in two with a double and a triple. Acquired for Mike Leake last July, Almonte is batting .276-2-37 .740OPS 20/26SB in 78 games.

September 22nd

Chicago Cubs - Milwaukee Brewers 4-8
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 4BB 11K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-3 2RBI 2BB
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2RBI BB DB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-5 R RBI HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-5 R
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-5 2R
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 R RBI DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 2R 2RBI BB TP
HR CHC: Jorge Soler(21), Alex Gordon(16)
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(27)
W: Kevin Gausman(13-12 3.08) L: Johnny Cueto(10-17 4.62)
We beat Cueto today and came home with a series split.... so we are in a great position.
5 game lead

News:
Indians C Yan Gomes(29, 4*) helped his team to a 14-2 win over the Astros, going 3-4 2R 6RBI BB DB with a 3-run homer. Gomes, who won a Silver Slugger in 2014, is batting a .235-11-57 .670OPS in 115 games.

The Red Sox suffered a bad injury as SP Henry Owens(24, 1.5/3.5*) will be out for 5 months with a fractured coracoid bone in his shoulder.The lefty was 9-12 4.49 139K in 34G/29GS.

September 23rd

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 6-7
MIL SP Josh Johnson 3.2IP 9H 6R 6ER 3BB 2K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-3 R BB SB(53)
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-4 2R 2RBI DB HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-3 3R 2RBI BB HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 3-3 2RBI DB SB(12)
HR STL: Yadier Molina(12)
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(28), Kennys Vargas(44)
W: Juan Nicasio(7-4 3.34) L: Jordan Walden(2-6 3.13) SV: Jeremy Jeffress(38 3.33)
The Cardinals plated six in the 4th and were ahead 6-2... but we rallied big time with two in the 6th and a 2-run homer by Arcia that capped a 3-run 7th for the W.
ATL 6 CHC 1, 6 game lead, Magic Number: 4
CLINCHED POSTSEASON BIRTH!

News:
Padres 2B Kolten Wong(25, 4/4.5*) had a big 4-hit night in a 10-2 win over the Dodgers, going 4-4 3R 2RBI BB 2DB. Wong came over in a surprising deal at the deadline, batting .254-3-23 .733OPS in 51 games since coming over.

September 24th

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 3-4
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 5.2IP 6H 3R 3ER 6BB 4K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-3 R BB SB(10)
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-1 R RBI HR left injured, DTD, back tomorrow
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 3-4 R RBI DB
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-4 RBI DB
HR STL: none
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(29), Mike Moustakas(24)
W: Corey Knebel(4-3 4.76) L: Trevor Rosenthal(0-1 1.54) SV: Will Smith(2 3.08)
It was a tied game after five... and the Moose broke it open with a solo shot in the 8th.
ATL 3 CHC 2, 7 game lead, Magic Number: 2

News:
Twins SP Hector Noesi(29, 1*) retired Athletics batters in bunches, pitching a 5-hitter in a 12-0 win, allowing 1BB and 1K apiece. Signed as a minor league free agent in April, the yourneyman is 7-8 3.21 57K in 17 starts.

Yankees SP Chris Tillman(28, 2.5*) allowed only three hits over eight today in a 3-0 win over the Giants, allowing 2BB while whiffing nine. Traded over from the Orioles in June, the 2013 All-Star went 5-8 4.54 86K in 21 starts since coming over.

Indians SP Trevor Bauer(25, 4*) dominated the Astros in a 8-0 win today, going 8IP 4G 0ER 2BB 8K in the win. Acquired from the D'backs in 2012, Bauer is rolling along this year with a 12-12 record and a 3.84ERA with 186K's.

Marlins SP Jarred Cosart(26, 4*) pitched a beauty in a 9-1 win over the Nationals, going 8IP with 6H 0ER 0BB 5K. Cosart was acquired at the 2014 trade deadline and is posting his best season with the Fish, going 10-11 3.15 175K in 32 starts.

September 25th

St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers 2-0
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 9BB 5K
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-3
MIL C Martin Maldonado 1-3 DB
HR STL: none
HR MIL: none
W: Carlos Martinez(12-11 3.47) L: Tyler Thornburg(11-11 3.27) SV: Kelvin Herrera(32 1.71)
We poured in some reserves to rest our guys... and payed for it with a loss... and Thorny being awful.
ATL 3 CHC 4, 6 game lead, Magic Number: 2

News:
D'backs SS Nick Ahmed(26, 3*) helped his team beating the Rockies 9-1 today, going 3-5 3R 4RBI TP HR. The slick fielding shortstop was acquired from the Braves in 2013 and is batting .241-4-56 .630OPS in 149 games.

Week: 4-3(2-2vs CHC, 2-1vs STL)
Power Rankings: #2(+3)
Runs scored: 688(5)
Starters ERA: 3.41(4)
Bullpen ERA: 3.00(3)
Defensive Eff.: .699(3)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Kevin Gausman 2G 1-1 1.23 14.2IP 15K
RHP Taylor Jungmann 12G 5-1 1.11 40.2IP 33K
RHRP Shawn Kelley 22G 0-1 0.96 18.2IP 30K

Who's not?
LF Khris Davis 27G 2-30 .067 0HR 2RBI

Royals 1B Eric Hosmer(26, 1*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 11-24 2HR 8RBI's. After a good 2013(.302-17-79), Hosmer was wildly regarded as a first baseman on the rise, but apart from two Gold Gloves, there is nothing left of that... as he is batting .246-11-67 .680OPS in 151 games.

Braves C Christian Bethancourt(25, 3/3.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 11-20 3HR 7RBI's. Already a reigning Gold Glover, the defensive wizard is having his best season with the bat, going .262-12-58 .679OPS in 140 games.

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers92-63-
Chicago Cubs86-696
Pittsburgh Pirates85-717.5
Cincinnati Reds82-7310
St. Louis Cardinals78-7814.5
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2016 Week 26

Week 26: 4vs Chicago Cubs, 3vs St. Louis Cardinals

September 26th

Milwaukee Brewers – Atlanta Braves 8-0
MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 7.1IP 9H 0R 0ER 1BB 7K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-5 R
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 2-5 R
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 3-3 2R 2RBI BB DB HR
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-4 2R 4RBI 2HR
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(30), Tyrone Taylor 2(10)
HR ATL: none
W: Aaron Sanchez(11-11 2.86) L: Danny Salazar(2-1 2.57)
We dominated the Braves tonight... Sanchez now has pitched 15.1IP scoreless...
PIT 2 CHC 3, 6 game lead, Magic Number 1

News:
Brewers CF Tyrone Taylor(22, 2.5/3.5* HS, 2.5/3* OSA) had a couple of 2-run home runs in a 8-0 win over the Braves on a 2-4 day. Drafted in the 2nd round in 2012, Taylor made his surprising debut this year, batting .261-10-48 .767OPS with 12/19SB in 124 games, good for 3.9WAR due to spectacular defense.

Marlins C J.T. Realmuto(25, 3.5*) was absolutely sensational in a 12-2 win over the Phillies, going 4-5 R 6RBI TP with a 2-run homer. Named the the #49 prospect prior to the 2015 season, Realmuto is batting .247-13-73 .709OPS in 138 games.

September 27th

Milwaukee Brewers – Atlanta Braves 3-2
MIL SP Kevin Gausman 8.2IP 3H 0R 0ER 0BB 4K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-4 R SB(54)
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 R 2RBI HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-4 R RBI HR
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(31), Mike Moustakas(25)
HR ATL: none
W: Kevin Gausman(14-12 2.97) L: Shelby Miller(7-13 4.12)
Gausman pitched his heart out and while Jeremy nearly blew it... we clinched the Central with this one!!!

News:
Brewers SP Kevin Gausman(25, 4.5*) missed a complete game 3-hitter by one out in a 3-2 win over the Braves, clinching the NL Central while allowing only 3H 0BB 4K. Gausman was drafted 4th overall in 2012 and acquired for four pieces at the deadline by Milwaukee. He is 8-4 3.00 107K in 17 starts since coming over.

Both a veteran and a young gun from the Rangers went over the fence twice in a 14-9 win over the Astros. 3B/OF Joey Gallo(22, 4/5*) went 2-3 with 4R 3RBI 2BB and improved to bat .203-25-71 .725OPS in 128 games... while 1B Prince Fielder(32, 3*), the 3x Silver Slugger, went 3-4 3R 3RBI BB with 2HR, improving to bat .276-34-88 .870OPS in 157 games.

September 28th

Milwaukee Brewers – Atlanta Braves 6-1
MIL SP Josh Johnson 7.2IP 4H 1R 1ER 4BB 7K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-4 R
MIL RF Ryan Braun 3-5 3R DB 2SB(13)
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 3-4 R 3RBI TP
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-3 R 2RBI BB HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 3-4 RBI DB
HR MIL: Mike Moustakas(26)
HR ATL: Jake Marisnick(10)
W: Josh Johnson(12-7 3.34) L: Mike Foltynewicz(17-12 3.35)
Chalk up another win... With four to go, we trail the Dodgers by 2 for the best record in the NL.
LAD 2 SFG 3, 2 games behind for best record

News:
Orioles CF Glynn Davis(24, 1/1.5* Theo, 1.5* OSA) enjoyed a september callup appearance today, collecting two home runs, 5RBI's, 2R and 2BB in a 13-7 win over the Blue Jays. Davis had two HR in all of 2015 in AA and is only batting .204-2-10 in 14 games... and is more known as defensive CF.

September 29th

Milwaukee Brewers – New York Mets 6-1
MIL SP Jimmy Nelson 9IP 7H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-3 R RBI HR
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-3 R 2BB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 3-5 2R 3RBI DB HR
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-5 R RBI DB
HR MIL: Oswaldo Arcia(32), Ryan Braun(24)
HR NYM: none
W: Jimmy Nelson(17-4 2.60) L: Thomas Shirley(7-8 4.45)
Nelson put the finishing touches on a impressive regular season today...
LAD 7 SFG 0, 2 games behind for best record

News:
Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson(27, 2.5*) came, saw & conquered today in a 6-1 win over the Mets, allowing 7H 1ER 1BB 6K. Drafted in the 2nd round in 2010, Nelson is having a sensational season this year, netting his first All-Star nomination with a 17-4 record and a 2.60ERA with 154K in 31 starts.

September 30th

Milwaukee Brewers – New York Mets 1-2
MIL SP Tyler Thornburg 7IP 4H 2R 2ER 5BB 5K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-4
MIL 1B Mark Reynolds 1-4 R RBI HR
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 1-3
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 DB
HR MIL: Mark Reynolds(22)
HR NYM: none
W: Zach Wheeler(12-14 3.49) L: Tyler Thornburg(11-12 3.24) SV: Jenrry Mejia(29, 3.56)
We didn't get alot going against Wheeler today... so we can more or less prepare for the Nats in the NLDS I guess.
COL 4 LAD 0, 2 games behind for best record

News:
Rockies SP Bud Norris(31, 2*) collected a complete game 3-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers, allowing 3H 2BB 7K for the day. Norris signed as a free agent after a couple of years in Baltimore and finished 11-6 4.05 135K in 25 starts this year.

Padres SP Tyson Ross(29, 3.5*) finished his 2016 on a high note, pitching 8.1 scoreless in a 4-0 win over San Francisco, allowing 3H 3BB 7K. The 2014 All-Star is due for his final arbitration year this offseason, posting a 8-8 3.90 191K record in 35 starts.

Reds SP Homer Bailey(30, 3*) was masterful against the Pirates tonight, keeping them off the scoreboard for eight innings, allowing 3H 2BB 4K in a 1-0 win. Bailey, who is locked up till the end of 2019 four double diget millions per year, is 12-11 3.88 172K in 32 games.

October 1st

Milwaukee Brewers – New York Mets 8-5
MIL SP Taylor Jungmann 7IP 8H 4R 4ER 7BB 4K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 3-4 3R RBI BB HR SB(55)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2R
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 2-5 RBI
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 4-5 R 3RBI DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-5 RBI DB
HR MIL: Luis Sardinas(7)
HR NYM: none
W: Taylor Jungmann(7-2 2.56) L: Josh Edgin(3-5 2.93)
We bashed out 17 hits today in support for Jungmann, who got this start promised and delievered a lackluster outing with 7BB.

News:
Giants SP Tim Lincecum(32, 2.5*) collected a complete game 6-1 win over the Padres to finish off his 2016 season, allowing 5H 1ER 2BB 9K. The 2x NL Cy Young winner will see his salary go down from $21.2M to $7.9M next year after a 8-13 4.04 195K year in 34 starts.

Yankees SP Chris Tillman(28, 2*) dominated the Astros over eight innings, allowing only one hit, 1BB and 3K in a 4-1 victory. Tillman came over from Baltimore in June this year and is 6-8 4.26 89K in 22 starts since coming over.

Dodgers SS Corey Seager(22, 4.5/5*) had a big 3-5 day in a 14-1 win over the Rockies that clinched the best record in the NL, going 3-5 3R 4RBI DB HR. In his first full year, the left-handed youngster is batting .321-16-77 .898OPS in 156 games.

October 2nd

Milwaukee Brewers – New York Mets 2-3(10)
MIL SP Juan Nicasio 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 4BB 3K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 0-1 R 2BB SB(56)
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 2RBI
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 1-3 R
HR MIL: none
HR NYM: none
W: Jenrry Mejia(5-6 3.46) L: Jeremy Jeffress(2-7 3.73)
Well, Nicasio was decent but in a tied game... the Mets walked off of Jeffress.

News:
Royals SP Yordano Ventura(25, 1.5*) pitched off his fastball in a 1-0 win over the White Sox, allowing no runs through 8.1IP with six hits, no walks and 5K. Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2008, Ventura looked like the next big thing in 2014... but turned out to be a 9-10 4.74 149K starter in 32 games after all.

Week: 5-2(3-0@ ATL. 2-2@ NYM)
Power Rankings: #2
Runs scored: 722(3)
Starters ERA: 3.32(4)
Bullpen ERA: 3.02(3)
Defensive Eff.: .700(2)
Fan Interest: 89

Who's hot?
SP Kevin Gausman 3G 2-1 0.77 23.1IP 19K
RHRP Shawn Kelley 24G 0-1 0.89 20.1IP 34K
LF Khris Davis 7G 11-26 .423 3HR 10RBI

Who's not?
LF Khris Davis 32G 3-34 .088 0HR 2RBI

NL CentralW-LGB
Milwaukee Brewers97-65-
Chicago Cubs91-716
Cincinnati Reds89-738
Pittsburgh Pirates86-7611
St. Louis Cardinals80-8217
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2016 October: State of the Brew Crew

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It was never as close as it felt in the end... and we brought home the division for the first time since 2011 and our fifth playoff berth in franchise history. We will face the Nationals in the NLDS... stay tuned for that. Our team went on to tread water since the calendar turned over to September... hopefully we can turn things around in the playoffs a bit... especially our pen is a mighty problem...

Our division posed three playoff teams as Chicago and Cincinnati will face each other in the Wild Card game tomorrow with the Reds going on a eight game winning streak to end the regular season. The surprise of the season in the AL have been the A's with a 90-win season. However, they have Matt Olson, Jacob deGrom and Stephen Piscotty out for the season. Also, a tie-breaker was needed to bring the Mariners to the AL Wild Card... interesting playoffs coming up.

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Rotation:
NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9WARStatus
Kevin Gausman(R)25ML14-122.9735GS1.127.44.5(MIL/BAL)
Josh Johnson(R)32ML12-73.3434GS1.207.62.3
Jimmy Nelson(R)27ML17-42.6031GS1.266.93.9
Aaron Sanchez(R)24ML11-112.8632GS1.328.03.2(MIL/TOR)
Tyler Thornburg(R)28ML11-123.2431GS1.457.42.2
Taylor Jungmann(R)2640-man7-22.5615G/8GS1.336.90.6All stats MLB
Jose Berrios(R)22AAA4-22.798GS1.128.00.8All Stats AAA
Carlos Frias(R)26AAA14-83.2330G/29GS1.136.63.3All stats AAA
Wily Peralta(R)27AAA5-75.0417GS1.517.31.4DL 10 months
Jose Urias(L)20AA2-14.237GS1.2011.70.5All Stats AA
David Burkhalter(R)21A6-155.9829GS1.618.01.5All Stats A
Hunter Harvey(R)20A12-103.6529G1.1712.43.2All Stats A

We will carry all of our five starters... as I screwed up our 40-man and we don't have additional bats available anyways. Gausman, Sanchez and Johnson are #1-#3 out there for a playoff series with Nelson #4 if needed. I think this is a pretty good group with a couple of youngsters and a veteran that should be as good as anybodies. Especially now that Gausman has added some zip on his fastball... up to 96-98mph says Logan.

Bullpen:

NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9SVWARStatus
Jeremy Jeffress(R)28ML2-73.7376G1.2611.3381.2
Shawn Kelley(R)32ML5-21.9778G1.0313.621.8
Corey Knebel(R)24ML4-34.6180G1.3110.360.1
Boone Logan(L)32ML5-52.2874G1.0711.2q30.8
Angel Nesbitt(R)25ML3-02.5050G1.1813.210.8(DET/MIL)
Juan Nicasio(R)29ML7-43.3145G/2GS1.327.330.9
Will Smith(L)27ML5-22.9657G1.087.520.2
Chris Hatcher(R)3140-man0-01.7328G0.857.620.4
Michael Blazek(R)27AAA2-33.5569G0.999.420.7All stats AAA
Zach Rosscup(L)27AAA5-22.6362G1.1510.700.2All stats AAA
Chris Withrow(R)27AAA1-32.6461G1.169.0240.9All stats AAA

Not alot of changes here... but I can assure you we will look for something else for our back end of the pen next year... let's pray Jeffress finds a hot streak...

Catchers:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
Jonathan Lucroy(R)30ML.271-11-63.717145GS3.5610/0
Martin Maldonado(R)29ML.204-2-8.60742G/21GS0.492/2
Tim Federowicz(R)28AAA.242-8-54.684112GS1.5490/2All stats AAA

Lucroy has played on this level pretty much all season long and we will bank on him to provide that decent numbers again.

Infield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
1B Kenny Vargas(S)26ML.272-44-120.881161GS3.3913/8
2B/3B Luis Valbuena(R)30ML.151-2-9.47267G/12GS-0.371/1
3B Mike Moustakas(L)28ML.252-26-66.814147G/106GS3.6642/2
3B Matt Reynolds(R)33ML.219-22-45.827136G/61GS1.8460/1
SS/2B Luis Sardinas(S)23ML.271-7-55.690157GS4.19056/80
SS Orlando Arcia(R)22ML.274-2-28.70075GS1.2304/6
1B Greg Bird(L)23AAA.230-16-56.740143G/142GS1.3731/1All stats AAA
SS Jorge Mateo(L)21AA.206-12-49.593134S0.86127/35All stats AA

Our infield has been impressive with Kennys Vargas winning the NL home run crown and Moose and Reynolds were doing quite fine at third... quite... The middle of the infield is highly experimental with Arcia and Sardinas and for those two young guns... the playoffs could go either way.

Outfield:
NameAgeLeagueAvg-HR-RBIOPSGWARRSBStatus
LF Oswaldo Arcia(L)25ML.233-32-92.791156GS2.4884/10(MIL/MIN)
LF Khris Davis(R)28ML.266-17-50.800139G/89GS2.3530/0
CF Tyrone Taylor(L)22ML.265-10-52.766130G/127GS4.06212/19
CF Logan Schafer(L)30ML.223-0-14.55869G/39GS0.1115/5
RF Ryan Braun(R)32ML.303-24-76.830144GS3.68613/17
OF Brandon Guyer(R)30AAA.230-2-6.59659G/24GS0.2193/3All Stats MLB
CF Monte Harrison(R)21AA.269-21-82.813129GS4.18126/28All Stats AA
RF Mike Papi(R)24AA.259-11-60.800115GS1.9727/8All Stats AA

Our outfield has been sensational to finish the season as Braun got up to hit over .300 and Oswaldo Arcia doubled his WAR after September 1st from 1.2 to 2.4. Tyrone Taylor has been vastly impressive defensively this year, being third in ZR despite playing in 130 games. Davis cooled off significantly since having to pinch hit alot... hopefully he can find his mojo.
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2016 NLDS Game 1

NL Wild Card:
Cincinnati Reds – Chicago Cubs 5-4
Cincinnati advances to NLDS

AL Wild Card:
Seattle Mariners – Boston Red Sox 3-12
Boston advances to ALDS

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The Washington Nationals:

Washington now has won the NL East three years in a row but they fell down to 84-78 this year from winning 97 games in 2015... and they are in trouble. SP Stephen Strasburg(28, 5*, 10-3 2.23 173K 24GS) is out for the year with a torn triceps... and to make things worse, RF Bryce Harper(23, 4.5/5*, .305-17-62 .875OPS 131G) strained an oblique and will miss the NLDS. Also out is RHCL Addison Reed(27, 4.5*, 5-8 26SV 3.40 55.2IP) is out for the year aswell.

They will sent out royally paid SP Max Scherzer(32, 4.5*, 10-11 2.94 246K), the 2013 AL Cy Young winner, as their ace. SP Jordan Zimmerman(30, 4*, 17-9 2.56 192K 34GS) will be their number two and surprisingly, rookie SP Joe Ross(23, 3.5/4*, 1-4 4.00 30K 6GS) will start in game three. The rotation was 2nd in the NL with a 3.24ERA... but will miss Strasburg... and they have a 3.96ERA pen behind them with newly named RHCL Drew Storen(29, 4*, 4-2 8SV 2.24 64.1IP) as best arm available.

Young CF Michael A. Taylor(25, 4/4.5*, .202-9-34 .588OPS 111G) will be asked to bat leadoff... don't ask me why I don't now. The middle of their order will feature 3B Anthony Rendon(26, 4*, .297-16-81 .829OPS), LF Evan Gattis(30, 3*, .236-35-89 .728OPS) and veteran 1B Ryan Zimmerman(32, 2*, .265-17-61 .764OPS) for the 10th best offense in the NL... and that was WITH Harper healthy.

Chief of this weakened group still is manager Matt Williams, who made himself a name with a 277-209 record in three years and two Manager of the Year Awards in 2014 & 2015. He is not regarded as a real difference maker and a pretty temperamental guy on the field... and tends to get thrown out from time to time.

National League Division Series Game 1:
8th October 2016
Washington Nationals - Milwaukee Brewers @Miller Park

WSH: SP Max Scherzer(R, 10-11 2.94)
MIL: SP Kevin Gausman(R, 14-12 2.97)

Gausman fanned two to start the game... and the crowd really got into it when Bernie Brewer went down the slope in a blink of an eye on a leadoff Sardinas jack bottom 1st. Kevin then struck out the side to make it 5K for six outs... and he played a huge role in our half of the 2nd aswell. Moose walked to start the frame and after Lucroy and Tyrone Taylor flew out softly... Orlando Arcia dumped a clean single into the gap in right... which brought up the same Kevin Gausman with two outs.

Instead of rolling over to die, Gausman took a 1-1 heater... lashed to left... BASE HIT 2-0 MIL! That score held for a while with Gausman being absolutely dominating and by the end of the 7th... Gausman had thrown 86 pitches, struck out 12... and went on to falter a bit. Veteran Ian Desmond dumped a 1-out single into left and surprisingly tagged up to make it to second on a deep Paredes drive. It was Thomas Tellis who a.) drove in their first run and b.) made the final out of the game, getting thrown out at second base trying to make it a double.

By the bottom 8th, Scherzer was gone and Aaron Barrett was in to face the top of our order. Sardinas swung through a heater for strike three, but Ryan Braun, one of only two leftovers from the 2011 lineup, grounded one through the hole in right for a base hit. Our favorite masher Kennys Vargas ambushed a 2-2 heater... to deep center... OVER TAYLOR AND OFF THE WALL... 3-1 MIL! Craig Stammen came in to keep it close... walked Arcia on five pitches... and got out of it with a couple of grounders.

We rolled Gausman back out there as nobody trusts Jeffress these days... and after Michael A. Taylor popped out, Danny Murphy lined out to left... and Rendon whiffed for #13... the Brewers took a 1-0 series lead on a complete game by Kevin Gausman!

MIL SP Kevin Gausman 9IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 13K, 1-3 RBI
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 2-4 R RBI HR
MIL RF Ryan Braun 1-3 R BB
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 RBI DB
MIL SS Orlando Arcia 2-3
HR MIL: Luis Sardinas(1)
HR WSH: none
W: Kevin Gausman(1-0 1.00) L: Max Scherzer(0-1 2.57)
WSH 1 MIL 3 MIL leads series 1-0
That went even better than expected I have to say... Impressive pitching in his first career playoff start.

NLDS:
Cincinnati Reds – Los Angeles Dodgers 1-4
LAD leads series 1-0.
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2016 NLDS Game 2

National League Division Series Game 2:
9th October 2016
Washington Nationals - Milwaukee Brewers @Miller Park

WSH: SP Jordan Zimmerman(R, 17-9 2.41)
MIL: SP Josh Johnson(R, 12-7 3.34)

Ronnie decided to go with the veteran for game two... and a win would play big here. However, Michael A. Taylor took a page out of yesterday's Brewers playbook and hit a mammoth 430ft homer to dead center to leadoff the game and while Johnson recovered to end the 1st without more damage, it was 1-0 WSH. A 2-out Vargas double had no effect in the bottom half and after Moose got a leadoff single in the 2nd... we lined out three times to end the frame. Both teams didn't get real contact until the 4th... when Moose took a Tiger Woods like swing on a low heater... that found the right field bleachers to tie the game at one!

A Paredes single and a bunt got the Nats threatening... and we walked Taylor intentionally to get to Murphy. Johnson got the grounder we wanted... just we couldn't turn two and only got the force at second. Rendon stepped on... and payed for being overeager... and struck out swinging to end the frame. A huge double play after a Gattis double and a intentional walk got Johnson out of the 6th... but it was painfully clear that this was it for the veteran.

Thorny spawned on the mound and got a scoreless 7th... but did get wacked around on a couple of singles by Rendon and Telis. We went with our best reliever in Shawn Kelley with two on and nobody out... and while he struck out Zimmerman... Ramos grounded one past everybody into center... Rendon running... still running... Taylor throws... play at the plate... RENDON IS OUT AT THE PLATE!!!! Still two on, two down... tied game at 1. Desmond was the next guy up and Kelly fired... four balls to load the bases.

Next up... speedy Jimmy Paredes... and he sunk this ship with a grounder past Sardinas that went into right... and scored two for a 3-1 WSH lead. A pinch-hit single by Schafer had no effect... and after Knebel wobbled through the top 9th... it was Drew Storen on to close it... and while we got a runner on... we went down flailing anyways.

MIL SP Josh Johnson 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 4BB 5K
MIL 1B Kennys Vargas 1-4 DB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4
MIL 3B Mike Moustakas 2-4 R RBI HR
HR MIL: Mike Moustakas(1)
HR WSH: Michael A. Taylor(1)
W: Jordan Zimmerman(1-0 1.29) L: Tyler Thornburg(0-1 9.00)
WSH 3 MIL 1 Series tied at 1
That was a display of fine pitching by Jordan Zimmerman and the Nats there... and it made it a 3-game set with two in Washington coming up...

NLDS:
Cincinnati Reds – Los Angeles Dodgers 1-5
LAD leads series 2-0.

ALDS:
Cleveland Indians – Tampa Bay Rays 1-2
Cleveland Indians – Tampa Bay Rays 11-1
Series tied at 1.

Boston Red Sox – Oakland Athletics 3-4
Boston Red Sox – Oakland Athletics 1-4
OAK leads series 2-0
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2016 NLDS Game 3

National League Division Series Game 3:
11th October 2016
Milwaukee Brewers - Washington Nationals @Nationals Park

MIL: SP Aaron Sanchez(R, 11-11 2.86)
WSH: SP Joe Ross(R, 1-4 4.00)

The Nats fans were a bit shellshocked when Braun hit a deep liner to left center that cleared the fence for a 1-0 Brewers lead, but a first pitch single by Taylor and a Rendon walk quickly got them back into it. Big hulking Evan Gattis drove one to deep right... that was caught by Braun. Next up was veteran Ryan Zimmerman... who grounded to Vargas for a 3-1 groundout. Ross came out to strike out the side in the 2nd with a Taylor single inbetween... and was able to avoid a double play while batting with two on and one out in the 2nd... moving Desmond and Paredes into scoring position.

After some shotty pitching... Sanchez broke against Michael A. Taylor, who hit a shot past Arcia into left for a 2-run single. A Rendon triple came around to score in the 3rd... and it was crystal clear that Sanchez wasn't up to the task today. Our offense was limited to some two-out baserunners that got routinely stranded by Ross... and while Sanchez stayed out of trouble and gave us six innings of three run ball... he left trailing 3-1.

Sardinas and Taylor reached in the 7th and 8th... but remained without effect and it was Drew Storen on to save it for the Nats in game three. To start the 9th... Oswaldo Arcia chipped one into right... that died for a base hit before Paredes could get there. Moose saw five heaters... and fanned... and pinch hitting Logan Schafer... resulted in the game ending double play.

MIL SP Aaron Sanchez 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K
MIL RF Ryan Braun 2-4 R RBI DB HR
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 2-4 DB
MIL CF Tyrone Taylor 2-3
HR MIL: Ryan Braun(1)
HR WSH: none
W: Joe Ross(1-0 1.29) L: Aaron Sanchez(0-1 4.50)
MIL 1 WSH 3 WSH leads series 2-1
That was a rather uneventful game for our offense apart from the three musketeers listed above... and we are looking at a elimination game for tomorrow...

NLDS:
Los Angeles Dodgers - Cincinnati Reds 10-1
LAD wins series 2-0.
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2016 NLDS Game 4

National League Division Series Game 4:
12th October 2016
Milwaukee Brewers - Washington Nationals @Nationals Park

MIL: SP Kevin Gausman(R, 1-0 1.00)
WSH: SP Max Scherzer(R, 0-1 2.57)

Jimmy Nelson or Gausman on four days rest... not that we really considered to not let the game 1 rematch happen again. This time however, the Nationals got some hard contact to go early as nobody got to another Michael A. Taylor leadoff hit, a double... and it was Gattis whose long drive ultimately collected the first run of the ballgame on a sac. A similar situation made it 2-0 with Murphy at third and Zimmerman at the plate... and with Scherzer hurling three no-hit innings to start the game... Brewers fans got desperate already.

Max collected five K's in a row to get through the 4th and 5th and after fanning Orlando Arcia to start the 6th... he surprisingly walked Gausman... and a tricky liner over the glove of Murphy became our first hit of the ballgame... a Sardinas double. Taking a page out of Washington's playbook... Braun collected the sac... and it was a 1-run game. After a bad sequence of pitches... the Nats scored their third run on a tired Gausman(blame our manager, Mr. Ron Roenicke) with pinch hitter Tomas Telis bringing home Wilson Ramos.

One of our hottest hitters this series in Oswaldo Arcia greeted new hurler Craig Stammen with a double and a one out single by Lucroy that dropped into left got us another chance with runners at the corners... that was criminally wasted on a couple of K's... and that was our last rally in this game, series and season.

MIL SP Kevin Gausman 5.2IP 7H 3R 3ER 4BB 6K
MIL 2B Luis Sardinas 1-4 DB
MIL LF Oswaldo Arcia 1-4 DB
MIL C Jonathan Lucroy 3-3
HR MIL: none
HR WSH: none
W: Max Scherzer(1-1 2.08) L: Kevin Gausman(1-1 2.45)
MIL 1 WSH 3 WSH wins series 2-1
Gausman gave us all we got and maybe we should've started Nelson... however we didn't hit a lick the last three game so it most likely didn't matter.

ALDS:
Tampa Bay Rays - Cleveland Indians 3-1
Tampa Bay Rays - Cleveland Indians 7-3
TBR wins series 3-1.

Oakland Athletics - Boston Red Sox 6-4(13)
OAK wins series 3-0
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Office of the Owner
October 14th, 2016

While everybody in the organisation pretty much had a hangover from getting eliminated two days ago, that didn't save me from having a little chat with our owner about the season. He flat out told me that he is very happy with the team making the playoffs and with the attendance per game going up by almost 9000 fans, I should expect a raise in budget room.

Talking about money, he was very pleased with us generating profit like he wanted us to do, aswell with our offensive output and with us making the playoffs without a big rebuild and with longtime Brewers like Lucroy and Braun. However, Attanasio clearly stated that he want's a repeat of the playoff berth next year, and a team that can win a World Series till 2021.

I told him(because I want to keep my job) that this is certainly doable with the group we have in the majors and minors right now, but there is still alot of work to do. " We can not lose 3-1 three games in a row in a playoff series. That means, we need to focus on offense more... and I see shortstop as a weakness", was all he said.

I remarked that with Arcia and Jorge Mateo, we have a couple of great young shortstops in the organisaion, and we should let them develop... Mark wasn't thrilled by that answer and continued the questioning... and asked about the bullpen. I explained him that his front office has taken a good long look at our group and we will try to resign Kelley and Logan ASAP for 2-3 years to keep some of it together... and that "we can all agree tho that Jeremy Jeffress will not be our closer come 2017 either because we acquire another one... or because a guy like Kelley gets that job."

"And what about Matt Reynolds?" - "Reynolds is 33-years old and is a specialist against LHP. Paying him a 3y/18M deal with that skillset at that age is a bad idea. That being said, we have no real fitting replacement. A 1y/$6M deal would be nice and I'm pretty sure he would accept that one."

"Speaking of trades, do you have something in mind?" - "Yes, we have some starting pitching that I would make available in trades, like Taylor Jungmann to be frank. We may end up non-tendering Wily Peralta in arbitration aswell... paying him $3M for not playing is not worth it, there is not alot of upside and we may have Berrios and maybe even Urias ready for MLB play as soon as next spring. A catcher to replace Lucroy after next year would be nice."

He cited the wisdom of 'you can never have enough pitching', but reluctantly told me to go ahead and 'bring this team to the next level and a World Series'... so, no pressure huh?
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The Dodgers were able to defend their World Series with a awfully close 4-3 series win over the Billy Beane's Oakland A's. LA was behind 3-2 in the series... but some flashy pitching by Chad Billingsley and Zach Greinke saw them win two in a row at home to come back to win the series.

The fact that the Dodgers did this without ace SP Clayton Kershaw and pen aces LHRP Paco Rodriguez and RHCL Kenley Jansen, who are all out for 4-7 more month, makes this win even more impressive.

World Series MvP went to 22-year old SS Corey Seager, who went 9-24 HR 3RBI in the series with a 1.121OPS. Also big props to SP Zach Greinke, who started in three games, going 2-1 2.74 13K and 2-5 with a solo homer in game seven.

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During October play, the Brewers ironed out a couple of extensions with a couple of bullpen arms. LHRP Boone Logan(32, 4*) will stay with the team on a 2y/9M deal. Acquired from the Rockies last season, Logan had a good 5-5 3SV 2.28ERA 0.8WAR year in 55.1IP. Also resigned was RHRP Shawn Kelley(32, 4.5*), who agreed to a 2y/8M contract, with a 5-2 2SV 1.97ERA year in 68.2IP and a 1.8WAR being the main reason. Asked about those extensions, K.C. Martin told the media that 'veteran relievers like this are important pieces for a team, and we are happy to keep them around for two more years'.
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2016 First Day of the Offseason

Bureau of the GM
November 2nd 2016

To do list:
  • Check for open coaching positions
  • Make decisions on team options
  • Arbitration decisions
  • Make decisions about free agents/minor league free agents
  • Take a look at the owner goals
  • Take a look at the new budget

1.Check for open coaching positions
None, we will go with the same group that brought us to the NLDS in 2016. And for the minors, that's Kevin Towers' job anyways-

2. Make decisions on team options
C Jonathan Lucroy(30, 3*) .271-11-63 .717OPS 145G 3.5WAR
$95.25M Team Option: ACCEPTED
No reason to let him go here. His contract demands going forward are a reason and we will have to cope with this rather sooner than later

3. Arbitration decisions
We have a ton of arbitration cases as usual.

RHP Juan Nicasio(30, 1.5* as SP, 3.5* as RP) MLB stats: 7-4 3SV 3.31 45G/2GS 68IP 7.3K/9 0.9WAR
Estimate: $3M, non tendered for now
We have better options for the rotation, and cheaper options for the pen... and we will look to flip him before the arbitration hearings.

RHSP Wily Peralta(27, 2.5*) MLB stats: 5-7 5.04 17GS 100IP 7.3K/9 1.4WAR
Estimate: $3.8M, submitted a $2.7M team offer in arbitration
Kevin talked me into this... as he thinks Peralta has some value going forward... at least some trade value when healthy... and so, we offered the lowest amout possible... as he will be out for 9 more month.

RHSP Tyler Thornburg(28, 1.5/2*) MLB stats: 1-12 3.24 31GS 188.2IP 7.4K/9 2.2WAR
Estimate: $2.4M, was offered a 1y/$2.3M extension
Super 2 eligible, which is no surprise after two seasons with an ERA under 3.50. Control is fringe, but the stuff is great... worth keeping for at least another year.

RHRP Chris Hatcher(31, 2.5*) MLB stats: 0-0 2SV 1.73 28G 26IP 7.6K/9 0.4WAR
Estimate: $1M, was offered a 1y/$970k extension
Was pretty good in limited time and is rather cheap for a 31-year old. Has no options left unfortunately.

LHRP Will Smith(27, 3*) MLB stats: 5-2 2SV 2.96 57G 51.2IP 7.5K/9 0.2WAR
Estimate: $900k, was offered a 1y/$880k extension
Keeps coming back. Logan still likes him and once again, he is a cheap lefty.

RHCL Jeremy Jeffress(29, 4*) MLB stats: 2-7 38SV 3.73 76G 72.1IP 11.3K/9 1.2WAR
Estimate: $1.4M, was offered a 1y/$1.35M extension
Saw his ERA baloon late in the year, may be a good setup man, but has thrown his last pitch as a closer here. Too inconsistant to keep that role.

C Martin Maldonado(28, 1.5*) MLB stats: .204/.253/.355 42G 2HR 8RBI 0.4WAR
Estimate: $1.6M, non tendered for now
Has been a great backup catcher, but $1.6M is a bit too high for the production he generates... We may end up resigning him cheaper if we wait, or use Fed-Ex next year.

3B Mike Moustakas(28, 1.5* HS, 2* OSA) MLB stats: .252/.318/.497 147G/106GS 26HR 66RBI 3.6WAR
Estimate: $3.2M, offered a 1y/$3.1M extension.
We are more than willing to bring him back together with Reynolds to keep that 3B platoon intact. Logan isn't exactly thrilled by his skills... but a 3.6WAR player is worth way more on the free agent market.

LF Khris Davis(28, 2.5/3*) MLB stats: .266/.325/.475 139G/89GS 17HR 50RBI 2.3WAR
Estimate: $2.8M, offered a 1y/$2.7M extension.
Was not great in a pinch-hit role, but should provide a potent bat off the bench once he has adapted to that role.

CF Logan Schafer(30, 2*) MLB stats: .223/.287/.271 69G/39GS 0HR 14RBI 0.1WAR
Estimate: $850k, offered a 1y/$820k extension.
Perfect backup OF, once again recovered after a bad start

OF Brandon Guyer(30, 1*) MLB stats: .230/.287/.310 59G/24GS 2HR 6RBI 0.2WAR
Estimate: $800k, non-tendered
Not worth it, we could claim a similar OF off waivers again if needed

4.Make decisions about free agents/minor league free agents
We offered a couple of minor league extensions to RHRP Jesus E. Sanchez(29, 2.5*) and 3B Francisco Martinez(26, 2*), and are in talks with 3B Mark Reynolds... but there are some minor guys that will be let go... and SP Carlos Frias(26, 2*) was offered a 1y/$700K deal.

5.Take a look at the owner's goals

- Reach the Playoffs
Should be possible, but I'm not 100% convinced this year's success wasn't at least a bit fluky.

- Upgrade shortstop
I have full trust in Orlando Arcia and Jorge Mateo coming up and I don't want to take playing time away... owell, Mark can not have everything.

- Acquire a team leader till 2018
We will have to look out for that. It has to be a player that helps us on the field aswell.

- Keep building your team up, in order to reach the playoffs in the next 5 seasons
Still the plan!


6.Take a look at the new budget
We got a bump up to $174M and will have a ton of money available going forward, approx. $40M going forward. With a scouting budget close to $17M and a development budget of $27M, that means we are running our a cheap, but productive team out there. What we do with that money remains to be seen...

6. Trade Talks and Roster Chatter
We will be looking to flip guys like Nicasio and Maldonado for something useful... and I already have a top notch deal on my table that we will pull off sooner than later.... and that will involve a young reliever that should anchor our pen for years to come. We (hopefully) will be able to add a couple of guys via waivers the next days.. as some teams put some value out there up for grabs.

Trying to acquire the catcher of the future will be much harder without giving up parts of or MLB roster or a stud prospect tho. A guy that I will keep checking on will be Rays prospect C Nick Ciuffo(21, 1.5/5* HS, 1/4.5* OSA), the #28 prospect in baseball. His team is in 'Win Now!' mode but wants at least one major piece in return to make this one work... but we will keep looking.

Another option would be to acquire a good catcher on a MLB contract right away, using Lucroy as trade asset. The biggest guy to fire at the market... could just be Greg Bird with Kennys Vargas locked up... that would have to be a major return tho.

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