Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-11-11)

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If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the Brewers 5-2 home-stand and Prince Fielder (a.k.a The Cub Killer).

By: Nick Grays

Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (5-5) (2-1 in series)
– Tied with Pittsburgh Pirates for second-place in the NL Central
– Trail 1.5 games behind division-leading Reds
– Run Differential at -5

Last Week’s Headlines:

Brewers Right the Ship at Miller Park

Seven straight games at Miller Park is all the Brewers needed to climb back to .500 after being swept by the impressive Cincinnati Reds. They didn’t always win in the prettiest fashion (Gallardo’s 1-0 victory on Tuesday), but the team did what they needed to ignite a spark after a very disappointing start.

Last Week’s MVP: LHP Chris Narveson (1-0, 0.00)

Narveson has been straight nasty to begin the season while holding opponents to zero runs and a .191 batting average through 13 innings. The lefty threw a gem on Saturday to help the Brewers shut out the Cubs 6-0.

Prince Fielder the Cub Killer

Everyone is well aware that first-baseman Prince Fielder is in his last year as a member of the Brewers, but wouldn’t it be awesome if the team could hold on to him to exclusively play against the Cubs? In 2011, Fielder is hitting a blistering .636 (7-for-11) with three doubles, two home-runs and seven RBI versus Milwaukee’s neighbors to the south.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise because the Prince always hits well versus the rival Cubbies. More importantly, Fielder appears to be much more comfortable at the plate than he was against the Reds and Braves. With a home-run on Sunday, Fielder sits just six bombs away from the 200 club.

Looking Ahead:

Brewers Look for Their First Win on the Road

Starting Tuesday, the Brewers will hit the road for a couple of three game series with the Pirates and Nationals. Milwaukee looks to win their first road game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Unlike Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, PNC Park doesn’t allow for many long-balls. The Brewers have fared well in games they don’t hit a home-run (3-0) compared to games where they do (2-5).

Monday, April 11th (OFF)

Tuesday, April 12th 6:05 PM (@ Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-1) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (2-0)

Wednesday, April 13th 6:05 PM (@ Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (0-2) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-1)

Thursday, April 14th 6:05 PM (@ Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (1-0) vs. RHP Jeff Karstens (1-0)

Friday, April 15th 6:05 PM (@ Washington)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-0) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (0-1)

Saturday, April 16th 12:05 PM (@ Washington)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Marco Estrada (1-0) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (0-0)

Sunday, April 17th 12:35 PM (@ Washington)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-1) vs. Livan Hernandez (0-1)

What did you think about the Brewers 5-2 home-stand? Will they lose four games in a row again this season? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior editor at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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  1. Great summary, short and to the point! Fielder dominates against the Cubbies and Narveson has had a great season so far, I just can’t believe he still has a 0.00 ERA with pitching 13 innings, It’s crazy but awesome!

  2. Nick Grays says

    Yeah, if Narveson can continue doing anything close to what he has been doing, the Brewers are in good shape. He’s been great all the way back to the end of last season. Who would have thought we would eventually have a decent pitcher from the St. Louis Cardinals system.

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