Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (5-16-11)

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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 Prince Fielder’s day of milestones, the Brewers great play at home and an upcoming West Coast road trip!

By: Nick Grays
Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (19-21) (7-6 in series)
– Third in the NL Central
– Trail the division-leading Cincinnati Reds by four games
– Brewers went 5-1 in the most recent home-stand
– Run differential at -6 (up six from last week)

Last Week’s Headlines:

Prince Fielder Climbing the Franchise Ladder

Fielder’s future with the Brewers may be in doubt, but that’s not stopping the big man from climbing the charts in the Brewers franchise record book.

On Saturday, the Prince was 2-for-4 with a home-run, two RBI and two runs scored.

With his 201st career bomb, Fielder tied Cecil Cooper for fourth on the Brewers all-time home-run list. His 500 and 501st runs scored put him at eleventh on the franchise list and his two runs batted in helped him pass Greg Vaughn for eighth all-time with 567 RBI.

Fielder is having a great year at the right time, considering his impending free agency in 2011. The first base-man ranks fourth in the NL with 31 RBI and fifth with nine home-runs.

The Brewers Wish Every Game Was at Home

Just a week ago, the Brewers were heading for one of the worst records in baseball after dropping six of their last seven on the road. How quickly things can turn around as the Brewers come home and win five of six.

Miller Park has been good to the Brewers as they’ve compiled a comfortable 13-6 record in Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun is playing out of his mind with ten RBI over his last six games. Braun leads the NL with 12 long-balls and sits behind only Ryan Howard (35) and Lance Berkman (34) with 33 runs batted in.

Looking Ahead:

Mini West Coast Road Trip Awaits

Quick two-game sets with the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-22) and San Diego Padres (17-23) will give Milwaukee the chance to let the league know they can play well on the road too. In order to do so, the Brewers will need to improve their .218 batting average away from home. Believe it or not, the pitching has actually been better on the road with a 3.86 ERA compared to the 4.17 ERA at home.

After the four-game road trip on the west coast, the Colorado Rockies (20-18) will visit Miller Park for a three-game series to end out the week.

Monday, May 16th 9:10 PM (@ LA Dodgers)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (4-1) vs. RHP Jon Garland (1-2)

Tuesday, May 17th 9:10 PM (@ LA Dodgers)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (3-3) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-3)

Wednesday, May 18th 9:05 PM (@ San Diego)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-2) vs. RHP Dustin Moseley (1-5)

Thursday, May 19th 9:05 PM (@ San Diego)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (2-3) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (5-2)

Friday, May 20th 7:10 PM (vs. Colorado)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (2-1) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (3-3)

Saturday, May 21st 6:10 PM (vs. Colorado)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (4-1) vs. RHP Clayton Mortenson (0-0)

Sunday, May 22nd 1:10 PM (vs. Colorado)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (3-3) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3)

What did you think of Fielder and Braun’s resurgence during the last week and what status do you put on the Brewers season at this point? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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