Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (6-27-11)

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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 as MVP, the sweep of the Twins and a highly anticipated series with the Yankees!

By: Nick Grays
Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (44-35) (13-11-2 in series)
– FIRST in the NL Central
– Three games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals
– Run Differential at +27 (up 12 from last week)
– Three teams in the hunt for first place (Cardinals, Reds and Pirates)

Last Week’s Headlines:

Is Prince Fielder Having an MVP Season?

Just when you think Fielder is going to cool down, he hits another home-run! The guy is on fire and refuses to cool down. Over his last 30 games, the first baseman is hitting .363 (33-for-91) with 10 HR and 31 RBI. Oh yeah, did I mention that he’s currently riding a nine-game hitting streak.

Playing for a new contract is working really well for Fielder. With each home-run and RBI, Scott Boras’ asking price is going up and up like some kind of broken stock market game.

If Fielder stays on pace, he could very well win the National League MVP award. He currently leads the NL in HR (21), RBI (68) and OPS (1.037). And if he does win the prestigious award, the question about where he will play in 2012 doesn’t get any easier.

Brewers Sweep the Twinkies

Milwaukee struggled with the Tampa Bay Rays, but absolutely handled the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately for the Twins, it was their seventh time being swept this season and their roster really took a hit at Miller Park.

Regardless of what issues the Twins have at the moment, the Brewers have to be happy about winning their last three with Minnesota. Not only did every team in the NL Central except for the Brewers lose on Sunday, Milwaukee has jumped out to a three-game lead in the division. With Albert Pujols currently on the DL, the Brewers hope to build on the lead.

In Case You Missed It:

(6/21) Make sure to go out and vote for Rickie Weeks for the All-Star Game; he still trails the Reds’ Brandon Phillips and voting ends this Thursday! “Brewers Rickie Weeks Having an All-Star Type of Year

Looking Ahead:

Brewers Make Their Debut at Yankee Stadium (Home-Runs Anyone?)

Next week should be interesting as the Brewers continue Inter-League play with a trip to the Bronx. The New York Yankees (45-31) lead the AL East and are a stout 25-18 at Yankee Stadium. The billion dollar ballpark which opened in 2009 epitomizes the idea of a hitter’s ballpark because of the short porch in right field. Coincidentally, the Yankees and Brewers have the top sluggers in each league.

Following the Yankees series, the Brewers stay on the road to play the Minnesota Twins (32-44) at Target Field. The Brewers have yet to prove their selves away from home, so next week is huge!

Monday, June 27th (OFF)

Tuesday, June 28th 6:05 PM (@ NY Yankees)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (7-2) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-6)

Wednesday, June 29th 6:05 PM (@ NY Yankees)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (7-2) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (7-6)

Thursday, June 30th 12:05 PM (@ NY Yankees)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (6-4) vs. LHP C.C. Sabathia (10-4)

Friday, July 1st 7:10 PM (@ Minnesota)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (9-4) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (4-7)

Saturday, July 2nd 6:10 PM (@ Minnesota)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (5-5) vs. RHP Carl Pavano (5-6)

Sunday, July 3rd 1:10 PM (@ Minnesota)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (7-2) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5)

Are you excited about Milwaukee’s upcoming series with the Yankees? Is Prince Fielder a legitimate candidate for MVP? 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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