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

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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 newly acquired Josh Wilson and upcoming series with the Mets and Cardinals!

By: Nick Grays

Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (33-26) (11-7-2 in series)
– Second in the NL Central
– Trail the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals by 2 games
– Brewers put forth a great week on the road at 4-2
– Run differential at +18 (up 3 from last week)

Last Week’s Headlines:

Who is Josh Wilson?

If you watched the Brewers on Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday, you may be asking yourself who the heck Josh Wilson is?

Wilson is a fourth-year short-stop who Milwaukee claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks just twelve days ago. He didn’t wait long to make his mark when he went deep off Travis Wood in Cincinnati in only his second plate appearance with the team.  Unfortunately the Brewers dropped that game 7-3 when the offense sputtered down the stretch.

Wilson’s second long-ball (the guy has only nine in his career) proved to be a dramatic one at an opportunistic time. In the 11th inning of a 5-5 game in Florida, Wilson hit it out of the ballpark to give the Brewers their third straight one-run win over the Marlins.

I wouldn’t expect Wilson to keep hitting home-runs because his career numbers (.228 BA, 9 HR and 65 RBI) don’t suggest such a surge, but Wilson does provide some depth to the bench.

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Looking Ahead:

Brewers Project to Have a Good Week With Their Return to Miller Park

On Monday, the Brewers go for the rare four game sweep when they finish their series in Florida  (31-26). The team’s play hasn’t been perfect, but Ron Roenicke will take what he can on the road. Wins is all you can ask for away from home at this point.

Tuesday kicks off a series with another NL East foe in the New York Mets (28-31). As usual, the Mets are a mediocre team hovering around .500. A player to watch in this one is shortstop Jose Reyes who is posting career-high numbers to start the season. He ranks second in the NL with a  .337 batting average and has a league-leading ten triples.

The week concludes with a must-watch series as the Brewers and Cardinals duke it out for first place in the NL Central. If the Brewers bring their bats, their could be a lot of offense in this three game set as the Cardinals lead the league in runs (301), batting average (.280) and on-base percentage (.355). It will truly be a test for Milwaukee’s pitchers.

Monday, June 6th 6:10 PM (@ Florida)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (4-1) vs. RHP Javier Vazquez (3-4)

Tuesday, June 7th 7:10 PM (vs. NY Mets)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (6-2) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (6-2)

Wednesday, June 8th 7:10 PM (vs. NY Mets)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (4-4) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-4)

Thursday, June 9th 7: 10 PM (vs. NY Mets)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-2) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (4-5)

Friday, June 10th 7:10 PM (vs. St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (2-4) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (7-2)

Saturday, June 11th 6:10 PM (vs. St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (4-1) vs. RHP Chris Carpenter (1-5)

Sunday, June 12th 1:10 PM (vs. St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (6-2) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (5-3)

What do you think of Josh Wilson and do the Brewers have a shot at claiming first place in the NL Central by the end of the week? 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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