Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (8-8-11)

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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 discuss the hottest team in baseball and another throw-down with the Cards.

Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers (65-50) (18-15-4 in series)
– FIRST in the NL Central
– Lead the St. Louis Cardinals by three games
– Run differential at +26 (up 35 from two weeks ago)
– Brewers are a league best 41-15 at home

Last Week’s Headlines:

The Brewers are the Hottest Team in Baseball

As of a few weeks ago, the Brewers couldn’t hit anything. Now, they’ve reeled off a franchise record nine straight games with at least ten hits. Not even the best of baseball prognosticators could have seen this one coming. Of course, playing the Astros and Cubs in nine of their last twelve probably helped the matter. Albeit a series at home with the Cardinals, the offense remained solid at a little over seven runs a contest.

Fans in Milwaukee can only hope for a little more consistency, similar to what the pitching staff has been producing all season long. The starters rank 5th in the league with 70 quality starts.

If I had to make a prediction right now, I would say this Brewers team is a playoff team. My only concern is whether they can go on the road and beat San Francisco, Philadelphia or Atlanta in a playoff series. No matter what happens, it should be a fun ride if the Brew Crew keeps doing what they do.

Just In Case You Missed It:

(7/29) “Milwaukee Brewers Attempt to Weather the Loss of Rickie Weeks
– Acquisitions of Felipe Lopez and Jerry Hairston Jr. seems to have worked just fine as the Brewers offense has been stellar over the past two weeks.

Looking Ahead:

Yet Another Road Test and the Pitiful Pirates

After an off-day on Monday, the Brewers embark on a three-game series in St. Louis with the rival Cardinals. The Cardinals were pissed off in Milwaukee this past week and that’s putting it moderately, so I wouldn’t expect this to be a friendly series at all. Despite losing two to the Brewers, the Cardinals went to Florida and completed a four-game sweep.

Just when you thought it was alright to root for the Pirates, they go and lose ten straight games. If it wasn’t for the Steelers, I’m not sure what fans in that city would do with their selves.  Pittsburgh is actually one of the better divisional teams on the road at 28-27, but they did drop all three they played at Miller Park in May. They didn’t fare much better at PNC park either as the Pirates are 0-5 against Milwaukee this season.

Monday, August 8th (OFF)

Tuesday, August 9th 7:15 PM (@ St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (10-3) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1)

Wednesday, August 10th 7:15 PM (@ St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Randy Wolf (8-8) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-7)

Thursday, August 11th 7:15 PM (@ St. Louis)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-7) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (9-5)

Friday, August 12th 7:10 PM (vs. Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Narveson (8-6) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (6-12)

Saturday, August 13th 3:10 PM (vs. Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (10-4) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (12-10)

Sunday, August 14th 1:10 PM (vs. Pittsburgh)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shaun Marcum (10-3) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (8-6)

Do you think this Brewers team is a playoff team? 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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