Suppan and Zambrano Find Solace in Bullpen Together

By: Melissa S. Wollering

If there’s one thing these two underperforming, salary-eating former starting pitchers can agree on, it’s this: at least they have each other. We fictitiously caught up with them after Jeff Suppan found out he’d been sentenced to the pen and before Carlos Zambrano left Miller Park on what was supposed to be the day he would start against Dave Bush and the Milwaukee Brewers. Here is their “conversation.”

CZ: “Hey Amigo, I heard Macha pulled a Pinella today. Is it true you’re headed for middle relief?”

JS: “That’s my understanding, yep. I pitch two games after coming off the DL and Macha’s got less patience with me than he had with Bill Hall holding a pink bat on Mother’s Day.” [Read more…]

Brewers Make Mockery of Ken Macha’s Hometown

Home Run Production 4-22

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Did we just watch a Spring Training game in Pittsburgh? For the first time in club history, the Milwaukee Brewers decided they were going to lead by at least eight runs in four consecutive games. The last time they made it happen, were the first three games in 1978.

Meantime, by raiding the Pirates’ ship in 20-0 fashion, the Brewers basically tied a record set on Aug. 18, 1992 in a 22-2 win playing the Blue Jays in Toronto. This is also the most lopsided shutout in club history, the previous being an 18-0 win at Boston on April 16, 1990.

Manager Ken Macha must be celebrating after having swept his hometown  Pittsburgh Pirates. But bear with me as I deliver some not-so-great news. The Brewers continue to rely on the long ball for a vast majority of their runs, something they may not be able to continue doing with larger NL Central contenders, namely the Cardinals and the Cubs. Note to self, Ken Macha: on your to-do list = manufacture runs. [Read more…]