2011 NLCS Milwaukee Brewers Heading into Beast Mode

The 2011 MLB season has been a memorable one for the Milwaukee Brewers, from Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun‘s clutch hitting to Yovani Gallardo and Zach Greinke dealing on the mound, from John Axford‘s lockdown relief work to T-Plush‘s goofy antics.

(especially this one Friday night to celebrate the NLDS victory)

The NL Central championship season was been “a beast.”

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Brewers Closer John Axford Ax Mustache Spray Video

Milwaukee Brewers reliever John Axford

Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford stars in this hilarious parody video for “Ax Mustache Spray”

Watch it after the jump
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Update on Notre Dame Fighting Irish in MLB, MiLB

The University of Notre Dame currently has five players in Major League Baseball: Craig Counsell (1989-92), Milwaukee Brewers; John Axford (2002-03), Milwaukee Brewers; Aaron Heilman (1998-01), Arizona Diamondbacks; Brad Lidge (1997-98), Philadelphia Phillies; and Jeff Samardzija (2004-06), Chicago Cubs. (note: years denote their time in South Bend, not service with the stated MLB teams.)

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Brewers Prince Fielder Earns NL Player of the Week Honor

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder couldn’t be stopped against the Chicago Cubs en route to being named National League Player of the Week.

Fielder led the Majors with 11 RBI and 21 total bases during the last week when Milwaukee hosted the Braves and Cubs.

After starting the season a dismal 0-4, Fielder helped the Brewers change things around at Miller Park by winning five of their last seven.

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-4-11)

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 Brewers depressing series with the Reds and the team going ahead.

By: Nick Grays

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Brewers Show Suppan the Door, Pump Arms from AAA Pipeline

Jeff Suppan
It’s now quite clear. The Milwaukee Brewers front office is putting its confidence in younger arms. Four years and $42M later, the club releases starting pitcher Jeff Suppan in favor of some farm system hopefuls and anyone whose names begin with Chris, John, Kameron or Zach.

The Brewers organization will pay Jeff Suppan upwards of $10M not to play. That’s including a $2M buyout of a 2011 club option.  Milwaukee is paying Suppan more to go home and watch the game than pitching legend Warren Spahn reportedly earned throughout his lifetime career.

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How Thin Can the Brewers Bench Get?

Joe Inglett

Does your bench not stretch? Can we use you if you catch? Is there anyone for innings when we need you for some winnings? Are we down to just the pitchers if we made some fielding switchers? Does your bench not stretch?

Bases loaded and one down in the tenth.  Joe Inglett (coming off his own ankle problem) and Craig Counsell have been used. Jody Gerut nursing a bruised heel is passed on. Backup catcher Jonathan Lucroy is being saved in case something happens to Kotteras.

So Ken Macha turns to Randy Wolf to pinch hit. Another K is born. Fortunately, Rickie Weeks wins the game with a walk-off walk in the tenth to give the Brewers their first series win at home since the Opening Homestand against Colorado. Does your bench not stretch?

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Doug Melvin’s wacky pitching experiment deserves MLB consideration

Doug Melvin

Baseball decisions are often made based on percentages, and the sabermetric movement has fostered some unorthodox theories in the eyes of purists and the average fan.

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Can the Brewers Farm System Save the Season?

John Axford

Marco Estrada, Zack Braddock, John Axford and Jonathan Lucroy.  These are not names you necessarily expected to see playing in the majors for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

However, after a series of disappointing performances by veterans, injuries to Doug Davis, Gregg Zaun and others and no where else to turn, Doug Melvin and Ken Macha choose to raid their farm system and bring some good ol’ boys up. Will it work?

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