Previewing the Milwaukee Brewers 2012 starting rotation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting giddy for the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball Season. This is perhaps the best week in all of sports. Not only do we get to crown the college basketball national champion, but we also play witness to the eloquent Masters and kick off the long grind known as the MLB regular season.

Since we already took a look at the Milwaukee Brewers new-look offense, let’s take a peek at the starting rotation which returns all five guys from the division-winning team of last season.

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (9-19-11)


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 discuss the National League MVP award, playoff scenarios and all the usual Brewers stuff! [Read more…]

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-25-11)


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 surprisingly pleasant series with the Phillies, big money for Ryan Braun and an upcoming series with the rival Reds!

By: Nick Grays

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-18-11)


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’ pair of Mexican hurlers, rain-outs and much much more.

By: Nick Grays

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (2-28-11)


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 excitement brewing around ticket sales, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright’s Injury and the upcoming week in Cactus League play!

By: Nick Grays
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Analyzing the Milwaukee Brewers Off-Season


Missing the playoffs in the last two seasons has felt like a wasted opportunity for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. While boasting one of the best offenses in the major leagues in 2009 and 2010, the Brewers have finally realized the need to bolster their lackluster pitching rotation.

With hard-hitting Prince Fielder in the last year of his contract, the Brewers have pushed all of their chips in to add starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training on Wednesday, let’s take a closer look at the blockbuster deals and a couple of other transactions the Brewers partook in to make the pitching better during the off-season.

By: Nick Grays

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Brewers Can’t Catapult Streak to Six

 If you hit a double to left-center, drive in your pitcher and your leadoff man who was just walked, then slide head-first into home plate thanks to an error by the opposing pitcher, you must be none other than Corey Hart.

“I’m still tired,” said Hart.  “I wish there wouldn’t have been that many mistakes so I could have stayed there.”

A throwing error by pitcher Doug Fister accounted for Hart being able to dive home slip-and-slide-style after batting-in Randy Wolf and Rickie Weeks to make it 3-2 Crew. Good thing it was the Brewers’ sixth sellout crowd of the season, so fans could stand and cheer in sheer disbelief of the spectacle. 

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Finally, Your Pitcher is Older Than Ours

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By: Melissa S. Wollering

As the Milwaukee Brewers get that nervous butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling with the defending National League champions coming to town, there’s one thing the team can take comfort in.  Your pitcher is older than ours. 

Now, Philadelphia Phillies’ Jamie Moyer is no slouch! But he was born in 1962 and that makes the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching staff just feel better. Well boys, soak it in.  Because it’s not going to be an easy weekend and you may not feel good about much more than that. [Read more…]

Jeff Suppan Claims Neck Injury, Coincidence? Or Just In Time?

By: Melissa S. Wollering

The first four starting pitchers have been named to the Milwaukee Brewers rotation.  No surprise,  Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf, Doug Davis and Dave Bush will start in that order.  After watching Spring Training in Arizona this year, I figured that.  But I made one other prediction: if Jeff Suppan got the hint he would not be named #5, he’d fake injury rather than suffer a bruise to his pride.

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Live From Spring Training: 31 Compete to Pitch for Milwaukee Brewers


By: Melissa S. Wollering

For the next week, we’ll be coming to you live from Arizona and Cactus League play. A majority of my coverage will focus on the Milwaukee Brewers, but we’ll also throw is a taste of what’s going on with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox and more.

We start with what the Milwaukee Brewers need most: pitching. Look at it this way, at least they have options.  31 starters and relievers are looking to the make the roster and plenty of spots are for the taking. That’s a stark contrast to the 2009 rosters, in which the starting rotation had zero spots up for grabs and bullpen roles were fairly set. [Read more…]

Milwaukee Brewers Possess First Real Pitching Rotation in Years

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Ben Sheets is filled with rage.  CC Sabathia has raised his eyebrows, slightly impressed. Rollie Fingers is rejoicing from his leather lounger and the Pittsburgh Pirates now feel utterly-and-completely-screwed as opposed to just sort-of-screwed.  Doug Melvin has assembled the first real starting pitching rotation Milwaukee Brewers fans have seen in years.

The starting rotation could look similar to this: Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo, Doug Davis, Manny Parra, Dave Bush. If Jeff Suppan is used in a middle relief capacity, he could eat up the innings Manny Parra can’t quite finish. When the injury bug bites, put Suppan in.  Go ahead.  Or call up Chris Narveson.

This arrangement looks so normal, I’m almost baffled. It is not superb, but it is satisfactory.  It is decent. It is adequate. It is, daresay, pleasing.  It actually doesn’t suck. All season, I’ll be waiting for the floor to drop out from beneath this. I remain in moderate disbelief, sprinkled with feelings of shock and awe.  Yes, please pick my jaw up from the ground. Thank you. [Read more…]

Milwaukee Brewers Finally Take Action on Pitching Predicament

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By: Melissa S. Wollering

Last year at this time, Milwaukee fans put pitching on their Christmas wish list to Santa. Alas, they never got it. After anxiety and doubts about the starting rotation in Spring Training, injuries by mid-season and complete engine failure by season’s close, Melvin needed to ante up this off-season. Scoring Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins was a necessity to keep fans and the rest of the 40-man roster happy this holiday season and well into the New Year. [Read more…]