Round ’em Up: Saturday

5 04 2008

The Brewers are 3-1 and sitting atop the NL Central.  It has not even been one week since Opening Day, and I still cannot contain my excitement about this team.  That is probably due to the fact that I could not even remember a winning Brewers team until last season.  This is new territory for me, and I’m loving it every step of the way.

The Milwaukee Brewers will start Game 2 in their series against the San Francisco Giants in about an hour, but let me see if I can entertain you until then.

  • Here is Milwaukee’s starting lineup for today.  Not to toot my own horn here, but I did call that Craig Counsell would be seen at shortstop sometime soon.  Try today.
  • Manny Parra is prepared to take the mound today and pitch aggressively.  That is good news for the Crew, as he started to nibble around the strike zone and fall behind hitters near the end of Spring Training.  He needs to get back to what he was doing at the beginning of the spring.  He was pounding the strike zone with his fastball and getting to his splitter.  When his command is there, he has the chance to be a very good pitcher.  Here’s to hoping Manny comes out and impresses today.
  • Doug Melvin and the Brewers are still having discussions with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder about contract extensions.  Mark Attanasio said that it will not be easy to come to terms with either player, and there is no deadline.  I have said it before, and I will stick with it: Prince Fielder will not be signing a contract extension any time soon.  I expect that he loves Milwaukee, especially since his best friend Rickie Weeks still plays here, but he is set to break the bank next season.  Plus, Scott Boras is one of the most-hated people among baseball fans.  Ryan Braun, on the other hand, may sign one in the upcoming weeks.

    In addition, Tony Gwynn Jr. and his hamstring have not been getting along.  He will not be available today or tomorrow.  Tom Haudricourt speculates that some time on the DL might be in store for the young center fielder.  That would be too bad, as Tony started the season off in a big way this April.

  • The Brewer Nation is sick of the national media’s obsession with the Chicago Cubs.  They want to see more attention paid to the Milwaukee Brewers because they are “clearly better in every area of the game.”  I don’t know if I would go that far, but I do agree that the “big city bias” is annoying as a Brewers fan.  At the same time, however, I do not have a problem with the Crew running under the radar for a bit.
  • Jim Powell from The Sports Bubbler has an interview with Doug Melvin.
  • Yahoo! is not impressed with some of the crazed drunken fans at Miller Park yesterday.  Frankly, women squatting and peeing on the pavement would probably make me turn the other way too.  Hopefully the nation knows that all Wisconsinites are not like that.  Not everyone from Wisconsin starts drinking at 7:30am in the back of a pickup truck.
  • Yesterday I had the minor league boxscores up for the Milwaukee Brewers farm system teams.  If you did not notice, Matt LaPorta greeted Double-A ball with a grand slam.  Not a bad way to start the season.
  • Dugout Central has a list of the 22 best NL hittersPrince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Corey Hart make the list.  It is nice to see Corey on that list.  He gets overshadowed much of the time because of the other two sluggers.
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6 04 2008
Nate

“Not everyone from Wisconsin starts drinking at 7:30am in the back of a pickup truck.”

They don’t? Are you sure?

haha jk

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