Round ’em Up: Thursday

10 07 2008

UPDATE 07-10-08 1:55pm – Ned Yost says Milwaukee has no interest in releasing Guillermo Mota.  Oh good.

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Well, ladies and gentlemen. The Milwaukee Brewers pretended Glendon Rusch was the second coming of CC Sabathia last night. All the Brewers hitters (perhaps with the exception of Bill Hall) looked utterly lost against the left-hander. It’s not like he had an ERA of over 6 and a half coming into the game…

  • Last night, Pete from Brewers Fanatics ran the first installment of The Brewers Blog Roundtable. Jared from Right Field Bleachers and myself took most of the questions, and we have a podcast for you all to listen to. As of right now, the Roundtable is going to be a sort of question-and-answer format. We are very open to making it a live call-in show if the audience is big enough. Until then, I will simply post the podcasts here for you to listen to.

    The first installment is a little rough, as Pete is getting used to the software. It was also our first run at the program, so it will get smoother down the line. It’s a pretty good product for the first try though. Enjoy.

    Brewers Blog Roundtable

  • Tom Haudricourt says enough is enough with Guillermo Mota. He fully expects Mota to be designated for assignment today. I completely agree that he will be DFA’d, but it will probably not come until after today’s game. What if the Crew needs someone to handle mop-up time? Might as well get a few more innings out of Mota before cutting him loose.

    TH thinks Luis Pena will get the call to the big leagues. He struggled with his stuff to start the season, but has really turned it on as of late. Nashville’s closer has a 1.78 ERA in his last 30 1/3 innings. Not bad at all.

    I think that Doug Melvin and Ned Yost will go with big league experience at this point in the season, however. He may not have much, but Tim Dillard showed that he’s capable of handling himself on a big stage. It’s true that he lost his command a bit, but has been throwing the ball much better with the Sounds lately.

  • In-Between Hops believes it may only take a trip to the DL to get Mota back on track. If only things were just that simple…
  • The Brew Town Beat is absolutely ecstatic that Haudricourt is calling for Guillermo Mota’s head. Mota has been exceptionally awful over the past month and a half, and it is about time for Milwaukee to cut their losses and DFA the big guy.

    I also notice that Brew Town mentions me in their post when they criticize people for saying Mota has thrown good pitches like the pitch against Joe Mauer. I don’t shy away from criticism. That was a good pitch, and Mauer simply beat him. The problem is that Mota has not thrown many good pitches since that point. I did not defend him in the least bit against Arizona or last night. It was one game, and I stick by it. With that said, Mota’s time in Milwaukee has drawn to a close.

  • Brew Crew Pub says something is missing from the 2008 Milwaukee Brewers. It is patience and a high on-base percentage. Agreed. I’m not sure Kenny Lofton is the best choice here. I would much rather send Rickie Weeks away from a high OBP second baseman like you’re suggesting. To my knowledge, Huntsville has not tried Alcides Escobar at second base.

    What would I suggest? This is clearly me in a dreamworld, but how about a package that sends Rickie Weeks, Brad Nelson, and Zach Braddock for Brian Roberts and George Sherrill? Both Roberts and Sherrill will be under Milwaukee’s control past the 2008 season, and it would provide the Brewers with a very solid arm in the bullpen and a bona fide lead-off hitter. The package would probably need another prospect though. Perhaps someone like a Alexandre Periard.

  • Ned Yost does not want Ryan Braun to participate in the Home Run Derby. Milwaukee’s manager does not want Braun messing up his swing for the second half. I’m more worried about his sore hand at this point…
  • Between the Green Pillars takes an excellent look at the Manny Parra situation. He is on pace to throw more innings than the Brewers organization originally wanted him to. History has shown that pitchers are at a higher risk for injury if they make a big jump in innings pitched like Parra is on pace to do. The author believes Milwaukee will not hold him back, as the CC Sabathia trade signifies that the team is all in for this season.

    I would agree with that, but I also do not fall in the camp that believes Parra’s innings should be limited this season. Younger pitchers coming out of high school do need to watch their innings, but Parra does not have a young arm. He has been slowed by injuries, yes, but he is not new to throwing on the mound. Older relievers that have never thrown many innings do just fine when stretching out their arms. In my opinion, Parra is certainly capable of going more than 163 innings. If he starts to experience a bit of “dead arm,” then Ned Yost should worry about it.

  • Something tells me that Jason Kendall was a good pick-up this off-season.
  • The Junkball Blues takes a look at what Chicago gave up to get Rich Harden compared to what Milwaukee gave up to get CC Sabathia. He concludes that Harden did cost a bit more than Sabathia, as he should.

    People keep overlooking the fact that Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, and Eric Patterson have all spent time in the big leagues. The Cleveland Indians did not get that from a single player from Milwaukee. Matt LaPorta may fizzle out before getting to the big leagues. After all, Nelson Cruz is still raking in Triple-A…

  • The Cub Reporter says that Rich Harden may not be under Chicago’s control through the 2009 season like everyone believes. That would certainly change the dynamics of the trade completely. (Tip of the cap to Right Field Bleachers for this one.)
  • Dugout Central says that Billy Beane is a dangerous GM to be making a deal with. He never loses a big trade. Most of the pitchers he loses end up fizzling out due to some sort of injury (Mark Mulder) or ineffectiveness (Barry Zito). I don’t know if I agree with the article when it says Tim Hudson has been mostly ineffective for two seasons. I definitely wouldn’t want that 3.16 ERA from this season or that 3.33 ERA from 2007. What a poor performance…
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8 responses

10 07 2008
MadisonCrewFan

Mota was throwing meat all of last night. He really did get lucky on the first 2 outs. No movement on the pitches he threw. That takes all the guessing out of the hitter’s box.

I’ll be glad to see Mota DFA’d. I sure wish we had a Matt Wise-type middle inning-eater like we did last year.

10 07 2008
Todd

I don’t think Justin was calling out Brewers Nation in particular on the Mota/Mauer pitch. We obviously talk on a daily basis and read as much stuff as possible. Plus we know waaaaaay too many Minnesotans from our La Crosse college days that think Joe Mauer is the second coming of Roy Hobbs/Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench perfected for the Southern Canadian dump that is Minnesota, who all insist that Mauer outsted just a nasty pitch. He happens to disagree.

10 07 2008
Aaron

Did you hear how Haudricourt went after Yost today? It was pitiful and unprofessional. They were practically fighting tooth and nail. Haudricourt said, “He’s [Mota] killing you guys right now. He lost you the game.” Then he brings up the Arizona game and last night and Yost goes off and he’s right for doing so. Yes the Brewers lost those games, but they were hardly Mota’s fault alone. Haudricourt was trying to put it all on Mota and manage the ball team himself, but the fact of the matter is the team shouldn’t have even been in that situation. The kicker was when he went something like, “Well you didn’t have a problem with it with Turnbow.”

What I did find interesting, and that Haudricourt would never dare print because it makes too much sense is Yost came out and said something like, “He’s reverted to what he used to do and he’s not listening to us right now. We’re going to get it worked out.” I don’t think Mota is just being defiant, but I think he’s just failing to do the mechanics he was doing before. I lost a lot of respect for Tom after hearing that today on WSSP.

10 07 2008
Jim Breen

I didn’t hear about that. I have heard that Tom H has a tendency to ask provoking questions as a reporter. What else is he supposed to do though? He gets the information to Brewers fans faster than almost anyone. His coverage of the CC Sabathia trade was top notch.

That is interesting that it happened though…I wonder what provoked it.

10 07 2008
Aaron

He wasn’t really asking questions though. He was telling Yost what to do. That’s not getting after him as a reporter. You don’t tell a manager that a guys is killing you. Instead you ask a question like, “Mota has really been struggling lately and his pitches look really flat. What makes this situation any different than the Turnbow situation?” And I can keep doing that. Instead Haudricourt just sounded like a whining fan. I was just befuddled. The guy on WSSP goes, “That was Tom Haudricourt in a wrestling match with Ned Yost and Adam McCalvey was the referee.”

10 07 2008
Jim Breen

Wow. Too bad I missed that!

10 07 2008
MadisonCrewFan

By the way,

This the by far the best Brewers blog I check into. Very good insight, timely reporting, and great wrap-ups from all the other blogs. Keep up the great work – those of us fans of the game, and the Brewers, appreciate it!

Chad in Madison

10 07 2008
Jim Breen

Thank you, Chad. I very much appreciate it.

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