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Thread: 2019 Season

  1. #166
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    Quote Originally Posted by twellner9 View Post
    Brewers flat out need to be better at putting the ball in play. Just hitting homeruns or striking out isn't good enough. The offense doesn't produce nearly enough when we're not hitting homeruns.

    Side track thought, but I think there should be some factor of errors created on offense as a factor of offensive production. I was thinking about this with Braun. He's been on base several times due to catchers interference, and while its not a hit it is something that he's able to do that others aren't. Then I was thinking about fast players or players that hustle more or even just put the ball in play a lot. Those players should all create errors at a higher rate than those that don't which makes it IMO a factor of skill more so than a factor of luck.
    Brewers offense has been frustrating with getting runners on base and failing to get them in, but last night was flat out depressing. 1 hit. This team might be toast before end of August. Make or break stretch here. Need to find a win in STL and take care of Cubs...but this Brewers team just seems lethargic in a lot of aspects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopackgo87 View Post
    Brewers offense has been frustrating with getting runners on base and failing to get them in, but last night was flat out depressing. 1 hit. This team might be toast before end of August. Make or break stretch here. Need to find a win in STL and take care of Cubs...but this Brewers team just seems lethargic in a lot of aspects.
    Agreed. I find this Brewers team incredibly boring to watch. I stood by for years while we were in last place and found those teams more exciting. This is the worst baseball has to offer IMO. To excitement with this team.

    I have to complain once more about CC and his managing of the lineups. We are moving players in/out of the lineup way too often. This leads to inconsistent play and because we are putting bad players out there so often it leads to holes in the lineup. The Braun case is perplexing, he hits far better when he's playing every day and yet we continue to rest him while he's perfectly healthy. Preventative maintenance my ***. This is baseball not basketball. He's either hurt or he's good to go, I do not see how resting him saves anything and it produces a worse product.

    I have the same opinion about every player on our roster. Platoons for lefty/righty are one thing, but all these rest days for no reason makes no sense. When healthy our best players should be out there every day. If they are hurt and need rest, fine, but otherwise I see no reason to sit guys. Giving bench players like Perez regular playing time (for what to keep him fresh?) makes zero sense to me.

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    The all or nothing approach bothers me at times, but that's sort of the direction the league is going. We sort of lead the way in some of that stuff, since we do strike out more than most, but as a whole, I don't get too worked up.

    I think the thing the frustrates me the most is I just don't see a path forward. It's likely we lose at least one, possibly both of Moose and grandal. Shaw could maybe replace Moose, but it's hard to have any confidence in him at the moment. And even if we do retain both, it's unlikely we have the money to improve our pitching staff.

    I think regardless of whether we think the problem is bullpen or starters, we need better pitching. And that will cost money. The only way to get it cheap is to take a bunch of fliers on guys and hope a few hit. And that's not really a great strategy, since you're relying on luck to an extent.

    But I just don't see a path forward where we can get back to the point where we are more than just a wild card contender. If we bring back Moose and Grandy, give Grisham time in the OF with a Braun/thames or shaw platoon at first, we could have a borderline top 10 offense if everything comes together. That being said, we'll have no money for pitching, which likely means we have a bottom 10 or at least below average pitching staff. If we let Moose and Grandy walk, then we probably have an average offense if all breaks right, but the money could be spent to get us average pitching, which still makes us an average to slightly above average team.

    Last year, everything broke right. We had some guys massively over achieve as starters and in the pen. Because of that we were legit contenders. I just don't see that happening again. And I'm not sure how we improve to a point where that does happen again. Our farm isn't great, so it's hard to see us getting much significant help internally or in a trade. Our only real hope would be huge bounce backs from burnes and Peralta, which I suppose is possible.

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    Also, I havent seen this before, but they apparently mentioned it on the cards TV broadcast, which someone posted to Twitter, but a few guys think the ball change is really hurting certain guys. The ball apparently has smaller seams and the ball itself is smoother. So the guys who are throwing splitters think this ball is really hard to throw that pitch with. So they are not throwing it as often, particularly jeffress and Guerra, both of whom would probably label their splitter as their best pitch. So I wonder if that's having an impact on certain guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewfan13 View Post
    Also, I havent seen this before, but they apparently mentioned it on the cards TV broadcast, which someone posted to Twitter, but a few guys think the ball change is really hurting certain guys. The ball apparently has smaller seams and the ball itself is smoother. So the guys who are throwing splitters think this ball is really hard to throw that pitch with. So they are not throwing it as often, particularly jeffress and Guerra, both of whom would probably label their splitter as their best pitch. So I wonder if that's having an impact on certain guys.
    I understand that but JJ still needs to throw it. If he doesn't have that pitch he is below pedestrian. His curveball is horrible. HS pitchers have a better one. Or just throw a fastball with movement he has. Even if it's harder to hit JJ doesn't throw the splitter at all which may be because it's hard on arm and I think JJ hanging by a thread.

    As for the path forward it's going to be down the road, but Brewers need a group of young pitchers to come up at the same time. The kid from Santana trade, Ashby (really high on), Small could realistically come up in same year maybe 2021/2022. I think that's the path and hopefully Woody and Houser - who I like a ton and been bullish on them and tooting horns for a while - are still pitching well...I think that is the path forward. I actually like the guys in High-A range a few guys. The pen I think could turn around quickly next year. Hope Burnes comes back to being at least reliable, Wahl I like, Rasmussen could move up fast, Knebel, Hader....not unforseeable to think they can bounce back a bit and be a strength...but the offense could have big holes at C, 3B and 1B next year....I also think Hiura will have to move to 1B soon....he is poor in the field and that is being kind.

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    I'm not terribly worried about the future. I think our young starting pitching options are plentiful enough that I'm hopeful we can improve from within. I am still high on Burnes. I think what I've seen from Hauser. Factor in a Suter/Nelson/Peralta and hope one of them could impact the rotation. We still have a little depth in the minors if those guys fall through. We could prob use an innings eater but I'm confident we can get a vet for a reasonable price, hell bring back Gio.

    The bullpen is the bigger issue, but I'm hoping we can assume our back end will be far better. Hader needs to be better and I'm hoping Knebel comes back strong. Outside of them, maybe we can go get 1 more decent back end guy and hope to go bargain hunting for middle relief. The bullpen needs a major overhaul because there is not a single person out there I trust right now.

    Sitting Moose against the Cardinals (another big bat sitting for no reason in a big game) drives me insane. I know his career numbers against Wacha are not good, but him vs Perez is a no brainer. We need every game at this point and can't afford to be resting perfectly healthy players.

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