Thursday, June 06, 2013

Series Preview- Brew City Here We Come!

Philadelphia Phillies (30-30) @ Milwaukee Brewers (22-36)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Thursday, 8:10- Tyler Cloyd vs. Wily Peralta
Friday, 8:10- Cliff Lee vs. Alfredo Figaro
Saturday, 7:15- Respect the KK vs. Undecided
Sunday,  2:10- Petite Bone vs. Kyle Lohse

Brew Crew Bats:
R - 232 (21st)
AVG - .258 (12th)
OPS - .719 (16th)

That doping dope, Ryan Braun/LF, might not be able to weasel his way out of a suspension this time, as MLB seeks punishment for the players involved with the Biogenesis clinic.  There is more to the Brewers offense beside him, as Aramis Ramirez/3B, Jean Segura/SS, Carlos Gomez/CF, and Norichika Aoki/RF all wield lethal weapons at the plate.  Catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, is starting to heat up as well (last 10 games- .389/1.227, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI).

Brew Crew Arms:
ERA - 4.61 (29th)
WHIP - 1.39 (27th)

This is a bad pitching staff.  Lohse has been a disappointment, Figaro has made only 1 start to 16 relief appearances, Peralta has been a disaster, and this undecided guy has a straight fastball per scouting reports.  They might get closer, Jim Henderson, back this weekend, moving Francisco Rodriguez back to a setup roll.

*The Phillies lead all of baseball with 41 quality starts (6+ IP with 3 runs or less allowed).
*Dom Brown has clubbed an NL leading 18 homeruns.
*Cliff Lee's 2.45 ERA ranks 7th and his WHIP of 0.96 ranks 4th in the NL.
*Jonathan Papelbon remains an elite closer, despite his lack of save opportunities.  11 SV, 1.25 ERA, and 0.69 WHIP over 21 appearances.
*Of qualifying first basemen in MLB, Ryan Howard's OPS ranks 20th (.740), RBI 15th (29), HR 16th (7), and WAR 23rd (-0.1).  No matter how much Sir Alden argues that Howard was owed/earned this ridiculous extension, the facts say otherwise.  He's been an overpaid mediocre first basemen for a few years now.

The Brewers are one of the worst teams in baseball and the Phillies are on a 4 game roll while almost being able to taste a winning record.  Moving with the mystic mojo, I say Phils take 3 outta 4.


OnceAnonymous2 said...

I say they split. The Brew crew chewed us up at home and, boy, can that team score.

Anonymous said...

I've spawned a new generation in a day it seems, but yeah, Cloyd is not really a major leaguer, and Lohse will baffle us.

Anthony said...

Draft tonight. Hype Williams!

OnceAnonymous2 said...

Haha, yeah...I followed your example.


Beer-a-Thon said...

And with the 16th pick in the draft the Philadelphia Phillies select J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood High School (Ca.)

Morak99 said...

The scouting report indicated Crawford, if he develops, would be very much a Jimmy Rollins type player. Best of luck to him.

For the record, I am the same poster as "Ben".

Beer-a-Thon said...

With every Delmon POS Young homerun, I die a little bit inside.

Beer-a-Thon said...

JP Crawford is Carl Crawford's cousin.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Dom Brown showing speed too now- 6 SB on the season, 2 tonight.

Cloyd might just be a decent 5th starter.

Morak99 said...

In the second round, Phils take Andrew Knapp, a Catcher out of Cal, 53rd overall.

Preserve Jon said...

Michael young batting lead off = Charlie Manuel's a genius.

GM-Carson said...

Don't the Phils have enough prospect catchers in the system?