The Pains of Almost Winning

Building a Brewers narrative for 2016, it’s easy for many fans and analysts to focus on the negative. After all, the team was not expected to compete coming into the season, and given the number of second-chance players winning jobs, or roster stopgaps working for the big club, many simply expected the team to be terrible. Since the team was written off before game one, there are...
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Clear mind has Lucroy living in moment, and thriving

The Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy has returned to elite status this season, becoming one of baseball's three most productive catchers, by most measures. His resurgence is the result of his own hard work, as well as an emphasis on Lucroy's mental approach.
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Jeffress Isn’t as Good as You Think, Thornburg Is

When Will Smith went down with an injury, the closer’s role went to Jeremy Jeffress. On the outskirts, this made a lot of sense. Jeffress was linked in a number of trade rumors during the offseason, and giving him the primary closer role might increase his trade value. He also throws harder than most Brewers, averaging 96.54 MPH on his fastball last year. Plus, his numbers, in...
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Brewers 'pen punctuates tough trip with big W

Capping a nine-game road trip on which five of the Brewers' seven losses were pinned on a relief pitcher, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg avoided a series of scares to close Wednesday's 4-2 win over the A's at the Coliseum.
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Homers boost Crew in Guerra's strong start

Scooter Gennett and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in support of right-hander Junior Guerra, who strung together seven strong innings to help the Brewers split a two-game Interleague set with the A's by way of a 4-2 victory at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.
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Gennett, Nieuwenhuis homer to help Brewers end trip with win

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scooter Gennett and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered to back Junior Guerra's first victory in more than a month, and the Milwaukee Brewers earned a split of their quick two-game interleague series against the Oakland Athletics with a 4-2 win Wednesday. Gennett connected on a two-run shot in the fifth and Nieuwenhuis in the eighth. Guerra (4-1) struck out eight over seven...
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Bullpen struggles as Brewers fall to A's

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yonder Alonso hit a two-out, tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Marcus Semien followed with a two-run triple and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Tuesday night.Semien and Jed Lowrie had three hits each while Stephen Vogt and Danny Valencia added two hits apiece for the A's, who won for just the second time in five interleague...
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Ramon Flores Is Coming Around

Back in November, the Milwaukee acquired outfielder Ramon Flores from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Luis Sardinas. At first glance, that move seemed inconsequential enough — one fringe major leaguer for another. But Flores’ minor-league track record suggests he may not always be inconsequential. He hit a strong .308/.401/.454 as a 23-year-old in Triple-A last year and...
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Will Matt Garza Pitch His Way Out?

Matt Garza pitched like a man on a mission Sunday against the Dodgers, his second time out since returning from the disabled list from the lat strain that sidelined him to open the season. Garza pounded the strike zone, induced eight ground ball outs and needed just 70 pitches to get through six shutout innings. Garza was electric and efficient — basically the opposite of the Garza...
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Brewers recall Blazek, option Knebel

LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers recalled right-hander Michael Blazek from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday.Blazek, who made two rehab appearances at Colorado Springs, was 3-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 appearances for the Brewers before being placed on the DL on June 1, retroactive to May 29, with a right elbow impingement.The Brewers created a place on their 25-man roster for...
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Brewers announcer gets choked up thanking Vin Scully for being an inspiration

With Vin Scully retiring at the end of the season after 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers, everyone is taking an opportunity to say farewell, and more importantly, thank you.Milwaukee Brewers announcer Brian Anderson did that this week as his team visited LA for a three-game series, telling Vin how he inspired him to be a broadcaster. He got a little choked up, then announced...
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Milwaukee Brewers trade rumors: will Braun and Lucroy be moved

Rumors have been floating throughout the 2016 season that Milwaukee Brewers stars Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy would be traded before the August first deadline. However, earlier Friday morning Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said otherwise in a statement to reporters. “Much ado about nothing so far,” Attanasio said. Ryan and Luc are performing at an All-Star level. If you look...
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Wily Peralta, Potential, and ‘What If?’

Next year will be better. He looked good when he was healthy. He’s still pretty young. What if he finally puts it all together? In any sport, every sport, you’ve undoubtedly heard these words. Their intention isn’t to bring false hope, even if they sometimes do. Their intention isn’t to tease, even though they surely do. Their intention isn’t to ring hollow, but there’s...
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A Brewers Prospect and His Law School Application

Just over a month ago, I led one of my Sunday Notes columns with Jon Perrin and his microscopic walk rate. At the time, the 22-year-old Milwaukee Brewers prospect had issued just one free pass in 36 innings. He had 47 strikeouts. A few days later, Perrin was promoted from low-A Wisconsin to high-A Brevard County. His numbers with the Manatees aren’t quite as eye-popping, but they’re...
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Report: Ryan Braun on the Giants’ radar

The San Francisco Giants head into their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers this week with a 38-26 record in a comfy five-game lead in the National League West. They do so having lost outfielder Hunter Pence for a substantial amount of time due to a hamstring injury (more on that here). Even before Pence went down with injury, the team was rumored to be in the market...
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Milwaukee Brewers thankfully send down Wily Peralta

The Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday optioned Opening Day starter Wily Peralta to Triple-A Colorado Springs and announced Matt Garza will start for the team on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. Peralta has failed to put together consistent, quality outings together this season, and his numbers to date are frankly atrocious. His 6.68 ERA is particularly glaring in that it is the...
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Jonathan Lucroy Is Back in the Best-Catcher Conversation

The current major-league leader in WAR for a catcher is Jonathan Lucroy. All right! Go home, we’re finished. I’m only kidding, but only kind of. My job here is to offer more detail, but now you’ve got the thesis. Jonathan Lucroy has been playing like a really good catcher. This is important, because last year, Lucroy didn’t play like a really good catcher. And this is extra...
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