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Series Preview: The Guts

The Brewers released their Game Notes for Game Four tonight, in Los Angeles, meaning that there is relative certainty regarding the next two games of the series. Both games will be southpaw match-ups, with Waiver Trade acquisition Gio Gonzalez facing off against former Independent Leaguer and Curveball Artist Rich Hill before corresponding aces work on […]

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NLCS: Will the Better Team Win?

It’s easy to discount the Milwaukee Brewers entering the National League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the 2018 season with a payroll of more than $187 million, according to Cot’s Contracts, more than double Milwaukee’s figure. In fact, that number alone would comprise approximately 70 percent of the Brewers’┬átotal revenue. Those contracts feature […]

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Rebuild Rebuilding

When the Brewers embarked on their rebuilding campaign, first under President Doug Melvin during 2015 and then under GM David Stearns, the common fan and analyst rebuilding model was the scorched-earth, tear-it-to-the-ground, “tank” rebuild. This rebuilding model was ostensibly perfected by the Houston Astros and also practiced by the Chicago Cubs, where the assumption is […]

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Playoffs!

On August 31, the Brewers boasted a respectable 76-60 overall record, and stood four games behind the division leading Cubs entering the last month of the season. Yet the Brewers’ fate might have felt sealed: Milwaukee posted their worst pitching performance in August (-42 Runs Prevented), offsetting a strong offense that notably improved following trade […]

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MVPs II: The Race without WAR

Over the weekend, the MVP race took a decided turn in favor of Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, as the left-handed batting phenom not only excelled in Pittsburgh, but his right-handed batting counterpart, Lorenzo Cain, nursed a brief injury for the bulk of the series. So it goes, as most of the MVP race discussion devolves […]

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Junior Guerra Relieves

In the middle of a pennant race for the Brewers, with a division fight against the Cubs potentially fading into a chance to solidify the top Wild Card seed, our beloved club may have accomplished something unexpected: the Brewers may have defined an adjustment and future role for RHP Junior Guerra just in time for […]

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The Uncanny 84

Entering September, the Brewers appeared in a difficult playoff position. The Milwaukee club held on to the second Wild Card spot with a 76-60 record, trailing division rival St. Louis by a half game. With one month to play, the division seemed an afterthought, as the Brewers trailed Chicago by four games (although the Brewers […]

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Series Preview: Brewers at Cubs

After an action-packed sweep of the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park, the Brewers head to Lakeview to continue the Cubs’ extended series of scheduled games. In one sense, it feels as though Milwaukee’s season boils down to the next three games against the Cubs. As of this writing on Sunday evening, the Brewers hold […]

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What is Player Development?

Brewers GM David Stearns had a wild non-waiver trade deadline to close July, and the GM once again proved that he was not afraid to deal potentially quality talent as the August waiver trade deadline was closing. As the waiver trade deadline closed, Stearns parted with college catching development project KJ Harrison (who might also […]

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MVPs

Brewers fans have quite a privilege in 2018: they are cheering on two of the very best players in the National League, a duo that serve as contenders for top five player in the NL. Thus, outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich are also Most Valuable Player candidates on the Senior Circuit, a discussion that […]