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Series Preview: Brewers (1-5) at Cubs (2-4)

The Cubs open their first homestand against a team that is in even worse shape than they are. The Brewers are already missing first basemen Corey Hart and Mat Gamel due to injuries suffered before the season, and in the past week 3B Aramis Ramirez, LF Ryan Braun, and SS Jean Segura have all been banged […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (18-36) at Milwaukee General Hospital (24-30)

I don't have much time today, so this will be a short preview. The Brewers are in bad shape, with several players (Chris Narveson, Mat Gamel, Marco Estrada, Alex Gonzalez, various catchers) out, Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun banged up, and others (Weeks) underperforming. The Cubs might be looking ahead to their next series with […]

Game thread: Cubs at Brewers (4/11)

The Brewers are resting a bunch of players today, so this could be the best chance to avoid a sweep. This is a year! Cubs lineup RF David DeJesus 2B Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro LF Adolfo Soriano 1B Bryan Lahair 3B Ian Stewart C Geovany Soto CF Marlon Byrd P Ryan Dempster   Brewers […]

Daily Facepalm 4.11.12

1000 word recap of Paul Maholm's Cubs debut last night Other comments on last night's game You'd think that conditions like last night's (freezing, wind howling in) would be conducive to pitching, But when you can't locate multiple pitches, you're going to get hammered. Maholm walked two and hit two batters in the first inning, […]

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-2)

The Brewers dropped their opening series to the Cardinals, losing to Jaime Garcia and Lance Lynn in three relatively high-scoring games. The Cubs, meanwhile, did their best to try to have the bullpen/defense blow late leads in all three games against the Washington Nationals. This will be Aramis Ramirez's first appearance in Wrigley not wearing […]

Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks (94-68) vs Milwaukee Brewers (96-66)

Milwaukee is already up 1-0 in this series but these things take too damn long for me to write to have this up before that happened (laughing). It’s hard to believe that there are two teams from the NL Central in the playoffs this year. Team overviews Team stats, with NL rank in parentheses DBacks […]

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Brewers

With the Cubs 5-1 win over the Cardinals yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers won their first division title since the days of Harvey’s Wallbangers. Kudos to the Brewers front office for going all in for this season when it was clear their window was closing. Congratulations to everyone on that team. Except Ryan Braun. Hopefully Prince […]

OV Pic of the Day: Is It Friday Friday Yet?

It’s two Pics of the Day in a row for Blake Dewitt.  I’m sure he would be honored if he had any idea this part of the interwebz existed. Anyway, the Cubs lost and Prince Fielder inched closer to Mike Schmidt as all-time Cubs killer extraordinaire.  But Blakey has even more problems. (Photo by Scott […]

OV Pic of the Day: Thus Endeth the Winning Streak

So that was fun.  The Cubs won three games in a row just when nobody thought they could.  But then they played an actual major league team.  They had a chance in the ninth inning, but Blake DeWitt struck out on what would have been ball four.  OV, using advanced technology that we have developed […]

Series Preview: Iowa Cubs of Chicago (42-60) at Milwaukee Brewers (54-49)

Team Matchups NL ranks in parens Cubs Brewers wOBA .316 (7th) .322 (6th) UBR -11.6 (16th) -3.6 (13th) UZR -17.7 (13th) 4.7 (5th) SP FIP 4.07 (10th) 3.71 (7th) RP FIP 4.05 (14th) 3.65 (5th) It’s almost comical how bad the Cubs are at baserunning. There’s almost a win’s difference separating them from the Brewers, […]

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (38-28) at Iowa Cubs of Chicago (25-39)

I blinked, and suddenly the Brewers are on top of the NL Central. They’ve won eight of their last ten games and should win a few more in this series. Team Overviews As always, team stats with NL ranks in parentheses Brewers Cubs wOBA .327 (4th) .311 (7th) UBR -0.4 (8th) -7.9 (16th) UZR 2.9 […]

Evaluating the Braun Deal (UPDATED)

Today, Ryan Braun signed a 5 year extension to his current deal with the Brewers, which already ran to 2015. It covers the 2016-2020 seasons and there is a mutual option that could be worth up to $20 million for 2021, with a $4m buyout. My gut reaction is that it’s not a great deal […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (3-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (3-4)

The Cubs won the Arizona series but came away less two members of the rotation. They head to Milwaukee, who are coming off three straight wins against the Atlanta Braves. Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks have gotten off to hot starts but the rest of the lineup hasn’t started hitting yet. Here’s a look at […]

NL Central Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

Last Year: The Brewers finished in third place in the NL Central with a 77-85 record. They had the second-best offense in the NL with a team .334 wOBA, trailing only the surprising Cincinnati Reds. However, it was their pitching and defense that proved to be their downfall. Brewers pitchers posted a 4.21 FIP and […]

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