For better or worse, the Brewers are tied to Ryan Braun. They’d love to see him return to the levels he was at prior to his suspension, but even if he doesn’t, they at least have a young core of players that can help carry the team into an era where Braun is no longer the focal point. Add in a big splash in free agency, and there are plenty of Brewers to choose from here.no comments
There are a lot of questions you could ask about the Brewers, and a decent amount of them wouldn’t actually have anything to do with what will happen on the field. We’ll keep those to a minimum here, but there is one nagging question that will hang over the team’s head, at least for the first couple months of the 2014 season.no comments
For as long as the Brewers have been one of the better offenses in the National League, they’ve also been one of the league’s worst defensive teams. A lot of that is their desire to get bats that produce into the lineup, without thinking much about the effects on the team’s defense. For all the talk this spring about wanting to improve the team’s defense -- especially at first base -- the Brewers are still going to have rather significant defensive issues in 2014.no comments
By any measure, the 2013 season was a disaster for the Milwaukee Brewers. A 6-22 month of May sent the Brewers crashing down to the bottom of the NL Central standings, and they were never able to fully dig themselves out. Of course, there was also the matter of Ryan Braun’s involvement in the Biogenesis case -- rumors of a looming suspension plagued Braun for much of the first half, as well as a nagging thumb injury that sapped him much of his power. The hammer finally fell on Braun after the All-Star Break, and as he served his 65-game suspension, Khris Davis burst onto the scene. Davis made such an impression that the Brewers trade Norichika Aoki to make room for him, and moved Braun over to right field. Now, after signing Matt Garza, the Brewers hope to return to playoff contention.
Depth Chart (as of 3/11):
C: Jonathan Lucroy
1B: Juan Francisco / Mark Reynolds / Lyle Overbay
2B: Rickie Weeks / Scooter Gennett
3B: Aramis Ramirez
SS: Jean Segura
LF: Khris Davis
CF: Carlos Gomez
RF: Ryan Braun
SP: Kyle Lohse
SP: Matt Garza
SP: Yovani Gallardo
SP: Marco Estrada
SP: Wily Peralta
CL: Jim Henderson
Next up in our preview series, the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee was an incredible disappointment in 2013, and their season was marred by Ryan Braun's season-ending 65 game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis nightmare. With Braun back in the fold healthy for 2014, can the Brewers once again make it to the playoffs?
Here are today's televised games and their respective pitching matchups.
-Mets vs Cardinals (1:05 PM, Niese vs Wainwright)
-Yankees vs Nationals (1:05 PM, Sabathia vs Zimmermann)
-Dodgers vs Royals (4:05 PM, Haren vs Vargas)
-Mariners vs Angels (4:05 PM, Baker vs Wilson
-Indians vs Diamondbacks (4:10 PM, Masterson vs Cahill)
Welcome to Brewers Day, and enjoy Spring Training, everyone.
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The Chicago Cubs aren't a team that is exactly loaded with impact pieces. The pieces that remain from the major overhaul the last two years are the ones that the Cubs would like to keep on the roster into the future, while attempting to leave some room for the young kids coming up through the minor league ranks. While there isn't exactly a plethora of impact talent on this team to choose from, the most important players for the Cubs in the upcoming year aren't too difficult to discern.no comments
The Chicago Cubs will head into yet another season with low expectations. That doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't at least some intrigue in regard to this club, though. With top prospects and at least one major potential trade chip remaining on the club, there are questions for this team that go beyond the club that the Cubs will field in 2014. With an up-and-coming club like the Cubs, narrowing it down to three questions is tough, but these are perhaps the largest queries for the team in the upcoming campaign.no comments
I’m sure you’ve all heard the old saying “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”. As a cat owner, I’m simply revolted by this, but at least understand the lesson, that there is more than one way of finding success in our endeavors. Major League Baseball is perhaps the best example of this in professional sports. In basketball, a LeBron James type of player could single-handedly propel a team to a championship. Not so in baseball, otherwise the Angels would never lose with Mike Trout playing for them. In football, a dominant defensive unit can stymie the opposition and result in a Super Bowl victory, very similar to how the Seahawks won it all last year. If this were the case in baseball, The Arizona Diamondbacks would be better than a .500 ball club. So what is the equation for building a winner in today’s modern game?no comments
One could joke that the two biggest weaknesses for the Chicago Cubs in 2013 was their offense and their defense and they wouldn't be entirely incorrect. In fact, the Cubs' biggest concerns heading into the new season are what they're going to do at the plate, and what they can do with the leather. With pitching being addressed, at least to a certain degree that made it deep enough for us to forget about those concerns, it's once again going to be the offense and the defense for the Cubs that serve as major questions.no comments
I think we've reached a critical mass for themed jerseys. This season, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) will be wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed jerseys during a game.
There's no word on which game (or games) the Grizzlies will be wearing these jerseys, and there's also no word on how each turtle's jersey will be assigned to each player. But if it's the choice of the players, I'd expect a war over those blue Leonardo jerseys and the orange Michelangelo jerseys. Because let's be honest - who would really want to wear those red Raphael jerseys?
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