Milwaukee Brewers Week in Review: September 19-25

The week in review:  The Milwaukee Brewers were at home this past week to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates went to work with wins by scores of 6-3 and 4-1.  The Crew salvaged the series with a 3-1 win, and then took game one of the Reds series by a score of 5-4.  Cincinnati won the two remaining games to close out the weekend.  Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 70-86 record, 29.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.  I predicted a 71-91 record this year.  With six games left I hope they win a few more and prove me wrong!

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What happens to the Marlins now?

jose-fernandezBy Josh:

The passing of Jose Fernandez has come as a great shock and a huge blow to the baseball community. Teammates, coaches, competitors, and fans have all been at a loss for words after the news broke yesterday.

I too have just been in a little bit of a daze.  I never met Jose, never watched him play in person, but he was a part of the baseball community/family. Baseball brings strangers together, and when a talented player, and by all accounts amazing person, dies way to young it affects the entire baseball family.

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Scouting Report: Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson is 6’3″ 170′ 18-year-old out of Shenendehowa High School in Rexford, New York. He was selected third overall by the Braves in the 2016 MLB Draft. He has a hard fastball with growing offspeed pitches. He currently can throw 90-94 with a potential to add more velocity. He has a big gap between the speed in his off-speed pitches and has room to create two pitches out of his curveball.

He has some red flags regarding injury potential and needs to clean up his mechanics and generate more energy up the chain in his lower half. He has lightning quick arm speed that helps compensate at the moment. When fully matured and refined he could be a real ace.

Ian Anderson’s Scouting Report On Baseball Ranks

Winter League Baseball Coverage: Looking Into The Notable Native Prospects

The Winter League helps players work on their weaknesses, their game plan and do so facing more advanced levels of competition. It also has the obvious benefit of helping stay in shape. For many these factors assist them to get to spring training with a more distinct advantage over those that stick to the gym and home based development work. The competitive level in these league don’t allow managers to treat this tournament as development leagues since they are there to win, we have seen times with four different managers in a season including switching managers in Playoffs, even in Finals!

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These 5 Young MLB Players Took a Huge Step Back in 2016

MLB players enter a new year with the best intentions, but this is baseball, and things don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they almost never do.

To have a successful regular season and a shot at clinching a playoff berth, managers need production from every corner of their respective rosters. It also helps to get unexpected sources of production, as we touched upon a couple weeks ago.

The following five players have recently shown potential to be a significant contributor at the big-league level. Each of them were expected to be an important piece in 2016, but that didn’t happen. Now, they’ll be looking ahead to 2017 for another opportunity to solidify themselves in the big leagues.

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Summer League Teams Need to Impact Communities All Year

By Josh:

This is not an easy article for me to write. It isn’t that he subject is hard but just having the right words to write down is difficult. Baseball organizations at the college, summer leagues, minor leagues and major league level all have responsibilities. The obvious responsibility is to put a competitive team on the field.  However, a responsibility that is just as important, if not more so, is to give back and to impact the community.

Recently I got to sit down and talk with a leader from one of the local baseball organizations and what he shared with me was amazing to hear, and goes right along with this. He said that this season they had gotten so focused on putting on the games that they had missed a chance to impact the community as much as they desired to do. He made it clear that their goal was to change that this upcoming season and offseason.  They wanted to have a greater impact in the community along with striving to put a winning team on the field.

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Teddy Higuera – Last of the Milwaukee Brewers 20 Game Winners

The last pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the Milwaukee Brewers was left-hander Teddy Higuera back in 1986.  His 20th and final win came on September 25th that year – 30 years ago this week.  Only two other pitchers have won 20 or more games in a season for the Brew Crew, and both came prior to Higuera’s fantastic year.  Mike Caldwell won 22 games in 1978 and Jim Colburn won 20 in 1973.

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MLB Foul Ball Week in Review (September 12 – September 18): Glove Theft, Umpire Concussion & a Tooth Lost by a Toss Up

The MLB foul ball week in review shows that Major League Baseball ended the week of September 11 – September 18, 2016 with about 162 Foul Ball Facials in 162 days of games. These are only those fans hit in the head area at Major League Baseball games as self-reported on Twitter. That equates to one fan per day of play. It seems like a lot, and it is, but it could be fewer because just over 40% of these tweets indicate the fan wasn’t paying attention. To put that into perspective, it means roughly 45 fans (conservative estimate) would have avoided foul balls to the face had they not been buried in their phones.

But that’s not the only thing going on with foul balls this week. Here’s the rundown of the best and worst foul ball and fan-related actions from the past week:

BOTCHED BOBBLE

This has to be one of the worst feelings in the world of baseball from a fan’s perspective. It was there. It was right there. But this poor Boston Red Sox fan was denied his foul ball

“HOW THE?” IS RIGHT

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman managed something I’ve never seen before. He managed to hit himself in the back with his own foul ball. This should count as more proof of the dangers of netting. The foul ball nailed him in the back of the head after it bounced off netting behind home plate in the top of the 8th inning:

 

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Ed Comber (VP Of The BBBA/Owner – foulballz.com)  

Greatest Strength of Mets & Indians is Now Their Biggest Concern, But They’re Not Dead Yet

The old adage in baseball is you can never have enough pitching. While every team can vouch for that, the two organizations currently feeling this the most are the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians.

Heading into 2016, both squads had one clear strength: a solid starting rotation expected to be one of the best in baseball. By solely looking at the cumulative statistics – and paying no mind to who contributed – New York and Cleveland received the kind of production necessary to be on the verge of a playoff berth (via FanGraphs):

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When it comes to fWAR production, the Mets rank second in baseball, while the Indians are second in the American League.

But with October on the horizon, they’ll each be forced to use a much different group than those who toed the line on Opening Day. With a seven-game lead in the American League Central, the Indians are all but assured a spot in the postseason. The Mets still have some work to do with just a one-game cushion in the National League Wild Card race, though.

Each situation is distinctly different, but the Mets and Indians will have a similarly steep hill to climb once the regular season comes to a close, and there seems to be quite a few naysayers.

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Milwaukee Brewers Week in Review: September 12-18

The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off last week with a three game series in Cincinnati. They dropped the first two games by scores of 3-0 and 6-4, but rebounded with a convincing 7-0 win. Next up was Chicago with the Cubs on the threshold of clinching the NL Central division title. Milwaukee put their celebration on hold with a 5-4 win on Thursday night, but that was only temporary until St. Louis lost later in the evening. The Crew went on to win the four game series, three games to two. Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 68-82 record, 26.5 games behind Chicago.

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