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Monday, July 16, 2018

9 Pirates 7, Brewers 6 (10): Two late leads slip away

The Brewers ended the first half with six consecutive losses, getting swept in the five-game series by the Pirates. The bullpen’s inability to hold leads ruined a great day by Brett Phillips, who tripled in three runs in the eighth and singled in another in the 10th after being summoned from the minors.

A brutal end of the pre-break part of the season for Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Pirates have joined the back end of the wild card race and start a tour of beautiful Ohio on Friday.

Nasty Nate Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM (#5710476)
Go Pirates. Nothing better than a 5 game sweep to put the Cubs up 2.5 games.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:36 AM (#5710482)
Nothing better than a 5 game sweep to put the Cubs up 2.5 games.


It'd be better if the Cubs had lost five in a row, too, but this is better than nothing.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5710487)
Pretty crazy walk-off, but my god, I cannot stand the Pirates' PBP guy.
   4. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5710492)

It'd be better if the Cubs had lost five in a row, too, but this is better than nothing.


Unfortunately the Cubs themselves lost two games in walk offs as well. Flip the coin the other way and the Cubs look to have a sizable lead heading into the ASB.

I'm not crazy about the amount of teams at or around .500 or better in the NL. It would be one thing if the Cubs had a .640 winning percentage but I'm not crazy about 10 teams being within 10 games of my team.
   5. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5710496)
There's been a lot of talk in Gonfalon about how the Cubs pen has been pretty good picking up the slack for a befuddled rotation and worried about the wear and tear, but it should be noted that the Brewers pen has likewise been ridden pretty hard (and until lately, was also doing excellent work).

The NLC 2nd half may come down to which rotation can get healthy (and in the Cubs case, healthy and righted) first.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5710501)
Unfortunately the Cubs themselves lost two games in walk offs as well.


I don't see why that's unfortunate.
   7. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5710515)
I don't even know which team in the NL playoffs is going to be the team no one wants to play.

The Phillies have Nola and Arrieta doing his Jekyll and Hyde thing. Outside of that they don't have have much of an offense nor even one of those pesky lineups which seems to be difficult to get out in crunch times nor a pitching staff that seems all that concerning beyond Nola.

The Braves have some good hitters and on paper some good starters and decent enough pen but I don't think anyone is looking at Sanchez and Folty and thinking those guys are going to be lights out in October.

The Nationals on paper look like they should be the juggernaut and they'll probably miss the playoffs entirely.

The Dodgers have an offense that looks like they'll be tough outs come the playoffs but Kershaw ain't the Kershaw of old Hill is back to a pumpkin, Wood turned back into a pumpkin and Stripling is kind of the new Wood this year.

The DBacks have an offense that isn't going to scare anyone come October and I don't know if Greinke and Corbin are going to scare any of the other playoff teams when it comes time for figuring out matchups.

The Brewers are cobbling together a lineup and it seems the same with their pitching staff

The Cubs look to have a tough lineup but how long can this pitching staff keep going and beyond a Lester (that isn't worn down) is anyone going to be afraid of their SP?
   8. Brian C Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5710527)
There's been a lot of talk in Gonfalon about how the Cubs pen has been pretty good picking up the slack for a befuddled rotation and worried about the wear and tear,

I'm not too worried about overuse of the Cubs' pen - Cishek will easily set a career high in games this year at this rate, but other than that, no one's really been worked particularly hard. The pen as a whole takes a ton of innings, but Joe has a big pen, uses everyone, and spreads the load around.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:34 AM (#5710531)
The pen as a whole takes a ton of innings, but Joe has a big pen, uses everyone, and spreads the load around.
Well, the flip side of that coin is that he ends up having to use guys in much higher leverage situations than you'd like - Norwood against the Giants being a perfect example, although granted that was in extras. Farrell in tight situations. Duensing in any situation. Even if the pen as a whole doesn't break down from overuse, that's going to cost you games.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5710549)
Wood turned back into a pumpkin and Stripling is kind of the new Wood this year.


Wood's last couple of starts have been pretty good, so he might be rounding into shape, and they also have Buehler in the rotation.
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 16, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5710772)
Meanwhile, the Pirates have joined the back end of the wild card race


The Pirates had a little run in July last year that moved them into plausible contention for a brief. It seems they really need to get their backsides kicked for a couple so that management will have to face a rebuild.
   12. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: July 16, 2018 at 05:32 PM (#5710778)
I'm curious whether the Brewer fans are hoping they do or do not land Machado.

I mean, obviously - I'm sure they'd love to get Machado and I also know so much depends on the cost... but the last farm mortgage for a midseason acquisition worked out pretty well for you guys, even if it didn't land a title.

Hard to put yourself in another fanbase's shoes, but if it were me - I think I'd go for broke.

They've got an OF surplus - including some guys who might be falling off their peak value (looking at Santana in particular). A rental makes sense because longterm, I think Arcia will be more than just fine. Machado would be happy that he gets to stay at SS (I'm presuming Shaw is locked in at 3B).

Particularly if they can do it without dealing Arcia or Woodruff? I think that's a deal they should probably make - even if costs say, Santana+Phillips+Burnes
   13. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 16, 2018 at 05:50 PM (#5710787)
they also have Buehler in the rotation.

He was just sent down. Maybe he'll be back at some point, as this could just be roster shenanigans (which I'm not seeing anyone complaining about, btw).

Buehler through Friday has accumulated 99 days of major league service time. If he stays optioned for at least 10 days and doesn’t return early by replacing an injured player, the most days Buehler could accrue through the end of this season is 168, four shy of a full season. Down the road, that likely means he won’t qualify for free agency until after the 2024 season, instead of 2023.


Hmmmm....
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 05:55 PM (#5710791)
this could just be roster shenanigans


It is - they just wanted an extra roster spot for a few days before the ASB. Plus also maybe the service-time thing.
   15. Brian C Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:55 PM (#5710828)
Well, the flip side of that coin is that he ends up having to use guys in much higher leverage situations than you'd like - Norwood against the Giants being a perfect example, although granted that was in extras. Farrell in tight situations. Duensing in any situation. Even if the pen as a whole doesn't break down from overuse, that's going to cost you games.

I dunno, it's easy to cherry-pick games here and there, but I don't feel like the dregs have been in all that many high-leverage situations. The bottom line is that the pen has been a net positive, and it's not like Duensing and Farrell have actually been very good (you know, except for that one time).
   16. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5710913)
I can't follow the headline. Is that a Chicago song?
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:32 PM (#5710945)
Buehler through Friday has accumulated 99 days of major league service time. If he stays optioned for at least 10 days and doesn’t return early by replacing an injured player, the most days Buehler could accrue through the end of this season is 168, four shy of a full season. Down the road, that likely means he won’t qualify for free agency until after the 2024 season, instead of 2023.

well, also that no team would let recovering-arm kid Buehler pitch every 5th day in MLB for the rest of the season anyway. they are picking their spots on his workload to possibly still have him going in Sept/Oct
   18. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:02 PM (#5710957)
So put him on the DL. This is Michael more egregious than the Bryant one. Demoting him during the break when he wasn't pitching anyway? Lame.

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