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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yahoo: Wolf, Brewers beat Cards for 13th win in 14 games

Thus far, TLR’s psych-op campaign he unleashed last week in Milwaukee has been about as successful as the Bay of Pigs.

The Milwaukee Brewers showed no sense of satisfaction in the clubhouse, even though they’d just won for the 13th time in 14 games and appeared to be pulling away in the NL Central. Far from it.

After working eight sharp innings in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, Randy Wolf noted it’s still early. The Brewers are 8-3 against the Cardinals, but there are seven games to go in the season series.
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Albert Pujols had a sacrifice fly in the first for the Cardinals, but is 0 for 8 in the series and 5 for 42 (.119) with only four RBIs against the Brewers this season. St. Louis entered with a four-game winning streak but has yet to lead in the series.

“It’s not about me, dude, it’s about the ballclub,” Pujols said. “If I go 0 for 8 and we would have gotten two wins out there, who cares about it?”

NTNgod Posted: August 11, 2011 at 04:01 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sleepy's not going to blame himself Posted: August 11, 2011 at 04:38 AM (#3897782)
Batting Corey Patterson second, for the second game in a row (and starting him over Lance Berkman!!!) clearly paid off for TLR. Good job, genius.

Also, the first-inning sacrifice bunt, with a man on second, Pujols on deck, and no outs- that was awesome. That might be the worst managerial decision I've ever seen. next to letting Dotel pitch to Fielder et al last night, of course.
   2. asdf1234 Posted: August 11, 2011 at 04:43 AM (#3897785)
Looks like the Cardinals aren't in win-now mode anymore. Maybe Toronto would like to give Rasmus back in return for the sub-replacement package that he netted?
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2011 at 06:24 AM (#3897811)
Also, the first-inning sacrifice bunt, with a man on second, Pujols on deck, and no outs- that was awesome. That might be the worst managerial decision I've ever seen. next to letting Dotel pitch to Fielder et al last night, of course


It did result in the only run the team scored. Not sure what was wrong with that particular strategy especially with a guy who has 10 bunt hits this year.

I agree about not playing Patterson over Berkman, but the original plan when we signed Berkman was to play him two out of three days, and TLR knows as well as anyone in baseball that Berkman isn't that great of a hitter against lefties, even if he is still a better hitter than Corey Patterson. Although for the record the plan for today's game was to play Patterson for Jay in center, and Craig was playing for Berkman, Holliday's injury changed things up.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM (#3897829)
That Freese kid looks really good
   5. Sleepy's not going to blame himself Posted: August 11, 2011 at 07:06 PM (#3898186)
It did result in the only run the team scored. Not sure what was wrong with that particular strategy especially with a guy who has 10 bunt hits this year.


It was a one-run strategy, and it resulted in exactly one run being scored. That's not a good strategy against a team with an offense like the Brewers.

Run expectancy went down about 0.2 runs, while the odds of scoring went up just 3.7% (using Tango's run expectancy matrix; the fact that Albert Pujols was on deck followed by the rest of the heart of the order makes it an even worse strategy). High cost, low reward.

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