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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

MLB.com: Fielder, Sheets help Brewers end slide

Prince Fielder slugged his National League-leading 17th home run and Ben Sheets outlasted Atlanta’s John Smoltz as the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory Tuesday night at Miller Park.
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Sheets (5-3) went six innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits. The right-hander struck out two and did not walk a batter.

“We needed a win, I don’t think you can get any more of a team win than this one today,” Sheets said.
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The Braves built a 3-0 lead before Sheets had thrown a dozen pitches.

Kelly Johnson led off the game with a single and scored two pitches later when Willie Harris homered on a 1-0 pitch. Edgar Renteria followed with a double to left and when McCann singled, Renteria raced home to make it 3-0 before Sheets had recorded an out.

“What a job (Sheets did),” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “I didn’t know if he was going to get out of the first inning.”

Our (week-)long Dairyland Nightmare is over!  Cubs lose, but Pirates win and leapfrog into second, 5.5 back…

NTNgod Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:24 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:55 AM (#2384099)
Thank ####### god.
   2. Sam M. Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:04 AM (#2384102)
Pirates win and leapfrog into second, 5.5 back…

When your second place team is 5.5 back in late May, things are good.

When your second place team is the Pirates, things are better than good.

Be happy, Brew Crewers. Times are good even when the ride's been rocky for a while.
   3. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:05 AM (#2384104)
Balk you very much!
   4. Sam M. Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:19 AM (#2384113)
Balk you very much!

Ah, Bob Davidson. What a tool. But we'll take it.

The Mets will very likely be more consistent this season than your boys -- youth has a way of taking you on a roller coaster ride -- but something tells me the Brewers are going to be a ton of fun to follow the whole way through.
   5. TerpNats Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:44 AM (#2384128)
Wow. The Pirates in a "pennant race" past Memorial Day!
   6. NTNgod Posted: May 30, 2007 at 07:03 AM (#2384164)
something tells me the Brewers are going to be a ton of fun to follow the whole way through.

In this new, post-Braun-callup configuration, seven of the eight starting position players were drafted by the Brewers - only Johnny Estrada wasn't homegrown.
   7. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 12:32 PM (#2384224)
Pirates win and leapfrog into second, 5.5 back

In other news, pigs fly and rabbits test a thermonuclear device.

The Pirates?
   8. Zonk WARRIORS ALONE! Posted: May 30, 2007 at 12:52 PM (#2384231)
I feel treasonous saying it, but I really hate this edition of the Cubs - and rather enjoy watching the Brew Crew taste success.

Geographic rivalry and intra-division rules be damned...

I think I'm going to take a breather from the bloated, uninteresting (except in the frustrating sense) Cub and jump on the Brewers bandwagon.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 01:05 PM (#2384240)
"The Pirates?"

Don't worry; it'll be a distant memory in another month or so.
   10. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:47 PM (#2384344)
I feel treasonous saying it, but I really hate this edition of the Cubs - and rather enjoy watching the Brew Crew taste success.

I hate the results on the field, but I like them better than the recent editions. Including (especially?) the '04 edition. I think it's a reasonably good collection of talent.

However, they're getting beyond the point of testing my patience, partially BECAUSE I think it's a pretty good collection of talent. I was willing to chalk up a month or so of an abysmal record in close games to simple bad luck, but the way this team continues to make the Little League-style blunders we became accustomed to under Baker, it's a lot harder to keep trotting that line out. And the worst of it is, this division is there for the taking (as it was last year).
   11. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:52 PM (#2384353)
As to why I hate the '04 Cubs more than any other:

I believe they were the most talented Cub team I've ever seen, especially after the Nomar trade. And they pissed it away in excruciating fashion, all the while whining about every trivial off-field distraction you can imagine.
   12. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:53 PM (#2384355)
I think I'm going to take a breather from the bloated, uninteresting (except in the frustrating sense) Cub and jump on the Brewers bandwagon.

I won't go that far, but the Indians are off to a nice start this year...
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:54 PM (#2384357)
Don't worry; it'll be a distant memory in another month or so.


...as soon as the Bucs start playing interleague games. They've been awful in those, and they didn't get any favors from the schedule-maker this year when it came to matchups (at Yankee, home to Texas and the White Sox, at Seattle and the Angels).

-- MWE
   14. PerroX Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:54 PM (#2384359)
Fielder breaks out at age 23.

Thing that most impresses me is that he's a good hitter, not merely a home run hitter. When he fully develops, he'll be the most fearsome hitter in the majors.
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:57 PM (#2384363)
In this new, post-Braun-callup configuration, seven of the eight starting position players were drafted by the Brewers - only Johnny Estrada wasn't homegrown.

Yes, and THAT'S cool as hell. I don't know if any other team can say that. Combine the Brewers' drafting with the Cubs' budget, and you'd have yourself a dynasty.

Come to think of it, that's a good idea--collapse the two into one. I mean, the teams both have a long history of losing, so it's not like we'd be breaking up any glorious historical entities. Have 'em play in Kenosha or someplace, and build a megaplex stadium in combination with the outlet malls up there or whatever. I could root for that team.
   16. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:59 PM (#2384366)
It should be noted, for the record, that the Pirates were 26-29 headed into interleague play two seasons ago, won four of their first five interleague contests at home (against Baltimore and the Devil Rays) to get to .500, then dropped six of seven cross-league contests (five of six in New York and Boston) thereafter and never sniffed .500 again.

-- MWE
   17. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:59 PM (#2384367)
Thing that most impresses me is that he's a good hitter, not merely a home run hitter. When he fully develops, he'll be the most fearsome hitter in the majors.

From what I've seen, Fielder seems to have excellent power to all fields (duh), but also the ability to hit to the gaps. If he can control his weight, he should have a better career than his father.

And even if not, he's almost certain to have a more successful career as a financial planner. *rimshot*
   18. Rally Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:08 PM (#2384377)
I think Fielder has Ryan Howard 2006 potential. I was hoping in fantasy that other teams would view him as just another 25-30 homer 1st baseman, but no luck.

What happened to Ben Sheets' strikeouts? Is he pitching with the same velocity?
   19. Boots Day Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:09 PM (#2384379)
When the Rockies start Chris Iannetta behind the plate, six of their eight starters are homegrown. Only Kaz Matsui at second and Willy Taveras in center came from other organizations.

Omar Quintanilla has never played for another major league team besides the Rockies, although he began his career in the A's organization. If you count him as homegrown, the Rox have had seven of eight homegrown players on the field when he was filling in at second.
   20. Zonk WARRIORS ALONE! Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:19 PM (#2384384)

What happened to Ben Sheets' strikeouts? Is he pitching with the same velocity?


I've been wondering the same thing -- but about Roy Oswalt.

Are strikeouts down generally?

Oswalt's K rate this year is about 5.7 per 9

In 2006, it was 6.7.

IN 2005, it was 6.8.

Meanwhile, Oswalt's walk rate has nearly doubled (1.5 per 9 last year, 2.9 this year).

Going into this season, I would have thought Oswalt, a healthy Sheets, and a resurgent Peavey would have been shoo-ins as the top 3 NL SPs.

Peavey's been outstanding... But Sheets and Oswalt, while they haven't been anything near bad, just haven't looked like their studly selves.
   21. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:07 PM (#2384430)
Don't worry; it'll be a distant memory in another month or so.

I hope not for your sakes; it's just strange to see it is all.
   22. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:33 PM (#2384470)
I feel treasonous saying it, but I really hate this edition of the Cubs - and rather enjoy watching the Brew Crew taste success.

Geographic rivalry and intra-division rules be damned...

I think I'm going to take a breather from the bloated, uninteresting (except in the frustrating sense) Cub and jump on the Brewers bandwagon.


I'm pretty close myself, and have been saying for awhile that as soon as the Cubs are out of it, I am totally on the bandwagon.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: May 30, 2007 at 04:50 PM (#2384498)
I'm pretty close myself, and have been saying for awhile that as soon as the Cubs are out of it, I am totally on the bandwagon.

My Indians're gonna totally kick your BrewCrew's arse in the WS.

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