Blaska plays Milwaukee Brewer G.M. for a day

Has he no shame?!

Now that we’ve fixed the Madison school board and city government, time for Blaska’s faith healers to make a house call at Miller Park. (One call, that’s all.) What is wrong with Our Milwaukee Brewers?

After getting within one game of the World Series last season, it appeared that The Brew Crew was well on its way this year, as well. On June 9 they were 10 games above .500 with a 38-28 record and in first place in the Central Division. Today they are one game above break-even at 48-47 and in third place in a highly competitive division. They’ve lost 8 of their last 10 games, including 3 of 4 at home!


Can’t nobody here throw that ball?

It is indisputable that the Brewers need better pitching. Not more pitching, but better pitching. 

The team’s 4.66 ERA after last night’s 4-2 loss to the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves is a full run worse than the 3.65 ERA a year ago at this time. Only Pittsburgh at 5.03 has a worse ERA in the Central Division. 

Starting or relief, we need help on the mound. Josh Hader can’t do it all. Our ace, Zach Davies, would be third in the rotation of most pennant contenders. Frankly, Jeremy Jeffress has been blowing leads since that last game in 2018. Rent a player if you got to but get help sooner rather than later. 

Oddly enough, the starting pitching hasn’t been all that terrible. (Faint praise?) But Adrian Houser is NOT the answer as a starter. Madison Bumgarner off the Giants roster would be a dream come true. But any pitching will help.

One fan site is jonesing for Toronto reliever Ken Giles, ERA of 1.45. The Blue Jays aren’t going anywhere this year. The Giants’ Will Smith is another possibility. The fan site we referenced says the Brewers’ bullpen has been the fifth worst in the 15-team National League with a 5.07 ERA. Last season, the Crew has the second best bullpen in the NL. We miss Corey Knebel.

A little more production

And a little less conversation. Brewers suck at playing station-to station-baseball. I’m not a big fan of bunting over a runner (unless it’s the pitcher at bat) because you’re giving up an out and you only get 27. Still, only five major league teams — American or National League — leave more runners on base than Milwaukee. The Crew is averaging 14.67 runners L.O.B. per game. Wasteful! The Red Sox are the most futile at 15.86. San Diego is the most efficient of the 30 teams, stranding 12.68 runners. Got to convert.

The Brewers lead the league in home runs but most of those home runs, it seems, are solo shots to start off an inning, as Ryan Braun’s was last night (07-15-19). Yelich leads the league in round-trippers with 32 and slugging percentage (tied with Cody Bellinger for both) and is in the top five in batting average at .332 — so why bat him second in the order? How many of his dingers are solo shots? Bat Keston Hirua second ahead of Yelich. Or even Eric Thames; his on-base percentage is second-highest on the team. The guy can take a base on balls.

Which leads to strike outs. Realize a home run hitting team is going to strike out but 9.5 per game is giving up one-third of your outs without putting the ball in play. Only one team in the league strikes out more (San Diego). (For comparison, the Angels are an MLB-best 6.92.) Hit the ball fair and good things can happen: an error in the field, a bloop hit. A runner advances. (O.K., so there’s the double play, as well.)

One last thing: commit to Jesus Aguilar at first base. He’s found his stroke. 


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21 Responses to Blaska plays Milwaukee Brewer G.M. for a day

  1. Tom Paine says:

    Even more humor…’re like a river of fun. Ball park as a refuge from gun violence.
    Switch sports.

    Last year the Brew Crew was the exception — now we’re back on auto pilot to reach the bottom 1/3 of the standings. It is a PLOT of the brewers in town to have the fans DRINK more, not less. Easier when the game is over before it begins. 🙂

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  2. Fritzderkat says:

    It is very difficult in any professional sport to repeat one team’s success two years in a row. The only teams that do so are very good ones, sometimes exceptional. Given the nature of free agency and trades, it is all but impossible to keep a team together for more than a year.
    In the modern day, the Golden State Warriors have been the only team in recent memory that has been able to repeat, repeat and repeat. You have to back to the domination of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ’70s to find one in the NFL, and the Packers in the ’60s. Perhaps the greatest–that is, a run of success for several years including championships– are the Yankees from ’49 to ’54 (Yanks won through ’54 season, the Indians in ’54, snapping the streak) and the Boston Celtics. The Celts have won 17 NBA championships, which translates to 23.9 percent of all the league’s championships.


  3. richard lesiak says:

    Pass a referendum to build them a new 4 or 5 billion dollar ballpark with our tax dollars. That will fix the problem. “Ya know; like that Foxconn thingy.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Whatta you care, you don’t pay taxes.

      “Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from wordy evidence of the fact.” G. Eliot

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        That coming from a child who’s mama never let him play baseball.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Too busy starring on the Football Field, the BB Court, & in the Ring; you?

          Too bad you were held you back because, in addition to a laughably complete lack of coordination, you weren’t robust enough for outdoor activity.

          If Yo daddy was alive, he’d die of shame!

          The Gotch


    • richard lesiak says:

      Your dear friend blaska spiked my reply so here it is again. Are you disrespecting my WW2 wounded/disabled father who died when I was 15? ARE YOU GOTCH? ARE YOU? Just because you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth you believe your entitled to hide behind a fake name and run your big fat mouth.


  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Regarding the TIME cover. What’s next? “I make large withdrawals from banks–just not legally.” Another example of a once respectable publication succumbing to Trump Derangement Syndrome.


  5. old baldy says:

    Why bat Yelich second? More at bats.. That’s why pitchers usually bat 8th or 9th. Pretty simple math exercise..


    • Tom Paine says:

      They should just wake up and let Yelich pitch-hit for everyone in the line-up. Why haven’t they done that? If that doesn’t work, re-hire Frank Thomas and distribute Nugenix after each inning.


    • David Blaska says:

      Batting third you’re still up in the first inning with more opportunities for runners on base.


      • old baldy says:

        And after the first?? Note that Grandal was leading off while on his hot streak. Putting your HR hitters 3rd and 4th is so 1960’s especially if you have folks like Yelich that can hit, steal, hit for power. You better call CC and let him know that he is screwing up.


      • old baldy says:

        Looks like Yelich could bat anywhere. In the last 162 games (a full season) he has hit .348, 218 hits, 59 homers, and 148 RBI.


  6. Larry Lowden says:

    Excellent and timely column!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    They had a choke-filled swoon last July, too.

    Sheesh; they leave 10 stranded yet still score 13, and against an above par Braves team?

    The Gotch

    The Gotch


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