Posted by Steve
I’m becoming convinced that something about me is dangerous. Like any Brewer fan, I like most of the players. There are, however, some who I like a lot more than most fans. For years my favorite player has been Ben Sheets, who has to be one of the unluckiest players in the game. For the last several years he has been plagued by some of the most obscure ailments: a herniated disc, vestibular neuritis, a torn lat, blisters, a groin strain, an inflamed finger ligament. Finally the big blow came in the form of shoulder surgery. Through all of that I stood up for Sheets when those ailments clouded the fact that whenever he was healthy he was elite.
If you’ve been here before, you know another player I like a lot more than most is Rickie Weeks. Weeks has had his struggles ever since the Brewers rushed him to the majors, both offensively and defensively. I stood by his potential and stayed patient, always feeling he’d become a good player. Over the years he has battled wrist and thumb injuries. A few weeks ago he was hit in the face with a 94 mph fastball. Yesterday, he injured his wrist again. There is still no word on the severity of the injury, but he already left St. Louis to get it checked out. If this is serious, it’s incredibly frustrating. He was on his way to a very good season; he even had a decent shot at the All-Star Game if he kept it up. I’m still hoping this was precautionary, but a 15-day DL stint at minimum seems likely. I don’t see why they’d have immediately sent him to get it checked if it wasn’t at least that serious.
If I was Mark DiFelice, I’d stay away from cutlery, lawn mowers, ovens, salad tongs, etc. as much as possible.
Speaking of DiFelice, word is starting to get out around the Major Leagues. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has a great article on DiFelice out today. His quote is my favorite part:
“There’s something to say for how slow I throw,” DiFelice said. “Guys hate hitting against me, because they wonder if I’m going to throw anything else, if I’ve got something up my sleeve. Nope. Sorry.”
Love it! I also love the exchange with Edinson Volquez.
We had GamelWatch, but there is no need for EscobarWatch for the Brewers’ supposed top prospect. Escobar is off to a very slow start at AAA, with an OPS of .677. This reiterates how foolish it would have been to trade Hardy and hand the shortstop position to Escobar without having him earn it first. Escobar would have been an automatic out in the lineup (i.e. Jason Kendall at best) if he was in Milwaukee to start the year. He’s still young, and Hardy is still under contract through next season, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving Escobar at least a full season in AAA.
Might as well at least mention that the first place Brewers are absolutely on fire, huh? A sweep of St. Louis tonight would be outstanding. Ever since their whining last year about the Brewers’ having the audacity to untuck their jerseys after a win, beating the guardians of baseball etiquette has been at least as enjoyable as beating the Cubs. The self-proclaimed “best fans in baseball” who can’t even sell out a Saturday game against the team they share first place with need to get over themselves. It was suggested at brewerfan that Brian and Bill untuck their shirts for the postgame today if the Brewers win. I wholeheartedly support this. Let’s make it two sweeps in a row!
I should know better than to even look at PECOTA’s playoff odds at this point after the Brewers’ collapses the last few years, but I simply can’t help myself. Currently PECOTA gives the Crew a 58.6 % chance at making the playoffs, compared to 62% for the Cubs. I believe they only gave the Brewers around a 25% chance at the start of the season, but they are currently projecting 93 wins. And that’s all I’m going to say about that at this point.