By Thom Henninger On Friday night, Milwaukee rookie Casey McGehee provided another highlight to a fine rookie season. The Brewers were tied with Houston, 2-2 in the eighth inning, with Prince Fielder on second base and one out. Astros manager Cecil Cooper brought in LaTroy Hawkins, his top setup man, to face McGehee, who laced [...]
By Bill Begley There was a time, not so long ago, when the race in the NL West was a formality – the Dodgers were pretty much out of reach early and, for all intents and purposes, the Rockies and Giants were afterthoughts.
By James Bailey We’ve reached the final weekend of interleague play, with a second round of “rivalry” matchups pairing nearby teams in New York, Chicago and the nation’s capitol. Statewide bragging rights are on the line in Florida and Ohio. More notably, it’s the last Manny-free weekend of the major league season—unless he’s dumb enough [...]
By Michael Cooper Another weekend of interleague play brings a few intriguing matchups. The two Central Division leaders will face off in Detroit, the Dodgers and Angels will meet up in a battle for Los Angeles, and the Reds and White Sox will face off in the first-ever Civil Rights game.
By James Bailey It took two months and 19 appearances, but Trevor Hoffman finally proved mortal Sunday, allowing his first run of the season in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Baseball’s all-time saves leader came on in the top of the ninth with the game knotted at 4 and issued a walk and [...]
By Ron Thompson As one who sees about 120 Brewers games a year on TV, I find that sometimes I can anticipate a move a few days before it’s made. Don’t be surprised if the Brewers call up Alcides Escobar soon. J.J. Hardy is absolutely clueless at the plate, and it’s starting to affect his [...]
By Ron Thompson Is the National League Central Division the strongest in major league baseball? No one would have thought so entering the season, but as May turned to June it was the only division with four teams above .500, and the fourth place team was the one which had been the consensus choice of [...]
By Michael Cooper The storylines just never seem to take a break around the baseball world. This weekend, they’ll be plenty of them. The team with the best record in baseball will face the defending World Series champions, who happen to be on a seven-game winning streak. The upstart American League West leaders will take [...]
By Bill Begley Someone, some day is going to take control of the NL Central. Hopefully before the end of the season. For a while there, it was Chicago. Then St. Louis. Now, it’s Milwaukee. The Brewers completed a sweep of what had been a red-hot Cincinnati team with a 5-2 win Sunday.
By Michael Cooper One week removed from interleague play, baseball returns to normalcy with a couple of big division matchups and the much-anticipated debut of one big time prospect—Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. The Brewers, who have been battling division rivals for most of the season already, earn a break from NL Central foes next week, [...]