Tagged: Tim Lincecum

Opening Disgrace…

by South Side Rob.

There was some good, some bad, and a lot of ugly. Some quotes after the game:

  • “We just didn’t pitch very well.” — Ken Macha.
  • “When you get [Lincecum] out of the game, you’ve got to feel good about
    it. When it’s in the third
    inning, you feel like you’re going to score some runs.” — Bill Hall.
  • “Those were the two at-bats that really stick out in my mind. In those situations, you’ve got to make the pitch. Both of
    [those] pitches were in a location where they could drive it.” — Jeff Suppan.
  • “Rebuild the first inning — take a look at it. With the
    exception of that changeup he left over the plate to Ishikawa, he
    didn’t get knocked around a lot and he gave up three runs.” — Ken Macha.
  • “There were a few little things, but regardless of how you get there,
    you’re always working to get out of it. You have to keep making
    pitches.” — Jeff Suppan.
  • “I don’t go out there and argue very often.” — Ken Macha
  • “How you play on Opening Day doesn’t dictate how the season plays out.” — Jeff Suppan.

On Macha saying we didn’t pitch very well, that’s obvious. I sometimes wonder what pitchers are thinking about on how they approach certain hitters. I mean, we were playing what will probably be one of the worst offenses we see all season with 3 rookies making their major-league debut. Suppan pitched like he was facing a veteran 3-hitter all day. If he dreams of being Greg Maddux, that’s fine as long as he wakes up and remembers he’s Jeff Suppan. He talks about location constantly. Everytime Suppan was hit hard, the location was easy to see which was just below the waist and right down the pipe with an off-speed pitch that had zero movement.

Rickie Weeks had a nice game. Corey Hart had 2 3-pitch strikeouts, I guess he’s back to guessing wrong again. Braun had a nice hit but failed twice with runners in scoring position. Fielder had a nice double but also failed with runners in scoring position. Hardy had a strikeout and bounced into 2 double plays. Cameron walked 4 times and stole 2 bases. Billy Hall had an RBI double when the Brewers were down 5 runs (ala 2006) but didn’t do anything worth noting. Kendall tried to call a good game but Suppan can’t locate. He didn’t do anything at the plate. Suppan actually had an RBI double and drew a walk. Come to think of it, the Brewers drew 10 walks and were hit by 2 pitches for 12 free passes. Throw in their hits and they only managed 5 runs while knocking out last year’s Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum after 3 innings, his shortest outing in over a year. Yet, the Brewers lose 10-6.

Seth McClung showed why the Rays traded him away 2 years ago. Jorge Julio was an embarrassment as well.

It’s just one game but given the circumstances in facing one of the best pitchers in the game and getting to him early, the game was a complete waste.

Thank god for tomorrow. Baseball is cool that way. Have a bad game, let it simmer and then, go out and get them tomorrow. We hit lefties and Randy Johnson is just a shell of his former self. No excuses. We have to knock him around and win tomorrow’s game.

Opening Day Is Upon Us!!! (or is it…?)

By: Big Rygg

First, let me say that our weekly podcast (a lengthier one than normal, hence the delay) has been readied for download and is available at:

With that formality out of the way…

IT’S OPENING DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

The day that we’ve been waiting for since that agonizing night at Miller Park in October whence we lost to the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Phillies is here.

Everybody is 0-0! Everybody can go 162-0! Everybody can…

Wait, what? What do you mean 24 teams have already played and that it would have been 28 teams if not for bad weather in Chicago and Boston? You mean this would have been Opening Day for just the Brewers and Giants had all things gone as scheduled?

As annoyed as I was at the Giants for the scheduling idiocy, I must admit that it would’ve been kind of cool to open the season by ourselves in a way. Yes, a lot of other teams would’ve been playing too, but it still would’ve been an opener for just us and Giants.

Having said that, at least today is definitely the day for us! There’s no way we won’t play today! Jeff Suppan! Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum! Dueling like only two Opening Day starters can!

Oh come on! What do you mean that there’s an 80% chance of precipitation in San Francisco today? Let me guess, the heaviest rain is supposed to be coming down during our game isn’t it? Oh, only from 11am until 4pm. Great. Maybe we’ll be able to play an evening season opener. Stupid Giants.

But look, all kidding aside, it is Opening Day for your Milwaukee Brewers and I couldn’t be happier. Pitchers and Catchers Day is when optimism springs anew, Spring Training is nice, amassing an NL-best 22-10-3 record is encouraging, but nothing beats Opening Day (except of course the home opener should they happen to be different days). The team takes the field for a fresh season where anything can happen!

Who could have predicted last year that Yovani Gallardo goes down for nearly the entire season due to a freak injury suffered while hustling to cover first base on a play where everybody except for Reed Johnson did the right thing?

Who could have predicted last April that the Milwaukee Brewers would be in a position to acquire CC Sabathia nearly a month before the trading deadline and how well he would pitch for us in carrying us through the month of September and into the post season for the first time in 26 years?

Nationally who could have predicted that the Tampa Bay R
ays would not only win what is arguably the most top-heavy division in baseball but would then advance through the American League playoffs to win a game in the World Series?

And wo could have predicted last April that Ned Yost would get fired during the season and that his replacement would right the sinking ship?

Okay, so that last one was a bad example.

But the point is that anything can happen in baseball. That’s why pitchers throw every fifth day. That’s why hitters get back into the box every time their spot in the lineup is due. That’s why batting practice and side sessions take place. That’s why film study and trend analysis is completed. In short, that’s why they play the games.

Does Baltimore defeat the mighty Yankees 10-5 yesterday on paper? Nope.
Does Pittsburgh start the season 1-0 at the expense of Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals on paper? Don’t think so.
Do the Rockies and Diamondbacks, on paper, combine for 8 Opening Day home runs against a pair of starters that had the highest ground ball to fly ball ratios in the league last year? Survey says: Not bloody likely!

The phrase “any given Sunday” is used in profession football to infer that any team can beat any other team on a given day regardless of how the match up looks on paper. Baseball is the same way…but they play 162 “Sundays”…and then several “Super Bowl Sunday-esque” games in the playoffs.

Well, Sunday #1 is here for Milwaukee and San Francisco. Perhaps we get underway in just over nine hours, perhaps in about a dozen, or worst-case scenario maybe in about 29. But regardless of the actual time of the first live pitch from Tim Lincecum to Rickie Weeks one thing will always be the same…the feeling that we get from our national past time.

Last year the Brewers swept the Giants in the season series outscoring them over the six games by a combined 49-18. Looks good on paper. Tim Lincecum won the Cy Young Award last year, as previously mentioned, by compiling a record of 18-5 supported by an ERA of 2.62. Looks good on paper. Against the Brewers, in his career Lincecum is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.65. That doesn’t look so good on paper for San Francisco.

Then again…what does paper have to do with any of it anyway?