Rolling Young, Controllable Talent - Your 2018 Milwaukee Brewers Let's Make it Happen Thread

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Starting this thread a little early so it's ready to go in case the Brewers have any more ~big moves~ up their sleeve.

Can Arcia build on his outstanding 2017? Will this be the season Braun actually plays first base? Was Eric Thames a one-season phenomenon? Am I the only one worried about the second base situation? Can Gallardo make a comeback? Why So many outfielders? Let's do this.

Evan R, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:21 (six years ago) link

I think there's a real chance Lorenzo Cain instantly slots into "face of the team" status in 2018

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:25 (six years ago) link

I really hope so. I want to love him; I'm just so scared of free agents and price tag, and not sure how much of an upgrade he really is over the already pretty solid outfield we have. I can just imagine fans really, really beginning to rue him around year 3 of his contract.

Evan R, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:30 (six years ago) link

Damn Keston Hiura is looking good

Evan R, Friday, 2 March 2018 17:21 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Still trying to figure out the logic of adding two very expensive outfielders to a system already crowded with depth at that position, but not picking up an ace starter (especially given that there were some bargains on the market).

I don't doubt there's a logic to it, I just don't get it. Only conclusion I can come to is the team doesn't really believe it can content this year.

Evan R, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:30 (six years ago) link

yelich isn't expensive, but yeah

seeing things like the nationals signing jeremy hellickson (?) i guess alex cobb is out there asking for a 10-year contract

mookieproof, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:38 (six years ago) link

I'm with Evan on this one. These moves make no sense to me. They're going to go into the season with a crazy good outfield, which is going to force them to cut good players with no options left. Meanwhile they're left without a single *great* starter - just a bunch of "potentially good" dudes with question marks. Their payroll is still fairly low. I feel like something didn't work out.

frogbs, Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:35 (six years ago) link

Teams in general seem to be about stocking talent as much as possible and then slowly bringing players to the bigs when they know they are ready to go.

earlnash, Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:11 (six years ago) link

also who in their right mind would sign a FA starting pitcher?

Van Horn Street, Friday, 23 March 2018 00:21 (six years ago) link

if Braun can play 1B that would make things a bit smoother. then you've got Santana, Yelich, and Cain in the OF, with Broxton in reserve. but then, what to do with Thames? I guess you can platoon him or something.

and yeah signing FA pitchers is generally bad - that said the Brewers are under budget and clearly have a hole in SP, they could have picked up Lancy Lynn at least???

frogbs, Monday, 26 March 2018 21:31 (six years ago) link

FA pitchers never work out well for us, so I appreciate not overpaying. But Darvish and Cobb went for relatively reasonable prices. We could have afforded them.

The logjam in the outfield and at first (four possible players there!) aren't the worst problems to have, but I wish we could have gotten at least something for Santana (unlikely to get the playing time he deserves) or Aguilar (a possible DFA candidate). The roster is just ridiculously imbalanced right now.

Steans gave a less than inspiring interview with JS basically saying, "yeah I know people say we should have signed an ace but sometimes things don't work out and who can really predict how it'll all go anyway?"

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:41 (six years ago) link

ultimately I still feel like Sterns wanted to make some sort of trade but something must've fallen through. our rotation has the potential to be alright but it relies a lot on young pitchers without much experience who had decent, but not great years. we've seen how that's worked out over the years. feel like one solid, proven starter could help things a lot. cuz realistically, you look at the rotation now, probably 3 of those guys are going to work out. potentially 4 once Jimmy Nelson returns.

frogbs, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:02 (six years ago) link

No guarantee Nelson will be any good when he comes back.

I think the real logic—and it's unpopular—is that Stearns simply doesn't expect the team to really contend this year. Too many unknowns; he's still waiting for young players (mostly pitchers) in the system to work their way up. If the team over performs in April and May he can make a mid-season acquisition, otherwise he can keep the team on track for a big-scheme rebuild (Yelich slots to be a very good player for quite a while—the only piece that doesn't make a ton of sense in this equation is Cain, whose window is smaller, but I guess Stearns still sees him as a great player at a good price so you can justify the expense).

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:27 (six years ago) link

Anyone flipping between the Brewers and Bucks late last night went on a massive roller coaster

frogbs, Saturday, 31 March 2018 14:30 (six years ago) link

Thought it was too early in the year, too cold, too March to get excited for baseball but nope I’m stoked now

Evan R, Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:15 (six years ago) link

Heartbreaking game for SD fans. Glad they're battling your team at least!

timellison, Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:52 (six years ago) link

jesus has this been an emotional rollercoaster of a week

frogbs, Friday, 6 April 2018 03:58 (six years ago) link

brutal. Four excruciating games in a row, if you exclude one incredible inning Tuesday. Pretty fucking petty of the Cubs to tweet that shit while we're still processing the horror of watching our closer go down in violent agony

🎶 Hey, Milwaukee, what do you say
How ‘bout one more L today 🎶

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 6, 2018

Fuck these guys forever.

Evan R, Friday, 6 April 2018 14:40 (six years ago) link

Kind of sick of this meme but lol

If you don’t then you don’t love me deserve me
at my at my

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 7, 2018

frogbs, Saturday, 7 April 2018 15:57 (six years ago) link

This season has been really rough. Could be fun when/if the offense breaks out, but all those scoreless stretches and zero-run games are a morale-killer

Evan R, Monday, 9 April 2018 16:16 (six years ago) link

it's a good time to have a rough start, though - cubs and cards have also sputtered out of the gate. i'm not taking the pirates seriously (yet)

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 April 2018 16:20 (six years ago) link

I'm not too worried about it, this is a good offense and they shouldn't get shut out too often. being .500 after all that is kinda nice. plus, they were like 1-for-100000 with RISP over the homestand (the 1 being Orlando Magic's walk-off, of course)

frogbs, Monday, 9 April 2018 16:33 (six years ago) link

4/4 saves blown, lol

frogbs, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:05 (six years ago) link

yikes, bandy had a bit of a fit about that strike 3 call. i mean it may have been an inch or two low but it wasn't thaaaat bad. reminds me of a matt carpenter freak out. he's lucky he didn't get thrown out. aren't the brewers short on catchers right now, health-wise?

Karl Malone, Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:50 (six years ago) link

daaaang, josh hader

Hader has faced 34 batters. He’s struck out 22 of them, while allowing only two hits. He’s making high-leverage appearances, and in five of six games, he’s recorded more than three outs.

Karl Malone, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:12 (six years ago) link

And yet our closer is Matt Lolbers

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:06 (six years ago) link

Brewers are short of everything now, health-wise. Last night we were getting blown out of the water and didn't even have enough position players available to let one pitch

Evan R, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:36 (six years ago) link

we've definitely rounded into midseason injury form

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:04 (six years ago) link

Josh Hader is beginning to feel like a legend in the making

Evan R, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:38 (six years ago) link

yea him and Thames being the heroes of the game reminds me why I love this team so much

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:39 (six years ago) link

Jesus Aguilar!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 23 April 2018 15:15 (six years ago) link

Davey Nelson :(

frogbs, Monday, 23 April 2018 15:16 (six years ago) link

years ago I saw some post-game segment where he and the Rock tossed a ball around to demonstrate... something. I don't remember what but it was charming as hell. That guy was so good on air, such a lovable presence. Can only imagine how much his absence will be felt by those who knew him.

Evan R, Monday, 23 April 2018 17:09 (six years ago) link

yeah I know someone who used to work on the Brewers' media team, he said Davey was just as friendly and affable as he came off on camera. really loved how he was always so positive about the team, even when they got their ass kicked.

frogbs, Monday, 23 April 2018 18:06 (six years ago) link

8 straight, baby !

yeah, I know who they've been playing against. but still

sucks to see Thames land on the DL. wonder if Braun is gonna see some time there now.

frogbs, Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:26 (six years ago) link

Hopeful the extra playing time snaps Santana from his slump. This is getting hard to watch

Evan R, Friday, 27 April 2018 00:29 (six years ago) link

just like last year at this point, i can't tell which team i want to win! the cubs are off to a slow start but still seem like the odds-on favorite to win by the end of the year. but then again i wouldn't be surprised to see the brew crew end up at the top either, especially if the pitching is decent.

Karl Malone, Friday, 27 April 2018 01:18 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So some 21 year old fill in starter just struck out 13 in 5.2, god damn

Wonder if they’ll send him back down now

frogbs, Sunday, 13 May 2018 21:45 (six years ago) link

Even better, his family came to watch him pitch in Colorado Springs, wound up getting to see him in the majors instead

frogbs, Sunday, 13 May 2018 22:00 (six years ago) link

first NL team to 30 wins

didn't foresee

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:07 (six years ago) link

That's because you turned your back on Jesus (Aguilar)

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:37 (six years ago) link

see, even by bumping this thread you've brought good tidings

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:38 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"The Haderade...sweet and salty today, once again."

Andy K, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:43 (six years ago) link

send him out for the 9th imo

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:44 (six years ago) link

man if you'd have told me in 2010 that 8 years later we'll have the NL's best record in June with our two best players being Lorenzo Cain and Jeremy Jeffress....

frogbs, Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:20 (six years ago) link

Aguilar's having a pretty good year huh

frogbs, Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:34 (six years ago) link

Freddy tonight: 7 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 1 Hit, 0 ER. guess he's probably gonna stay in the bigs now.

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 03:35 (six years ago) link

running like crazy on the Braves early

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:53 (six years ago) link

mookieproof, Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:43 (six years ago) link

rough last week of the first half

na (NA), Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:55 (six years ago) link

last 10 ABs vs. Hader: 1H, 9K

frogbs, Thursday, 13 September 2018 02:53 (five years ago) link

seven consecutive series victories, now only 1 back in division, guys I AM FEELING IT

frogbs, Thursday, 13 September 2018 03:24 (five years ago) link

Re: Hader, I haven't seen such filthy cheddar since the heyday of roided up closers like Gagne & Rivera.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:26 (five years ago) link

Yelich hit for another cycle today. How many batters have done it twice in a month ?

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:56 (five years ago) link

Even better: both cycles were completed with a triple. That's got to be a first in-season.

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:03 (five years ago) link

both cycles against the reds also

na (NA), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:50 (five years ago) link

Heard this morning that two times against the same team in the same season is a first. There might be three firsts involved in this.

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 11:19 (five years ago) link

Reds glad to help in the MVP race. I think Yelich is hitting like .500 against the Reds this year.

earlnash, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:02 (five years ago) link

counsell starts dan jennings and pulls him after one batter (matt carpenter). september baseball!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:33 (five years ago) link

LOOG-y starter then send in a Righty?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:40 (five years ago) link

guess so! carpenter has been slumping for about a month now so i'm not sure it was necessary for today's game, but still pretty interesting to see counsell do something like that in this final week.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:41 (five years ago) link

Huh, that's a scenario I never thought of before. If a starter comes out after one unretired batter and the 2nd pitcher throws 4.2 innings and comes out with 2 outs in the 5th, is the 2nd pitcher eligible for the win in relief even though he wouldn't have been eligible as a starter?

WmC, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:45 (five years ago) link

It's up to the scorer.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:04 (five years ago) link

can't believe Counsell pulled Jennings in the middle of a perfect game

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 02:27 (five years ago) link

wasn't it an UltraOpener move?

anyway, looking good for the Brewers, and i hope they play the Rockies.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 11:28 (five years ago) link

yea given our history of getting knocked out by the Cardinals I'd be happy to not have to face them in a do-or-die game

gotta say I've liked the way Counsell has managed these last few weeks, as though every game is a playoff game. they're 23-10 since 8/20, back when their playoff chances were something like 30-40%.

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:03 (five years ago) link

congrats brewers

destroy the cubs

Karl Malone, Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:37 (five years ago) link

apologies that the pirates are unlikely to pull off a sweep in chicago

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:42 (five years ago) link

umm... go Cards !??

frogbs, Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:10 (five years ago) link

Works for me, but only if simultaneously go nats

Karl Malone, Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:13 (five years ago) link

apologies that the pirates are unlikely to pull off a sweep in Chicago

don't speak so soon

frogbs, Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:17 (five years ago) link

Hader seems... tired?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 29 September 2018 03:56 (five years ago) link

Go Brew crew. I'm game for a Brewers vs. A's or Cleveland World Series.

earlnash, Saturday, 29 September 2018 04:52 (five years ago) link

Act like you want it, Jeffress.

Andy K, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:40 (five years ago) link

Yelich is doing a pretty good '67 Yaz imitation.

clemenza, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:49 (five years ago) link

After today:

Yaz '67 (Sept./Oct.) - .417/.504/.760, 9 HR, 26 RBI
Yelich (Sept.) - .360/.500/.826, 10 HR, 33 RBI

(It was an offhanded comment--didn't realize they were that close.)

clemenza, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:59 (five years ago) link

He's two RBI's from a triple crown.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 30 September 2018 11:57 (five years ago) link

Christian Yelich's last 14 plate appearances:

Three-run homer
Two-run homer
Two-run homer
Solo homer

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 30, 2018

So he’s just another Mark Reynolds really

frogbs, Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:29 (five years ago) link

— kluch53 (@kluch53) October 1, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 1 October 2018 20:23 (five years ago) link

except the brewers had the lead for most of the first half but ok

na (NA), Monday, 1 October 2018 20:26 (five years ago) link

immediate regret for nit-picking a meme

na (NA), Monday, 1 October 2018 20:26 (five years ago) link

brewers are a good team, congrats to the ilx brewers fans

na (NA), Monday, 1 October 2018 20:27 (five years ago) link

tbh I wasn't too bullish on this season b/c a lot of players had breakout years in 2017 and I didn't know how repeatable that was. Thames, Santana, and Pina all regressed this year (I thought Shaw did too, but apparently his increased BB% made up for it), while most of last year's starting pitchers were notably worse this year, and our top guy Jimmy Nelson didn't pitch at all. All those offseason moves really worked out.

frogbs, Monday, 1 October 2018 21:37 (five years ago) link

current mood:

Eric Thames. Boss.

— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) October 1, 2018

frogbs, Monday, 1 October 2018 22:03 (five years ago) link

Since the break, Yelich is hitting .367/.449/.770 in 64 games, and down the stretch he has been nearly impossible to get out.

Over his last 13 games, Yelich is 21-for-43 with six home runs, five doubles and two triples. That’s 13 extra-base hits in just 12 games, and he’s driven in 21 runs while scoring 17 times. He walked 14 times, including all five times last Wednesday to finish off a sweep of the Cardinals, one of eight straight victories the Brewers finished the season with.


earlnash, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 01:46 (five years ago) link


frogbs, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 13:23 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I don't believe there is a 2019 thread, so I'm placing this here:

Bob Uecker is going OFF

— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) September 26, 2019

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:47 (four years ago) link

we migrated over here this year:


Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:02 (four years ago) link

Oh, that makes sense.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:24 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I didn't know till today they had a 29-year-old rookie pitcher named Jason Alexander. I wish I were a headline writer for one of the local papers--I'd have one for appearance.

clemenza, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:43 (two years ago) link

"every appearance"

clemenza, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:43 (two years ago) link

Maybe we can have a rolling fake headline thread

Michael F Gill, Friday, 17 June 2022 22:58 (two years ago) link

Brewers Twitter is calling this the Summer of George

frogbs, Saturday, 18 June 2022 07:19 (two years ago) link

Over/under on how long till the first "Master of His Domain" headline.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 June 2022 13:47 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Another divisional leader without a thread (nothing since 2018)...Don't know if FB links work, but I'll post this for frogs.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 May 2023 21:06 (one year ago) link

at a certain point, team-specific threads started to seem unnecessary with the small number of regulars on ILB, and some people started just posting on the general season thread instead. but that isn’t a hard and fast rule and some of the team-specific threads are pretty popular. but that’s why you don’t see a 2023 thread for every single team.

na (NA), Wednesday, 31 May 2023 23:20 (one year ago) link

Makes sense. I'm glad I started the Rays thread, though.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 May 2023 23:58 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

What a great season the Brewers are having. On closer look, pretty consistent.


— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 21, 2024

Who voted straight steal of home? Was it me?

Sort of hoping Cinderella will go to the ball.

felicity, Thursday, 13 June 2024 23:24 (one month ago) link

I'm pretty surprised, they haven't exactly had a great team on paper over the last decade but they keep finding unusual strengths. Adames, Contreras, and Turang all having pretty incredible years, decent pen too considering they keep getting rid of their top guys

frogbs, Friday, 14 June 2024 02:03 (one month ago) link

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