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World Series Game 3 Open Thread

World Series Game 3 Open Thread

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay RaysGame 3 (Series Tied 1-1)Globe Life Field in Arlington - 7 PM (FOX)
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Once upon a time, Mookie Betts could have been a Brewer

Once upon a time, Mookie Betts could have been a Brewer

Photo by Harry How/ File this near the top of the “trades that never were” file We’ve heard for years about how The Brewers Almost Drafted Mike Trout (he was taken one pick before them! So close!). Now we have a story that might join that one in Brewers what-if lore. Apparently, the Brewers nearly traded for Mookie Betts, back before he was The Best Non-Trout Player in Baseball. Admittedly, saying “nearly” might be a stretch, but Doug Melvin apparently did ask for him in a possible deal for Francisco Rodriguez in 2013. Adam McCalvy has the story: Betts was only 20 years old at...
Oct 22, 2020
2020 Most Valuable Brewer #4: Orlando Arcia

2020 Most Valuable Brewer #4: Orlando Arcia

Photo by Harry How/ The still-young shortstop may have played his way back into the Brewers’ longterm plans While he enjoyed the best offensive season of his career in 2020, the fact that the BCB readership made Orlando Arcia the first offensive player to appear on this year’s Most Valuable Brewers list is probably an indication on just how poor the Brewers’ offense was this year. That may be a bit harsh for a young player (he’s still somehow only 25!) who did legitimately improve this year, it’s just... you would hope he’d be a nice surprise at the bottom of the lineup and...
Oct 22, 2020
2020 Most Valuable Brewers Poll #9

2020 Most Valuable Brewers Poll #9

Photo by Harry How/ Cast your vote for the most valuable Brewers! Sadly, the 2020 Championship Season has concluded for our Milwaukee Brewers, and the annual six month depression that is the baseball offseason has begun. It was a year unlike any other with the shortened schedule and COVID-19 protocols, and though our big league Cream City Nine finished under .500 and struggled on offense all year long, they were able to sneak into the expanded postseason as the final seed. That made three playoff berths in a row dating back to 2018, a first for the franchise. A quick defeat at the hands...
Oct 21, 2020
World Series Game 2 Open Thread

World Series Game 2 Open Thread

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The series continues with Game 2 tonight. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles DodgersBlake Snell vs. Tony GonsolinGame 2 (Dodgers Lead 1-0)Globe Life Field in Arlington - 7 PM (FOX)
Oct 21, 2020
2020 Most Valuable Brewer #3: Brandon Woodruff

2020 Most Valuable Brewer #3: Brandon Woodruff

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Limited run support did not take away from another fine season for Woody Brandon Woodruff came into 2020 as the Milwaukee Brewers’ ace. Whether he makes your definition of ace or not, he has certainly pitched like top-of-the-rotation arm for the Brewers these past two years. In 2020, His numbers show it too. Woodruff produced a 3.05 ERA and a 3.20 FIP, and he struck out more than 11 per 9. Exit velocity against, hard hit percentage against, xwOBA, xERA, xBA, xSLG, K%, and fastball velocity are all rate highly. Everyone of these metrics suggest that he...
Oct 21, 2020
What went wrong for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020

What went wrong for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports LoCain’s opt out, poor offseason decisions, Houser’s regression, and terrible offense led to a less than stellar season The 2020 season was a year of ups and downs for the Milwaukee Brewers. They made the playoffs for the third consecutive season for the first time in the franchise’s existence. The team saw the emergence of two young pitchers, Corbin Burnes and Devin Williams, which is cause for genuine excitement. Yet so much went wrong for the Brew Crew in 2020. LoCain opts out The Milwaukee Brewers are just a better team when Lorenzo Cain is in...
Oct 21, 2020
Milwaukee Brewers headed for free agency

Milwaukee Brewers headed for free agency

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Only one guy can hit the market with no strings attached this winter. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Milwaukee Brewers qualified for three consecutive postseasons. Of course, that accomplishment comes with the caveat that the 2020 playoff berth came during a pandemic-shortened 60-game season during which eight teams from each league made the final tournament. The Brewers finished the year at 29-31 and were swept out of the postseason in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won game one of the World Series last night against the...
Oct 20, 2020
World Series Game 1 Open Thread

World Series Game 1 Open Thread

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The World Series kicks off tonight in Arlington. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles DodgersTyler Glasnow vs. Clayton KershawGame 1 (Series Tied 0-0)Globe Life Field in Arlington - 7 PM (FOX)
Oct 20, 2020
2020 Most Valuable Brewer #2: Devin Williams

2020 Most Valuable Brewer #2: Devin Williams

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports The Brewers have a new best reliever in baseball Devin Williams was the Milwaukee Brewers’ top draft pick in 2013. The team had lost their first-round selection and had to wait until the second round to select the right-handed high schooler analysts praised for advanced control and a great changeup. After his arrival in pro ball, it was a tough hill to climb for Williams. He topped out at A+ in 2016 before requiring Tommy John Surgery, which would keep him out of baseball until 2018. After a half-season of knocking off the rust, he found his home in...
Oct 20, 2020
Former Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series

Former Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports Two former Brewers are participating in the World Series this year. The World Series is set to kick off tonight in Arlington, where the Dodgers and Rays will meet to play for the championship. Both teams announced their rosters today, and a couple of former Brewers are on the rosters. Let’s take a quick glance at those players. First of all, let’s look at the Dodgers. This will be quick, because there are no players to talk about here. None of the current members on the Dodgers roster have played for the Brewers. In fact, no one on the Dodgers 40-man roster...
Oct 20, 2020
Devin Williams named as finalist for NL Reliever of the Year

Devin Williams named as finalist for NL Reliever of the Year

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ He could make it three years in a row that a Brewer has won the award. For the fourth season in a row, the Milwaukee Brewers can boast a finalist for the National League’s top relief pitcher. This year, however, the Senior Circuit’s two-time defending Reliever of the Year winner Josh Hader is not the man up for the honor. Nor is it Corey Knebel, who was nominated in 2017. Instead, rookie right-hander Devin Williams is one of the three hurlers nominated for the award named after the legendary Trevor Hoffman. Williams, recently turned 26 and a...
Oct 19, 2020
2020 Most Valuable Brewer #1: Corbin Burnes

2020 Most Valuable Brewer #1: Corbin Burnes

Photo by Stacy Revere/ Corbin Burnes went from a struggling pitcher to the top player for the Brewers in 2020. When Corbin Burnes first reached the majors in 2018, excitement around his debut was strong. His first season was stellar, as he worked exclusively in relief and posted a 2.61 ERA and 3.79 FIP. Then during the offseason, he converted back to starting and the results went the opposite way. His first four starts were abysmal and he ended up back in the bullpen for a while. He stabilized a bit in the bullpen, but just wasn’t the same as in 2018. He eventually landed on the IL...
Oct 19, 2020
Important Dates for the 2020-2021 MLB Offseason

Important Dates for the 2020-2021 MLB Offseason

Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via As the 2020 season comes to a close, here’s what to watch for as the Brewers prepare for the 2021 season. We are entering the last week of the 2020 season as the World Series is set to begin on Tuesday. Once the World Series is complete, the offseason will begin in full. In the four months leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting for the 2021 season, there are several important dates to note. Here is the complete list of dates for the 2020-2021 offseason. (Information from Adam McCalvy on Brewers.com) Day after the World Series completes -...
Oct 19, 2020
Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: 2020 Season Review Episode

Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: 2020 Season Review Episode

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ We hand out some team awards and ponder what would be in the One Shining Moment video The World Series match up is now set, and unbelievably, it does not include the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers. On this week’s podcast, we recap the year that was, including the good, the bad, and the really bad offense. Can you say offensive MVP Jedd Gyorko? We also muse about what would make it into the 2020 Brewers “One Shining Moment” video. You can listen to the season recap podcast below or on Apple Podcasts (and just about anywhere you get your podcasts). If you do give it...