Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:36 am
By Evan Brunell
PITCHER'S DUEL: There's a nice matchup going on down the Bay as Oakland's Brett Anderson will square off against Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Anderson, considered one of the best young left-handed starters in the game, has a 3.30 ERA and will seek to right the fortunes of his team -- losers of three in a row -- and himself, with a 5.68 ERA over his last four starts after kicking the season off with a 1.56 ERA. Lincecum, meanwhile, took a 21-inning scoreless streak into Monday's game with the Rockies but walked six (a career high). He's always been a fantastic pitcher in interleague play, so this could be a good opportunity for The Freak to put that start behind him. Athletics at Giants, 7: 10 p.m. ET (Watch live)
MATCHING UP: With a win Saturday, the Mets will boast a 23-22 record. The vaulting above .500 will be impressive, but it will also match the Mets with the Yankees for most wins by a New York team, as the Yanks have a 23-20 mark after losing to their neighbors Friday night. Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Mets, and it's tough to imagine the Yankees won't feast. Junkballing left-handers pitching to an AL East team? You saw what Doug Davis went through against the Red Sox Friday night. Hard to think Capuano won't be in store for the same treatment. The Yanks, meanwhile, counter with A.J. Burnett, who has an ERA under 4.00 -- just under, at 3.99. The Yankees really hope Burnett can right the sinking ship and avoid a sixth straight home loss. Mets at Yankees, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)
CHASING THE LEAD: Max Scherzer, owner of a pristine 6-0 record, will seek his league-leading seventh win Saturday against the Pirates. (In other words, it's a lock.) You won't find any of us here at Eye on Baseball putting any value into a pitcher's win-loss record, but for entertainment purposes, someone going for the league lead in wins with zero losses is pretty cool. Scherzer will take his 2.81 ERA up against a flagging Pirates offense that will likely have Pedro Alvarez to the disabled list by the time the game opens up. That will make the task that much harder for Kevin Correia, he of a 3.97 ERA which is far lower than many expected. Tigers at Pirates, 7: 05 p.m. ET (Watch live)
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Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:14 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Chris Capuano, Mets -- The Mets' fifth starter closed out spring not only with three scoreless innings on Tuesday, but he also added a three-run double in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Nationals. Capuano finished the spring with a 1.93 ERA, but won't pitch until April 9 because the Mets' schedule doesn't need a fifth starter until then. He'll spend the first series of the season in the bullpen.
Jaime Garcia, Cardinals -- Garcia had a much-needed good outing in the Cardinals' last game of the spring, going six innings and allowing just one run and three hits. He'd allowed 37 hits and 24 runs in 17 innings before Tuesday.
Major League Baseball -- In addition to new 7-day disabled list for concussions, MLB also includes mandatory baseline neurophysiological testing in the spring for player and umpires, which will help evaluate when players can return from concussions.
Drew Storen, Nationals -- Storen faced nine batters in the seventh inning of the Nationals' loss to the Mets, allowing four runs and seven hits, while recording just two outs. Three of the runs came on a homer by David Wright. It broke a streak of three straight outing without allowing a run. Sean Burnett had another scoreless inning this spring, likely taking the closer's job away from Storen.
Matt Garza, Cubs -- The new Cubs starter leaves Arizona with a 10.38 ERA after giving up seven runs on 11 hits and two walks in three-plus innings. On the bright side, he did strike out seven. Garza is scheduled to start the Cubs' third game of the season. Garza didn't give the Cactus League rave reviews after his first spring in Arizona, saying it "sucks."
Stars on the DL -- The list of pitchers added to the disabled list keeps growing. The latest is San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, who manager Bruce Bochy said on Tuesday will start the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:09 pm
Guaranteed spots are Mike Pelfrey (pictured), R.A. Dickey and Jonathan Niese, with Johan Santana out for at least the first half of the season. That leaves Dillon Gee, Chris Capuano, Pat Misch, Boof Bonser and D.J. Carrasco as contenders for the remaining spots although Warthen says he hopes the Mets can sign Chris Young.
Gee and Capuano likely have the inside track to the rotation, as Gee's emergence could give the club a starting pitcher for years to come while Capuano has a track record of success, although injuries have impacted his career. Carrasco has had recent success as a reliever, and asking him to return to starting may be too much to ask.
Warthen added that of those to not make the rotation, one and possibly two would pitch out of the bullpen. Carrasco will certainly be one of those, while its anyone's guess who the other is. Misch has had success as a swingman and could reprise that role.
The big question mark is Oliver Perez, entering the final year of his ill-advised contract that will pay him $12 million. Perez is currently struggling in the Mexican Pacific League, but Warthen sees room for optimism based on talks he has had with Perez's bullpen catcher in Rafael Arroyo.
“At times he thinks that Ollie is up-and-down, and his heart isn’t as in it as much as it should be at times," Warthen said. "But he feels good, and he’s getting in shape, and he’s working hard, realizing that this is a big year.”
-- Evan Brunell
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:41 pm
The Brewers have broken off negotiations with lefty starter Chris Capuano after determining there wasn't a spot for him in the rotation, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Capuano was a feel-good story after coming back from his second Tommy John surgery to make nine starts for the Brewers, appearing in the majors for the first time since 2007. The 32-year-old went 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 24 appearances and had hoped to work out an extension.
“Chris wants to be a starting pitcher and we don’t see a match at this time,” Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. “We like Chris a lot but we both decided it was best he look elsewhere. I heard teams are showing interest.”
The Brewers have added starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to their rotation this offseason, and the Brewers also intend to start Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson.
-- David Andriesen
Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am
As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.
Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.
WHAT WENT WRONG
In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.
Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.
Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.
John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.
HELP ON THE WAY
Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.
The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011
Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.
SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011
The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.
They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.
The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.
The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.
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-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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