Tag:Diamondbacks
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 2:01 am
 

Nyjer Morgan drops two f-bombs on TBS

By Matt Snyder

Full Playoff Coverage
Nyjer Morgan aka "T-Plush" has been quite the polarizing figure this season. He's wildy popular in Milwaukee and otherwise seems to be pretty hated by opposing fan bases -- namely Cardinals fans due to his little brush with Chris Carpenter.

Friday night, he added another chapter both for the lovers and the haters. He picked up the series-winning single up the middle. And then he went f-bomb on TBS, multiple times.

Morgan was just off the camera when field reporter Sam Ryan looked to get an interview. You could faintly hear Morgan yell, "(expletive) yeah!"

Most people probably weren't too worried about that. But then he got up close with Ryan for an interview and clearly said "(expletive) yeah, (expletive) yeah!" into the microphone.

And non-Brewers fans went crazy on Twitter.

So the saga of T-Plush continues. He's now more beloved by Brewers fans and more hated by many opposing fans.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:22 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 94-68, 1st place NL West. Lost to Brewers 3 games to 2 in NLDS
Manager: Kirk Gibson
Best hitter: Justin Upton -- ..289/.369/.529 with 31 HR, 88 RBI, 21 SB
Best pitcher: Ian Kennedy -- 21-4, 222 IP, 33 GS, 2.88 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, 198 SO, 55 BB

2011 SEASON RECAP

Nobody expected much from the Diamondbacks and even when they did surprise by leading the National League West, nobody thought they could hold off the Giants. Not only did they hold off the defending champs, they left them in the dust. The Diamondbacks were ruthless in making decisions early in the season, demoting or just flat-out getting rid of players that didn't produce, like Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, Wade Miley and Russell Branyan. The Diamondbacks won 16 of 18 in late August and early September, while Ian Kennedy became a legitimate Cy Young candidate. The team also discovered it has the makings of a stout rotation with Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter. They even survived the season-ending injury to Stephen Drew, winning despite his absence.

2012 AUDIT

The Diamondbacks are in a pretty good situation. So it seems they have some good, young talent that's not going to cost too much -- something that's very important to the Diamondbacks' front office. The team that they have should only get better and develop. There are small spots to fill, but nothing huge. And with Stephen Drew coming back, the team should be even better than they were in the playoffs.

FREE AGENTS

RHP Jason Marquis
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Aaron Hill ($8 team option)
LHP Zach Duke ($5.5 team option)
OF Xavier Nady
SS John McDonald
C Henry Blanco ($1.5 mutual option)UTIL Willie Boomquist ($1.1 mutual option)

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Remember last offseason when the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Justin Upton? Don't do that.
  • Hill was acquired in a change-of-scenry trade with the Blue Jays in August and it seemed to work for both teams. Hill played well for the Diamondbacks -- but not $8 million well. The team should decline his option, but see if he'd entertain an offer for less. The other side of that trade, Kelly Johnson, talked about returning at a discounted price. If Hill's not interested in coming back on the cheap, Johnson may be.
  • The team could upgrade in left field, but that's not a pressing need. And even if it were, there's not a lot of money to spend on the likes of Josh Willingham. There should be enough on the non-tender scrap pile to bring in competition for the spring and push Gerardo Parra.
  • There's a lot of talk about the White Sox trying to trade Carlos Quentin -- at least listen and see how desperate they are to get rid of him. If they take the bulk of his contract, he wouldn't be a bad fit to put in left.
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Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Eye on Photos: Brewers defeat D-Backs in NLDS



By Matt Snyder


The Milwaukee Brewers have advanced to the NLCS for the first time in club history (note: They've been to the World Series, but that was when they were in the American League) after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks on the NLDS. Check out the pictures of the series.

Click on any photo below to enlarge.

Even for baseball, Milwaukee is all about tailgating. Brats, burgers and beer are the bare essentials. (Getty Images)
Yovani Gallardo thanks Ryan Braun for throwing out a runner at home in the first inning of Game 1. (Getty Images)
Prince Fielder is a bit fired up after his Game 1 home run. (Getty Images)
Zack Greinke struck out seven in the Brewers' Game 2 win, but he needed help, as he allowed four runs in five innings and took a no-decision. (Getty Images)
This is the Brewers' celebratory "beast mode" pose, done here by Ryan Braun. (Getty Images)
Nyjer Morgan ... feels like he needs a chalk outline, huh? (Getty Images)
Great shot of a Justin Upton broken bat. (Getty Images)
Josh Collmenter has an odd delivery, but it got the job done for the D-Backs in Game 3. (Getty Images)
Paul Goldschmidt is rather giddy after he broke Game 3 wide open with a grand slam. (Getty Images)
So much for a home-field advantage. (Getty Images)
MLB commissioner Bud Selig throws at the first pitch at Game 5. He even wore his mitt! (Getty Images)
No, he doesn't want a hug. That's beast mode again. (Getty Images)
Chris Young had a big series for the D-Backs. Pictured here is him crossing home plate after his second homer of the series. (Getty Images)
Here's the very close call in Game 4, and it's evident the out call was the correct one. (Getty Images)
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in Game 4, but it didn't hold long -- as Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first. (Getty Images)
Justin Upton got the D-Backs on the board first in Game 5 ... and flahsed The Cobra. (Getty Images)
Chris Young saved two runs with an incredible over-the-shoulder catch in the sixth inning of Game 5. (Getty Images)
Of course, Yunieskey Betancourt followed with a big two-out single to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. (Getty Images)
Willie Bloomquist lays down a safety squeeze to score the tying run in the ninth, giving John Axford a very rare blown save. (Getty Images)
Nyjer Morgan reacts after getting the series-clinching hit to send the Brewers to their first-ever NLCS. (Getty Images)

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Instant Reaction: Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 2

Nyjer Morgan

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Hero: Nyjer Morgan scored the Brewers' first run and drove in the last. His one-out single up the middle in the 10th inning gave Milwaukee its first postseason series victory since 1982. With Carlos Gomez on second, Morgan singled up the middle and there was no chance for the Diamondbacks to get the speedy Gomez. Morgan scored the team's first run in the fourth when he tagged up on Jerry Hairston Jr.'s popup to shallow right that was caught by second baseman Aaron Hill. It was a heads-up piece of baserunning, realizing the second baseman couldn't get a throw home in time.

Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 2

Goat: J.J. Putz is a closer, and he wasn't in line to close, but he needed to hold the game for the Diamondbacks in the 10th inning. Instead, he gave up a single to Gomez and then another to Morgan to end the Diamondbacks' season. Putz had gone 17 2/3 innings without giving up a run and finishes the season having converted his last 24 save opportunities. It's tough to call anyone a goat in such a great game, but Putz is about as close as it gets here.

Turning point:  Gomez's stolen base in the 10th erased any shot of Putz getting to face Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder without a runner in scoring position. With the speedy Gomez at second, there was doubt he could score on any hit to the outfield.

It was over when … When the ball got past Putz -- who tried to deflect the ball with his foot. Once it got by him, shortstop Willie Bloomquist had no shot. It was obvious it was going to get in the outfield and Gomez would score.

Next: The season is over for the Diamondbacks, while the Brewers move on the National League Championship Series to face the winner of the Cardinals-Phillies Game 5.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:21 pm
 

LCS gametimes announced

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball has announced the game times for the League Championship Series, and we've updated our handy-dandy postseason schedule.

But if you just want the Cliff's Notes version on the ALDS and NLCS game times, here you go -- with the note that we don't know where any of the NLCS games will be played.

American League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/8: Detroit at TEXAS
Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 2 10/9: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 7:45 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 3 10/11: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 4 10/12: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 4:19 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 5* 10/13: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 4:19 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 6* 10/15: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 7* 10/16: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
 
National League Championship Series (Best of 7)
 
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/9: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 2 10/10: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 3 10/12: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 4 10/13: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 5* 10/14: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 6* 10/16: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 4:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 7* 10/17: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS

Also note Game 6 of the NLDS will be held at 4:05 p.m. ET if there's a Game 7 in the ALDS and 8:05 p.m. ET if the American League champion has already been decided.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 1:35 pm
 

NLDS Game 5 preview: Braun to play on holiday

Ryan Braun
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Diamondbacks vs. Brewers, Miller Park, 5:07 p.m. ET on TBS

Diamondbacks Brewers
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Willie Bloomquist SS 1 Corey Hart RF
2 Aaron Hill 2B 2 Nyjer Morgan CF
3 Justin Upton RF 3 Ryan Braun LF
4 Miguel Montero C 4 Prince Fielder 1B
5 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 5 Rickie Weeks 2B
6 Chris Young CF 6 Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
7 Ryan Roberts 3B 7 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
8 Gerardo Parra LF 8 Jonathan Lucroy C
9 Ian Kennedy RHP 9 Yovani Gallardo RHP

One of the more famous stories in American sports history is that of Sandy Koufax refusing to play on Yom Kippur. Koufax, who is Jewish, decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on the Jewish holiday, which is also known as Day of Atonement and is the holiest of day of the year in the religion. It is traditionally observed by a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.

Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown and perhaps the most visible Jewish athlete in American sports has what could be the biggest game of his life, as Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun prepares for Game 5 of the National League division series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A win, and Braun will advance in the playoffs for the first time in his career. Braun is a big part of the Brewers' lineup, he's a potential MVP and is hitting .467/.529/.867 with three doubles and a homer, driving in four in the series. 

The game is scheduled to being at 4:07 p.m. local time in Milwaukee, so the game could finish before the scheduled 6:23 p.m. setting of the sun. But that is unlikely to be an issue anyway. The Brewers faced a similar situation in 2007 and the then-rookie Braun said he would play regardless.

"I am half Jewish, and I am not Orthodox," Braun told MLB.com in 2007. "So I never grew up celebrating the holidays. I'm going to play."

In addition to Koufax, another famous Jewish baseball player chose not to play on Yom Kippur, when Hank Greenberg played on Rosh Hashanah, but not on Yom Kippur during a Tigers pennant race in 1934.

What's interesting to me is the reactions -- in 1934 Greenberg was bashed by the Detroit press for putting himself over the team. In 1965 Koufax was praised for sticking to his ideals and being true to himself. In 2011, it's not really an issue for Braun -- and that's OK. I think the interesting thing is the different reactions based on the different times.

I don't for a moment want it to be interpreted as me judging Braun for playing -- it's his decision and his alone to judge. He's doing what he feels is right, and as a non-practicing Jew, why should he step aside? I'm sure someone in the comments will say I'm judging him -- and I'm the last person who can judge another man's religious convictions -- good, bad or indifferent. I've worked on every holiday known to man, from Christmas Day to Arbor Day -- and I usually volunteer. To me, it's just interesting to see the changes we've made in a society as far as this issue is concerned, and use Braun as a way of looking back at Greenberg and Koufax and admiring what they did in their own time.

LINEUPS

Lineups have yet to be released

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Kennedy vs. Brewers: Kennedy was a little worse than average in Game 1, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Diamondbacks' loss. The big blow was Prince Fielder's two-run, two-out homer that chased Kennedy in the seventh inning. Fielder is 4 for 12 in his career against Kennedy with a double and two homers and six strikeouts.

Gallardo vs. Diamondbacks: Game 1 came down to Gallardo's mastery of the Diamondbacks, as Gallardo held Arizona to four hits and one run, striking out nine over eight innings. Arizona threatened in the first inning of Game 1, but Willie Bloomquist was thrown out at the plate by Ryan Braun for the inning's second out and then Gallardo retired the next seven batters he faced. After asking his only batter of the game in the fourth, he retired his next eight. By the time Ryan Roberts homered in the eighth, Milwaukee led 4-1 and the Brewers were in control. Counting his Game 1 performance, Gallardo is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA in his career against Arizona.  

NOTES

NLDS Game 5
  • Like the first four games of the series, the roof will be closed for Friday's Game 5 at Miller Park. The Brewers are 29-12 with the roof closed this season (including the first two games of the series) and 30-12 with it open.
  • The home team has won every game in this series, making it the only series in the division series dominated by home teams. The Brewers, of course, had baseball's best home record in the regular season, going 57-24.
  • Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is just 1 for 15 in the series, tripling in the Brewers' Game 2 victory at Miller Park.
  • Brewers closer John Axford saved both Brewers wins and hasn't allowed a hit in his two innings, walking two.
  • Zack Greinke will be available out of the bullpen if Gallardo struggles, manager Ron Roenicke said during Thursday's news conference.
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Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 11:01 am
 

Brewers, D-Backs find home is where the runs are

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In the National League divisional series between the Diamondbacks and Brewers, home is where the offense is, as the home team has outscored the visitors 31-12 in the first four games of the series, winning each game.

Forget the starting pitchers, geography could be the biggest factor in the deciding Friday's Game 5 and which team moves on to the NLDS. Not only have the two teams held serve at home through the first four games, but their offenses have responded to home cooking.

The sample sizes are small, but the difference in offense between the home and road teams in this series is glaring, and also in line with the teams' regular-season performances.

So far in the NLDS, Arizona is hitting .343/.410/.586 at home and .212/.278/.424 on the road. During the season, Arizona's splits were .262/.337/.444 at Chase Field and and .239/.308/.383 away from home. The Diamondbacks scored 400 runs at Chase FIeld and 331 away from it during the season.

Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was hitless in the first two games in Milwaukee, but then went 5 for 8 in Games 3 and 4. During the season, Montero was actually better away from home, hitting .291/.363/.482 with 10 of his homers away from Chase Field and .273/.339/.455 at home.

The Brewers are also continuing their trend of struggles away from Miller Park. Milwaukee hit .313/.356/.522 in the first two games at Miller Park and .215/.278/.369 at Chase Field. During the regular season, the Brewers -- owners of baseball's best home record -- scored 389 runs at home with a .277/.344/.461 slash line and scored 332 runs while hitting .246/.307/.391 away from home.

The Brewers' three All-Star starters -- Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks -- have gone a combined 10-22 at home and 3-23 at Chase Field. For the season, the trio has hit .326/.421/.612 at Miller Park and .281/.362/.494 on the road.

More postseason coverage: Postseason schedule | Brewers-Diamondbacks series | 2011 playoffs

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 9:44 am
 

Graphic: The price of wins

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Our friend David Fung has done a couple of cool graphs for Eye On Baseball, and this one comes from an equation by Doug Pappas of Baseball Prospectus about just how much a win really cost each team in Major League Baseball in 2011.

The most surprising part isn't that the Yankees are near the top, but so too were the Astros -- of course, when you don't have too many wins, the one you do get are bound to be expensive (I'm looking at you, Twins). Tampa Bay and Arizona, not surprisingly, are getting the most out of their money.

You can see more of Fung's work on his blog, FunGraphs, and follow him on Twitter (@CobraDave).

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