Thursday, April 26, 2012

Packers Take DE Nick Perry USC in 2012 NFL Draft First Round

 The Green Bay Packers with the 28th pick selected Defensive End Nick Perry out of USC in the 2012 NFL Draft first round. Perry will be expected to compliment Clay Matthews, and strengthen the pass rush, which was a weak spot last season. The speculation was the Packers Ted Thompson would try to trade up. The signing of Jeff Saturday at center is at best a one year band aid. Packers needs are at C, DE, OLB, and Safety after releasing Nick Collins this week. Thompson is known to take the best player available; I expect him to stick to his previous draft strategy, because the Packers have urgent holes to fill at key positions. Stay tuned at ESPN for further round coverage.

You can read more on the 2012 NFL Draft here. 
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Brewers at Braves Opener-Chipper Jones Back

 The Milwaukee Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves in their home opener at Turner Field tonight at 6:35c.t. Randy Wolf will pitch for the Brewers, with the hot hitting George Kottaras, Wolf's personal catcher behind the plate for the Brewers. The Braves record going into tonight's game is 2-4 after losing the first four games, have bounced back with two wins. Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be making his first start against his old team. Milwaukee is 4-3 one game behind the St.Louis Cardinals who are 5-2 and playing the Chicago Cubs, that score is Cubs 4, Cardinals 0, in the middle of the second inning.
  Chipper Jones is back in the lineup for the Braves who are actually on a winning streak, and now it's time to go home.  The Braves have won their last two games against the Astros, calming their grumbling fan base just a bit before they headed home. "Road trips get longer and longer," Jones said. "Especially when you lose the first four, you miss home at lot. It will be good to get back to Atlanta and play in front of the home fans, who we haven't seen in a long time. The home opener is always a special occasion no matter when it comes." This will be Jones' last opening day in Atlanta."

Here is the Brewers starting lineup.
2B Rickie Weeks
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart
1B Mat Gamel
SS Alex Gonzalez
C George Kottaras
LHP Randy Wolf

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Brewers Opening Day-Brauns Best Team

The day has finally arrived for Milwaukee Brewers fans, it's opening day! As many of you know this is the biggest day of the year for the Brewers; the only day bigger in the Brewers season would be if they was to make the playoffs. The Brewers will take on the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, scheduled first pitch is for 3:10C.T. Yovani Gallardo will take the mound for the Brewers in his third consecutive opening-day start, Left-hander Jaime Garcia will start for the Cardinals.

Milwaukee is facing a different St. Louis team this year, after losing Albert Pujols to the Angels and manager Tony La Russa's retirement. The Brewers infield looks almost totally different; Namely, the loss of Prince Fielder to the Tigers and his replacement Mat Gamel, Alex Gonzalez takes over at shortstop and Aramis Ramirez at third.

Ryan Braun was quoted recently as saying that this is the best team he's played on, which is quite a statement after losing Prince Fielder. He went on to say that the health of the team at the start of the season was part of the reason, as the Brewers started last season without Zach Greinke or Jonathan Lucroy on the opening day roster.

I like what Braun had to say and I'm backing his analysis up, with the addition of Ramirez at third, and another year under Jonathan Lucroy's belt; he's only getting better behind the plate and looked impressive at the plate this spring. Mat Gamel looks like he's ready at first base, with Rickie Weeks healthy at second and Gonzalez glove at short, could turn out to be a dynamic double-play duo. Oh, and we can't forget Aramis Ramirez at third, an everyday player that has hit for 25 to 30 home runs and averaged close to 100 RBIs consistently. I know I haven't said anything about Corey Hart or Ryan Braun, we know Braun will put up the numbers and what Corey Hart can do with the bat. Remember last year he missed the first month of the season, so there you have it. What you think?

I'm still going by my previous prediction, of the Brewers 95-67 winning the division.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Brewers Struggle-But Ready For Opener

The Milwaukee Brewers played there last spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, losing 14 to 3. Brewer’s pitchers were not sharp in their final tune-up before Friday’s season opener at Miller Park. Starter Shaun Marcum struggled through 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and five runs, one walk and three strikeouts, throwing 78 pitches. Manny Parra came in for Marcum, and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks, all without recording an out. Tim Dillard worked 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs, leading to a seven run fifth inning for the Diamondbacks. Marco Estrada looked sharp pitching one inning, no hits, and two strikeouts. John Axford finished the game for the Brewers, giving up two hits and one run, striking out three. Overall, Brewer pitching surrendered 17 hits in the loss. One positive, starter Shaun Marcum reached a predetermined pitch limit, and barring any reoccurring soreness in his shoulder, should be ready to go. Arizona’s Joe Saunders went five innings for the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five with the win.

The Brewers had six hits, including a double off the wall by Ryan Braun, his third of the spring; Corey Hart belted a two-run homer to tie the game at three in the fourth inning and that was all the Brewers would put on the board. Mat Gamel made a nice catch, narrowly avoiding a collision with catcher Jonathan Lucroy near the Brewers dugout. Gamel continues to look comfortable at first base and leads the Brewers with six home runs this spring. I still believe Matt will play a big part in the Brewers success this season, as I wrote in a previous article. If you’re interested in the final spring training statistics, you can find them here.

YovaniGallardo will take the mound Friday afternoon 3:10 p.m. CT against the Cardinals in the Brewers season opener at Miller Park.

Vote on the Brewers win Poll! on the upper left. Until next time. Go Brewers! Have a great 2012.

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