12/09/2007 10:37 am
I've decided to stop spamming Matt's Twins thread and start my own. Discuss what the Brewer's have done and must do to "be ready for next year".
|Alex - Refactor Mercilessly|
So they've lost Linebrink and Cordero and picked up Mota, Riske, Torres, and Gagne. Although Torres might retire in which case the Brewers probably don't get their minor leaguers back. Sneaky Pirates. But anystill, assuming Gagne is healthy I'm actually pretty excited about the bullpen. Part of Gagne's game is using the changeup, so that's a mindset switch from Turnbow if he's still the setup guy. Whereas previously both Turnbow and Cordero mostly just throw hard and as a hitter you can sit fastball all the time (which is makes Cordero good if he has the slider working). But there's a little more variety now which I think makes it harder for hitters.
Riske has a slightly higher career ERA than Linebrink, but he has a slightly lower BAA (batting average against). Actually their career numbers are very identical, they're pratically the same. But Riske has put up his numbers in the AL while Linebrink has been in the weaker NL in one of the best pitcher's parks and the Brewers are paying Riske less, though really not much less. So I'd call this change a slight upgrade.
Career numbers wise, Gagne has better numbers than Cordero, though they're pretty close in many categories. The 2 that stick out are BAA where Gagne is .024 better and save percentage. They both have 177 saves but Cordero has blown 46 and Gagne only 10. Gagne picthed well with the Rangers last year, so if he is healthy he should at least be as good as Cordero was last year. At this point, I say it's a wash.
So Riske, Turnbow, Gagne is a pretty good 7, 8, 9 I think. They can still work in Shouse for the lefties and they also picked up Randy Choate who is a lefty, than they have Wise, Mota, and Torres to eat up some innings as well.
Now they just need a 3B or LF. I'd be cool with picking up Rolen or trading for one of the Dodgers outfielders.
|Scott - On your mark...get set...Terrible!|
|I'm pretty ok with them not getting Rolen. He's getting old, so he's basically on his way out. He's injury prone as of late, and he is extremely expensive The other moves I'm pretty excited about though. I'm just kind of glad the Rolen deal fell through.|
|Alex - I was too weak to give in Too strong to lose|
So Milwaukee has Mike Cameron after he serves his 25 game suspension. I'm not too excited about it. They'll move Hall to 3rd and Braun to LF, I actually like that part of it because Hall never looked like an outfielder. I guess I'm assuming Braun can play a halfway decent LF. So defensively it seems like an upgrade. Offensively, I'm not so sure. Even with this move I still expect to see more of Tony Gwynn Jr. next year. Cameron still has more power, but Gwynn's other numbers in limited action are comparable and he has more speed at this point. Plus he bats left and Cameron bats righty.
I totally missed this, I guess they signed Gabe Kapler out of retirement too. Quality depth.
|Jon - 1 bajillion posts|
Alex Wrote - 01/21/2008 @ 10:10:09 PM
I totally missed this, I guess they signed Gabe Kapler out of retirement too.
"Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out..."
By the way, if you're wondering, J.J. Hardy will be playing the part of Horshack.
|PackOne - If you got a problem ... yo i'll solve it.|
|I personally was rather upset when the Crew let Cordero go. The optimist in me like to think Gagne will return to form and become a non-roided stud. Or, maybe Turnbow actually can keep it in the strike zone for more than half a season. Either way our bullpen is nice. Someone please give Billy Hall some props. Tell the guy to play somewhere and he is all over it. I do like taking Braun out of the infield, and hopefully Cameron is a pleasant surprise. On a side note, let's hope arbitration with Hardy and Bush goes smoothly. No need to have any bad blood going into a promising season.|
|Alex - But let history remember, that as free men, we chose to make it so!|
|PackOne - 1528 Posts|
|That was a great game.|
|Alex - 3619 Posts|
|Honestly, who gets injured?|
|PackOne - More posts than they wanted.|
Better now than in the stretch run.
|Scott - No, I did not change your screen saver settings|
|He'll be ok. Better a knee than an arm|
|Alex - 3619 Posts|
|Nothing too interesting here really, but something to read anyway.|
|PackOne - Sit down your rockin' the boat.|
Good reading on Veggie Fielder.