Welcome to the inaugural edition of our weekly recap. Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing. Please enjoy responsibly.
Cheers! (Best event/news of the week)
Brewers spoil Red Sox home opener: It feels like we’ve been hearing for months about how tough the Brewers’ April schedule is. After dropping two of three to the Braves in the opening series, facing the defending world champs on the road was a daunting prospect. In the first game, the Brewers got off on the right foot with a near-quality start from Marco Estrada and a big hit from Lyle Overbay. Milwaukee ended up with the sweep, and now the toughest April schedule in MLB seems manageable.
Buzzkill (Worst event/news of the week)
Sounds like Braun’s thumb injury is worse than we knew: When Braun was scratched from the Saturday game in Boston, he was much more forthcoming about how serious his thumb injury is. Talking about his surgical options, Braun said, “One (surgery) is I would never feel anything in my thumb again, which didn’t make sense. The other is they would completely remove the nerve.” You hear that, and it’s easy to start thinking about worst case scenarios.
Have One on the House (Brewers player who deserves a drink)
After an uninspiring spring, Matt Garza rocked his first Milwaukee start like a boss. He didn’t surrender a hit until the seventh, and ended up only giving up one run in eight innings—that’s a pretty tough luck loss. Still, he did more than anymore could ask for in his first start.
Time to Sober Up, Pal (Brewers player who made me want to drink)
I know it was cold on Saturday, but Jean Segura looked lost out there at shortstop. In the second inning, he kicked around a grounder—it was a tough play, but man it looked bad. In the third, he failed to start an inning ending double play, which was promptly followed by a three-run homer. In the sixth, he clanked another grounder, allowing the tying run score. Segura did get three hits, and the Brewers went on to win, but Haudricourt said it best: “Jean Segura looks like he’s never played shortstop before tonight.”
Back on the Wagon (Thoughts on the week ahead)
I wonder what the record is for “most home openers” won in a season. The Brewers have a chance to go for three on Tuesday. That sounds like a record more than a few teams hold, the way dozens of pitchers share that four-K’s-in-one-inning record. Then next weekend will be the first Brewers/Pirates matchup of the year. Will Pittsburgh return to their rightful place as the Brewers’ doormats? History is on Milwaukee’s side!
(Image: Rick Wood)