Brewers @ Pirates

A split and some ruffled Redbird feathers in St. Louis keeps the Brewers 3.5 games up in the Wild Card standings as they begin a 3-game weekend series in Pittsburgh.

I’ve done a dozen talk shows already this week and the most talked about subject is the “respect the game” cries from the Cardinals. My response is: “Who cares if players are offended!” Everybody shows everybody up these days and whether you’re slamming helmets, pointing to the sky after homeruns, untucking shirts, or fist pumping after strikeouts, it’s all part of the “show” and the best way to “do something about it” is to beat down the opponent. Emotion makes great theatrics. The Brewers, for the first time in a decade, dominated the Cardinals all season long. I hope every player remembers every “offensive” moment so we can have another spicy season series next year.

As for setting an example, I believe questionable behavior from professionals offer great opportunities to teach your kids the difference between grown men getting paid to perform/entertain and a youth player playing for fun. Parents, teach your kids, and coaches, teach your players the difference between playing with emotion (good) and performing a “look at me” act that can disrespect your opponent (bad). They both come with responsibilites.

With that being said, here’s to three more days of untucked shirts in Pittsburgh!

The Brewers are 8-1 vs the Pirates this year including six straight wins, committing just one error over the stretch.

The Brewers have won 15 of their last 20 games, but have still lost 1.5  games in the standings to the Cubs (17-4) since August 5. 

The Pirates have lost seven straight games, allowing at least 10 runs four times over the stretch.

Paul Maholm has allowed more than two runs just once over his last seven starts.

Adam LaRoche has hit .414 (24/58) with five homers, 14 runs and 11 RBI over his last 17 games against the Brewers.

Mike Cameron has batted .423 (30/71) over his last 20 games against the Pirates, during which his teams have gone 18-2

Ryan Braun has hit 67 home runs in his career, which ties for the fifth most after 2 seasons in Major League history.

Corey Hart (19hr / 22sb) is 1 home run away from becoming the first player in franchise history to have 2 seasons with at least 20 homers and 20 steals.

Pitching Matchups:
Friday: Dave Bush (8-9, 4.24) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (6-8, 6.82)
Saturday: Jeff Suppan (9-7, 4.58) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (8-7, 3.62)
Sunday: CC Sabathia (8-0, 1.59) vs. RHP Jeff Karstens (2-3, 3.48)

As for TV, games Friday and Sunday will be on FSN Wisconsin. Saturday’s game will be on WMLW. Ryan Schaber produces, Michael Oddino directs and Brian Mikolajek will be in the truck eating pre-packaged food.

Have a great weekend.

PS. Tim would like to know how this ’08 Brewers teams compares to the ’92, or even the ’82 Brewers teams: That’s a question only Bob Uecker and Tony Migliaccio can answer with authority. I think the ’92 team wishes the ’08 Wild Card rules were in play back then. The ’82 team probably had more talent relative to the rest of the league but big names are made in the post season so let’s see if the ’08 Crew can get there then revisit this one later.



Statistics courtesy of STATS, Inc. 

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