The Milwaukee Brewers' 2008 season has started off with a bang. The Brewers currently have a great 42-34 winning record, good enough for 3rd place in the talent-stacked National League Central division and 3rd place in the league overall. The Milwaukee Brewers' incredible offense is sparked through the efforts of Corey Hart's great .290 batting average in addition Ryan Braun's amazing 20 home runs and 56 RBIs, all of these team-leading statistics. An Olympic Gold medal winning pitcher and four-time All-Star, Ben Sheets carries his team at the mound on defense with a team-leading 84 strikeouts with a 2.59 ERA for 9 wins and only 1 loss. The Brewers look to gain the lead in their division towards the National League pennant and a World Series Championship. Tickets are selling slow until the Milwaukee Brewers can prove they have what it takes in such a tough division.
There has been little to cheer about in the
last couple of seasons for the Milwaukee Brewer fans other than
the sausage races between the innings. The franchise has one
pennant under their belts though. In 1982 the Brew Crew finished
with a 95-67 record and won the American League East. Led by
Hall Of Famers Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Rollie Fingers,
the Brewers squeaked by the California Angels in the ALCS 3-2.
In the World Series the Brewers found themselves matched up against
the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The two played
an unorthodox series with each team beating the by double digits
in two of the seven games. Milwaukee took a 3-2 series lead and
only needed one win with two to go. In the final two games the
Cardinals accumulated 27 hits, 19 runs and more importantly two
wins. Last season the Brewers finished with a 68-94 record which
earned them a place in the NL Central cellar and 20 games out
of first place.
Milwaukee didn’t make very many off-season moves during this past winter.
Their big signing of the winter was when the Brewers brought in outfielder Ben
Grieve. He batted .230 with four home runs and 17 runs batted in during 55 games
of service for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The batting order showcases a few good talents but
none of them are quite as good as last season’s Rookie of the Year runner up Scott Podsednik. Some
regard this center fielder to be the best lead off man in all off Major League
Baseball and that’s including amazing lead off guys like Juan Pierre of
the Florida Marlins and Ichiro of the Seattle Mariners. Podsednik batted a solid
.314 with a .379 on base percentage, stole 43 of 53 bases, and scored 100 times.
Batting in the two spot will be shortstop Craig Counsell. In the middle of the
order are second baseman Junior Spivey, left fielder Geoff Jenkins, and first
baseman Lyle Overbay. Rounding out the rest of the lineup are third baseman Wes
Helms, right fielder Ben Grieve, and catcher Chad Moeller.
The Brewer pitching staff is loaded with young arms. Of the 14 pitchers they
have on their staff four of them are over the age of 28 and only two of them
are over the age of 30. The pitching staff is lead by the 25 year old flame throwing
north paw Ben Sheets. Sheets finished his third season in the bigs with an 11-13
record and a 4.15 ERA. He is joined in the starting rotation by Doug Davis, Wes
Obermueller, Victor Santos and Matt Kinney. The elder statesman of the group
is Davis at the ripe old age of 28.
The Brewers play all their home games at Miller
Park. The park opened up in 2001 and hosted the infamous
All-Star game in 2002 that ended in a tie. This 42,400 seat
park features the only fan shaped retractable roof in North
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