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Palaaemon 01-27-2020 07:17 PM

Milestone
 
Bird,

Congratulations on post #1000 in your OOTP dynasty! Your first major milestone. Keep up the fantastic work. Can't wait for the next 1000!

Have a GREAT night bro!

Palaaemon

BirdWatcher 01-27-2020 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Palaaemon (Post 4581358)
Bird,

Congratulations on post #1000 in your OOTP dynasty! Your first major milestone. Keep up the fantastic work. Can't wait for the next 1000!

Have a GREAT night bro!

Palaaemon

I guess this means we are picking up steam too, as I just checked to see how many posts were in the first WPK thread- in OOTP 19- and the total there was 879. :D

BirdWatcher 01-27-2020 08:15 PM

Week 7, May 23-29, 1976
 
Brewers record: 5-2 (week), 33-12, 1st place, MGL (season).

May 23, versus Detroit: 6-4.

The Brewers take the final game to win the series against Detroit. John Weaver (3-0, 1.78) got the win, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits in 6 IP. Tim Shore pitched the final inning for his 7th save. RodRod went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and hit 2 doubles to get to 8 on the season.

May 24-26, versus Portland: 4-3, 5-4, 5-9.

The Brewers stay in Denver and next take on Portland for a three-game series.
They win a walk-off in the 10th inning in game 1, when Zacarias Martell hit a 1-out single to drive in Brett Taranto from third (Taranto having come into the game to pinch-run for Andrew Kennedy). Sekien Hamasaki got the start and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings but, of course, did not figure in the decision. Tim Shore (1-0, 0.69) pitched the final 2 innings for the win. Joe Willemse went 3 for 5 in the game and hit his 2nd double of the season. And the recently signed Brad Tesh hit his 1st HR as a Brewer, driving in 3 runs.

Game 2 sees another late push from the Brewers to get the win. Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 8th, Joe McPhillips 2-run HR to cap a 4-run inning gave the Brewers the lead, and ultimately, the victory. A no-decision for the tough-luck Sadahige Kawasaki, who gave up 4 runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3rd innings. Eric Marino (2-0, 1.15) pitched 1 2/3rds innings for the win and Jason Gottula pitched the 9th for his 4th save.

In the final game of the series, former Brewer Ruben Souffront led the Wild Things to victory. Souffront went 3 for 5, missing hitting for the cycle only by virtue of not hitting a single in the game. He scored twice and drove in 5 runs. Cheol-han Lee (4-1, 4.79) gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits over 6 innings. Oddly, while Lee has not pitched well, he has hit very well (.389/.421/.556) and he hit his 3rd double of the season, driving in 2 runs. Brad Sherman had his best game yet as a Brewer, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI and hit his 1st HR of 1976 in the loss.

May 27-29, at Los Angeles: 7-6, 7-2, 0-2.

The Brewers then head to L.A. to take on the 6th place Spinners.
In the first game of three the Brewers scored 4 9th inning runs to get a come-from-behind win. Joe McPhillips (.273/.349/.409), off to a very slow start at the plate, led the way offensively in this one, going 2 for 5 with 4 RBI, hitting a 2-run HR in the 1st inning and a 2-run double in the 9th to put the Brewers in the lead again, and for good. Erik Sloan (6-2, 2.48) got the start, and the win, giving up 6 runs (3 earned runs) on 10 hits over 8 innings pitched. Tim Shore easily dispatched the Spinners in the bottom of the 9th for his 8th save. RodRod went 3 for 5 in the win.

Game 2 saw Zacarias Martell (.274/.361/.387) lead the offense with a 2 for 4, 2 run, 4 RBI game, hitting his 9th double and 1st HR of the season. Another great start for Steve Green (5-2, 2.21), who lasted 8 2/3rds, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits. Brett Taranto (.369/.401/.523) went 3 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs.

Eduardo Obando, the 27-year old starting pitcher who entered the WPK this past off-season as an international free agent out of Mexico, is taking the league by storm. He has been dominant. And was no less than that against the Brewers in game 3, shutting them out on 6 hits, and improves to 7-1 with a 1.79 ERA. Matt Helm held his own against Obando for 7 innings, allowing no runs on just 4 hits, but then had to leave the game with a sore elbow. Ben Flynn came in and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while recording just a pair of outs, and takes the loss (2-3, 6.35). (Flynn was sent back down to AAA the next morning.) Josh Schaeffer (.305/.458/.359) went 2 for 3 in the loss.

Notes from around the league: The Columbus Whalers have lost 4 straight and have fallen into a 2nd place tie in the SJL, while Washington (29-16) rises to first. The surprising El Paso Dawgs (28-17) are even with Columbus and the two have identical records, 1 game behind Washington. The Boston Berserkers (27-18) sit in 4th place, 2 games back. The Chicago Fire are in last place, with a 15-30 mark.
The Brewers hold a 7 game lead over Brooklyn and Oklahoma City, both at 26-19. The Detroit Falcons have now lost 8 straight and are 19 games out in last place, at 14-31.
Ruben Souffront still leads the MGL in batting average at .370, while Brewer Brett Taranto is second at .366.

BirdWatcher 01-28-2020 11:50 PM

May 1976 Batter's of the Month
 
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1975 SJL ROY Xiao-mei Mah continues to be one of the best players in the SJL and was named Batter of the Month for May.
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Brooklyn's speedy outfielder Jeremy Brigatti, often a thorn in the side of the Brewers, was the MGL's Batter of the Month.
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BirdWatcher 01-28-2020 11:54 PM

May 1976 Pitcher's of the Month
 
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Jamel McNeil is the SJL Pitcher of the Month for May. Just another honor along the path to the Hall of Fame for the best reliever in WPK history.
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And L.A.'s Eduardo Obando continues to be arguably the most exciting new player in the WPK in 1976.
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BirdWatcher 01-29-2020 12:03 AM

May 1976 Rookies of the Month
 
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26-year old starting pitcher Miguel Hernandez was signed as a minor league free agent by the Houston Cavaliers a little over a year ago and in 1976 he is getting his first chance to pitch at the big league level. In the early going he is taking full advantage of the opportunity and won the SJL's Rookie of the Month honors for May.
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And L.A.'s Eduardo Obando was naturally named the MGL's Rookie of the Month.
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Palaaemon 01-29-2020 02:17 AM

Queries
 
Bird,

Couple of things.

1}. First a question about Xiao-mei Mah. What in the hell is wrong with Philadelphia?!? The man gets FORTY-EIGHT knocks and he only ends up with 15 rbis and 15 runs for the month of May?!? :confused: Is there nobody on base to drive in? Is there nobody able to hit to drive HIM in? How many walks did he get for the month? Where does he hit in the L/R lineups? Inquiring minds gotta know my man!I

2} Second concerns Jamel McNeil. If you are like me you turn off relievers/closers being able to win a Most Outstanding Pitcher award since they have their own award. My question being if you have turned it off, do you believe that Jamel would have won that award after any year had the award been active for relievers/closers? If so how many? Any other reliever/closers? I know it's impossible to quantify the voting results so I am just asking for your gut feeling.

Have a great night!

Palaaemon

BirdWatcher 01-29-2020 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Palaaemon (Post 4581708)
Bird,

Couple of things.

1}. First a question about Xiao-mei Mah. What in the hell is wrong with Philadelphia?!? The man gets FORTY-EIGHT knocks and he only ends up with 15 rbis and 15 runs for the month of May?!? :confused: Is there nobody on base to drive in? Is there nobody able to hit to drive HIM in? How many walks did he get for the month? Where does he hit in the L/R lineups? Inquiring minds gotta know my man!I

2} Second concerns Jamel McNeil. If you are like me you turn off relievers/closers being able to win a Most Outstanding Pitcher award since they have their own award. My question being if you have turned it off, do you believe that Jamel would have won that award after any year had the award been active for relievers/closers? If so how many? Any other reliever/closers? I know it's impossible to quantify the voting results so I am just asking for your gut feeling.

Have a great night!

Palaaemon

Thanks, as always, for the good questions. It's always great when someone posts something that makes me think more in depth about something I hadn't given much thought yet.

#1 I'll do some research on later when I'm in front of the game.

#2 also, but to the best of my memory I do think I excluded relievers from being able to win the Pitcher of the Year award. My sense right now is that McNeil has had a least one or two seasons when he might have won it if he had been eligible. He's probably the only reliever thus far of whom that is true, but a few others might have had a season where they would have been in the running and might have finished 2nd or 3rd.

(On a related note, I should also say that I don't currently allow pitchers qualify for the MVP award.)

BirdWatcher 01-29-2020 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Palaaemon (Post 4581708)
Bird,

Couple of things.

1}. First a question about Xiao-mei Mah. What in the hell is wrong with Philadelphia?!? The man gets FORTY-EIGHT knocks and he only ends up with 15 rbis and 15 runs for the month of May?!? :confused: Is there nobody on base to drive in? Is there nobody able to hit to drive HIM in? How many walks did he get for the month? Where does he hit in the L/R lineups? Inquiring minds gotta know my man!I

2} Second concerns Jamel McNeil. If you are like me you turn off relievers/closers being able to win a Most Outstanding Pitcher award since they have their own award. My question being if you have turned it off, do you believe that Jamel would have won that award after any year had the award been active for relievers/closers? If so how many? Any other reliever/closers? I know it's impossible to quantify the voting results so I am just asking for your gut feeling.

Have a great night!

Palaaemon


So it appears that the answer to number 1 is simply that 1976 in the WPK has proven to be a fairly low scoring environment thus far. Mah's 29 RBI on the season puts him in a 4th place tie in the SJL and his 23 runs scored isn't far behind the leaders in the league. He has hit quite well with runners in scoring position. He has a .422 OBP. He has hit in the 3rd slot in the lineup in all but 3 plate appearances. The upshot is, his numbers are quite good within the statistical context of the league. (Granted, the Mud Hens are middle of the league in runs scored in the SJL.)

Question #2: Jamel McNeil's best season in terms of WAR was his first season- 1965- when he put up 8 WAR. Jose Santos, who won the Pitcher of the Year award in the MGL that season put up 7.7. They were teammates on the L.A. Spinners and McNeil certainly could have beaten out his teammate for the award that season. But now that I look at the settings for the WPK it appears that relievers can win this award. So I'm not sure how close McNeil came and looking at the stats I'm kind of surprised he didn't win it. No reliever has yet won the award in either league but if it was going to happen it would have been McNeil in '65.

Now the only question is whether I actually want relievers to be eligible for the award. But given how hard it appears to be for them to actually earn the award, I'm not sure I feel the need to change this.

Palaaemon 01-31-2020 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by BirdWatcher (Post 4581935)
So it appears that the answer to number 1 is simply that 1976 in the WPK has proven to be a fairly low scoring environment thus far. Mah's 29 RBI on the season puts him in a 4th place tie in the SJL and his 23 runs scored isn't far behind the leaders in the league. He has hit quite well with runners in scoring position. He has a .422 OBP. He has hit in the 3rd slot in the lineup in all but 3 plate appearances. The upshot is, his numbers are quite good within the statistical context of the league. (Granted, the Mud Hens are middle of the league in runs scored in the SJL.)

Wow. :ohmy: I had no idea how anemic scoring was in the WPK this season. He does appear to be doing well all things considered.

Question #2: Jamel McNeil's best season in terms of WAR was his first season- 1965- when he put up 8 WAR. Jose Santos, who won the Pitcher of the Year award in the MGL that season put up 7.7. They were teammates on the L.A. Spinners and McNeil certainly could have beaten out his teammate for the award that season. But now that I look at the settings for the WPK it appears that relievers can win this award. So I'm not sure how close McNeil came and looking at the stats I'm kind of surprised he didn't win it. No reliever has yet won the award in either league but if it was going to happen it would have been McNeil in '65.

Now the only question is whether I actually want relievers to be eligible for the award. But given how hard it appears to be for them to actually earn the award, I'm not sure I feel the need to change this.

You know now that we have gone through these 11 complete years and awards and no closers/relievers won (although perhaps McNeil was the closest to winning it) I truly wonder if perhaps that they have weighted saves so heavily as to possibly bias the modern closer against the older stopper/reliever for a chance at the Cy Young award (or what ever name may be substituted). I have seen modern closers win the award before. Maybe the sample size is too small but surely with an outlier like McNeil (he is about as perfect as you can get as a closer/reliever for this era) and his results, we have enough to be fairly certain. What do you think?

Have a great day!

Palaaemon

BirdWatcher 01-31-2020 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Palaaemon (Post 4582260)
You know now that we have gone through these 11 complete years and awards and no closers/relievers won (although perhaps McNeil was the closest to winning it) I truly wonder if perhaps that they have weighted saves so heavily as to possibly bias the modern closer against the older stopper/reliever for a chance at the Cy Young award (or what ever name may be substituted). I have seen modern closers win the award before. Maybe the sample size is too small but surely with an outlier like McNeil (he is about as perfect as you can get as a closer/reliever for this era) and his results, we have enough to be fairly certain. What do you think?

Have a great day!

Palaaemon

Right, I think that is a great point.
McNeil, in particular, really is more prone to putting up great win totals and not spectacular saves totals (by more recent standards), with his multi-inning stamina and more stopper than closer usage.
And certainly at this point in WPK history the saves leader each season is usually finishing with totals in the 20's, not the 40's.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 11:53 AM

1976 Amateur Draft- first 5 picks
 
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The 1976 WPK Amateur Draft is currently underway and heading into the 4th round, but let's take a quick look at the first five players to be taken this year.

The expansion Houston Cavaliers had the right to pick first and they chose wisely, if both Denver scouts and the OSA are to be believed, when they grabbed 18-year old center fielder Chris Heisler out of Fresno State.
Heisler is young and still pretty raw, and could be a risky pick, but the feeling is that his well-rounded tools and great intelligence will allow him to develop into a star caliber big leaguer in time. He has elite raw speed and defensive range and profiles as developing elite contact skills to go along with plus (or plus plus) power and a decent eye at the plate. Heisler could certainly prove to be the player around whom the Cavaliers build a brighter future.
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With the second overall pick the Charlotte Sting took the hard-throwing left-handed starting pitcher Justin Matthews out of Glendale College. The 21-year old with an already big league ready fastball and a curve-ball that needs development but profiles as potentially elite, will likely have some issues giving up the long-ball, but with already advanced control, this shouldn't keep him from being at least a fine mid-rotation starter at the WPK level before too long, if not an outright ace. If Matthews durability proves to match up with his great stamina, he could be a real workhorse.
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Apparently the Portland Wild Things scouting staff saw 21-year old collegiate (Dallas College) shortstop Ricky Stidham much the same way the Brewers scouts did, as they chose him 3rd overall, in spite of the OSA not predicting him to go this high. Stidham is a glove-first middle infielder but has the chance to develop an above average hit tool which would make him a very valuable player. There might be some concern that his raw speed, which is average at best, might lead to a switch to second base, but with his great intelligence and raw defensive skills, he should still prove to be a plus player at the WPK level.
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The San Francisco Velocity then chose center fielder Greg Dohman with the 4th pick. In the eyes of the Brewers scouting staff this was a reach, though the OSA is certainly higher on Dohman. What is clear, no matter who is looking at the 21-year old out of Glendale College, is that he has dynamic speed and superior defensive abilities. Whether his hit tool is potentially elite, as the OSA believes, or merely average at best, as the Brewers scouting staff projects, is the real question.
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Finally, with the 5th pick, the El Paso Dawgs chose 18-year old prep center fielder Bill Bussard. Although the youngster is still very raw, and a risky pick this high in the draft, he does already have a reputation as a leader among men, and like Dohman possesses great speed and defensive talent. Again, there is some discrepancy between what the OSA and the Brewers scouting staff think about his bat potential, but in this case the gap isn't quite as large, with the OSA seeing elite potential while Denver scouts project above average results once he is fully developed.
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In the first round, 8 starting pitchers were drafted, 7 center fielders, 3 shortstops, and 1 of each of the following positions: relief pitcher, catcher, second baseman, and third baseman. A pretty typical first round grouping. (And obviously some of the players, particularly starting pitchers and center fielders, will end up in different roles should they ever make the WPK.)

Will report a bit later about the Brewers first round pick, and beyond, once a bit more progress has been made in the draft.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 05:23 PM

1976 Amateur Draft- Denver Brewers picks
 
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The 1976 Amateur Draft has come to a close and it's time to take a look at the Denver Brewers picks, starting with the team's picks in the first five rounds.

In round 1, at #21 overall, the Brewers took 21-year old second baseman Justice Holt, out of St. Louis College. Holt profiles as a well above average defender with plus contact skills but little power. He should display a good eye at the plate, drawing an above average number of walks and striking out rarely. With plus speed and very good instincts on the base paths, he has good offensive potential in spite of his lack of pop. All indications are that he should be well-liked in the clubhouse as well. With his already advanced skills, Justice could be competing for the spot on the big league club within the next 3 seasons.
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The Brewers took a chance in the 2nd round on a young left-handed starting pitcher who management just had a hunch about, even though the scouting staff was pushing in another direction. Eric Seidel is an 18-year old out of Moore High School in Moore, Oklahoma. He is raw and somewhat under-sized, and barely cracks 91 MPH with his fastball, which projects as just above average. He's admittedly a reach and a risk, but if his off-speed pitches develop as hoped, he could end up being a useful arm in the rotation or bullpen. (His stamina is sufficient to start, but far from elite.) The long ball may be a problem, but he has the chance for plus stuff and above average control. He appears durable and there are no red flags regarding makeup. He only turned 18 less than two weeks ago and the hope is that he might develop into more than currently meets the eye.
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In the 3rd round the front office deferred to our scouts and picked 21-year old collegiate center fielder Zach Johnson out of Dallas College. Johnson is a toolsy player with real over-the-fence power potential but a questionable eye at the plate and likely only average contact potential at best. He is smart and fast and a fine defender so while his ceiling might not be high, his floor likely is. At the very least Johnson has a chance to fashion a WPK career as a 4th or 5th outfielder.
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The Brewers picked another sturdy looking ground ball inducing high school starting pitcher in the 4th round in Brad Ward, a righty out of Roswell, New Mexico. Ward throws a bit harder than Seidel, has a 4-pitch repertoire, three of which project as at least above average, but similar questions about stamina. As with Seidel, our scouting staff believes that he might eventually prove more useful in the bullpen, but given his age and durability, he will be given the opportunity to prove himself as a starter first.
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In the 5th round, the Brewers took another second baseman (again, on the advice of the scouting staff) in 18-year old Jesse Crowley, out of Antonian Prep High School in San Antonio, Texas. Crowley lacks a defining tool but also has few glaring weaknesses. And he comes to the organization with an already strong reputation for great leadership and intelligence. He is the type of player who almost instantly becomes a second manager on the field. His weak arm will keep him at second base, where he should be steady if unspectacular. Hit hit tool is also without flash, but he could develop above average contact with a bit of pop and the ability to draw a walk. Crowley likely profiles as a backup infielder at best, playing only on the right side of the infield, but with his exceptional makeup he is a young man who might well exceed his apparent potential.
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Overall, this draft was light on sure thing prospects but went rather deep with middle-potential players who might develop WPK careers in some role. It was heavy on starting pitching, in numbers if not quality, and the Brewers ended up drafting 9 starting pitchers (a few have already been re-designated to the bullpen in the minors, at least for now.) In addition, the Brewers grabbed 4 center fielders, 3 second baseman, 2 catchers, 2 first baseman, and 2 third baseman, and 1 of each in terms of relief pitchers, shortstops, left fielders, and right fielders. Beyond first round pick Holt there aren't many players who seem destined to be big league starters in the mix, but the feeling is that among the many starting pitchers selected, 1 or 2 just might develop into useful big league arms, if not in the Brewers rotation than as bullpen pieces.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 05:42 PM

Brewers prospect development update: starting pitchers
 
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So, in addition to this guy, who was named the #1 prospect in all of the WPK this going into this season, continuing to look like a future ace:
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...we also now have this guy, chosen a few rounds after Atwell in last year's draft, in the 7th round, looking like a legit future #2-#3 guy.
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Did not see that coming. Thus far the 1975 draft is not looking like a great one for position players for the Brewers, but if these two turn out to be what they look like and graduate to the big league starting rotation, it will have been a very successful draft indeed.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 07:55 PM

Week 8, May 30- June 5, 1976
 
Brewers record: 1-5 (week), 34-17, 1st place, MGL (season).

May 30-June 1, versus Phoenix: 2-4, 5-2, 5-6.

The Brewers conclude the month and May and start June with a 3-game series against the Speed Devils in Denver.
In game 1 the Brewers carry a narrow 2-0 lead into the 8th inning only to see the Speed Devils tie it up in that frame and then win it with 2 more runs in the top of the 10th. Sadahige Kawasaki continues to be the unluckiest Brewer pitcher, as he gets a no-decision here after allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits over 8 innings pitched. Eric Marino (2-1, 1.50) takes the loss in relief. Joe Willemse went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and hit his 5th double in the losing effort.

The home club bounces back in game 2 behind Cheol-han Lee (5-1, 4.34), who gave up just a single run on 9 hits in his 8 innings pitched. Jason Gottula got the last 2 outs for his 5th save of the season. Joe McPhillips was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in the game and hit his 8th double and swiped his 10th bag. Cheol-han also remains hot at the plate (inexplicably), and collected his 4th double.

The Brewers drop the rubber match in a back and forth game. Erik Sloan was not at his best, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings pitched. The loss goes to Tim Shore (1-1, 1.20). Brad Sherman went 3 for 4, scoring twice and hitting his 1st double as a Brewer. The light-hitting, slick-fielding Nick Ward went 3 for 4 in the game. Rich White hit his 2nd HR of the season. And veteran Brad Tesh, giving Joe McPhillips a breather in center field, threw out two runners on the base paths.

June 3-5, at Brooklyn: 6-9, 0-2, 2-3.

Next up is a 3-game series in Brooklyn against the second place Aces. Going into the season the Aces were thought to be the odds on favorites to win the MGL. And in this series they showed why and reminded everyone that the season is still young and nothing is even close to being decided yet.

In game 1, the final score is deceiving. The Brewers were being shellacked, losing 9-1 going into the 9th inning when they rallied for 5 runs to make this look closer than it was. Sekien Hamasaki (4-1, 3.00) got the start for Denver and allowed 9 runs (though only 4 earned) on 12 hits in 6 IP. He was victimized by 6 errors on the part of his defense: 3 by RodRod (to double his season total), 2 by Zacarias Martell, and 1 by Brett Taranto. In his defense, Martell also 2 for 3 at the plate with 5 RBI, hitting a Grand Slam in the 9th inning, his 2nd HR of 1976. Chris Justice improves to 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA for the Aces.

The Brewers get shut down by lefty Shannon Petrik in game 2. Tough loss for Steve Green (5-3, 2.25), who gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in his 7 innings pitched. Rich White and Brad Sherman each went 2 for 4 in the loss.

And in game 3 the Brewers face Aaron McNally. So you know that isn't a good thing. But we get a fine start from Matt Helm and hold our own into the 9th inning. Matty gives up 2 runs on 8 hits over 6 1/3rd innings. McNally himself gets things started in the bottom of the 9th with a single. Jeremy Brigatti moves him to second with a sacrifice bunt on which the Brewer pitcher Jason Gottula decides to throw to second to try to get the slow running pitcher. And fails. Everybody safe. Gottula gets pinch-hitter Pat Johnson to hit a harmless fly out and then gives way to Tim Shore to face tough right-handed batter Adam Pester. Pester works to a 3-2 count, and then singles home the winning run, naturally. Gottula takes the loss (1-1, 1.72). RodRod goes 2 for 4 and hits his 10th double. McNally improves to 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA.

Notes from around the league: The Columbus Whalers (33-18) have a narrow 1 game lead over the El Paso Dawgs (?!)(32-19). Washington (31-20) sits in 3rd place, 2 games back. The Chicago Fire bring up the rear with a 17-34 record.
Having suffered through their worst week of the season thus far, the Brewers see their lead over Brooklyn fall to just 4 games. The Charlotte Sting (28-23) are in 3rd place, 6 games back. The Detroit Falcons are in last place, at 17-34.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 08:53 PM

Mud Hens lose Ace for rest of season!
 
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The Philadelphia Mud Hens, mired in mediocrity this season and currently sitting in 6th place in the SJL, just a single game over .500, have received horrible news: their 25-year old ace starting pitcher, A.J. Allen, suffered a torn rotator cuff and will need approximately 13 months to recover. Allen, who has been considered a durable arm, was among the best in the league in 1975 and finished 2nd to the legendary Jake Harris in the SJL Pitcher of the Year award voting.
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With their best player, Xiao-mei Mah, currently suffering with a sprained knee and day-to-day for 1-2 weeks, things are not looking great for the Mud Hens as we head towards mid-season.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 10:34 PM

Atwell shines in first AA start
 
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Brewers top prospect Jim Atwell recently was promoted to AA Nashville. And in his first start with his new club he tosses a 4-hit shutout, striking out 13 batters while walking just 1 and inducing 9 ground ball outs to just 3 fly ball outs.

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Not a bad way to start the next leg of your minor league journey.

BirdWatcher 02-01-2020 11:02 PM

Schaeffer extended through 1977
 
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It was announced today that the Denver Brewers and their starting right fielder, Josh Schaeffer, had agreed to terms on a contract extension for 1977, which means the two parties avoid arbitration this off-season.

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BirdWatcher 02-02-2020 11:54 AM

An enigma wrapped in a conundrum
 
Had I told you, at the beginning of the 1976 season, that a player on the Brewers team would have a slash line of .261/.338/.382 on June 12th, and asked you to name that player, who would you have guessed?

Perhaps utility infielder Joe Willemse? Nope. Little Joe, getting more starts due to the injury to Bobby Erbakan, is sitting at .306/.355/.378.

Maybe one of our catchers, who so clearly over-performed at the plate in 1975. Well, Zacarias Martell is hitting .294/.379/.413 and Kirk Patnode .310/.333/.352. So it isn't one of those guys.

How about slick fielding shortstop Rich White, who hadn't yet proved heading into the 1976 season that he could hit well at the big league level? Well, all Rich is doing, in addition to providing Gold Glove defense, is hitting .328/.372/.495. It's not him.

Brett Taranto is playing regularly for the first time in his big league career and though he hit well in limited action in 1975 it wouldn't be surprising if he had reverted to the mean a bit this year. But no- Taranto is hitting a blistering .366/.406/.508 and is pretty clearly the best hitter on the team so far in 1976.

Maybe Josh Schaeffer's notoriously bad work habits are finally catching up with him? Well, Josh has a pretty typical, for him, slash line of .286/.429/.351. So it's not Josh.

Okay, who the heck is it then?
Only the supposed best player on the team, Joe McPhillips, the man who was the MGL MVP in 1974 and the first runner up for the award in 1975.
What is going on with Joe? There is nothing from our scouting staff to indicate an obvious problem. Home runs are down league wide so his power drop is not terribly surprising. And with his great defense and terrific running he is still on pace for a 4.7 WAR season, which isn't too shabby. Still, he's got to get hot at the plate sometime, right? (Okay, his BABIP of .258 would indicate a strong degree of unluckiness, which can't last forever. We hope.)

And with Bobby Erbakan still out for at least a few more weeks and the Brewers currently playing their worst baseball of the season, Brewers fans hope that Joe snaps out of it sooner rather than later.

BirdWatcher 02-02-2020 01:12 PM

Week 9, June 6-12, 1976
 
Brewers record: 3-4 (week), 37-21, 1st place, MGL (season).

The Denver Brewers do not look like a very good team right now. They are making silly defensive miscues (in spite of still having the top rated team in terms of defensive efficiency and Zone Rating), base running mistakes (being thrown out trying to advance frequently in the past few weeks), failing to hit with men in scoring position, etc. The pitching has remained very good (we lead the league in fewest runs allowed and starter's ERA and are second in bullpen ERA, while being 1st or 2nd in all other pitching and defense categories.)
And let's not exaggerate the recent troubles- the Brewers are still 2nd in fewest errors in the MGL and 2nd in base running, though we are trending in the wrong direction as we led those categories up until very recently. And we are 2nd in runs scored and most other offensive categories other than home runs and stolen bases.
But if want to maintain our now narrow lead in the MGL, we have to start playing better. And soon!

June 6-8, versus San Francisco: 10-3, 8-2, 0-2.

The week got off to a good start with the Brewers at home facing the then 4th place San Francisco Velocity.
In game 1 the bats came alive led by Josh Schaeffer, who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, hitting his 2nd HR of the season. Sadahige Kawasaki (3-4, 2.59) finally got a bit of good luck and picked up the win by allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits over 7 1/3rd innings while getting ample run support. Brad Tesh had one of this best games yet in a Brewers uniform, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and hitting a pair of doubles. And Rich White went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and hit his 16th double of the season.

Game 2 was another easy victory with Cheol-han Lee (6-1, 4.11) pitching well and also getting run support. Lee gave up just 2 runs on 7 hits over 8 innings. Oddly, the poor hitting pitcher with a career slash line of .141/.166/.172 also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 4 RBI and hit 2 doubles to get to 6 on the season. Granted he only has 30 plate appearances this year, but Cheol-han so far is hitting .435/.458/.696 and his 6 doubles is 25% of his career total in that category! Rich White also had another big game at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and hitting his 17th double.

And then the offense went silent again in the final game of the series, getting blanked Mike Stagner, who had gotten off to such a poor start this season. Erik Sloan (6-3, 2.89) took the tough loss, in spite of giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings. Four Brewers had 2 hits in the game but they could not get any base runners to cross home plate safely.

June 9-11, versus Oklahoma City: 2-1, 2-4, 2-4.

And then, in spite of remaining at home in the good hitters park that is Centennial Stadium, the Brewers bats remained cold against Oklahoma City.
They managed to get a narrow victory in game 1 behind a fine performance by Sekien Hamasaki (5-1, 2.66). Hamasaki, about whom our scouting staff had very encouraging words in the most recent development report, gave up just 1 run on 4 hits over 8 innings (though he did walk 5 batters). Jason Gottula ( it is rumored he is currently in talks on a contract extension for 1977 with the team) pitched the 9th for his 6th save. Josh Schaeffer and Brett Taranto each went 2 for 4 in the win.

In game 2 the Brewers again only managed to score 2 runs and this time they gave up 4. Steve Green (5-4, 2.25) was again very good, giving up just 3 runs (2 earned) over 8 innings, but took the loss. RodRod went 3 for 4 in the loss, hitting a pair of doubles to get to 12 on the season. Brett Taranto went 2 for 4, hitting his 12 double and 6th triple.

Game 3, more of the same. Exact same losing score, in fact. This time it was Matt Helm who didn't get the run support he needed. Helm didn't get a decision in the game and allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings. John Weaver (3-1, 2.08) took the loss in relief. Brett Taranto stays hot, going 2 for 3 in the loss.

June 12, at Charlotte: 2-3.

And the pattern continues in the first game of 3 against the 3rd place Charlotte Sting at BB&T Ballpark.
Decent start by Sadahige Kawasaki (3-5, 2.67), who gave up 3 runs on 10 hits over 8 innings pitched. Very little offense to support him. Josh Schaeffer went 2 for 5 in the loss and Brett Taranto hit his 13th double.

Notes from around the league:
In the SJL, the Columbus Whalers (39-19) have won 9 of their last 10 and now have expanded their lead over El Paso (35-23) to 4 games. The Washington Night Train are scuffling and while they remain in 3rd place, they now drop to 7 games back.
The Brewers see their lead in the MGL drop to a mere 3 games over Brooklyn (34-24). Charlotte (32-26) is in 3rd place and Oklahoma City (31-27) sits in 4th place. The Detroit Falcons currently have the worst record in all of the WPK at 19-39 and recently fired their manager Kevin Santilli. In his place they have hired the likable but inexperienced 43-year old Jayden Trahan. We wish him luck. He will need it.


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