Emptying the notebook…

Some random thoughts from the eve of Opening Day in San Francisco:

– Unfortunately, it appears that weather could play a role. Fans could have worn t-shirts and shorts had the opener been scheduled for today, but they’ll be bundled in rain gear on Tuesday. The phrase “day-night doubleheader on Wednesday,” was even uttered in the press box, sending shivers down my spine, but as everybody in baseball loves to say, it is what it is. Here’s hoping the weather forecasters are wrong.

– Manager Ken Macha will use the same starting lineup on Tuesday that he used Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles (with the exception of the pitcher, of course):

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Mike Cameron  CF
Bill Hall  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Jeff Suppan  RHP

Macha isn’t worried that Hart seems to have stopped hitting in Spring Training after inheriting the two-hole. It’s too small a sample, Macha said, to draw any conclusions. He hopes to utilize Hart’s speed in that spot, and also thinks Hart will see a more steady dose of fastballs there.

– I’m not 100 percent sure whether the Brewers’ broadcast will show it, but U.S. Airways pilot Cpt. “Sully” Sullenberger will be tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday and American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will perform the national anthem.

– Macha intends to keep his five starting pitchers lined up this season, meaning each guy will have an extra day of rest when the team has an off-day. That’s very good news for Dave Bush, as the fifth starter is usually the one whose schedule gets thrown out of whack.

– Trevor Hoffman played catch again on Monday and told Macha it went well. Club officials may begin on Tuesday devising a plan for Hoffman to work off a mound, according to the manager.

– All of the non-roster players departed on Monday morning for their respective Minor League destinations, so Macha called his first real team meeting before the final workout of the spring. He laid out the team rules devised by a group of returning players that I believe included Cameron, Suppan, Kendall, Hall, Hart, Hardy, Fielder and Weeks and maybe Dave Bush and Craig Counsell. Macha also said a few words to tie a bow on Spring Training.

“I had a five-minute talk about how fun spring was for me and how much fun it was watching them go out and play,” Macha said. “It’s a special group of guys and my message was that special things happen to special people.”

– Macha told of what he viewed as a special moment on Saturday. The Brewers were trailing when left fielder Ryan Braun left the game, and Braun retreated to the clubhouse to shower and change into his street clothes. But when the Brewers rallied in the late innings, Braun changed back into his uniform so he could see the finish in the dugout.

“These guys root for each other,” Macha said.

– The Brewers released a whole slew of information about their home opening weekend, including some notes about parking and tickets. You can see the entire news release here.

– My prediction for the Brewers: 84-78, which could still be good enough for second place in a balanced National League Central. I asked a few other members of the traveling party for their thoughts and my win total is definitely on the low end. Braun’s back worries me a bit, and so does the bullpen.  

Anyone care to share their own predictions?

11 Comments

we will only finish84-78 if the worthless pitchers like suppan get somewhere near 8-10 wins an less than 15 losses or else i predict…76-86 an thats if gallardo, parra and bush achieve more than 15wins! i just really feel our young unproven pitchers could dominate but suppans carrer is basically over and bush could be the main cog if the two young guys struggle.

we will only finish84-78 if the worthless pitchers like suppan get somewhere near 8-10 wins an less than 15 losses or else i predict…76-86 an thats if gallardo, parra and bush achieve more than 15wins! i just really feel our young unproven pitchers could dominate but suppans carrer is basically over and bush could be the main cog if the two young guys struggle. an as for keeping the rotation the same all yr???????? you have got to be kidding me suppan will be matching up against aces all yr which means i am prolly rghit when i said he will suffer close to well lets say somewhere between 15-18 losses an maybe 6-8 wins patyhetic macha an to think i really liked the way you were running spring it a shame an the moving hardy to the 5 spot well i thinki he will find its gonna bite him in the rear just like it did to yost last yr i believe hardy batted like .220 the first couple months in the five hole last yr because he ia a fastball hitter more so than hart! hart just needs someone to sit him down an preach plate discipline not move him in the order to jepordize hardy’s mojo i think this is a cruel plot to run hardy out of town and it makes me sick!!!

Maryvale Matrix Man says that unless the Brewers find pitching, learn to run the bases, and play better defensively, they will be hard pressed to win 70 games. They will hit, but they will also slump like 2007 and 2008, and when they do, the pitching as constituted will not carry the team. Sorry for the pessimism, but as good as the 22-10-3 spring was, they could easily be 10-22 by May 10th. I have been a Brewer fan since 1970 and would love to be totally wrong, and see a World Series championship, but I have seen this team and all the flaws this spring, and this is how I feel they will be.

Maryvale Matrix Man says that unless the Brewers find pitching, learn to run the bases, and play better defensively, they will be hard pressed to win 70 games. They will hit, but they will also slump like 2007 and 2008, and when they do, the pitching as constituted will not carry the team. Sorry for the pessimism, but as good as the 22-10-3 spring was, they could easily be 10-22 by May 10th. I have been a Brewer fan since 1970 and would love to be totally wrong, and see a World Series championship, but I have seen this team and all the flaws this spring, and this is how I feel they will be.

Maryvale Matrix Man says that unless the Brewers find pitching, learn to run the bases, and play better defensively, they will be hard pressed to win 70 games. They will hit, but they will also slump like 2007 and 2008, and when they do, the pitching as constituted will not carry the team. Sorry for the pessimism, but as good as the 22-10-3 spring was, they could easily be 10-22 by May 10th. I have been a Brewer fan since 1970 and would love to be totally wrong, and see a World Series championship, but I have seen this team and all the flaws this spring, and this is how I feel they will be.

Maryvale Matrix Man says that unless the Brewers find pitching, learn to run the bases, and play better defensively, they will be hard pressed to win 70 games. They will hit, but they will also slump like 2007 and 2008, and when they do, the pitching as constituted will not carry the team. Sorry for the pessimism, but as good as the 22-10-3 spring was, they could easily be 10-22 by May 10th. I have been a Brewer fan since 1970 and would love to be totally wrong, and see a World Series championship, but I have seen this team and all the flaws this spring, and this is how I feel they will be.

Maryvale Matrix Man says that unless the Brewers find pitching, learn to run the bases, and play better defensively, they will be hard pressed to win 70 games. They will hit, but they will also slump like 2007 and 2008, and when they do, the pitching as constituted will not carry the team. Sorry for the pessimism, but as good as the 22-10-3 spring was, they could easily be 10-22 by May 10th. I have been a Brewer fan since 1970 and would love to be totally wrong, and see a World Series championship, but I have seen this team and all the flaws this spring, and this is how I feel they will be.

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