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Updated: 2016-10-22T19:52:27-05:00


Championship Series Open Thread for 10/22/2016



Can the Cubs make it to the World Series for the first time in over 70 years? Or will the Dodgers force Game 7?

NLCS Game 6
Dodgers @ Cubs | 7:00 pm, FS1
Clayton Kershaw vs. Kyle Hendricks
Cubs Lead Series 3-2

BCB Mailbag 1: Regime Changes, Trade Candidates, and Pokemon Go


Remember to leave questions for next week’s edition! Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all survived the great internet outage of 2016. Let’s jump right in with some questions: icelandreliant asks: How likely do you think it is that Scooter Gennett gets traded in the offseason? I love Scooter, but it just doesn’t seem like we really need him either now or in the future. He’s so limited defensively and while he’s OK at the plate, he’s nothing special. I don’t expect much in a trade, but it seems like he is kind of just in the way Scooter is a logical trade candidate in my opinion. He’s arbitration eligible this winter so his price will be going up and he is limited to second base only. Craig Counsell and David Stearns have both emphasized how important defensive versatility is to the organization, and Scooter just doesn’t fit that mold. It’s a shame, too, because I like Scooter. He had a pretty solid bounce back campaign after struggling last year and is about a league-average starting second baseman. Craig Counsell noted that he improved defensively, and I agree; both with my not-so-trained eye test as well as a 4.9 Fielding Runs Above Average mark according to Baseball Prospectus. He finally showed some semblance of an idea of what to do against left-handed pitching. He took a few more walks than in the past and showed a bit more pop. The second base position was weirdly good at the plate league-wide this year (average 101 wRC+ was the highest total in the Divisional Era) but a second baseman who can be counted on to put up a 90-100 wRC+ with double digit home runs and decent defense should have some value on the trade market. nullact asks: Arbitration changes the discussion of a player's worth How many of the guys in arbitration are going to be seen as expendable/tradeable because their cost is going up? No one on the club is going to draw a prohibitive salary through arbitration, and payroll isn’t really a concern right now. Chris Carter figures to get the biggest bump according to the MLBTR projections after his 41 home run, 94 RBI season (arbitration is big on that stuff). The Brewers don’t really have another option at first base and the club has already intimated that they’ll likely retain him. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, to see any of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Martin Maldonado, Chase Anderson, or Scooter not back next season simply due to other options available on the roster at their positions. Anderson or Gennett in particular may be able to fetch something worthwhile on the trade market. drezdn asks: Why is Aaron Rodgers struggling so much this year? In Pokemon Go, which Pokemon is best to take on walks? Aaron Rodgers is struggling because Brett Favre bullied him when he was a rookie. (Also, I don’t like Brett Favre). I’m not a Pokemon Go player, but I did see this book yesterday at the Walgreens in New Berlin so I guess I’d recommend exploring that avenue.— Kyle L. (@brewerfan28) October 21, 2016 (If you’re having trouble getting the game to show up on your page, you can view the quiz directly on Sporcle here.) Once you’re done, be sure to post your score in the comments. If you manage to get all 26, post your time as well. It’s all on the honor system, but it’s also just for fun, so don’t cheat. Also, be warned that the comments may contain spoilers. (If you want to be kind, use spoiler text as well when discussing players in the comments.) If you want to try other quizzes, you can try last week’s yearly roster quiz. There’s also the Sporcle archive with plenty of quizzes in there. Good luck, have fun, and make sure to post your score in the comments. [...]

What We Learned: Damaging Garza’s Car



Matt Garza’s car was vandalized and the man who did it was sentenced to prison. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Vandalizing Matt Garza’s Ferrari | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Wrapping up a court case from an incident in April, Kenneth Ray Smith was sentenced to four years in prison for damages he did to Matt Garza’s house and car.

2016 MVBrewers: The Best of the Rest | eddiemathews, BCB

Looking at the Brewers from 2016 who just missed the cut in the MVBrewers series.

Links from Other Sites

Hernan Perez 2016 in Review | Andrew Salzman, BP Milwaukee

While Hernan Perez isn’t a star, his impact on the 2016 team is hard to ignore.

The Value of the Brewers’ Long-Term Flexibility | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

By acquiring a lot of young talent, the Brewers now have a lot of payroll flexibility that they can use for arbitration contracts, new long-term deals, or just taking on bad players and their salaries from other teams in exchange for prospects.

“What’s in the Warehouse Wednesday (with Weyer)” Debuts Today | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

In a new series for the offseason, Miller Park warehouse manager John Weyer will show off and discuss random items from the Miller Park warehouse.

Minor League Coverage

Arizona Fall League Update | Jake Covey, Disciples of Uecker

The Fall League is over a week complete now, and it’s time to check in on how some of the Brewers prospects are doing.

Frosty Microbrews: Rattlers wrap up a long season at Instructional League | Kyle Lobner, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Meanwhile, the Instructional League wrapped up last week as several other prospects had their seasons extended with extra play.

MLB Playoffs

Yesterday’s Results

ALCS Game 5
Indians 3, Blue Jays 0
Indians Win Series 4-1

NLCS Game 4
Cubs 10, Dodgers 2
Series Tied 2-2

Today’s Games

NLCS Game 5
Cubs @ Dodgers | 7:00 pm, FS1
Jon Lester vs. Kenta Maeda
Series Tied 2-2

Re-Introducing the BCB Mailbag



Send in your questions and every Friday we'll answer them.

One feature of the site that Derek came up with during his time as manager that I really enjoyed was the Brew Crew Ball mailbag. Unfortunately it sort of fell to the wayside awhile ago, but I have decided to change that.

Re-introducing the BCB Mailbag!

Submit your questions on Facebook (though I don’t know why anyone would choose to go on Facebook), via Twitter, or right here in the comments section of this article. Feel free to ask whatever you would like and we’ll do our best to get at least several of those questions answered. I’m planning on having this be a mostly weekly feature that runs on Fridays.

Here’s hoping this revival goes well!

Championship Series Open Thread for 10/19/2016



The Blue Jays face elimination again today while the Indians try to get to the World Series. Meanwhile, the Dodgers try to get a 3-1 lead, and the Cubs try to even the series.

ALCS Game 5
Indians @ Blue Jays | 3:00 pm, TBS
Ryan Merritt vs. Marco Estrada
Indians Lead Series 3-1

NLCS Game 4
Cubs @ Dodgers | 7:00 pm, FS1
John Lackey vs. Julio Urias
Dodgers Lead Series 2-1