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Five Things I Know I Think


It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve blessed you with my opinions.

But don’t worry, I’m back now.

Since my last “Five Things”, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Matt Garza and Francisco Rodriguez. Both signings will positively impact the Brewers and will help them contend in the competitive NL Central.

The Brewers have also reported for spring training, officially kicking off the 2014 campaign. How excited are you? Because I am psyched.

Here is my five things I know I think for the month of February.

1. I think ESPN’s player projections for the upcoming season are absolutely ludicrous. If they think Ryan Braun is going to hit .273, they are out of their minds, and frankly, they should be sued for being so far removed from reality. ESPN is also putting way too much stake into Jean Segura‘s second half collapse in 2013. The analysts in Connecticut are predicting that the young shortstop hits .268 this season. Silly.

2. I think Rickie Weeks is nervous. Nervous about sitting on the bench for the entire 2014 season. He may seem calm and collected and he may think he should be the starting second baseman, but the Brewers have different ideas. And that should make Weeks nervous. The best case scenario for Weeks is that manager Ron Roenicke decides to platoon him and Scooter Gennett. It worked out last season, so that might be the right choice. Weeks needs to have a tremendous spring training.

3. I think Matt Garza will be the best pitcher in the Brewers’ rotation. He’ll outshine Kyle Lohse and will easily out-pitch Yovani Gallardo, who is currently in a nose dive. I think signing Garza is one of the most underrated moves this offseason. The Brewers got a top-of-the-rotation pitcher for only $50 million. That’s a great deal if you ask me.

4. I think I’m getting sick of the Brewers’ fans I follow on Twitter. I greatly dislike “fans” who make fun of players and/or constantly ridicule someone. Twitter has given Juan Francisco the nickname “Fat Juan Francisco” and I find that disgusting. These people claim they’re fans of the Brewers, but yet they poke fun at someone’s weight. No. Be a good human being and stop being a jerk. I’m this close to unfollowing these people.

5. I think newly-acquired LHP Will Smith is going to surprise some people this season. When the Brewers first traded for him, I was a strong advocate for him being put in the starting rotation. But with the Garza signing, Smith’s chances of starting are slim to none. However, he’ll be a useful arm out of the bullpen and can be used in a spot start situation. The guy is only 24 and has never really gotten a chance to prove himself. Keep an eye out for him.

 

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers

  • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

    “I greatly dislike “fans” who make fun of players and/or constantly ridicule someone.”

    Coming from the guy who has trash talked Yovani Gallardo every chance he can get. Lol.

    • Justin Schultz

      What do you think making fun of a player is? Saying Gallardo is an average pitcher at best is not trash talking. It’s a fact. Making fun of someone’s weight is an entirely different issue.

      • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

        “Nose dive…” “average at best” “hoping he will be traded by the half”

        The exact same refrain in every article despite Gallardo putting up one avg season in 6 seasons – a season in which he (and Estrada) followed similar trajectories of poor performance, injury, and then strong second halves; to go along with a drop in strikeout numbers. At least Gallardo has singled out his curveball usage as a reason for the drop in strikeouts…

        • Justin Schultz

          I’m still failing to see your point. Criticizing a player for poor performance is not poking fun at him.

          • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

            Scratch the entire “ridicule for production vs choice of lifestyle.” It was a lazy tie-together on my behalf that only serves to distract from the point.

            The point I was trying to make is that the constant Gallardo bashing is getting old. He struggled for the first half of 2013 outside of a career that saw him routinely put up around 200 innings, 200 strikeouts, and solid w-l records (aka gives his team a chance to win every time out).

            Is the “quick to bash Gallardo for a half season of struggles” movement based off the fact he was always called an ace despite not putting up the numbers of a #1 pitcher? Of course, those complaints were always comical, since a “Brewers ace/#1″ is quite different from a “Yankees or Dodgers ace/#1.” To borrow from old school terms; division 2 versus division 1 teams; although a financial split would more likely be appropriate in today’s MLB.

          • Justin Schultz

            Gallardo can barely make it past the fifth inning on most occasions. I would be willing to bet that Gallardo is on a different team by 2015. His fastball velocity has steadily declined and his inability to throw strikes is getting old. I’m stating the facts and not letting my Brewers bias get in the way.

          • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

            First 12 starts of 2013 coming off the WBC: 5.05 ERA with .323 BABIP – LD rate of 31% – .89 GB rate.

            Last 19 starts – 3.66 ERA – .291 BABIP – LD rate of 23% – 1.21 GB rate. (closer to career norms while still being higher) That even includes a stretch in July leading up to his DL stint for hamstring issues where he was pretty brutal.

            Does he have his warts that are constantly reiterated as area of concerns? Yes, but yet, somehow…, he’s still been successful in his career. Funny.

    • Jamo11

      There must be some fool GM out there who will take Weeks and Gallardo off our hands.

      • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

        If you’re talking about dumping players for little more than salary relief – Weeks, maybe a couple with even worse options — Gallardo, 29 GMs or so…

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  • Jamo11

    I don’t get it. So do you think Braun wil hit more or less than .273? I mean, let’s face it, he isn’t going to have any ‘roids to help him.

    • Justin Schultz

      He’s going to hit over .300. I’m a firm believer that his performance-enhancing drug use contributed nothing to his performance. He’s unbelievably talented and has been his whole life.

      • Douglas Bath

        how do you know he hasn’t been using PED’s since playing at the U?

        • Justin Schultz

          Don’t you think he would have tested positive earlier if that were the case?

          • Douglas Bath

            you realize you can take micro doses and not be caught unless tested within 48 hours of using right?

          • pmollan

            Doug- if that’s the case, what makes you think he won’t just keep doing what he’s been doing his entire college/pro career? I mean, why wouldn’t he if he’s only been busted once in over 10 years?

          • Douglas Bath

            maybe he will. but I certainly would not believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

  • Douglas Bath

    You think Segura hitting .268 is a crazy prediction? That sounds realistic to me.

    • Justin Schultz

      A big drop in production sounds realistic to you?

      • Douglas Bath

        yes.
        the guy hit .241 in the second half. I think .268 sounds about right. If you think he’s hitting over .290 again you need to take off the homer glasses. otherwise you’ll just get frustrated. he hit .304 in 2012 in AA ball. most people who have seen baseball for a while realize Segura rode a hot start to finish with good stats. he’s going to come back a little in 2013. no big deal, he’s a good player even if his OBP is barely over .300. But calling a prediction of .268 “silly” is just well…

        • Justin Schultz

          You apparently haven’t read my other work because I am the furthest thing from a “homer.” Segura’s body broke down in the latter of the 2013. He admitted to that. I don’t see his body failing him again.