Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

(6/28/2016 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' overall--726 OPS
Brewers' RISP--693 OPS

The problem is not a tiny sample of RISP, it's the fact they are just a mediocre offensive team.

6/28/2016 09:31:00 PM

(6/28/2016 08:08:00 PM) - Al

{Braun hits a double to drive in 2.}

Al, to myself--That's great. Ryan's been slumping a bit of late.

BA--Braun now has a 9 game hitting streak. 

Ryan is just about the only player in MLB who can slump AND have a hitting streak at the same time.

It's like Ted Williams...a "slump" was 1-3 with a walk...a "bad slump" was 1-4. 

6/28/2016 08:08:00 PM

(6/28/2016 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I was disappointed FSW was not carrying it, but am pleased MLBN is carrying the Crew's July 4th game, which is at 10AM our time due to the Nats wanting to play early to ease congestion for the huge celebration they have each year in DC, which I always DVR on PBS.

Early nominee for run on sentence of the year, but I don't care enough to fix it.

I believe the Rambling wife and son will be the Rambling in law's chateau on the 4th, so the best part of that whole situation is, I can get up, watch the game, eat whatever I want for lunch, and then get a good nap in. That's not too far from a perfect day. 

6/28/2016 07:51:00 PM

(6/28/2016 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Allow me.

Because they sell cereal.

Cereal has ungodly high margins, is inexpensive to make, and creates a lot of brand loyalty, even though the difference between raisin brans and corn flakes is minimal.

I seriously doubt this will make any money, but they hope it will be a media magnet and loss leader...anytime a story develops about grain, breakfast, or milk, the NY based media will find it far easier to saunter down to the Kelloggs' cafe than seek out an actual expert.

And with that, is tons of free marketing.

6/28/2016 05:23:00 PM

(6/28/2016 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Elmore gets right in the lineup versus the LHP.

Counsell has had to play either Flores or Gennett versus every LHSP...until tonight. He and Stearns seem to have a very solid working relationship. As I have said before, I expect a Counsell extension, to match the as of yet unknown term of Stearns' contract, at any moment. Craig is signed through 2017. Stearns' contract length has never been made public...many feel this would put a "timeframe" on the rebuild (for example, if Stearns contract was a 4 year deal, it would end at the completion of the 2019 season) the team wants no part of.

It seems very unlikely the Crew would allow Counsell to be a lame duck. Therefore, I feel an extension will be announced before spring training of next year. Of course, as we all know, managers often get fired despite years remaining on their deal.

6/28/2016 05:11:00 PM

(6/28/2016 04:50:00 PM) - Al

The first mention of Clinton in the watch log after word of the attacks comes at 5:38 p.m."

1738 The Watch patched the Secretary to Central Intelligence Agency Director [David] Petraeus.

Clinton was connected with Libyan National Congress President Mohamed Magriaf at 6:49 p.m., and President Barack Obama was connected with Clinton at 10:27 p.m., the logs show. Testimony at a House Benghazi Committee hearing with Clinton last month established that she was at home by the time of the latter call. The logs show Clinton next contacting the operations center at 7:15 the following morning.--Benghazi hearing notes

Good to know Hillary got a good night's sleep after doing nothing to assist the embassy. 

President? I'm not positive she's human.

6/28/2016 04:50:00 PM

(6/28/2016 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Surprising move, though Presley and Elmore are pretty much interchangeable...both are older utility guys who are probably correctly placed at AAA, but are also very competent utility players in the majors.

Elmore has been hitting well, and as I noted way back when he was signed as a minor league FA, he is a lefty masher, and would make a nice platoon partner with Scooter, or any LH bat for that matter. Elmore has played all 4 infield spots and the corner OF positions, so he is very versatile. In fact, this move may well be related to the fact after Perez PH in the 5th or 6th inning on SUN, the Crew's top option as a backup infielder, in case of injury or illness, was probably Maldy, who began his pro career as a 3B.

Elmore probably has until Santana returns to make an impression. Once again, Stearns has a long term plan, and builds with the long term in mind. However, these minor moves, while often inconsequential, show a real effort to Counsell and the organization to win every game they can, as long as the long term focus is not effected. If the 25th man would have been someone thought of as a long term piece, like the 24 year old Flores, this move would be unlikely. However, Presley is, at best, a generic (though possibly useful) bench cog, who at 29, is what he is.

6/28/2016 03:33:00 PM

(6/28/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Whenever you tell a story about not wanting to split the bill and conclude it with, "I'm not cheap," you're cheap.

Whenever you tell a story that has the phrase "I just don't understand why everyone here is just a terrible driver," you're a terrible driver. 

6/28/2016 02:30:00 PM

(6/28/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Tell me, oh wise Salon writer, how you could have improved upon the greatest documents ever written.

I'd call him a fool, but I would not want to offend fools.

6/28/2016 12:30:00 PM

(6/28/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

They hate the 1st Amendment.

They hate the 2nd Amendment.

I'm not sure if they believe in anything.

6/28/2016 08:30:00 AM

Monday, June 27, 2016

(6/27/2016 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Josh Hader now has 26 K's in 20 AAA IP, in his year of 22.

Stay healthy young man.

Also, Corey Knebel's ERA in AAA is 1.59. Good to see he's not pouting. Not many teams have a guy like him in AAA and are carrying 8 in the bigs.

6/27/2016 10:14:00 PM

(6/27/2016 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Kris Bryant goes 5-for-5 w 3 HRs, 2 doubles, 4 runs and 6 RBI.--Nightengale

I think I went 3-3 with a walk once.

In slow pitch softball.

And the other team might have been short a player.

Or two.

6/27/2016 09:47:00 PM

(6/27/2016 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Heinz Picnic Pack Condiment Variety Pack, 54 oz

The Rambling family saw this advertised on TV when we were all in our Dells hotel room, and I commented that there was a flaw in the product. Both the Rambling wife and son listened with great interest as I explained that in almost all cases, people would take this to some sort of get together, and they would inevitably run out of ketchup and have half a bottle or more of mustard and relish left. I explained that it should come with 2 ketchups, as that would also create a higher price point. Both shrugged their shoulders with apathy congratulated me on another brilliant deduction. Turns out, Heinz makes both.

Heinz Picnic Pack - 4 pc.

I have only saw the 4 pack at Sam's Club, but it is a vastly superior product mix.

6/27/2016 04:37:00 PM

(6/27/2016 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Found while looking for other things...Andy Griffith and Dick van Dyke met in New York City in 1954 while working in nightclubs, and became best friends.

They remained close until van Dyke's death.

6/27/2016 04:23:00 PM

(6/27/2016 04:07:00 PM) - Al

She's the most qualified person EVER to run for president you know.

6/27/2016 04:07:00 PM

(6/27/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Forgot to mention the Brewers are still two games about where they "should be," based on runs scored and allowed. TEX is an astounding 6 wins ahead, and are 17-5 in one run games, which almost always means they will fall off a bit as the season continues. Just as amazing, the Cubs are 5 wins behind where they "should be," and are 10-11 in one run affairs...meaning they, wait for it, are 38-15 in games decided by 2 runs or more.

There is some skill in winning close games, but there's far more skill in winning blowouts. Needless to say, there's far more luck in winning close games than winning 7-2.

6/27/2016 01:18:00 PM

(6/27/2016 01:09:00 PM) - Al

People look for stuff on Google that they do not know.

I've never heard of a Moscow mule, so if I wanted to make one, I'd have to search for it. It doesn't mean it's really popular, it means people are curious about it. As pointed out, no one googles up whiskey and Coke, as it's self explanatory.

6/27/2016 01:09:00 PM

(6/27/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

In glancing at the standings, neither SL or PIT would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, PIT is just ahead of the Crew actually by a game or two.

Lots of casuals insisted it was silly for the Brewers to even try and contend because SL/PIT/CHC would be good for the foreseeable future. While it's tough to argue the Cubs are loaded with young talent, much of which is still in the minors, as I said before the season started, the others are far less of a sure thing, and neither has a minor league system that is anything but mediocre. They both might be far closer to the end of their success cycle than the beginning.

6/27/2016 12:34:00 PM

(6/27/2016 12:21:00 PM) - Al

A list of catcher production in order of OPS.

Lucroy could help all but a couple teams, but the only team in the bottom 10 that leads their division is CLE. Several others have playoff aspirations (TOR, LAD, NYM, BOS are all right in the hunt) but many clubs are going to be leery about sending 2-3 upper level youngsters knowing they have a 50/50 wildcard game just to get into a "real" playoff series.

Of course, Lucroy has an option for pennies for 2017 as well, so he is far from a true rental.

6/27/2016 12:21:00 PM

(6/27/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm so glad these morons aren't on my side.

6/27/2016 12:00:00 PM

(6/27/2016 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Jimmy Stewart reads a poem about his dog on The Tonight Show.

The great thing about dogs is, no matter how simple and untalented they are, they're still lovable.

6/27/2016 11:41:00 AM

(6/27/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al


And to honest, it'd be interesting. After 8 years of apologies for American exceptionalism and cowering at the mere mention of fighting terror, it can't get any worse.

When you've hit rock bottom, I ain't the least bit fearful of more dirt escaping the hole. The Obama presidency gave Trump the opportunity to run. I can't blame him for taking advantage of it.

6/27/2016 09:00:00 AM

(6/27/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This is very well put, and 100% true.

They have created their own world of violent behavior, and then whine whenever the police show up and throw them in jail. Hypocrites, one and all. 

6/27/2016 07:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 26, 2016

(6/26/2016 04:12:00 PM) - Al

This is the long version of what I said.

6/26/2016 04:12:00 PM

(6/26/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Washington Post/ABC News poll that has Clinton ahead 51-39 talked to 36% Dems, 33% independents, and 24% Republicans.

The national average has Hillary up by 5. I would assume that is pretty close. However, considering the lack of Trump ads, and complete lack of positive coverage by the old media, being down 5 is not a bad place to be. Imagine if conservatives unhappy with Trump were as vocally unhappy with Clinton, and worked as hard to defeat Hillary as they do Donald.

6/26/2016 12:00:00 PM

(6/26/2016 10:42:00 AM) - Al

In addition to the common names of Braun and Lucroy, Khris Davis and Joe Mauer are mentioned as possible bats teams will ask about.

I've long been a fan of Mauer, and feel he would have been a far better fit at 3B than 1B with his Boggs like skills. It's a case of bad timing, as the Crew surely has no interest in Mauer at this point in the success cycle, especially at $23M per and concussions in his past.

6/26/2016 10:42:00 AM

(6/26/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

If you laugh, you're going straight to hell.

Maybe it will be a dry heat.

6/26/2016 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, June 25, 2016

(6/25/2016 10:26:00 PM) - Al

After Trevor Rosenthal yielded three earned runs and failed to record an out in a losing effort Friday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny informed the right-hander Saturday that he’s out as the Redbirds’ closer, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For now at least, the Cardinals will go with a combination of Seung-hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist and Jonathan Broxton in save situations, Matheny said--MLBTR

Remember last year when I insisted Broxton was simply a victim of a high BAbip? Many said he was "done" and "washed up." In reality, you simply cannot be successful as a pitcher if 40% of the balls in play fall safely. While not completely luck, as line drives are more likely to be hits than pop ups, BAbip is a very random stat...a guy like Chase Anderson (.271) can be lower than a more successful pitcher like Davies (.285).

6/25/2016 10:26:00 PM

(6/25/2016 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Just thought I'd throw out the fact Counsell said the Nats 9th inning lineup was about as tough as Jeffress could possibly face.

Great minds...

6/25/2016 08:33:00 PM

(6/25/2016 08:32:00 PM) - Al

Stephen Strasburg will not pitch in Sunday's game against the Brewers. His upper back injury flared up again.Tanner Roark will get the nod.--Ladson

This seems like great news, but often times, the replacement has a stellar game...though it often seems this happens when they only found out they are going to pitch just before the game. 

6/25/2016 08:32:00 PM

(6/25/2016 06:21:00 PM) - Al

A one run lead with Harper, Murphy, and Ramos as the first three up is about as tough a save as you can have in the NL, especially if you're not facing the Cubs' power packed lineup.

Very fortunate to get Murphy, who drove the ball to the warning track and missed both a double and a home run by millimeters on the bat. Better lucky than good.

6/25/2016 06:21:00 PM

(6/25/2016 06:12:00 PM) - Al

He's years away from the big leagues, but he's young and was very impressive last year.

I mention this because Stearns knows him well, and the Crew has a 40 man spot open, with 2-3 more filled by players without a very high ceiling in AAA.

6/25/2016 06:12:00 PM

(6/25/2016 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Hear about the mass shooting in Chicago last night?

You won't, because a good guy with a gun stopped it. Funny how that works.

6/25/2016 06:07:00 PM

(6/25/2016 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Garza was a completely different pitcher in the 4th inning...went back and picked up the resin bag, stepped off and threw to 1B once, and after throwing 93-95 the first 3 innings, had consistent 89-90 velocity.

Hope he didn't feel something give and just be muscling up to stay in the game.

6/25/2016 04:34:00 PM

(6/25/2016 03:21:00 PM) - Al

I much prefer the Bears throwback to the Milwaukee one they are wearing today.

Today's version looks so generic, I bet many fans think it's an older Brewers' uniform.

6/25/2016 03:21:00 PM

(6/25/2016 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Corey Ray will be headed to high A ball, Brevard County, after he does some traveling for the postseason awards ceremonies.

I've never heard of a Brewers' prospect skipping rookie ball and low A ball...and most do both. This is a change of philosophy of the new braintrust.

Not only is it very aggressive, BC and the FSL is a notorious pitcher's park in a pitcher's league. Ryan Braun has 2 sub 800 OPS's in his pro career, 2014's 777 when he fought his thumb injury, and 784 in 2006 at Brevard County, where he got promoted in June and put up a 956 OPS in AA at 22.

I'd say a .300/.400 line would probably be a huge victory for Ray.

6/25/2016 02:13:00 PM

(6/25/2016 01:51:00 PM) - Al

I like the way everyone feels Jose Reyes is not able to play SS due to defensive crappiness, though there were worse SS's and also several that were pretty much the same.

There are plenty of teams that would have loved to have him as their everyday SS, but chose not to due to his baggage. 7 runs below average in 150 games is 0.05 runs a game.

It's math. Quit arguing with it.

6/25/2016 01:51:00 PM

(6/25/2016 01:42:00 PM) - Al

1. Sssshhhh...don't use the word Islam. We don't want to offend terrorists.

2. This is a perfect example of their foreign policy. They do not want to kill evil, even though they're evil.

These are the consequences of kicking the can down the road. It's what happens when the administration doesn't give a damn and thinks everything is beneath their time.

6/25/2016 01:42:00 PM

(6/25/2016 01:37:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly why folks are against voter ID.

Because they want to cheat. Or, at least look the other way while others do so.

6/25/2016 01:37:00 PM

(6/25/2016 01:34:00 PM) - Al

The Obama malaise continues.  

1. It was at an all time high under W.

2. Interest rates are near historical lows, so this is almost impossible.

3. How's that "spreading the wealth" working for ya?

6/25/2016 01:34:00 PM

(6/25/2016 10:25:00 AM) - Al

As expected, Brewers sign 1st round pick Corey Ray, and sign him for $250K under slot, probably allowing them to sign another player or two that they drafted in later rounds that fell due to signability concerns.

6/25/2016 10:25:00 AM

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