Ok...i know it's just 1 month...but here's my WAY TOO EARLY/optomistic All Star Game predictions for the Milwaukee Brewers...prepare to read the phrase "keep it up" a LOT.
(NOTE - these numbers/statistics are accurate as I type this on 4/30/13)
1- Jean Segura - .371BA & .423OBP and playing a GREAT SS. Seriously...he's looking like a star in the making.
2- Ryan Braun - no, he's not hitting for a high BA, but his 7HR are 6th in the NL & 21 RBI rank him 5th. Plus, he's been there the last 5 years. ASG reputation helps.
3- Carlo Gomez - GO GO is making a believer out of everyone. .360Ba (3rd in the NL) .409OBP (9th in the NL) and i hear he can play pretty good D. "Team Go Go" is becoming a full roster.
4- Jim Henderson - Ever since Ron Roenicke pull the plug on John Axford, Jim Henderson has been the MAN in the closers role. He's got 6 saves in 6 tries. He's allowed 1ER in 11GP. Keep it up and he could be on his way to the ASG.
5- Kyle Lohse - i know...this one's a stretch. But if his 2.53ERA keeps up......could the Brewers just get him some runs?? a few wins maybe??
6- Yuniesky Betencourt - Now I may REALLY be reaching here...but you gotta admit it- he's raising eyebrows out there. He's got 6 home runs in limited playing time (7th in the NL) and...oh, and his 21 RBI ties him for 4th in the NL with, um....Ryan Braun.
This will all most likely change, and Milwaukee won't send 6 guys to the All Star game. But it's fun to think that despite the 2-8 start, the Brewers have a LOT of nice pieces and a lot of candidates for the mid summer classic. VOTE BREWERS!
Realistic prediction: Segura, Braun represent the Brewers...but i hope there's more!
The journey has been filled with LOTS of up's and down's but either way I'm working harder than ever before thanks to USBC Coaches Dwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow. I even have a personal trainer in my corner. Former PBA Champ and fitness guru Johnny DiSantis has been training me with bowling specific workouts and let me tell you... IT'S WORKING!
Now that the Brewers first month of the season is over, the "Digging Is Done"! After the 2-8 start, the Crew has dug themselves out of a hole and into a competitive situation. Certainly rattling off 9 victories in a row has helped, but the season has settled in, and the Brewers can move on from here. Starting pitching and the bullpen has stabilized, and now it's time to work on the offense. Injuries to both Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez have hurt, but couple that with slow starts by Weeks, Lucroy and Braun and you find yourself in an unfavorable position.
Think about the line-up when healthy:
THIS line-up is scary for opposing pitchers. The crew needs to tread water until then, but the offense as is, CAN be better. Looks like a fun and competitive season is about to heat up. Smile Milwaukee, the World Will Smile Back!
Normally these blogs are sports related but I’ve decided to use it for another purpose and that’s to promote a very worthy effort in CPS3. It’s the third Cancer Prevention Study that the American Cancer Society has put together, the first linked smoking to cancer, the second linked it to obesity, and who knows what the third one will find out. I’m asking you to take about 45 minutes out of your busy day between now and May 10th and go to one of the designated locations in your area and volunteer to be a part of the CPS3. During the time you are there you will fill out a questionnaire and donate a small sample of blood. The only thing required is that you are between the ages of 30 and 65. Men are really needed at this time as the turnout to this point as been mostly women. I will be participating in the survey and hopefully you will be too. To find out the location in your area simply go to www.CPS3SEwisconsin.org
Cancer has really affected my family as I’ve lost a cousin in her mid twenties, a couple of friends in their mid thirties, and my father has also suffered from different forms of cancer throughout his life. I’m asking you to participate in CPS3, so one day we can find a cure to this deadly disease that has taken so many innocent lives. Thanks.
Throughout the NBA offseason, I will be keeping tabs on the arrivals and departures of the Milwaukee Bucks. Obviously, there is much to be anticipated for the organization. The questions is - who will be with this team come the Fall? While most Bucks fans want to blow it up and rebuild, it appears the organization will blow it up, but instead, add better talent with the extra money they'll have. My gut feeling is more than 50% of the players and coaching staff will be ousted. Once moves are made, I will put black 'X's over the departing team members. Quite honestly, anybody could be removed (and in a perfect world, maybe Herb Kohl will oust himself!) From Center Larry Sanders to Equipment Manager Jay Namoc, nobody is safe.
I'm a big fan of the reality TV Show "Survivor". Instead of calling this 'The tribe has spoken', this reality game will be "The Bucks have spoken."
Who makes the cut? That's your choice...
Here are my predictions...I don't care how many years are left on some of the contracts. John Hammond has a history of dumping bad contracts...and also adding bad contracts...
Ekpe Udoh surprise: Ersan Ilyasova via trade
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sleeper: Gustavo Ayon
Jim Boylan WILL NOT return. For the rest of the coaching staff, I don't know where to begin...
It's going to be one hell of a ride, Bucks fans!
Stay tuned throughout the offseason to see whose imaginary torch will be snuffed!
With the 61st pick in the 2013 NFL draft...the 13 time world champion Green Bay Packers select...Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
Well, there you go, Packers fans. GM Ted Thompson FINALLY spends a high pick on an running back. And they got a guy who many think is the best RB in the draft...or the or the 6th best. I'm SHOCKED. Honestly. Some wanted this guy at 26!
Now...what does he bring?
Good size for a running back - 5-10, 220 pounds
Not a burner. runs a 4.5-4.6 40
Had a GREAT OL at Alabama. 2 1st round picks this year
He was productive for the BCS champs last year, IN THE SEC: 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns
Ted traded out of pick 55, down to 61 (picked up a 7th rounder) to get a running back. If Lacy is the guy Packers fans HOPE he is, he should use his draft free fall to motivate him. He'll also get EVERY chance to get the ball from the 1st day.
Obviously this was a position of need for the Packers and I'm impressed Thompson pulled the trigger. Lacy can't try to run over everyone like he did in college. A physical runner in the NCAA? Yes. Can he be that guy at his size in the NFL? Doubt it. He's not a "shifty" guy. Scouts say he's not the best pass protector. That could hurt. Gonna have to improve there if he wants to stay on the field on 3rd downs, but then again, that's what Alex Green & DuJuan Harris are for.
Gonna be a very interesting selection to look back on in 3 years. 1st reaction? I like it.
You can follow Eddie Lacy on Twitter at @Lil_Eazy_Ana_42
People have been asking me about the Packers first round pick Datone Jones on twitter. I thought I would give you my opinion here in a blog. Good pick for the Packers - seems like Ted Thompson finally picked a defensive lineman that fits the Dom Capers 3/4 system. Fast and quick, can play up and down the defensive line. Red flag for me is the broken foot a couple of years ago. The packers want him to add some weight which is never a good thing when you have foot problems. Played at about 285 but at personal workout weighed in about 277. Overall though I think it is a pick the Packer needed to make with Jeral Worthy out, an aging Ryan Picket, and BJ Raji in a contract year. In Ted We Trust. I would like to hear your thoughts today here or on The Big Show!