The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers were on the road for the final week of the 2016 season, starting with three games in Texas and then three games in Colorado. Milwaukee took the first game of the Texas series, 8-3, and then fell 6-4 and 8-5. They started off with a 4-1 loss to the Rockies and then rebounded to go undefeated in October, winning Saturday and Sunday in extra innings by scores of 4-3 and 6-4. Milwaukee finished the season in fourth place in the NL Central with a 73-89 record, 30.5 games behind the division-winning Chicago Cubs.
Offensively speaking: Jonathan Villar hit two home runs in the first game against Texas, and had fans talking about him possibly becoming the first 20 homer/60 steal guy since Rickey Henderson did it in 1990. He fell just short with 19/62. Chris Carter earned a share of the NL home run title with 41, tying him with Nolan Arenado. Andrew Susac smoked his first homer on Sunday to pick up the win for the Brewers. As a team, the Crew struck out 1543 times on the season to set a new MLB record. The tradeoff was an increase in team walks to 599, up from 412 in 2015.
Pitching in: Jimmy Nelson had a rough final start against the Rangers, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He was more than happy to close the book on 2016 after falling to 8-16 with a 4.32 ERA over 32 starts. Matt Garza had a quality start against Texas, going six innings and giving up three runs to improve to 6-8 on the season. Wily Peralta had a nice outing on Saturday to cap a second half rebound. He went six innings with just five hits and no runs allowed. The finale on Sunday featured a bullpen start by Tyler Cravy, which was by design according to manager Craig Counsell. He wound up using seven pitchers total.
Injuries and roster moves: Nothing new to report.
Down on the farm: The Brewers promoted 43 year old Tod Johnson to Amateur Scouting Director. Johnson formerly worked for Microsoft. Ray Montgomery was in the role and will now move to a broader role as vice president of scouting. Johnson will take over administration of the draft from Montgomery.
The Brewers will send right-handed pitchers Tyler Spurlin, Javier Salas, Taylor Scott and Josh Uhen to the Arizona Fall League to throw for the Salt River Rafters. The team will also send C Jacob Nottingham, OF Brett Phillips and SS/2B Isan Diaz.
The week ahead: Players are heading home. Management will possible make some roster moves. Brewers fans will have to decide who (if anyone) to root for in the playoffs. And the countdown to Spring Training 2017 is on! The Brewers will kick off the 2017 regular season at home against the team they just finished with – the Colorado Rockies. #SeeUApril3
If you missed it, last week I had a post on the blog about the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s final game. You can read it here.
My blog celebrates one year of existence this weekend. I will not have a traditional blog post this Thursday as normal, but one of those “Year in Review” retrospectives of previous posts.
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