Sunday, April 27, 2008

Really, Wes Helms?

After his lackluster stint with the Milwaukee Brewers, Wes Helms is slowly turning into a Brewer Killer. He cost us a game last year when he was with the Phillies, and now his 10th inning home run in Sunday's game was the difference as his Marlins beat the Brewers in Milwaukee, 3-2. It was yet another extra innings game for the Brewers, and the second in this series. The result for the Crew was the same as it was Friday night, when the Brewers lost in 10 innings, with the Marlins putting up 3 runs.

All position players were used (all 11 that is) in a game where Manny Parra went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 3. After David Riske, it was Derrick Turnbow that took the ball in the 6th, and then promptly loaded the bases without collecting any outs. Not surprisingly, he exited the game to another chorus of boos. His ERA did not suffer however, thanks to Mitch Stetter. Stetter entered the game with men on all three bases behind him, then struck out two batters and got the third to pop up, as the Brewers then trailed just 2-1.

That momentum carried over to the plate, as Bill Hall entered the game on a double switch (Counsell, Gwynn, and Rivera all got the starts today). Hall hit a bomb on the first pitch he saw, and the game was tied at two. Mota and Gagne held the fort down, but then McClung let Helms go yard on him and the Marlins won, 3-2.

This was a tough loss for the Crew, as they went 3-4 on their seven game homestand. They have an off-day Monday, and then will travel to Chicago, Houston, and Florida, all of whom are playing good baseball.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Mitch Stetter

3 comments:

GDK said...

Parra and Turnbow need to go. I love Parra's stuff be he just cant keep his pitch count down and when the 6th inning hits he just struggles. Turnbow i like his stuff to but i feel its time for him to use it in a different place and that might make him better he has to much pressure in miller park because everyone has given up on him. It is baseball and this stuff happeneds all the time.

Winks said...

Do we have a "He Hate Me" sighting here?

Bear said...

I agree on Parra 100%. I would like to trade Turnbow, but I'm sure that won't happen. He still has value because he is a fireballer, and teaching control is possible, I just don't think the Brewers will get any they'll want in return.

I hope Stetter doesn't get sent down, he has more than earned his spot on this squad, the problem is that it is a business and sometimes it just doesn't make financial sense to send certain players down and keep some up.

Who knows though, the Yankees shelled out a ton of money to Kei Igawa and sent him to the minors so who knows what will happen.

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