August Preliminary Report: Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers
• Milwaukee is currently 58-43 and in second place in the AL East, five games behind division-leading New York. The Brewers will meet the Yankees in an important 3-game set at County Stadium beginning August 8th.

• Inconsistency plagued the Brewers pitching staff in July; Mike Caldwell (0.68 ERA), Bill Castro (0.82), Ed Farmer (1.29),  and Lary Sorensen (1.29) led the team, but they were hampered by a combined ERA of 5.10 by the rest of the staff.

• To get Caldwell and Sorensen more starts, the Brewers will switch to a 4-man rotation, which will include Bill Travers and Andy Replogle. Jerry Augustine will switch to a reliever role, but will make spot starts when needed.

• Reliever Randy Stein, with a 1-2 record in 21 games this season, was sent to Spokane of the Pacific Coast League on August 1st; Dave May, an outfielder who saw action with Brewers earlier this season, was recalled to the parent club to serve in a pinch-hitter/designated hitter role.

• Veteran catcher Andy Etchebarren, who went on the 75-day disabled list on June 22nd, will not be eligible to return to action until September 6th, matching Angels outfielder Merv Rettenmund for the longest stint on the DL by a player this season.

• With a 16-4 record at the start of August, Caldwell is a shoo-in for 20 wins this season, but a chance at 30 now appears to be a longshot; he must win seven games in each of the final two months—basically, he must win all of his remaining starts, if he gets that many—to reach the magic 30 mark.

• Shortstop Robin Yount led the Brewers  with 35 hits in July, while Don Money was tops with a .329 batting average, and Gorman Thomas led the squad in homers, with eight.

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4 responses to “August Preliminary Report: Brewers

  1. I was surprised that Don Money played until ’83 (sixteen seasons) and that he was an MVP candidate in ’78 (29th, but still). I would have said that his prime was earlier than ’78, and that he was out by ’80. I guess I didn’t follow the AL very closely in those days. I’m pulling for Caldwell, but I agree that it’s a long shot at this point. Maybe if he dons the shoulder pads for every remaining start he can pull off the “McClain”.

    • Money’s a godsend for the Brewers, covering just about every position all season long and hitting like a madman. And though I got the ‘McLain’ reference (finally), I’m still stumped by the shoulder pads comment!

  2. Re: Shoulder Pads – Please have the Evanston boys reference my post from New Year’s Day 2014. In researching that, I discovered that I had already asked about Terry Puhl before also – duh – sorry about that.

    • I knew it! I seemed to remember a comment of yours from a while back where a pitcher wore shoulder pads, or the photo made it look like he was wearing pads, or something. Was that Caldwell? Were those shoulder pads? Was I dreaming? If I build it, will they come? If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice?

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