Thursday, June 1, 2017

Brewers Holding On to First Place, but Not For Long | Ticket King Inc.

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The National League Central has experienced intense parity in 2017. Or, you could also say that the NL Central is just a very mediocre division. At least that is how the records show it to be. Let’s take a moment to run down three NL Central teams, and take a look at where they stand at this moment.  

The Milwaukee Brewers currently sit on top of with a record of 27-25, but they are going through their worst stretch of the season, winning just two of their past nine games. Many experts are wondering if this is the beginning of the Brewers fade. After all, the Brewers record is one of the bigger surprises of the season so far, and the fact that they are in first place, heading into June is almost shocking. Specifically, it's been the pitching that has let them down over the last nine games. In total, Milwaukee has given up a total of 48 runs in the last nine games, including 42 in those seven losses. Outside of one of the two wins, their offense sputtered, scoring just 21 runs in the seven losses, and six of those runs came in one game. Eric Thames, who was “The Story” early in the 2017 baseball season, has really cooled off. After hitting 11 home runs in April, he has really struggled in May, hitting just two home runs, both of which came earlier in the month. Thames last two runs were back on May 9. He has hit just .203 for the month as well, and his average overall has dropped from .345 at the start of the month to .278 as of the morning of May 31. He needs to pick it up if the Brewers are going to stay in first place. The Brewers schedule doesn't get any easier either. After they finish up this series with the Mets, they have three at home this weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles is one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment, having won six in a row, and have surged into first place in the National League West. After that, they Brew Crew has four more games at home against the San Francisco Giants, whose struggles so far in 2017 have been well documented. But, they are the Giants, and they could come to life at any moment. After that long home stand, they hit the road for seven games. The first three games are against the Diamondbacks, and the next four will be against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Cubs In Disarray

Fortunately for the Brewers, the Chicago Cubs aren't doing any better at the moment. The Cubs currently sit at 25-26, good for second place, and have lost five in a row. For the Cubs, that high-priced, overpaid starting rotation, has failed miserably to this date. Jon Lester is not what he once was, and Kyle Hendricks is not dominating like he did a year ago. Jake Arrieta is too focused on his upcoming free agent contract negotiations, led by the well known and highly criticized super agent Scott Boras. During their five-game losing streak, all of which have been on the road, the bats have gone dead silent for the Cubs. They have scored just eight runs in the last three games, and in their first two they were shut out. Kris Bryant, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, is really struggling. He was batting just .130 over the last week. After they finish up their series in San Diego, the Cubs get to come home for 10 games. The first three are against the Miami Marlins, the next three are against the St. Louis Cardinals, and the last four against the Colorado Rockies.

Cardinals Need Spark

Then we have the St. Louis Cardinals a team who’s offense has been stuck in park for the first two months.  As for pitching, their rotation has been spotty at best, and their bullpen has been on and off. Yet, here they are, sitting at 24-25, just 1.5 games out of first place. How do they manage that? If you look at their game by game record so far this season, they rarely lose close games. That is the mark of an organization that keeps the faith, as the innings run down. However, one can’t ignore that they are just 3-10 in their last 13 games. Nobody is hitting. Their best hitter, Matt Carpenter, is batting just .226 for the season, and Randall Grichuk, who they expected to take a big jump, is batting just .222 with four home runs and 19 RBI's. They need to start hitting, or they will find themselves way behind the Cubs or Brewers. At the time of this post, they have two more games against the Dodgers, and then the Cardinals hit the road for seven. The first three are against the Cubs, and the next four are against the Reds. This “parity” is short lived. One of these teams will break from the pack. Most likely, the Cards and Cubs will be the two teams to rise above the rest of the NL Central. For now, Brewers fans should celebrate. Heck, we might even see them keep the pace until the All Star Break, but don’t bet on it. Two powerhouse teams can’t be held back for too long.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NBA Finals | Round Three for Both Teams | Ticket King Inc.

NBA Playoffs
The NBA Finals have finally arrived, and as expected, it is the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors. Both teams rolled through what had been a rather uneventful NBA playoffs so far. Cleveland has only lost one game through their run to the finals, and the Warriors went undefeated. Game one is Thursday night at 7 p.m. on ABC.

As we begin these Finals, the Warriors are the favorites according to the Las Vegas oddsmakers. The Warriors are seven point favorites in game one. According to the experts, the Warriors see Kevin Love as the “weak point” in the Cleveland machine. They intend to force the ball in Love's direction, and make him beat them, not Kyrie Irving or Lebron James. Of course, this tactic has been tried many times by many different teams, although none of them are nearly as talented as the Warriors are. Cleveland intends to use the same formula they have used the entire playoffs. They manage Lebron James' minutes before the fourth quarter, and rely on the likes of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to keep them in the game. The Cavs will then hope that Lebron James takes over in the fourth quarter. The league and its sponsors hope for a close and exciting Finals. As we have the same two teams for the third year in a row, it would probably take a seven game, “back and forth” series to keep fans glued to their televisions.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Brewers Playing Great Baseball | Ticket King Inc.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are off to one of the most surprising starts in baseball this season. Entering May 15th, the Brewers sit at 21-17, good for second place in the National League Central, one game back of the first place St. Louis Cardinals. Currently, the Brewers are winners of six of their last seven, against the Red Sox and Mets of all teams. The first win did come against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road 6-2. Zach Davies got the win and the Brewers bullpen did a great job for the final 3.2 innings. After that the Brewers came home for three against the Red Sox. In game one, Milwaukee won a slugfest 11-7, picking up 13 hits. The Brewers won game two 7-4, getting to Red Sox starter Kyle Kendrick early and often. The Brewers lost game three 4-1 as the bats fell silent. Interleague games are kind of neat because fans get to see players they don't normally get to see, especially those who are Miller Park regulars.

Milwaukee then welcomed the Mets for a three game series. In game one, the Brewers hit three home runs off of starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who is just not right in the head at this point time. Milwaukee got six solid innings from Matt Garza one the mound. Garza is building some value come the trade deadline. In game two the Brewers got 8 runs in the 5th inning on their way to an 11-4 victory. In game three the fans got quite the treat. The Brewers fell behind 9-0 after five innings. The bats the came to life in the 6th inning as Milwaukee came storming back, scoring 11 runs over the next three innings, winning 11-9.

Now Milwaukee heads out on the road, beginning with a four game series in San Diego. Following that it is a three game series in Chicago against the Cubs, who have been very inconsistent so far in 2017. We will see how long this holds up. They can't keep scoring 11 runs and/or winning close games. If they want to contend, they have to start showing the ability to pick up good solid 6-3 victories.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Zac Brown Band Tickets | Summerfest 2017 | Ticket King Inc.

Zac Brown Band tickets
Returning to Summerfest in 2017 is the Zac Brown Band. It seems that Milwaukee is one of the band's favorite stops, because this is show number three for "ZBB" during the ten day festival. For Zac Brown Band tickets, we have you covered. The show date is set for July 1. This is one of their many stops on their "Welcome Home 2017" tour, which started on May 12, and runs well into the fall. Their first two shows are set for the band's home down of Atlanta.

This year, the band is supporting the 2017 disk titled "Welcome Home" where the group tried to get back to their country sound. Some say that their effort is more a nod to their best selling album titled "The Foundation" which topped the "Platinum" status five times over. Also expected to be played at the upcoming show are the songs: Chicken Fried, Toes, Knee Deep, and Homegrown. Zac Brown Band has managed to snag three Grammys over the years.

Zac Brown Develops Camp Sites for Families

In Fayettevile, Georgia Zac Brown has invested time and money into developing a family campground. He looks to his past time spent as a camp councelor and feels that families would benefit from that experience. As a father of five children, Brown has strong ties to those roots. One huge fan of the Zac Brown Band is J.J. Watt. His music "Brings it home" for Watt.