Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brewers Chances of Staying Hot in 2018 | Ticket King Inc.

Brewers 2018 Roster
The Milwaukee Brewers are continuing their trek through the 2018 season, and currently, sit at 55-38, which gives them the best record in the National League. Let’s examine their recent play.

There is not a hotter player in baseball right now than Jesus Aguilar and he has literally come flying out of nowhere. During the last month of the season, Aguilar has been smoking hot. To this point in the season, Aguilar carries a .307 batting average, 23 home runs which is tied for the National League lead with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, and 67 RBI’s which puts him second behind only Eugenio Suarez of the Reds. Aguilar is a definite MVP candidate at this point the season and is the main reason behind the Brewers recent success. Will he win the MVP award? Maybe not, but he is a serious candidate. This is a loaded year for both leagues for MVP candidates. Aguilar, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Javier Baez, Nolan Arenado, Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman are all National League MVP candidates. For the American League, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve, Jean Segura, Mike Trout, Fransisco Lindor, Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez and Mitch Haniger are all MVP candidates. 

After spending three years with Indians sitting on their bench, Aguilar came to the Brewers after being claimed off waivers in January of 2017. After an okay season in 2017, Aguilar has exploded this year. So what happened? Recently Harold Reynolds of MLB Network did an extended profile on Aguilar on how he has studied his swing and made changes that have turned him from a guy who looks the part of a bigtime Major League hitter to a guy who really his a bigtime Major League hitter. Aguilar was award today by winning the final vote to get into the 2018 Major League All-Star game. He will also participate in the home run derby. 

This Brewers roster has been good so far, and David Stearns is looking to make them even better at the deadline. The rumors are that Stearns has put in a potential offer to the Baltimore Orioles for third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado. The deal reportedly includes Keon Broxton, Corbin Burnes, and several unnamed prospects. I am not sure this is a bright idea for the Brewers. They don’t need a big hitter, and there is no way Machado signs with Milwaukee this offseason. The Brewers need starting pitching, and Jacob DeGrom is a more likely big target. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Cubs Fan Checks Out Miller Park | Ticket King Wisconsin

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Back in June, Ticket King hooked me up with two tickets to see the Brewers play the Cubs at Miller Park (Wrigley North!). As a Cubs fan living in Milwaukee, I was thrilled. Wrigley Field has always been a sight to see, but visiting the modern Miller Park has also been a dream of mine. I instantly invited my girlfriend, threw on my Kris Bryant jersey, and headed over to Miller Park.

As we walked up to the stadium, we could hear the roaring and excitement going on inside the ballpark. This could be due to the game from the night before. The Brewers had lost in the 11th inning after Anthony Rizzo hit a homerun, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory, and replacing the Brewers in the 1st place spot in the NL Central. As you can imagine, tensions were high, and everyone was enthusiastically prepared to cheer on their favorite NL Central team.

The high energy audience was not the only thing catching hold of my senses. Miller Park had many food options, fan entertainment, and sights that I wanted to explore. First, we went up to the box seats behind home plate and grabbed some food there. From here, we watched the game with a great view of the whole stadium, including Bernie and his slide. As the game rolled on, we decided to walk the halls of the stadium and sought out something to snack on from the many food vendors. For fans that don’t mind the trip, there is a Friday’s restaurant set in the outfield stands. We stayed closer to our sections and wound up settling on cheese fries that vendors scoop into a Brewers replica helmet. The fries were a delicious treat to snack on while watching the rest of the game. Finally, when the game was coming to an end, we decided to stop by the kid zone out by right field where many kids were playing at the playground and pitching area. Here, we took pictures of us sitting on the giant glove and posing with the racing sausages.  In the end, even with the Cubs losing 4-0, my girlfriend and I enjoyed a nice date while watching our favorite teams. The fun and excitement of Miller Park left us yearning to return.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

What Changes Will Put the Brewers in Position for the 2018 Playoffs? | Ticket King Inc.

Brewers Mid Season Trades 2018
At the time of this post, the Milwaukee Brewers currently sit at 46-32, in first place in the National League Central. In addition, they also hold the National League’s best record. Despite all of this, they do have some holes they need to shore up before their September playoff push.

Second Base- Milwaukee has tried Jonathan Villar, Brad Miller, Eric Sogard, and Tyler Saladino at second base this season. In defense of Villar, he is sort of playing out of position at second base, as his natural position is shortstop. The rest of them can be discarded if needed. This is a slippery slope though, as the Brewers are trying to just buy enough time for Keston Hiura, their top draft choice from a year ago, to make his way through the minors. Hiura just reached AA, so the temptation will be there to bring him up, but they need to ignore it for this season. Another option would be calling up Mauricio Dubon from AAA when he comes off the DL. I don’t see them making any big splash trades here. They are in all likelihood going to just buy time for Hiura.

Shortstop- Two years ago, if you thought shortstop would be a problem for the Brewers in 2018 you were a genius. You literally had to be able to predict the future to come up with that one. Orlando Arcia was the Brewers best prospect, and one of the prized young shortstop prospects in the game. Some thought that he was going to eventually be the Brewers best player. That all looks very much in doubt now. Arcia has looked lost in his first couple of trips to the big leagues and was sent down earlier this year for a short span. If he doesn’t turn it around quickly, they may need to send him back down for the rest of the year and find another solution. One option could be if they find a second baseman to flip Villar back over to his natural position. The Manny Machado dreamers can let that one go as well. The Brewers aren’t emptying their farm for a half season of having Machado at that position.

Catcher- This is the Brewers biggest hole without a doubt. Jacob Nottingham looked overmatched in his first trip to the big leagues earlier this year and was quickly sent back down. Stephen Vogt is done for the year. They currently have two journeyman catchers behind the plate and either can be discarded if they go another route. They could go out on the open market, but the catcher market is weak this year, plus other teams are looking for a backstop as well. Their best option might be to let Nottingham have another go at some point this summer.

Starting Pitcher- The Brewers are one of well, never mind, let’s just say every contender right now could use a starting pitcher. Milwaukee could use two. Freddy Peralta could be one, as he has looked great so far in Milwaukee. Marcos Diplan could be another. Kodi Medeiros could be part of the answer as well. Here is the problem, unless that pitcher is beyond incredible, you don’t just call up a starting pitcher and say you’re the answer, go for it. The Brewers will be looking for a starting pitcher this summer, and Jacob DeGrom has been linked to them. If they could get DeGrom, they could take the Nationals and Dodgers on straight up in October.