Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Brewers Hanging Around in NL Central
Coming off an 8-1 homestand, the Milwaukee Brewers gained some ground trying to battle back to the top of the NL Central. After there hot homestand, the Crew dropped 2 out of 3 in Colorado and now face Houston tonight, who they previously swept at home.
The Brewers are 33-30 and 6.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs. Not a bad position to be in right now. The Brewers also have 10 games left against the Cubs with 7 of them at home.
Rickie Weeks was recently put on the 15-day DL with a sprained knee, after a collision with Colorado's Jeff Baker and a questionable take-out slide into second base. Weeks also has been the talk of recent trade rumors with Baltimore's Second Baseman Brian Roberts. Weeks is hitting .210 in 59 games this year and has battled injuries his whole career in Milwaukee.
Brewers recalled infielder / outfielder Hernan Iribarren from Class AAA Nashville to take Week's spot on the roster. Iribarren spent a brief time with the Brewers earlier in the season. In five games, he collected two hits in six at-bats (.333), including a double. In 49 games with Nashville, he was batting .273 with 15 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
Interim closer Salomon Torres, has been pitching great for the Crew, filling in for Eric Gagne who also is on the 15-Day DL. The question is what to do with Gagne once he's ready to come back. Torres is 4-1 with a 2.5 ERA and 7 Saves while filling in.