|2008 - Roy Oswalt||2-3||6||6||0||0||0||0||36.0||46||24||23||7||9||27||5.75||1.53|
|2008 - Carlos Villanueva||1-2||5||5||0||0||0||0||29.0||32||15||15||4||11||16||4.66||1.48|
05/02/08 7:05 PM CDT
|Milwaukee Brewers||Houston Astros|
|Rickie Weeks - 2B||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Mike Cameron - CF||Kazuo Matsui - 2B|
|Ryan Braun - LF||Miguel Tejada - SS|
|Prince Fielder - 1B||Lance Berkman - 1B|
|Corey Hart - RF||Carlos Lee - LF|
|Bill Hall - 3B||Hunter Pence - RF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Ty Wigginton - 3B|
|Carlos Villanueva - P||Brad Ausmus - C|
|Jason Kendall - C||Roy Oswalt - P|
- If there is one player on the Brewers line up to watch out for... who is it and why?
That is--and will be for a long time--Prince Fielder. He started slow, but is picking it up, and is without a doubt my pick to be at the plate with the game on the line. That said, there really aren't a lot of holes in the lineup. Everybody (with the exception of Jason Kendall) has the capability of cracking 20 homers, and if Yovani Gallardo were playing every day, he'd be on that list, too.
- What bothers you more... Prince Fielder's increasing pant size, or his .240 batting average?
As noted, the batting average is no problem. He was cold out of the gates, but is already turning it around. The big news this spring is that Fielder is now a vegetarian. Even before that, he's gotten non-stop raves from the coaching staff about his commitment to fitness. He's never going to be an underwear model (at least, I hope not), but he knows what happened to his father, and is not going to let it happen to him.
- Will Sheets make it through this season without an injury causing him to miss more than a month?
Your guess is as good as mine. I'm optimistic, though his return from "triceps tightness" this week was uninspiring at best. The one solid reason for thinking he can do it is that most of his injuries have not been of the recurring kind. That isn't to say we can chalk every missed start up to bad luck--a pattern has definitely emerged--but I'm not among the fans who think he's a weakling.
- Are you happy you signed Eric Gagne? Is there any hope for him?
He's certainly lost something, and I don't think he's going to be as good as he was in
- Who is your favorite current Brewer... and why?
I'm partial to the underdog, and the closest we've got is Corey Hart. He came up in the shadows of Fielder, Weeks, and Hardy, and at the rate everyone's going, he's going to be at least the second best of the bunch. He's a great hitter (~900 OPS last year), solid defender, and also the fastest guy on the team. It's possible he'll turn in a 30/30 year before he hits free agency, and this is a guy who a lot of fans outside