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The Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf to a 3-year deal worth nearly $30 million. I think this is a shrewd move by the Brewers, as left-handed pitching comes at a premium and they are getting Wolf at a discount to going market rates. The Yankees signed Andy Pettitte earlier today to a deal worth $11.75 million next season, and any amateur sabermetric statistician will be able to tell you that Wolf is a considerably better pitcher than Pettitte, at least in recent years. Wolf is one of those guys who flies in under the radar despite the fact that he had an ERA under 3.25 last season.
As some of you probably know, the Milwaukee Brewers are not descendants of the Milwaukee Braves franchise that once played here. In fact, the Brewers are a 1969 expansion team that started out as the Seattle Pilots. The team was moved to Milwaukee after just once season in Seattle and given a name more appropriate for the region. I found some long trailers for a documentary about the Seattle Pilots and their lone season in Seattle:
I was just sifting through some Brewers box scores from the past few weeks when I noticed something: Mitch Stetter is really good in his role as a left-handed specialist. Since June 11, Stetter has faced 11 batters. He gave up 1 hit, and struck out the other 10 batters. His K/9IP during that stretch is a perfect 27.0. This guy would be fantasy baseball gold if the Brewers could get him into more situations where he’d earn a save or a hold. As it is, he’s worth a few strike outs every few days and gets above a hold and a save every week or so. Every team has left handed hitters in their lineup, so I don’t see why Stetter isn’t in there once a game, or at least 2 out of every 3 games.
It’s now been 1 week since the June amateur draft, and just 4 first rounders have signed. One of those is Eric Arnett, the right-handed pitcher out of Indiana the Brewers selected with the 26th overall pick. Arnett is 6′5″ and at 225 carries a little more weight than many of the young men in his draft class, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think most of the first rounders I’ve looked at could stand to gain a pound or thirty.
I’m just making some updates to the site, so this post will be brief. Milwaukee enters tonight’s game against the Indians just .5 games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central. We’ve got Bush vs. Carl Pavano, who is suddenly a good pitcher now that he’s not wearing pinstripes.
Braden Looper will be making his first ever career start against the Minnesota Twins today, and he’ll be going for his third consecutive win for the first time since the beginning of last season. Looper last faced the Twins as a reliever in 2004 while playing for the Mets. He blew a save in that game.