2011 Milwaukee Brewers season

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2011 Milwaukee Brewers
National League Central champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Mark Attanasio
General manager(s) Doug Melvin
Manager(s) Ron Roenicke
Local television WMLW-CA
Fox Sports Wisconsin
(Brian Anderson, Bill Schroeder, Craig Coshun)
Local radio AM 620 WTMJ
(Bob Uecker, Cory Provus)
Stats ESPN.com
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The Milwaukee Brewers' 2011 season was their 42nd season for the franchise in Milwaukee, the 14th in the National League, and 43rd overall. The Brewers posted a franchise-best record of 96-66, winning their first-ever National League Central Division title. The Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in five games in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the National League Championship Series, where they lost in six games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2010–11 Offseason[edit]

Despite having arguably the best offense in the National League, the Brewers had struggled in 2010 due to lack of starting pitching as the Brewers had finished next-to-last in the league in team ERA. Vowing to the Brewer fans to get more starting pitching, GM Doug Melvin traded or released three of the team's most ineffective starters in Jeff Suppan, Dave Bush, and Doug Davis. The Brewers also tabbed John Axford as the Brewers new closer with the retirement of Trevor Hoffman.

In keeping with their vow of getting better starting pitching, the Brewers made a deal just hours into the Winter Meetings with the Toronto Blue Jays in acquiring starting pitcher Shaun Marcum in exchange for top prospect Brett Lawrie. The Brewers also were in the hunt for 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. On December 19, the Brewers reached a deal with the Royals. The Royals got Brewers starting shortstop Alcides Escobar and prospects Lorenzo Cain, Jack Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress in exchange for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, and $2 million, which would cover the last year of Betancourt's contract. The arrival of Greinke created a wave of excitement in Milwaukee. In the first 72 hours after the trade had been announced, the Brewers sold 1,500 season tickets compared to only 800 sold in the previous two months, and sold almost 1.5 million individual tickets before Opening Day.

The Brewers also signed to the team veterans Takashi Saito and Mark Kotsay and made a last minute trade at the end of Spring Training in sending Class-A prospect Cutter Dykstra to the Washington Nationals in exchange for outfielder Nyjer Morgan.

Regular season[edit]

With the trades for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke, the Brewers were tabbed by many experts as favorites to not only win the NL Central Division, but also contenders for the National League pennant. The first month was a bumpy road for the Brewers as they were without Greinke due to a basketball-related rib injury during Spring Training. The team opened the season with four consecutive losses. By the end of April, the Brewers had fallen to 5th place in the NL Central, but came back to have an impressive May, by taking advantage of the struggles of division rivals Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers had problems offensively but were carried by the efforts of All-Stars Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Rickie Weeks. Nyjer Morgan, who was acquired via trade on March 27 from the Washington Nationals, took over center field for struggling Carlos Gomez. Morgan became a fan favorite in Milwaukee because of his alter-ego and bizarre antics.

By the All-Star Break, the Brewers were tied with St. Louis for the division lead despite having the National League's worst road record (16–29). Interestingly, the Brewers had NL's best home record at (33–14) which gave the Brewers a respectable 49–43 record at the midpoint of the 2011 season.

To address some needed bullpen help, the Brewers made another big trade just hours after the All-Star Game, trading two Class A prospects to the New York Mets in exchange for ace reliever Francisco Rodriguez, and also made another trade before the end of the trade deadline for veteran infielder Jerry Hairston Jr., who would become essential to the Brewers success after All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered a bad ankle sprain in the last week of July and Carlos Gomez was lost with a shoulder injury.

The Brewers started to overcome their road woes after the All-Star Break when they went on an 11 game road trip to Arizona, Colorado, and San Francisco. The Brewers ended up having a modest 5-6 mark on the road trip and came back to sweep the floundering Cubs and Astros and take two out of three games against the Cardinals to win eight of a nine game homestand and take over 1st place in the NL Central. They followed the successful homestand with a sweep of the Astros in Houston; the first time they have swept the Astros away from Milwaukee, and also took 2 out of 3 games in St. Louis to extend the Brewers division lead to 7 games. The Brewers went on to have a stretch of 29 games from late July to mid August where they went 23-6 and finished the month of August with a 21-7 mark, setting a franchise record for most wins in one month.

The Brewers went through a series of scuffles in early September where their division lead, which had been up as high as 10 games in late August, went down to as few as 4.5 games as the Cardinals went on a sudden hot streak, becoming the first team to sweep the Brewers at Miller Park during the season. The Brewers, though, were able to keep their division lead steady, thanks to a mid-September sweep of the Reds.

On September 16, Ryan Braun hit his 30th home run of the season. Along with his 31 stolen bases, Braun became only the 2nd Brewer ever to have a 30-homer, 30-steal season, joining Tommy Harper, who accomplished the feat in 1970.

The Brewers came into their final 6 games with a 5-game lead over the Cardinals. On September 23, the Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 4-1, with Ryan Braun hitting a clutch 3-run homer in the 8th. In St. Louis, the Cardinals fell to the Cubs 5-1, giving the Brewers the NL Central Division title, their first division title since 1982. The Brewers also became the first franchise ever to win a division title in both the American and National leagues.

The night drew eerie echoes to the Brewers playoff year of 2008, as the Brewers that year needed to beat the Cubs and needed the Marlins to win to get into the playoffs, whereas it was vice-versa in 2011, with the Brewers needing to beat the Marlins and for the Cubs to win to get into the playoffs. And like in 2008, Ryan Braun hit the clutch, game-winning home run for the Brewers.

On September 28, the final game of the season, the Brewers beat the Pirates 7-3, which was also their 96th win of the season, breaking the team record for wins in a season set in 1979 and tied in 1982. The Brewers finished the season 96-66, the second best record in the National League behind only the Philadelphia Phillies.

Along with their team accomplishments, the Brewers had many individual achievements from their players. Ryan Braun finished the season with 33 homers and 33 steals while finishing second in the National League in batting average, hitting .332 while Prince Fielder finished second in the league in both home runs and RBIs, hitting 38 home runs while driving in 120.

The Brewers starting pitching was also drastically better than 2010. Each of the Brewers 5 regular starters had 10-plus wins during the regular season. Yovani Gallardo won 17 games, the most by a Brewer since 2005, Zack Greinke won 16 games despite missing one month, both Shawn Marcum and Randy Wolf won 13 games, and number five starter Chris Narveson won 11 games. It was the first time since 1982 that the Brewers had five pitchers with 10 or more wins in a season. The Brewers also used fewer starting pitchers than any team in baseball, using only six starting pitchers, with Marco Estrada filling in for 7 games when Greinke and later Narveson were out with injuries.

The Brewers bullpen was also stellar, led by closer John Axford, who set two new club records with most consecutive converted saves (42) and most saves in a season (46).

The Brewers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS and won the first two games at Miller Park. The Brewers however got shelled by the Diamondbacks in games 3 and 4 in Arizona, and the series and season came down to Game 5 at Miller Park. The Brewers won the game in extra innings 3-2 to give the Brewers their first postseason series win since the 1982 ALCS.

The Brewers then faced their division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the NLCS, in a rematch of the 1982 World Series. The Brewers staged a come-from-behind victory, winning game one of the best-of-seven series by a score of 9-6. St. Louis however went on to pound the Brewers 13-2 in Game Two and scored 4 runs in the first inning of Game 3 to take the game, 4-3. The Brewers would win Game 4 in St. Louis, however, they would then proceed to lose the next two games to surrender the National League Pennant to the Cardinals.

Season standings[edit]

NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 96 66 .593 57–24 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 6 45–36 45–36
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 .488 17 42–39 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 90 .444 24 36–45 36–45
Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 25 39–42 32–49
Houston Astros 56 106 .346 40 31–50 25–56


Record vs. Opponents[edit]

Team W-L Record
Arizona Diamondbacks 3–4
Atlanta Braves 3–5
Boston Red Sox 1–2
Chicago Cubs 10–6
Cincinnati Reds 8–8
Colorado Rockies 6–3
Florida Marlins 7–0
Houston Astros 12–3
Los Angeles Dodgers 4–2
Minnesota Twins 4–2
New York Mets 4–2
New York Yankees 0–3
Philadelphia Phillies 3–4
Pittsburgh Pirates 12–3
San Diego Padres 3–2
San Francisco Giants 3–3
St. Louis Cardinals 9–9
Tampa Bay Rays 1–2
Washington Nationals 3–3

Bold indicates that the Brewers have finished their season schedule with an opponent.

The number in brackets indicates the number of games the Brewers have remaining with an opponent.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 1 Arizona Diamondbacks – 1, Milwaukee Brewers – 4 Miller Park 2:44 44,122[1]
2 October 2 Arizona Diamondbacks – 4, Milwaukee Brewers – 9 Miller Park 3:29 44,066[2] 
3 October 4 Milwaukee Brewers – 1, Arizona Diamondbacks – 8 Chase Field 3:01 48,312[3] 
4 October 5 Milwaukee Brewers – 6, Arizona Diamondbacks – 10 Chase Field 3:25 38,830[4] 
5 October 7 Arizona Diamondbacks – 2, Milwaukee Brewers – 3 (10 innings) Miller Park 3:41 44,028[5]

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

St. Louis won the series, 4–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 9 St. Louis Cardinals – 6, Milwaukee Brewers – 9 Miller Park 3:35 43,613[6]
2 October 10 St. Louis Cardinals – 12, Milwaukee Brewers – 3 Miller Park 3:36 43,937[7] 
3 October 12 Milwaukee Brewers – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 4 Busch Stadium 3:10 43,584[8] 
4 October 13 Milwaukee Brewers – 4, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 Busch Stadium 3:25 45,606[9] 
5 October 14 Milwaukee Brewers – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 7 Busch Stadium 3:09 46,904[10] 
6 October 16 St. Louis Cardinals – 12 @ Milwaukee Brewers – 6 Miller Park 3:43 43,926[11]

Game log[edit]

Legend
Brewers Win Brewers Loss Game Postponed
Game Log

Source:[12]

2011 Postseason Game Log

Roster[edit]

2011 Milwaukee Brewers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Transactions[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

(through October 4, 2011)

Player GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
Rodríguez, FranciscoFrancisco Rodríguez 14 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Rivera, MikeMike Rivera 1 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Braun, RyanRyan Braun 150 563 109 187 38 6 33 111 336 58 93 33 6 .332 .397 .597 .994
Morgan, NyjerNyjer Morgan 119 378 61 115 20 6 4 37 159 19 70 13 4 .304 .357 .421 .778
Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder 162 569 95 170 36 1 38 120 322 107 106 1 1 .299 .415 .566 .981
Lucroy, JonathanJonathan Lucroy 136 430 45 114 16 1 12 59 168 29 99 2 1 .265 .313 .391 .703
Estrada, MarcoMarco Estrada 40 12 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 0 0 .250 .250 .333 .583
Weeks, RickieRickie Weeks 118 453 77 122 26 2 20 49 212 50 107 9 2 .269 .350 .468 .818
Hart, CoreyCorey Hart 130 492 80 140 25 4 26 63 251 51 114 7 6 .285 .356 .510 .866
Wilson, JoshJosh Wilson 54 75 10 17 4 0 2 4 27 4 21 1 0 .227 .266 .360 .626
Betancourt, YunieskyYuniesky Betancourt 152 556 51 140 27 3 13 68 212 16 63 4 4 .252 .271 .381 .652
Kotsay, MarkMark Kotsay 104 238 18 63 13 1 3 31 87 21 27 3 0 .270 .329 .373 .703
McGehee, CaseyCasey McGehee 155 546 46 122 24 2 13 67 189 45 104 0 3 .223 .280 .346 .626
Kottaras, GeorgeGeorge Kottaras 49 111 15 28 6 1 5 17 51 10 26 0 1 .252 .311 .459 .771
Hairston, Jr., JerryJerry Hairston, Jr. 45 124 18 34 10 0 1 7 47 11 16 1 0 .274 .348 .379 .727
Gallardo, YovaniYovani Gallardo 26 54 9 12 3 0 1 4 18 3 19 0 0 .222 .263 .333 .596
Gómez, CarlosCarlos Gómez 81 209 31 46 9 3 6 18 79 14 61 15 1 .220 .270 .378 .648
Greinke, ZackZack Greinke 21 32 5 6 0 0 1 1 9 2 5 0 0 .188 .235 .281 .517
López, FelipeFelipe López 15 43 4 8 0 0 0 3 8 4 6 0 0 .186 .250 .186 .436
Wolf, RandyRandy Wolf 25 44 2 8 3 0 0 0 11 0 19 0 0 .182 .182 .250 .432
Boggs, BrandonBrandon Boggs 16 19 4 3 0 0 2 2 9 3 8 1 0 .158 .273 .474 .746
Marcum, ShaunShaun Marcum 25 45 2 7 1 0 1 6 11 2 14 0 0 .156 .191 .244 .436
Counsell, CraigCraig Counsell 84 126 13 19 2 1 0 4 23 16 19 2 1 .151 .255 .183 .438
Narveson, ChrisChris Narveson 23 42 2 6 2 0 0 2 8 2 15 0 0 .143 .182 .190 .372
Nieves, WilWil Nieves 20 50 2 7 2 0 0 0 9 3 12 0 0 .140 .189 .180 .369
Gamel, MatMat Gamel 10 26 1 3 1 0 0 2 4 1 4 0 0 .115 .148 .154 .302
Almonte, ErickErick Almonte 16 29 1 3 0 0 1 3 6 0 4 0 0 .103 .103 .207 .310
Reed, JeremyJeremy Reed 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Carroll, BrettBrett Carroll 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mitre, SergioSergio Mitre 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Farris, EricEric Farris 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kintzler, BrandonBrandon Kintzler 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Source:[13]

Pitching[edit]

(through September 17, 2011)

Player GP GS W L SV QS HLD IP H ER HR BB SO K/9 P/GS WHIP ERA
Fiers, MichaelMichael Fiers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 18.00 0.0 3.00 0.00
Saito, TakashiTakashi Saito 26 0 4 1 0 0 10 22.2 20 5 2 8 19 7.54 0.0 1.24 1.99
Axford, JohnJohn Axford 70 0 2 2 43 0 0 69.2 58 16 4 25 81 10.46 0.0 1.19 2.07
Rodríguez, FranciscoFrancisco Rodríguez 26 0 3 0 0 0 15 24.1 20 6 1 9 24 8.88 0.0 1.19 2.22
de la Cruz, FrankieFrankie de la Cruz 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.2 9 3 0 3 6 4.63 0.0 1.03 2.31
Hawkins, LaTroyLaTroy Hawkins 49 0 1 1 0 0 20 46.0 49 13 1 8 25 4.89 0.0 1.24 2.54
McClendon, MikeMike McClendon 9 0 3 0 0 0 2 13.2 15 4 1 3 10 6.59 0.0 1.32 2.63
Mitre, SergioSergio Mitre 22 0 0 1 0 0 1 33.0 30 12 3 10 14 3.82 0.0 1.21 3.27
Loe, KameronKameron Loe 69 0 4 7 1 0 16 69.1 58 26 4 16 58 7.53 0.0 1.07 3.38
Marcum, ShaunShaun Marcum 31 31 12 7 0 19 0 188.0 160 71 20 54 149 7.13 96.4 1.14 3.40
Wolf, RandyRandy Wolf 31 31 13 9 0 21 0 200.2 195 77 22 62 126 5.65 102.3 1.28 3.45
Gallardo, YovaniYovani Gallardo 32 32 17 10 0 21 0 200.0 186 80 27 59 196 8.82 101.5 1.23 3.60
Kintzler, BrandonBrandon Kintzler 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 14.2 14 6 3 3 15 9.20 0.0 1.16 3.68
Greinke, ZackZack Greinke 25 25 14 6 0 17 0 153.2 145 66 17 36 181 10.60 101.7 1.18 3.87
Estrada, MarcoMarco Estrada 40 7 4 8 0 3 4 87.2 81 40 10 28 79 8.11 93.6 1.24 4.11
Narveson, ChrisChris Narveson 28 26 10 7 0 12 0 151.1 151 74 14 57 120 7.14 93.0 1.37 4.40
Dillard, TimTim Dillard 22 0 1 1 0 0 1 25.2 24 13 3 4 25 8.77 0.0 1.09 4.56
Stetter, MitchMitch Stetter 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 7.0 8 4 2 1 7 9.00 0.0 1.29 5.14
Green, SeanSean Green 14 0 0 1 0 0 1 11.2 14 7 0 6 7 5.40 0.0 1.71 5.40
Braddock, ZachZach Braddock 25 0 0 1 0 0 3 17.1 16 14 2 11 18 9.35 0.0 1.56 7.27
DiFelice, MarkMark DiFelice 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 3 4 1 2 3 9.00 0.0 1.67 12.00
Herrera, Daniel RayDaniel Ray Herrera 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 6 4 1 1 0 0.00 0.0 4.20 21.60

Source:[14]


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League Don Money
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Mike Guerrero
A Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Jeff Isom
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Matt Erickson
Rookie AZL Brewers Arizona League Tony Diggs
Rookie Helena Brewers Pioneer League Joe Ayrault

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxscore:Arizona vs. Milwaukee - October 1, 2011". MLB.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Boxscore:Arizona vs. Milwaukee - October 2, 2011". MLB.com. October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Boxscore:Milwaukee vs. Arizona - October 4, 2011". MLB.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Boxscore:Milwaukee vs. Arizona - October 5, 2011". MLB.com. October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Boxscore:Arizona vs. Milwaukee - October 7, 2011". MLB.com. October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Boxscore:St. Louis vs. Milwaukee - October 9, 2011". MLB.com. October 9, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Boxscore:St. Louis vs. Milwaukee - October 10, 2011". MLB.com. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Boxscore:Milwaukee vs. St. Louis - October 12, 2011". MLB.com. October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Boxscore:Milwaukee vs. St. Louis - October 13, 2011". MLB.com. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boxscore:Milwaukee vs. St. Louis - October 14, 2011". MLB.com. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Boxscore:St. Louis vs. Milwaukee - October 16, 2011". MLB.com. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "2011 Brewers Schedule". Milwaukee Brewers. 
  13. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers Batting Stats - 2011". ESPN. 
  14. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers Pitching Stats - 2011". ESPN. 

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Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
2010
NL Central Championship Season
2011
Succeeded by
Cincinnati Reds
2012