The Brewers spoof ‘Mean Girls’

The Brewers continue to show why they are one of the coolest teams in the league. They previously created the “Sandlot” parody and now gave their take on the movie “Mean Girls.”

This is just another example of the great team chemistry the Brewers possess. They all get along with each-other and enjoy having fun together.

The video starred manager Craig Counsell, newcomer Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Brent Suter, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress.

Brewers option Adrian Houser and Jacob Nottingham

The start of the MLB season is almost here. The Milwaukee Brewers made some roster moves with only about a week to go before opening day.

Right-hander Adrian Houser and catcher Jacob Nottingham were optioned to minor-league camp. Also, right-handers Miguel Sanchez and Burch Smith and infielder Jake Hager were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Houser is expected to make an impact on the major league roster this season. He had a solid spring training going 1-0 with a 2.16 earned run average in seven appearances (8 1/3 innings) with seven strikeouts in Cactus League play.

Manager Craig Counsell indicated that Houser will bounce back and forth between the minors and majors this season. Houser is a versatile pitcher who could see time as a starter and reliever.

I think if you look at seasons like Brent Suter, like Brandon Woodruff, that’s likely to be what Adrian’s season is going to look like.

Nottingham is unlikely to see significant time in the major leagues this season with the addition of Yasmani Grandal. That could be a blessing in disguise for the 23-year old catcher as he should get a full season as the starter in Triple-A. This could give him a big boost coming into the 2020 season.

Jimmy Nelson to pitch in a game for the first time since shoulder surgery

Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jimmy Nelson hasn’t pitched in a game since injuring his right shoulder Sept. 8, 2017 in a game against the Chicago Cubs. He is now on track to return to the mound.

Manager Craig Counsell said on Friday that Nelson will throw an inning on Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Nelson made an appearance in a simulated game on Thursday. Counsell thinks everything is going well.

We changed the conversation yesterday to pitch execution (from health, etc.). I think that is a real sign that we’re going in the right direction. Now, it’s pitch, learn from it, build up, be sore like you’re supposed to be sore, those kinds of things.

If Nelson can get back to be the pitcher he was in 2017 (12-6, 3.49 ERA) the Brewers will be in really good shape going forward.

Brewers sign Moustakas to one-year deal

The Moose is back. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed free-agent Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal. There is a mutual option on a second year. Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 (108 OPS+) with 28 home runs overall for the Royals and Brewers in 2018.

The Brewers acquired Moustakas from the Royals at last year’s trade deadline in exchange for OF Brett Phillips and RHP Jorge López. The move forced manager Craig Counsell to move Travis Shaw to second base.

Counsell wants to see this Spring Training if Moustakas can play second base.

Another thing to remember is that the Brewers will now not need to rush their top prospect, Keston Hiura, to the big leagues. The deal gives GM David Stearns flexibility for another season while Hiura continues his development.

Milwaukee came within one game of the World Series last season. The goal is to get there this season and Moustakas can help them do it.

Brewers sign pitcher Jay Jackson

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Jay Jackson to a minor-league deal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the deal will be for $1 million if Jackson cracks the major-league roster.

The 31-year old right-hander spent the last three seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball and became one of the league’s top relievers.

Manager Craig Counsell said Jackson will compete for a spot in the bullpen.

He’s been pitching in Japan. He wanted to come back so he’s a candidate in our bullpen. We thought highly of things that we saw from him in Japan and so with him coming back there is a fit.

The Brewers will hope Jackson can mirror the success of their last overseas signing, Eric Thames.

Brewers playoff hopes take a hit in 6-0 loss to Cincinnati

The Milwaukee Brewers playoff chances are on life support. That’s after veteran Homer Bailey pitched seven scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-0 win at Miller Park on Wednesday night.

“You got to earn these wins,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Tonight we didn’t do much on both sides — starting pitching (wise) and offensively we didn’t do well enough to give ourselves a chance.”

The game got away from Milwaukee in the third inning, as the Reds roughed up Brandon Woodruff by posting five runs, including a solo homer from catcher Tucker Barhart. Woodruff lasted just 2 1/3 innings and dropped to 2-3 on the year.

Bailey, meanwhile, scattered four hits over his outing and Milwaukee never managed an extra base hit in the game as the Brewers lost to the Reds for a fourth time in five games.

For Milwaukee, the loss dropped the Crew 2 ½ games back of Colorado for the final wild card spot in the National League with just four games to play.

The Brewers and Reds will close out their series Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

Travis Shaw’s 2-run walk-off HR pushes the Brewers past Chicago

Faced with the same extra innings situation they had been in the last two nights, the Milwaukee Brewers were determined to change the outcome on Saturday — and they did.

After watching the Chicago Cubs score in the top of the 10th inning in each of the last two games and go on to win, manager Craig Counsell’s club once again faced a deficit when they came to the plate at Miller Park in the 10th. But instead of just accepting a fourth straight loss, the Brewers kept their playoff hopes alive thanks to a 2-run, walk-off homer by Travis Shaw for a 4-3 win.

It was a 1-1 game until the top of the eighth inning when Kris Bryant drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and it stayed that way heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Two things were going against the Brewers at that point — closer Wade Davis hadn’t blown a save in 2017 and Milwaukee hadn’t won a game when trailing after eight innings all year. Shortstop Orlando Arcia took care of the first part with a solo homer, and then, after Chicago got an RBI single from Jon Jay in the 10th inning, Shaw took care of the second part following up a Ryan Braun double with his 31st homer of the year and the win.

The victory guaranteed the Brewers would have a winning record, the first time since 2014. It also kept them in the race for the second wild card in the National League, as they pulled even with St. Louis, sitting 1 1/2 games behind Colorado. Both of those teams had yet to play Saturday.

Milwaukee will try to get the split of its four-game series with the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.