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4/24 Dempster vs. Brewers

Ryan Dempster definitely gives the Brewers trouble. He’s now 13-3 in his career against Milwaukee after Friday’s win. He also beat them April 12 at Wrigley.

“Normally, he’s got a real good slider against our right-handed hitters,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said of Dempster after Friday’s game. “He’s got a real good split-finger [fastball] too, and tonight some of the left-handed hitters were saying they had a difficult time picking up the rotation on that.

“It’s just my feeling that we’re getting closer to breaking through on this thing, OK?” Macha said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but we scored some runs off him down in Chicago, and tonight Prince [Fielder] comes up and hits a ball off the top of the wall and Rickie [Weeks] had tremendous at-bats against him. I think we’re getting close to breaking through, we just have to stay confident and have that feeling that we’re going to get him.”

The Cubs are 3-1 this year against the Brewers with two more games this weekend.

“For some reason, the Cubs are giving us a lot of trouble this year,” Milwaukee’s Gregg Zaun said. “It seems like every time we make a mistake out over the plate, they’re capitalizing on it.”

— Carrie Muskat


Macha on Milton

Milwaukee manager Ken Macha was Milton Bradley’s manager in Oakland. Maybe Macha knows what’s up with the Cubs right fielder?

“I really didn’t watch too much video of him from this year,” Macha said. “He doesn’t like water coolers, how about that? I could have told you that before he got here. He’s an extremely intense guy and he demands a lot out of himself. You don’t come across too many guys with that type of intensity during the game.

“There’s a lot of guys who go through free agency and in their first year they’re trying to prove the contract or trying too hard,” Macha said. “That’s very common. Go ask Barry Zito that question. You get put under a little bit of a microscope and it can get to you because you want to win. You were brought over here to balance the lineup out if you’re a left-handed bat, and he gets put under a microscope.”

— Carrie Muskat

Brewers' Macha on Cubs

Brewers manager Ken Macha was asked about the Cubs:

“They’re good. I do a little statistical analysis on teams that helps in the preparation of how we pitch guys. As a team, [in terms of] first-pitch hitting, they’re [batting] average is way above average. The entire team hits way above average on the first pitch. Not only that, but the percentage of walks is very high.

“So they hit well on the first pitch and they have a large number of walks. That’s a deadly combination. So you have to make pitches. You can’t just lay it in and get ahead of guys … because they’ll tattoo you, but they’re also selective. As far as my statistical analysis goes, we’d better pitch pretty darn good when we’re going to play those guys.”

— Carrie Muskat