Jonathan Lucroy says the Brewers are better than the Cardinals

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Here’s Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy after yesterday’s defeat to the Cardinals, which dropped Milwaukee five games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central:

“They always play us good but I still believe we’re better than they are. I do. All around, player for player matchups, I believe we are [better].”

Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence!

The Cardinals have taken 10 of 16 head-to-head against Milwaukee this year. They were up two and a half games on the Cards on the first of August and since then they’ve lost seven and a half games of ground, dropping four of six head-to-head. If Milwaukee is better, they got a funny way of showing it.

In other news, Danny Espinosa is not impressed with Lucroy stealing his bit.

Koji Uehara has retired

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Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.

Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.

Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.

Happy trails to an excellent reliever.