(Witty open goes here). It's time for a Frosty Mug.
Win Expectancy Graph
BR Box Score
BP Postseason odds:
85.5 wins and 21.7% chance of winning the Central.
A side note from the BP Odds: 21 games into the season, the D-Backs are already being given a 67% chance of winning the NL West, which was supposed to be one of baseball's tightest divisional races.
Jim Powell's blog
may be the best place to start today. He talks about Fielder, Turnbow, Gabe Gross and Geoff Jenkins.
Tom H. notes
that one year ago, April 23 of 2007, Derrick Turnbow also saved a game where Prince hit two home runs. Considering Turnbow hadn't saved a game since, I thought it was an interesting coincidence.
Can great Brewer moments influence history? Bugs and Cranks
seems to think so.
The Hardball Times
looks at the future of Yovani Gallardo.
ESPN the Magazine ranked the Brewers fourth in all of MLB in Fan Satisfaction Rankings.
Just think where they'd rank if there were more toilets outside.
Brief Alphabetical Morning (BAM) Injury Reports:
Rangers P Kason Gabbard
has been DL'ed with a sore lower back.
Reds OF Norris Hopper
was placed on the DL with "elbow inflammation."
missed last night's scheduled start with the flu.
Mariners P Carlos Silva
left last night's game with a thigh injury. It doesn't appear to be serious.
If you missed it yesterday, or you read the site via RSS so you don't see Fanshots at all, the Reds fired GM Wayne Krivsky
yesterday and replaced him with Walt Jocketty. It seems awfully early to be making big changes.
The Cubs picked up their 10,000th win last night. As Dave Pinto notes at Baseball Musings
, that's about 75 wins/season since 1876.
Elsewhere in the Central, Fungoes
decries the folly of having 13 pitchers on the Cardinals roster, but fails to mention that the Brewers had 14 pitchers during the same series.
Ah, the wonders of a Youtube era. Now, you too can bring your camera to the ballpark and shoot crappy, incoherent video
of a Mets reliever responding to the drunken masses during warmups. If you're bored today, take a moment to look at some of the shooter's other "work" and feel better about your life.
Credibility fades fast when you do things like this: Last night, reports came out that Frank Thomas had signed with the A's
. But he hasn't yet
The circle of life continues: Gabe Gross was the odd man out in Milwaukee so he was traded to Tampa, causing Dan Johnson to be the odd man out
for the second time in April.
Beyond the Box Score
takes a great look at ball and strike calls and how they vary based on several demographic issues. An interesting confirmation of what we've suspected all along: veterans get calls.
True Blue LA
takes a look at the world around him and reaches an interesting conclusion: Sabermetrics and stat work have become so commonplace that having a stat guy on hand no longer gives teams an advantage. He says Sabermetrics are dead, but that's like saying the internet is dead because everyone uses it.
passes along a great list of hitting tips to distribute by age.
The Mariners are encouraging fans to bring their Nintendo DS
to the game to chat with other fans, look at stats and order food and drinks from their seats. I have a DS, and if I could bring it to the game and do that, I'd absolutely bring it along.
We're only a couple of days in, but turnout so far has been underwhelming for this week's Fan Opinion Poll.
If you haven't voted yet, please do so. Also, thanks to Dan Walsh at The Daily Drink
for his help promoting it.
That's all for today. If you'd like to submit a link for inclusion in tomorrow's Mug, drop it in the comments. Drink up.