Some things to read while pulling the tarp at dawn.
Well, the opening game of this series was about as much fun as the rest of them have been. Adam McCalvy's excitement over the decision to resume the game after an hour rain delay sums it up nicely.
Ryan Braun spoke to reporters after the game about his frustration with the team's play. He says there's plenty of blame to go around. (Also noted in FanShot)
Rickie Weeks left last night's game early after a collision with J.J. Hardy, who cut in front of him to get a ground ball in the second inning. Weeks was complaining of dizziness at the time but says he's fine and is not expected to miss any time.
The Bucky Channel says something is missing from this team. I'll go ahead and suggest control from the pitching staff. Brewer pitchers have walked 65 batters through 13 games. They're on pace for 810 walks in 2009, up 282 from 2008 and 153 more than the Pirates allowed last season, when they led the National League. Chuckie Hacks is struggling to find another situation in sports to compare it to.
At any rate, the thing this team is missing is almost certainly not Tony Gwynn Jr., but Al notes that TGJ is posting a .390 OBP early in the season in AAA.
Trevor Hoffman threw 18 pitches in an inning of work for Nashville last night, and is still on pace to return to the team Sunday. When he is activated, either Jorge Julio or R.J. Swindle will likely be removed from the roster to make room for him. Al handicapped the race for the spot.
Jason Kendall will stay in the lineup despite his early season struggles at the plate. Ken Macha had this to say about it:
Macha said he drew up "the pluses and minuses" of Kendall and Rivera, both behind the plate and on offense.
"If the No. 3, 4 and 5 guys were hitting, you wouldn't be asking what Jason Kendall is doing," Macha said.
I guess we now know for sure that Ken Macha doesn't read this site.
Since there's not much else to discuss in positive terms, I guess we can keep talking about Todd Coffey, right? He set a Brewer record for most scoreless appearances to begin a Brewer career, and needs 2.2 more scoreless innings to tie the record for most scoreless innings.
Maybe some of these fans will buy a Coffey jersey: The Brewers announced yesterday they've sold 2 million tickets this season. It's the earliest they've reached that milestone in team history, but the pace may be slowing a bit - they've been well ahead of last year's pace for most of the offseason, but are only three days ahead now.
Elsewhere around baseball:
Angels: Placed reliever Kevin Jepsen on the DL with back spasms.
A's: Reliever Joey Devine underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of 2009.
Nationals: Placed Joe Beimel on the DL with a hip injury.
Orioles: Ryan Freel has been placed on the DL after being hit in the head with a pickoff throw.
Pirates: Ryan Doumit will have surgery on his right wrist and be out 8-10 weeks.
Rockies: Ryan Speier has been placed on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Tigers: Marcus Thames will be placed on the DL with what sounds like a strained oblique.
Twins: Phil Humber cleared waivers and was sent to AAA.
White Sox: Designated Mike MacDougal for assignment.
Rickie Weeks has had his share of scary moments over the last few days, but umpire Kerwin Danley can top it. He was hit in the head by a broken bat last night and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering a possible concussion.
Oh, and Hideki Irabu is attempting a comeback.