Thursday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while standing out in a crowd.

Chris Narveson made quite a statement last night, shutting down a Cubs offense that had scored 13 runs in the first two innings of the previous two games. He also struck out ten Cub batters in his 5.2 innings of work, earning some praise from Seth McClung. Here are some notes on his achievements:
  • Narveson became just the 15th pitcher in major league history (and the first Brewer) to strike out at least ten batters while throwing 70 pitches or less.
  • He was the first Brewer rookie to record ten strikeouts in a game since Steve Woodard in 1998.
  • He was the first lefthanded Brewer rookie to accomplish the feat since Angel Miranda in 1992.
Jon Heyman says Ken Macha is probably safe, but doesn't think the Brewers will retain interim pitching coach Chris Bosio this offseason. If I were GM, the opposite would be true.

Are you upset enough with Doug Melvin to call for his firing, but bobble-obsessed enough to want his bobblehead anyway? Then Fire Doug Melvin has a contest for you.

Mike Cameron is only a few weeks away from becoming a free agent, but what will the market look like for him? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs might be interested in his services. Of course, he's also expressed willingness to "make a sacrifice" to return to Milwaukee. Circling the Bases ranked Cameron #21 among this off season's potential free agents.

The Brewers are down to four remaining home games, and will spend the weekend trying to keep the Phillies from clinching the NL East. Ken Macha said he won't stick around to watch the celebration, should the Phillies clinch this weekend.

If you're hoping to see Mat Gamel one last time this weekend, you'll probably need to go to all four games to have a chance. Gamel is considering playing in Puerto Rico this winter to get some of the ABs he's missed while Ken Macha has allowed him to rot on the bench.

Jason Kendall may not lead the league in HBP this season but his plunks are gritty, difficult ones: Plunk Everyone calculated the HBP difficulty of players who have been hit by ten pitches this season, and Kendall ranks second in that stat.

In the minors:
  • The Brewers went 2-0-1 in their first three instructional league contests in Arizona. Adam McCalvy has the full roster, which includes most of this season's high draft picks and many of the top talents from Rookie and A-ball. (FanShot)
  • Eric Arnett doesn't sound too excited about instructional league, but at least his "main man EV" is there with him.
  • The Hardball Times named Brett Lawrie the top hitting prospect in the Midwest League this season, saying he has "the quickest wrists in the minor leagues, and some of the best raw power that the Midwest League has to offer."
  • Jeremy Jeffress, who celebrated his 22nd birthday earlier this week (hopefully not with a bag of pot), is reportedly in tremendous spirits and looking forward to the 2010 season. He'll be eligible to return from suspension sometime in May, but would face a lifetime ban with one more positive test.
On power rankings:
  • Baseball Digest Daily moved the Brewers up two spots to #17, but also noted that they have baseball's toughest remaining schedule.
  • MLB FanHouse moved the Brewers up two spots to #18.
If you're looking for some new thoughts to ponder today, Royals farmhand Chris "Disco" Hayes would like you to reconsider some conventional wisdom on defensive realignment.

On this day in 1999, former Brewer Bill Spiers was attacked by a fan at County Stadium in one of the uglier incidents in Brewer history. Spiers was able to remain in the game, and the attacker was charged with two counts of assault.

Happy birthday today to Chris George, who appeared in two games for the 1991 Brewers and turns 43.

That's all I've got for you today, unless you're interested in some weird Muppet moments. (h/t Daily Drink)

Drink up.
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