Some things to read while patching things up.
Another day, another poor hitting performance for the Brewers on the road. Despite holding the Dodgers to just four runs over two games the Brewers were only able to muster a series split in Los Angeles, largely due to the fact that they went 2-for-23 with runners in scoring position over the two games.
It didn't lead to any runs, but the Brewers' decision to bat Corey Hart second instead of Carlos Gomez looked like the right one last night. Hart reached base in each of his first two trips to the plate against Hiroki Kuroda, while Carlos Gomez went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and grounded into a double play. Jaymes Langrehr of The Brewers Bar has a post on Gomez's elite center field defense.
So how much of these road struggles is attributable to luck or sample size, and how much of it is a real problem? Here's what Miller Park Drunk had to say about it:
The Brewers can't hit on the road is not a real thing. The Brewers haven't hit on the road thus far is a real thing.
Other notes from the field:
- Randy Wolf had the Brewers' lone extra base hit, a double. The Brewers now have a double in 14 straight games.
- Here's a transcript of Ron Roenicke's postgame press conference.
- Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Kemp and Casey McGehee are leading FanGraphs' Star of the Game voting.
- 42,138 people paid to see last night's game on Clayton Kershaw bobblehead night, but it certainly didn't look like that many people were there.
The Brewers made a series of roster moves yesterday, placing Mitch Stetter on the DL with a hip injury, calling up Mike Rivera to take his place and designating Sean Green for assignment to free up a spot on the 40 man roster (FanShot). Let's take a quick look at the moves individually:
- Placing Stetter on the DL means the Brewers now have no lefties in the bullpen, although that will change once Zach Braddock returns.
- Calling up Rivera is an interesting decision because the Brewers passed over George Kottaras to do so. Having him around allows the Brewers to pinch hit for Wil Nieves in key situations, but not having Wil Nieves on the roster would seem like a more efficient way to solve that problem.
- The fact that the Brewers are keeping Tim Dillard on the active roster and exposing Green to waivers should tell you a fair amount about what the Brewers think about Green's value at this point.
If you watched last night's game, Randy Wolf's absence on this list will come as no surprise: Josh Wussow of Inside Wisconsin Sports has a look at the best pitches in various Brewers' arsenals.
After last night's game the Brewers boarded a bus for San Diego, where they'll open another two game series tonight. Jon Star of MLB.com has the preview. This is the first contest in an eight game homestand for the Padres.
Kameron Loe got a rare night off last night. Before the game he talked to Quinn Roberts of MLB.com about pitching nearly every day.
Until this morning I didn't realize that Ryan Braun has a hit in seven straight games, batting .346/.469/.692 over that stretch. David Schoenfield of ESPN has him third on his "one-fourth of the season NL MVP ballot" behind Joey Votto and Lance Berkman.
Speaking of Braun: He's the subject of my favorite t-shirt at Forward Fabrics. Check this out:
Braun is almost certain to be an NL All Star at this point, and if he goes he won't be the only Brewer: Assistant trainer Dan Wright was named to the NL coaching staff yesterday. It's his first all star assignment.
Marco Estrada is quickly becoming that guy that everyone writes about: MLB Depth Charts listed him among their relievers on the rise, and this week's edition of A Simple Kind of Fan looks at what the Brewers could do with him.
Meanwhile, Jim Breen of Bernie's Crew makes the case against the Brewers signing Shaun Marcum to an extension. I have a feeling he's going to be in the minority on that one.
Do you need your heart warmed this morning? If so, check out this story from the Appleton Post Crescent about what the Brewers did for a young girl from Menasha who recently lost her mother to cancer.
In the minors:
- Zach Braddock pitched three hitless innings in a rehab start for Wisconsin last night, needing just 33 pitches to record nine outs. Afterwards he talked to Tim Froberg of the Appleton Post Crescent about what he's learned in the minors and his excitement to get back to Milwaukee.
- Elsewhere in health: Logan Schafer's broken thumb is better and he's been assigned to Brevard County. He'll probably be there for a couple of weeks to rehab before moving up.
- The affiliates went 2-2 last night, with Nashville and Brevard County combining to score 30 runs and Huntsvile and Wisconsin combining to score three. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Rattler Radio has video highlights from Wisconsin's 7-0 loss to Beloit.
- Cory Provus talked to Brewers Director of Baseball Operations Tom Flanagan before last night's game, and was told to keep an eye on pitcher Brooks Hall. Hall is expected to debut with the Timber Rattlers soon.
If you haven't yet, please take a moment this morning to vote in this week's BCB Tracking Poll. It will remain open until game time tonight and the results will be up tomorrow.
Blue Jays: Placed first baseman Adam Lind on the DL with a back injury and released reliever Chad Cordero.
Diamondbacks: Designated pitcher Armando Galarraga for assignment.
Mets: Placed third baseman David Wright on the DL with a stress fracture in his back.
Red Sox: Placed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on the DL with an elbow injury.
White Sox: Placed infielder Mark Teahen on the DL with an oblique strain.
The Reds won their fifth straight game last night, bumping the Brewers back to five games back in the Central. You already know that if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.
It rained for a while in LA last night, but the two teams were able to get the game in. That makes the Brewers one of the lucky ones, as four games were postponed last night. One of them was in Washington, where the game was shelved early and the rains didn't come.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to .gif'ing my neighbors.