Thursday's Frosty Mug

Francisco Rodriguez reacts after the Mets beat the Giants 4-3 in ten innings at AT&T Park on July 18, 2010.

Some things to read while discovering West Consin.

Good morning and welcome to day two of the Francisco Rodriguez era. He's still our top story today, and here's what people are saying about him:

Today's best news might be this: Despite taking on some salary in the K-Rod deal, the Brewers aren't done making moves. Ken Rosenthal reports that they're still looking for opportunities to acquire a shortstop or third baseman. Adam Bernacchio of MLB Daily Dish thinks the Brewers should stick with Casey McGehee, but could improve at shortstop. Here's today's edition of Yuni Notes:

While the Brewers don't have much tradeable talent in their minor league system, they do have two of baseball's most valuable players on the roster now. Ryan Braun (#31) and Yovani Gallardo (#36) made Dave Cameron of FanGraphs' list of baseball's top players by trade value.

Speaking of Braun, David Laurila of FanGraphs talked to him and Rickie Weeks at the All Star Game about the art/science of hitting.

When the Brewers resume play tonight, it's likely Nyjer Morgan will be starting against right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies. Matt Klaassen of FanGraphs has a look at the Brewers' platoon in center field (FanShot). Adam McCalvy has a preview of the second half.

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, however, will not be in the lineup. He's nursing a bruised wrist.

This is a pretty cool gesture by the team: They've taken out a full page ad in the Journal Sentinel this morning congratulating Prince Fielder on winning the All Star Game MVP.

Today's most interesting collection of charts and graphs await you at the following link: David Pinto of Baseball Analytics has a look at John Axford's ability to get swings and misses with fastballs up and curveballs down.

I keep feeling like we will eventually run out of things to say about Zack Greinke, but we never do. Today Royals Review compares Greinke to Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski from The Wire. I've never seen the show, so I have no idea what that means.

In the minors:

Meanwhile, here's one player that won't be a Brewer minor leaguer: Mass Haas is reporting that 46th round pick Ahmad Christian has enrolled in classes at South Carolina and won't be signing.

The Brewers have been somewhat inactive in the Latin American market this summer, but Infield Fly Rule has a reminder of some of the successes (and failures) they've had there in the past.

In power rankings: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has the Brewers holding steady at 8.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Signed pitcher Jaime Garcia to a four year, $27.5 million contract extension through 2015 with club options for 2016 and 2017.
Indians: Placed pitcher Mitch Talbot on the DL with a lower back strain.
Rangers: Released pitchers Manny Delcarmen and Seth McClung.

You already know about Garcia and much more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central, a key footstep on the path to enlightenment.

Today in baseball economics: The Marlins, who are struggling to draw fans in their final season at (ballpark name that will probably change before the Mug is published), are closing the upper deck at their games for the remainder of the season. They're averaging 17,274 fans per home game this season, over 5,000 per game worse than their nearest NL competitor (the Nationals).

It's been a while since we've had a BCB meetup: My plans to hold one on Opening Day fell through and I haven't really worked on one since. This Halos Heaven pinball tournament, though, got me thinking: Anyone know of a place in/around Milwaukee where we could do something similar? Would anyone be interested in doing it?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to check my map.

Drink up.

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