Friday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while being enriched.

The Brewers were off yesterday and the weather wasn't exactly beautiful, but over 7500 people showed up at the Summerfest grounds to celebrate this team's accomplishments and show their support for the playoff run to come. Nicole and BrewHaHeather were in attendance and shared their pictures here. Jordan Schelling was there and posted this recap.

Meanwhile, we finally have playoff game times and related notes to announce. Tomorrow's game will be played at 1:07, while Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 3:37. Victor Rojas will have the call for TBS, joined by Joe Simpson in the booth and Sam Ryan on the field. Meanwhile, Joe West is the crew chief for the series' umpires.

Nothing is confirmed at this point, but I'm penciling in Zack Greinke as the Brewers' Game 2 starter. Here's what Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt about it yesterday:

"We need to talk today and then talk to (Greinke) if we think that is a possibility," Roenicke said early in the day.

"I would need Greinke to really convince me that his low pitch count (74 against Pittsburgh) would allow him to be 100%," said Roenicke.

I know Roenicke is saying he's going to be difficult to convince, but is there any chance Greinke isn't going to want the ball here? It's the first playoff start for a guy who talked his way into making a short rest appearance in a regular season game on Wednesday. I'll be surprised if he doesn't start Sunday. Jaymes Langrehr of OnMilwaukee, by the way, has a look at Greinke's record-setting strikeout numbers.

Randy Wolf, meanwhile, will almost certainly start game four. At yesterday's rally he referred to his pairing with George Kottaras as "Wolfotarras." It's probably safe to assume Jonathan Lucroy will get the day off on Wednesday.

As always, Prince Fielder needs no rest. He was the only player to make 162 regular season appearances this season (Matt Kemp of the Dodgers didn't miss a game either, but they only played 161). He also leads the league in games played since the start of the 2006 season.

We'll have our series preview in a couple of hours, but here's something to tide you over until then: Adam McCalvy has five keys for the Brewers this postseason, while Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has the same for the Diamondbacks. Jon Schlegel, also of MLB.com, has a preview of Game 1. The Brewers don't have to announce their NLDS roster until tomorrow morning.

With the playoffs opening tonight, it's a big day for predictions:

I know I'm biased, but I think you can make a case that the Brewers have the playoffs' best fans. As of yesterday Milwaukee was the only city that had already sold out a Division Series Game 1. FSWisconsin wants your help showing support on Twitter.

I'm guessing most Brewer fans don't need a reason to be excited about the playoffs. If you do, though, David Schoenfield of ESPN has 100 of them. Prince Fielder, John Axford, Zack Greinke, Ryan Braun, Robin Yount, Brewer fans and Yuniesky Betancourt all make appearances. Fielder, Braun and Greinke also made Big League Stew's list of 20 players capable of dominating the headlines.

J. Scott Loomer of PastKast is pretty excited too. Yesterday he told the 1982 team about his plans to move on.

For whatever it's worth: Jack Moore says the Brewers are fifth among playoff teams with 92 third order wins this season. Texas leads the majors with 104, while the Diamondbacks were the worst playoff team with 83. Milwaukee's $85.5 million payroll ranks sixth among playoff teams but is still tens of millions above what was spent by the Diamondbacks and Rays.

If you feel a cold wind from the north this morning, that's just Canada showing their support. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca notes that the Brewers lead all playoff teams in Canadians.

Meanwhile, we're closing in on award season. Jayson Stark of ESPN says Ryan Braun should be the NL MVP. Braun also was named the NL Player of the Month for September (FanShot).

Stark also has his annual roundup of the season's strangest moments: Chris Narveson's scissor incident made Honorable Mention for strangest injury, and @Not_Tony_Plush penned the season's third best tweet.

Kirk Gibson is likely to beat out Ron Roenicke for the NL Manager of the Year award, but Roenicke is still getting a lot of credit for taking the Brewers to the postseason in his first season. Adam McCalvy has an extended look at his 2011 success.

Looking back a day, here are the home run trot times from Wednesday's season finale (courtesy of Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus):

Hitter Trot Time
Carlos Gomez 18.25 seconds
Jonathan Lucroy 19.86 seconds
Corey Hart 20.18 seconds

Gomez missed having the day's fastest trot by .13 seconds.

Once the playoffs are over the Brewers are going to have a series of interesting decisions to make, as highlighted by MLB Trade Rumors' Elias rankings. Prince Fielder will be a Type A free agent and the Brewers will almost certainly offer him arbitration, but Francisco Rodriguez and Takashi Saito are also Type A's, and the decision to offer/not offer them arbitration is a little tougher. Yuniesky Betancourt will be a Type B, but if offered arbitration he'd almost certainly accept it.

In the minors:

In power rankings:

There are playoff souvenirs, and then there are playoff souvenirsMiller Park Drunk has a guide to using the playoffs as an excuse to reproduce.

Around baseball:

Cubs: Designated pitchers Justin Berg and Brian Schlitter for assignment.
Indians: Exercised manager Manny Acta's contract option for 2013 and announced pitching coach Tim Belcher has resigned.
Padres: Fired hitting coach Randy Ready.

While the Brewers are off today, the AL playoffs kick off in earnest tonight. The Rays and Rangers get things started at 4, while the Tigers and Yankees finish off the day's action at 7. For the latest on these four teams check out this morning's edition of Around the MLB Playoffs.

Today in baseball economics:

If you're a fan of confrontational, frequently incorrect umpiring, then this weekend's games should have an extra layer of excitement for you. In addition to Joe West on the crew for the Brewers-Diamondbacks series, Angel Hernandez made the postseason roster and gets to bring his quick hook to the Cardinals-Phillies series.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History remembers the final day of the 1979 season, when the Brewers were shut out for the first time in over 200 games. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that today is also the fourth anniversary of the final major league appearances of Jeff Cirillo, Bob Wickman and Damian Miller.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to slow down.

Drink up.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker