Tuesday's Frosty Mug

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets scores on an error by Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers at CitiField on May 14, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mets defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Some things to read while getting stood up.

The Brewers found a new way to fail to meet expectations last night, blowing a squeeze attempt and giving one up to the Mets in a 3-1 loss in New York. We've got the recap, if you missed it.

Yovani Gallardo had an unusual night last night, allowing just two hits over six innings but tying a career high with six walks. We've got more on that in our Stat of the Night. J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker, meanwhile, noticed that Gallardo is one of just three starters in baseball throwing first pitch strikes less than 50% of the time.

Meanwhile, the Brewers couldn't put anything together against 41-year-old starting pitcher Miguel Batista last night, the second time in May they've been kept off the board by a veteran journeyman. I think Emma Span's explanation might be the most likely one. (h/t @morinek0)

Rickie Weeks was held out of the lineup yesterday for the third straight day following his HBP Friday, but was used as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and is expected to return to the #2 spot in the lineup tonight. Jonathan Lucroy had been batting second while Weeks was out but will likely return to the #6 spot.

Other notes from the field:

The series wraps up tonight with Zack Greinke taking on Dillon Gee at 6:10, and Adam Berry has the MLB.com preview. Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's game an eight out of ten on his NERD scale, making it the featured game of the day.

If you missed them yesterday, I was a part of several series previews:

Looking back a day, this weekend's Brewers/Cubs series featured enough failed bunt attempts to create a highlight video that would give you nightmares for months. Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has the recap.

Jonathan Lucroy spent the day at the MLB Fan Cave yesterday. Mike Vassallo has pictures of him posing with a Brewer fan, hanging out with the "Cave Dwellers" and playing MLB 2K12 The Show.

Meanwhile, Alex Gonzalez probably had less fun yesterday. His ACL surgery is scheduled for Thursday.

In the minors:

In power rankings:

If you haven't yet, please take a moment today to vote in our Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll. It will remain open through the day today and results will be posted tomorrow.

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I'm all over the radio. I'll be making my weekly appearance on The Watercooler with Jimmie Kaska at 5:15 in Eau Claire, and going straight from there to my debut appearance on The Sports Den with Downtown Ollie Burrows at 5:30 in Wausau.

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to Kiev 'n Rice, winner of yesterday's SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 Kiev 'n Rice 60.9
2 Cheeseandcorn 58.3
3 AcesHigh 54.7
4 tcyoung 51.0
5 danden 48.6
6 nullacct 48.0
7 Cecil Cooper's Love Child 47.0
8 Scooter82 45.7
9 Some Guy Named Gabbo 43.6
10 MadisonWino 42.5

There are getaway day games around baseball today, so you only have a few hours left to make your picks.

Around baseball:

Angels: Placed outfielder Torii Hunter on the restricted list.
Cardinals
: Released reliever J.C Romero.
Dodgers: Placed outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) and infielder Juan Uribe (wrist) on the DL and released reliever Mike MacDougal.
Rays: Placed outfielder Desmond Jennings (knee) and are expected to place pitcher Jeff Niemann (broken leg) on the DL.
Royals: Pitcher Danny Duffy needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.

The Brewers are back to last place in the division, but at least they're still only five games back after the Cubs beat the Cardinals last night. You know that and more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.

Today in former Brewers: Prince Fielder only (?) has five home runs in his first six weeks as a Tiger, and David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics has a look at his loss of power.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I can't hear anything.

Drink up.

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